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Flash Gordon - Space Soldiers (1936)

Buster Crabbe , Jean Rogers , Frederick Stephani  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Priscilla Lawson, Charles Middleton, Frank Shannon
  • Directors: Frederick Stephani
  • Writers: Frederick Stephani, Alex Raymond, Ella O'Neill, George Plympton, Basil Dickey
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2000
  • Run Time: 285 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305701172
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,971 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flash Gordon - Space Soldiers" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Complete & Uncut 13 Episodes Starring "Buster" Crabbe
  • Extensive Liner Notes

Editorial Reviews

Buster Crabbe stars as Flash Gordon in this classic 1930s serial presented for the first time on DVD. Humanity is doomed to destruction! A distant planet has broken its orbit and is headed straight toward the Earth. While Dr. Hans Zarkov works feverishly to finish a rocket ship of his own design, internationally renowned polo player and Yale graduate Flash Gordon is a passenger on a small plane where he meets fellow passenger Dale Arden. When a meteor storm destroys their aircraft, Flash and Dale bail out and land near Zarkov's ship. The great scientist enlists them to join him on his quest to save Earth, and the heroic trio blasts off into space to rendezvous with the runaway planet Mongo.

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Sci-Fi Classic Never Looked Better January 28, 2000
Format:DVD
This first of the Flash Gordon serials introduces the characters and quickly immerses them in the adventures and conflicts that audiences expected to see. The acting is impressive, especially Charles Middleton as Ming the Merciless. The special effects and sets are really quite good. Sure, they don't compare to what is done routinely in movies today, but this was 1936 and a children's afternoon serial.
The DVD transfer is surprisingly good, given the age of the source material. There are scenes that show scratches and dirt, but there are even more scenes that are clear and sharp without noticable blemishes. I compared the DVD image with a video tape, scene by scene, and there really was no comparison. The DVD picture was far superior. The DVD's sound is also an improvement, though again, the source material is a 64 year old mono track and there has not been extensive work to convert it to a multichannel format. But it is clear and understandable. I don't imagine most viewers will have ever seen this material look or sound as good as it does on DVD. The only negative I can offer is that it is packaged in a snapper case. I sure wish it were in an Amaray keep case.
If you enjoy a rousing science fantasy adventure and appreciate seeing the roots of modern sci-fi, then I highly recommend this movie.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh, those Pre-Code Babes!! February 13, 2003
Format:DVD
The Hays Code hadn't really cracked down yet on filmmaker's when this amazingly cheesy but nonetheless terrific serial was made.
Sharkmen, Lion Men, Hawk Men, Octo-sac, Orangupoid, Tigron, giant Gocko Lizard, iguanas with horns that drool slime, some of the worst acting of all time, men running around in short shorts (or full suits of armor, sometimes medieval, sometimes faux roman), goofy rocket ships on wires, underwater cities, sky palaces, atom furnaces, torture rooms---- you name it, you get it here! You will NOT BELIEVE what Flash has to endure within the first day of his adventure---when did he ever eat or sleep to keep up his superhuman strength??
An amazingly wild ride, an adventure that piles one audacious, salacious, lurid, sensational scene on top of another---only near the end of the film, with the incessant trips back and forth between the lab and Ming's throne room does the hectic pace start to slacken.
The cast is a hoot! And those of you who know the Three Stooges shorts of the 30's and 40's will howl with delight as you observe:
Duke York (the Stooge's "Zulu Spear Thrower", "Wolfman", the Hunchback "Angel", "Nikko", etc) as King Cala of the Shark Men,
(who utters the immortal line "But how does one stop an Octo-sac?")
Jack "Tiny" Lipson ("The Bay of Rum", etc) as the nutty King Vultan
Ted Lorch ("Major Filbert can smell a spy a mile away!", etc) as the over-the-top High Priest (Second half of the serial only---the old dude who plays the role in the first half (I think his name was Lon Poff) mysteriously disappears midway through. No loss--he was dreadful). Ted is just plain nuts, especially in his final MAD SCENE ("I placed a BOMB in their ship!!")
