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Flash Gordon: Box Set (Space Soldiers/Flash Gordon's Trip To Mars/Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe) (3DVD) (1938)

Buster Crabbe , Jean Rogers , Ford Beebe , Frederick Stephani  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton, Priscilla Lawson, Frank Shannon
  • Directors: Ford Beebe, Frederick Stephani, Ray Taylor, Robert F. Hill
  • Writers: Alex Raymond, Barry Shipman, Basil Dickey, Ella O'Neill
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 2000
  • Run Time: 778 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y2QO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,161 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flash Gordon: Box Set (Space Soldiers/Flash Gordon's Trip To Mars/Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe) (3DVD)" on IMDb

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All three Flash Gordon serials in one box! "Space Soldiers" (1936, 245 min., 13 episodes) - Internationally renowned polo player and Yale graduate Flash Gordon and the lovely Dale Arden are enlisted by Dr. Hans Zarkov on his quest to save Earth from being destroyed by the runaway planet Mongo. "Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938, 299 min., 15 episodes) - A mysterious beam of light emanating from Mars is sucking the nitrogen from the Earth's atmosphere, and only Flash Gordon can stop it, battling Queen Azura, the Clay People of Mars, and his mortal enemy Ming the Merciless! "Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe" (1940, 234 min., 12 episodes) - A rocket is dropping purple dust into the Earth's atmosphere, causing instant death! Can Flash Gordon stop the madman from Mongo while retrieving the antidote to the death dust from the frozen planet of Frigia?

Space Soldiers - Flash is enlisted to save Earth from a runaway planet. "Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars" - A light beam from Mars is sucking away Earth's atmosphere! "Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe" - A rocket is dropping deadly purple dust onto the Earth! 3-disc box set.

Robert F. Hill, Ford Beebe, Ray Taylor, Frederick Stephani

Buster Crabbe, Charles Middleton, Jean Rogers, Frank Shannon, Richard Alexander, Carol Hughes

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183 of 185 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best sci-fi serial that ever was February 25, 2002
All three Flash Gordon serials with all the episodes intact. Well-transferred to DVD. Buster Crabbe is handsome, even with the bleached blond hair, earnest, strong and unflappable: all you'd expect in a comic strip hero. To be honest, all the actors seem to take their work seriously, even if there was an occasional lapse of continuity in the story. No serial villain comes up to the level of Charles Middleton as Ming the Merciless (although I feel Henry Brandon as Fu Manchu comes close), and he is ably supported by numerous lackeys. Middleton and Beatrice Roberts, as Queen Azura of Mars, manage to pull off a tandem villain performance that works, in the middle film of the trilogy, Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars, my favorite. Flash too is helped by a strong supporting cast of comic book-like characters. Most of the special effects are very hokey, making the films all the more fun, though. There is plenty of suspense, both from the cliffhanger endings of the episodes and the evolution of the relationships between the characters. Several villains turn fairly plausibly into good guys by the end. The second and third serials have good music too, including Liszt's Les Preludes, if I remember the title of the piece correctly. The first serial is in the National Registry of Film, along with Citizen Kane, Maltese Falcon and The Godfather. I enjoy other sci-fi serials like Undersea Kingdom and Crabbe's Buck Rogers, but these are real classics.
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127 of 129 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Image has the best transfers December 30, 2003
By Ingalls
If you are looking for high quality transfers of the Flash Gordon series, Image Entertainment is the best. Sound is clear, images are crisp and focused. The box set is by Image.
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87 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A premier packager of nostalgic television shows April 24, 2001
Bridgestone Multimedia Group is a premier packager of nostalgic television shows and family-friendly movies for the home and community library video market. Their combination of highly quality programming and budget friendly pricing make their videos a "must" for collectors, fans, and patrons of public library video entertainment collections. One of their very best is the Flash Gordon Trilogy that starred Buster Crabbe as Flash Gordon, Frank Shannon as Dr. Zarkov, and Charles Middleton as the unforgettable galactic villain, Ming The Merciless. The original Universal Studios Saturday afternoon movie serial was based on a Hollywood adaptation of the popular newspaper comics science fiction adventurer, his steadfast friends and colorful foes. Volume One (Flash Gordon, 1936, 246 minutes) is the complete serial and takes place on Planet Mongo, introducing the Hawkmen, Sharkmen, and Lionmen. Volume Two (Flash Gordon's Trip To Mars, 1938, 280 minutes) finds Ming allied with Azura, Queen of Magic and a colorful storyline involving the Clay People, the forest savages, and nothing short of the survival of earth is at stake! Volume Three (Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe, 1940, 235 minutes) finds Ming once more back on Mongo and introduces the kingdoms of Aboria and Frigia with earth about to be destroyed if Flash and his allies fail. For the movie buff it is very interesting to see how the quality of sound, photography, and set designs improved so rapidly every two years. The cliff hanger nature of each serial episode was edge-of-your-chair thrilling to their original audiences, and are works of pure nostalgia for we who are old enough to remember them still! Highly recommended!!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Campy? Certainly! But What a Ride! June 29, 2006
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Universal was the "black sheep" of the major studios in the 1930s, with 'horror' classics like "Frankenstein", "Dracula", and "The Mummy" as their major claim to fame, but with the "Flash Gordon" trilogy, they turned low-budget serials into campy 'high art'!

