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Flash Gordon [Blu-ray] (1980)

Sam J. Jones , Timothy Dalton , Mike Hodges  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (443 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sam J. Jones, Timothy Dalton, Max von Sydow, Topol, Brian Blessed
  • Directors: Mike Hodges
  • Format: Anamorphic, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen, Color
  • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: June 15, 2010
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (443 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003CRM6QO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,005 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Alex Ross, Renowned Comic Artist, On Flash Gordon
  • Writing A Classic: Screenwriter Lorenzo Semple, Jr.
  • First Episode Of The Flash Gordon 1936 Serial
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • My Scenes
  • BD Live - Basic Download Center

  • Editorial Reviews

    Alex Raymond’s famous comic strip blasts to life in the action-packed sci-fi adventure Flash Gordon. When energy waves pull the moon out of orbit, New York Jets quarterback Flash Gordon (Sam J. Jones) unwittingly finds himself heading for the planet Mongo, where—with assistance from beautiful Dale Arden (Melody Anderson)—he’ll take on Ming the Merciless (Max von Sydow) and rescue humankind. Featuring spectacular thrills, out-of-this-world special effects and unforgettable music by Queen, Flash Gordon is an exciting live-action adaptation of one of the most popular characters of all time!

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    271 of 289 people found the following review helpful
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    I would give the movie itself five stars, but the DVD and Blu-Ray presentation are not as strong. The 1980 Flash Gordon movie is one of the funnest romps in the space opera I have ever experienced. Much more true to the Saturday morning serial kind of sci-fi that Star Wars was paying homage to. There is an inherent camp value that this movie never forgets and it just makes the film a joy to watch. Plus the soundtrack from Queen just ups the fun factor even more. You would think this combination of music and content would make for a very campy film, but not necessarily. While the movie definitely knows it's roots and is having fun with that you really can't call Flash Gordon a cheesy B-movie.