Also, Richard Alexander (Prince Barin) and the amazing Charles Middleton (MING!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun for all family members February 9, 2000
Format:DVD
Everyone will find something to enjoy in this, the original FLASH GORDON serial. The adults will love all the very attractive performers (Buster Crabbe and Jean Rogers as Flash and Dale really glow), the kids will love the excitement as Flash fights all sorts of man-beasts, sea creatures, and minions of Ming the merciless. It's a thrilling comic book come to life, literally!
This DVD is an especially good value. Although there aren't any extras except for a foldout snapper case cover with detailed liner notes, the viewer is treated to FOUR HOURS of fun sci-fi/fantasy entertainment. Can't watch four hours? Being a serial means that it's in 13 chapters. Stop anytime! The menu makes it easy to select any chapter you want. But I bet you wouldn't mind plunking your kids down in front of a four hour video once in a while, and you can rest easy knowing that it's safe for kids to watch.
Picture quality is quite excellent; although there are flaws in the source material, they usually amount to no more than scratchy sections, usually at reel changes. Sound quality is surprisingly good, especially compared to videotapes of the FLASH GORDON serials. Contrast is good, sharpness seems just right. And, darn it, it's FUN! Very much recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flash is a Smash! May 3, 2000
Format:DVD
Okay, so I hear a bunch of people talk about sci-fi movies, I hear Blade Runner, I hear the Matrix, but many people forget the glory that is cliffhanger movie serials. Flash Gordon was one of th first sci-fi serials, trailing only Singin' cowboy Gene Autry's Phantom Empire. People have treated serials bad on video, by editing them, puting out "selected chapters", and releasing bad prints. Flash Gordon stars Buster Crabbe as Flash, Jean Rogers as Dale Arden and the immortal Charles Middleton as Ming the Mericless, Just in case you'd like to know more about cliffhanger serials... The Serial Squadron Voted Flash Gordon the BEST serial of 1936 in a unanimous vote. Need a good movie for a rainy day? A party? Or just early morning watching? You can't go wrong with Flash on you side
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
Lots of action , drama, excitement, great characters, and plots, I'd recommend this movie, to anyone looking for someone who enjoys cliff hangers.
Published 15 months ago by jtc
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality restore.
A campy sci-fi from the days long before CGI. It is funny..... at least to me..... often old campy movies like these look as real as the over done CGI of today. Read more
Published 21 months ago by okiedan
1.0 out of 5 stars European format, not American format
It said it was the American DVD player format, but turned out to be the European format, and therefore, would not play on my DVD player at all! Read more
Published on June 9, 2011 by PAUL APPLIANCE PRO
5.0 out of 5 stars Flash Gordon Serial
The vhs tapes arrived in very good condition and is a very good print. I was glad to see that the company that transferred the serial from film film to tape included every thing... Read more
Published on October 19, 2009 by Sir Squirrel
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past
I loved "Flash Gordon" as a child and watching the series again on DVD brings back such fond memories. Read more
Published on May 28, 2009 by Kona
5.0 out of 5 stars Resisting a Dictatorship
This is the sexiest movie serial ever made. How Universal ever slipped Dale and Princess Aura's outfits passed the Hays Office sensors, I've never know. Read more
Published on April 4, 2008 by Eric Hildebrand
5.0 out of 5 stars FLASH GORDON- Spaceship to the Unknown
Buster Crabbe as the original Flash Gordon with Charles Middleton,as Emperor Ming the Merciless, Jean Rogers as Dale Arden and the sultry Priscilla Lawson as Princess Aura. Read more
Published on March 26, 2008 by L. Dequesada
4.0 out of 5 stars Serial With Comparative Depth
Though not D. H. Lawrence, "Flash Gordon" shows a suprising amount of emotion other than the usual hate between protagonist and antagonist. Read more
Published on October 21, 2007 by Buster49
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and exciting at the same time
I got this DVD as part of a 3 DVD box set (with Flash Gordon's trip to Mars, and Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe) and this is definitely the best of the bunch. Read more
Published on September 26, 2007 by Austin Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars All is Great
Everything about it was just great, really enjoy doing business with you
Published on April 11, 2007 by Catherine E. Davis
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