Who can forget blond Buster Crabbe, forever wide-eyed and stalwart, Charles Middleton's eminently hissable Ming the Merciless, bullet-shaped rockets on strings doing endless circles as smoke trailed behind them, the clunky costumes, Art Deco-inspired Imperial Palace, and a musical score frequently 'lifted' from Lizst's "Les Preludes" and Franz Waxman's "Bride of Frankenstein"? Creaky, to be sure, but great fun, if you don't take things seriously!

While "Space Soldiers" has gotten the most attention over the years, as the first of the serials, the second and third, "Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars", and "Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe", offer better production values, and more confident performances by Crabbe. Universal, while surprised and pleased by the popularity of the serials, never utilized the actor to his fullest potential, but as Gordon, he achieved a kind of immortality many higher-paid stars could only dream of.

I was first introduced to the series in the 1950s by a local TV station, airing chapters each Saturday morning, as a kid's show. What a joy it is, to finally see each episode, without commercial interruptions!

If you are a fan of the 1980, Queen-scored big-screen version of "Flash Gordon", and HAVEN'T seen this collection, what a treat you have in store! Max von Sydow's Ming is a campy homage to Middleton, and even the rockets keep the quaint, 1930s 'look'. Sadly, the producers couldn't find a lead with Crabbe's stature and charisma, but he was one of a kind, to be sure.

Do yourself a the collection, pop one in your DVD, and let the kid in you come out to play!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Please read the review below August 1, 2007
By Kelsci
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All three films appear to be from 35mm prints.
FCGTU has the best picture and sound quality of the three. Pict quality of good+ to outstanding. Sound quality is nearly very good. The sound is recorded in Dolby Digital 1.0. On many systems, it will come out of the center speaker with bass coming out of your sub. Some receivers and surround sound pre-amps may have a special mono movie mode which can drastically improve the sound. Many Pioneer receivers have TV MONO and this mode works very well.

FGTTM has a mildly warbly sound track. The fidelity is good and is listenable. Hearst should have found a better print, even 16mm prints have better sound than this and would have made a better audio transfer with good picture quality. I have better sound on my tapes from recording off of a tv station many years ago that showed the series from a 16mm print. There is about a 4 minute segment missing from one of the chapters, so therefore this series is incomplete. The picture quality is good to very good.

FG has a listenable but warbly sound track. The same comments that I made above applies to this series.

For those who have never seen these films, at the $17 price tag it is worth the purchase because it is the only decent print game in town.

I would have given this a 5 star review if the first two series had the picture and particular the audio quality of the 1940 series. So my review is in essence for the quality of the presentation. As for the movies themselves, this is the finest example of a film presentation on a low studio budget that has ever been delivered. The special effects are nifty considering when these films were made, but they are so beautiful surreal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FLASH GORDON, MUST GET.
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Published 11 days ago by Lawrence Grochocki
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
just what i wanted. as a small boy i looked forward to watching every saturday morning
Published 22 days ago by jim davis
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like sci fi and black and white, you may like this...
Awesome series. Loved it. Yes, I know the rockets looked bad, but it was still good to me. Maybe its the black and white.
Published 1 month ago by S. Moller
5.0 out of 5 stars Flash is fun
I had no idea these serials ran for so many episodes. But I enjoyed being taken back to
Saturday Morning Cinema. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice memory refresher for those who like kitch
Travel back to your childhood when the science fiction rocket ships exhaust went vertical instead of horizontal and the good guys and bad guys were easily distinguished.
Published 1 month ago by Charles Johnson MD
5.0 out of 5 stars Channel 13 was cartoons and old serials like Flash Gordon
VERY well worth the money!

I grew up in the early 50's in NYC. At that time there weren't a lot of programs early in the day for kids. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Walter Sasiadek
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
A old series but still good
Published 2 months ago by Timothy Bashford
5.0 out of 5 stars A real hoot to watch what space travel was envisioned to be like 80...
Exactly as described. Full sets of each of Flash's 3 series. A real hoot to watch what space travel was envisioned to be like 80 years ago.
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When I was a kid every Sunday I was attached to the TV to watch Flash Gordon. My parents were divorced and I felt Buster Crabbe looked like my father. Read more
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How good is the Picture and Audio?
The Image 3pk is the best of the lot you're gonna find for now, not absolutely perfect, but relatively speaking, a very good value for the boxed set.... just be aware, no cc, no sub titles...otherwise, go for it. Maybe even buy an extra, since a 3pk at near a low 10 dollar price point is most... Read More
Jan 13, 2012 by rayd |  See all 3 posts
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Bonnie Dean;
What you have are edited versions that try to make a feature film by removing the cliffhangers. What you want are the UNEDITED versions that include ALL chapters. 13 for Space Soldiers, 15 for ...goes to Mars, and 12 for ....conquers the universe. Leonard Evans
Jun 20, 2007 by Leonard Evans |  See all 6 posts
I bought this set, and no, there are no subtitles at all.
Mar 19, 2008 by Amazon Customer |  See all 3 posts
Question about bonus features on box set
The Image 3 disc box set has no bonus features, no cc, no sub titles..and is missing a couple of minutes in the Mars serial. However, of those dvds available today, the Image dvd 3 disc box set is the best value with the best of the lot in pix and sound quality. On Amazon, it's often in the $10... Read More
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