    The Savior of the Universe (SotU) Edition DVD lacks the very energetic commentary by Brian Blessed (plus production stills and other static extras) that the European Silver Anniversary Edition DVD and even lacks the commentary by Same Jones and Melody Anderson made for an International Edition (that of course we never saw in the U.S). In spite of that you do get a remastered film with 2.35:1 anomorphic widescreen, 5.1 Dolby Surround and the movie trailer (none of the European releases had that). While the SotU edition was remastered and looked a ton better than the previous releases it wasn't perfect. While background matte effects are noticeable they are easily forgiven considering the sharper picture, but there were certain matted special effects blocks used on the spacecraft that were painfully obvious in the remaster. Either they didn't bother to digitally clean them up or it wasn't technically possible. Audio also sounded rather thin considering this was supposed to be digitally remastered.
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    53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked classic from the 80's October 21, 2001
    Sometimes certain films end up being much better than they have any right to be. Flash Gordon is one of those films. It is, in fact, and I say this in mortal fear of being mocked and shunned by my peers, one of my all time favotite movies. I can watch this film endlessly, and every time I see it I walk around smiling for the rest of the day... it's just that kind of movie.
    The cast, first and foremost, is excellent. They work wonders with the material they're given... admittedly this isn't Shakespeare, but it plays remarkably well, with very few cringe-worthy moments. Standout performances include Max Von Sydow as the astoundingly evil Ming, Peter Wyngarde as the almost equally evil Klytus, Brian Blessed as the leader of the Hawkmen, and Topol(?) as an eccentric Dr. Zarkov. Then, of course, there's the absolutely stunning Ornelia Muti as Ming's beautiful daughter Aura... she's wonderful to look at, and has an exotic accent to boot. When I saw this film in the theater as a wee lad, I had quite the childhood crush on Miss Muti... sigh. Anyway, all of the actors seem to be having a grand time with their roles, and it definitely shows.
    With all due respect to the actors, however, I really think it's the brilliant soundtrack that makes Flash Gordon stand out most in my mind. Queen, near the peak of their popularity, provided a wonderful, throbbing, highly eccentric collection of songs and instrumental bits that fit the film perfectly. I badgered my poor mother to buy me the 8-track, in fact, and then proceeded to play it at every opportunity... a very patient woman, my mother. She probably still hears "dumdumdumdumdumdumDUMDUM **FLASH!!** ah-AHH!..." in her sleep. Sorry, mom.
    The special effects are actually still pretty impressive, as well...
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    73 of 79 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars FLASH is Fun January 9, 2000
    When I got cable in the mid-80's I must have watched this film 100 times. It was interesting to see it again on DVD. It is still a FUN movie. The tone of the film is campy and adventurous. I think it captures the fun of the old serials very well -- i.e. Flash seems doomed, only to escape to another tight squeeze!
    The production design on FLASH GORDON is colorful and bold. Everything is bright and shiny (including the lycra hot pants on Princess Aura!). The sets are HUGE (example: The Hawk Men's floating fortress). I am particularly fond of the Arboria sets -- nice and woodsey!
    I think the performances from the actors fit the tone of the film. Melody Anderson as Dale is the best. "Go, Flash, go!" is a hilarious scene. Sam Jones is sufficiently hunky and athletic as Flash. And the Brits add a dash of class and fun (Timothy Dalton and Brian Blessed). Ornella Muti as Princess Aura has the best role: she changes from vixen to heroine and gets to vamp around in colorful, sexy costumes.
    The rocket ships and sky effects are my favorite part of the film as well. There's something exciting about seeing FLASH GORDON rocket ships flying through the air.
    The DVD quality is OK. I think the picture transfer could have been better -- I know this film has a lot of blue screen work, but surely it's not THAT grainy! And I wish there were more extras -- just a chapter index.
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    225 of 268 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wait for fall 2005!!!!!! March 13, 2005
    Don't buy from online scammers. This DVD will be re-released in the fall of 2005!!!! Cheaper that these clowns sell them for!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars classic
    Favorite cult classic from the 80(s). Has Max Von Sandow and Pierce Bronson and Ozzy Osbourne. Sexy women too and action
    Published 17 days ago by Douglas L. Strabla
    5.0 out of 5 stars What a fun classic!
    We rented this one for our grandchildren ages 7 - 8 - 9; They LOVED it! Kept them
    wide eyed and entertained until way past their bedtimes! Read more
    Published 21 days ago by V. G, Talton
    5.0 out of 5 stars FLASH....AAAAAAaaaAAAHHH!!!
    It's not Shakespeare, and it's not trying to be. It is great fun, though. The colors and sounds pop even more on Blu-Ray. The Queen soundtrack is phenomenal.
    Published 26 days ago by Brian Rhodes
    4.0 out of 5 stars awesome soundtrack!
    Great movie...awesome soundtrack. Check out Sam Jones in vintage playgirl issues. Movie is Fun from beginning to end. Go Flash!
    Published 1 month ago by valerie morgan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Flash
    You saved everyone of us!
    man 15 more words??
    this was a kewl movie
    even back in the day it was good
    they need to make a reboot
    Published 1 month ago by Charles J. Cooper
    4.0 out of 5 stars Flash Gordon.
    What can I Say Sam J. Jones Was Excellent Actor In this Film . Great performance. Very good all of you.
    Published 1 month ago by Anthony Chiappa
    5.0 out of 5 stars flash gordon
    this is a great movie lots of comic action in the movie. cool weapons and characters i also like the vehicles all great. the package was in wonderful condition.
    Published 1 month ago by al
    5.0 out of 5 stars FLASH AHHH AHHHH!
    Dude its 80's Flash Gordon with Queen belting it out, how can't you like this movie!! As a child of the late 70's and 80's I grew up with this, and unlike some films you go back to... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by William Teitge
    5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest movie ever
    The man is a quarteback for the New York Jets which automatically makes him a hero in my book. Saving the world from aliens was okay I suppose...
    Published 2 months ago by Jeremy Holmes
    5.0 out of 5 stars Cult Beauty! With a soundtrack of mega proportion...and oh, the...
    Camp? Sure! Stupid? Not at all! Fun, entertaining and at times, mind-blowing? Yes, Yes & Yes! I would chose to watch the fabulous blu ray of a remastered HD classic any day over... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Kevin Stafford
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    Why does Amazon recycle DVD reviews for their Blu-Ray releases?!
    Agreed. There should be separate reviews for different formats.
    Jun 11, 2010 by Shane Christopher |  See all 6 posts
    Region encoded?
    This may be too late to be helpful, but yes, it is region 1 encoded. I have a multi-region player, and it refuses to play when set at either region 2 or 4.
    Oct 25, 2010 by TheTAO |  See all 3 posts
    Another languages & subtitles?
    huh? please rephrase.
    Jun 2, 2010 by P. R. Blay |  See all 3 posts
    Are there minutes cut from this release?
    the dvd i had was complete
    May 25, 2010 by Amazon Customer |  See all 2 posts
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