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Flash Gordon (1980)

Sam J. Jones , Melody Anderson , Mike Hodges  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (464 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow, Topol, Ornella Muti
  • Directors: Mike Hodges
  • Writers: Alex Raymond, Lorenzo Semple Jr., Michael Allin
  • Producers: Bernard Williams, Dino De Laurentiis
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 1998
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (464 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305079811
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,760 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flash Gordon" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Strange energy waves from the planet Mongo pull the moon out of orbit threatening Earth, and NY Jets quarterback Flash Gordon and the lovely Dale Arden must destroy Mongo's ruler, Ming the Merciless, before Earth is annihilated. Music by Queen.

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275 of 293 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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 by lito from NYC
loved flash ever since i was a kid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 2 days ago by lito
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A classic, highly entertaining.
Published 4 days ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Made the perfect Father's Day gift and he says the audio and ...
My husband is stoked! Made the perfect Father's Day gift and he says the audio and quality of the picture is vastly improved. A must have campy movie classic!
Published 4 days ago by Janet Meeks
5.0 out of 5 stars B-Movie Greatness
This is one of my all time favorite movies. This is clearly how the United States became the world's super power. Read more
Published 19 days ago by iTeachKids
4.0 out of 5 stars Good flick
I ordered this for my grandson (6) and was very surprised. A good storyline and actually the acting is pretty good. No swearing or extreme violence. Read more
Published 26 days ago by larry j
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites
I loved this movie as a kid but had never bought it . when I saw that it was now being offered as a blu ray I had to have it.
Published 1 month ago by Jonathan S Suddeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sci-Fi
Great movie! Absolute classic! I own it on VHS and DVD. I even have the sound track on CD. Now I am thrilled to finally have Flash Gordon on Blu-ray.
Published 1 month ago by Billy Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Movie
I had this movie in an old and scratchy VHS and I was looking forward to have it in BD to show it to my kids. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Flash - AH AAAA
I loved this, but be forewarned gentlemen- apparently wives don't appreciate it as an anniversary gift. I mean come on! who doesn't love this movie?
Published 1 month ago by petey6125
5.0 out of 5 stars Rated C For CHEESE
Amazing Production Design, Pulp Science Fiction Inspired Story, and Oscar Worthy Acting, It Could Only Be One Thing

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Published 1 month ago by Ian Hutchins
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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.
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Are there minutes cut from this release?
the dvd i had was complete
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