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Flash Gordon's Trip To Mars (Plastic Head) (1938)

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  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0036TIGD0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,076,288 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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NTSC Region 0. This is the original 1938 serial film based on the comic strip Flash Gordon series starring Buster Crabbe. Another crisis is striking the Earth: a fictional chemical element called nitron is vanishing from the atmosphere, causing hurricanes and other meteorological disasters. Flash and Zarkov use an airplane to take measurements only to discover that a ray-beam from Mars is the source of the nitron depletion. A comical newspaper journalist, Happy Hapgood, arrives on the scene to get the scoop, and stows away when they, together with Dale Arden, leave to investigate in Zarkov's rocket ship. They discover that Azura, Queen of Mars, is working with Ming the Merciless, their old nemesis from Mongo, to conquer earth. All Martians who oppose her have been turned into clay humanoids, consigned to live in a world of clay-walled caverns beneath the Martian soil. Flash, Zarkov, Dale and Happy take refuge from the Martians in one of these caverns and are captured by the Clay People, and taken to their Clay King. From him, they learn what is transpiring between Queen Azura and Ming, and anxiously agree to help.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flash Gordon's Trip To Mars April 6, 2000
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"Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars" is the second serial of theoriginal Flash Gordon films. The film picks up at the end of"Flash Gordon Space Solders." (Please note that each of the Flash Gordon films has been renamed and reedited numerous times.) The second series of chapters, 15 in all, are of a better quality then the first 12 chapters. The story picks up with the heroes returning from Mongo. The Earth is thrown into peril once again and Dr. Zarkoff. Flash and his friends must return to space once again to save the world. Ming is back as well. He some how managed to escape death at the end of the first serial and has moved his evil plans to Mars. I didn't really like the whole Mars thing. Knowing want we know about Mars today makes the whole story a little silly. But hay, this film was made at a time when the Red Planet still held a lot of mystery. So, we now know there are not any cities on Mars, you can still enjoy the movie. Buster Crabbe, who plays Flash, is much more secure in his acting. He speaks more, and is more proactive. I liked the character a lot better in this film. In the first serial Flash spent most of his him getting jumped on and being forced to defend himself. In this film, Flash plans attacks and fights when he know he has too. There is a lot of stock footage and a few flash backs to the first serial that pad out the film. This was a way to save money on the meager $175,000 budget, half of what they spent on the first serial. The return of all the same actors from the first film help the movie as well. For the third series the studio replaced Dale and Barin with new actors. The best part about this film and the previous one is the way that is displayed. This DVD has all 15 chapters just as they were shown in the theaters. Each as a title and introduction. Read more ›
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great family entertainment October 19, 2002
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When I was growing up I remember being glued to the set every Sunday morning watching the Flash Gordon serials on WGN in Chicago. These episodes were great sci-fi back then and I was thrilled to find them again on DVD. With a little trepidation I started showing the episodes to the kids, ages 9, 6, and 4. I have been amazed how much they enjoy it. We are watching two episodes every Saturday night. The kids line up on the couch, watch it with complete attention, and hate having to wait a whole week to see the next episode. It has really been fun for the kids. My wife and I really enjoy it, too. The special effects are dated, but really, the action and story carry you along and it is a lot of fun to watch. For us, watching the old fashioned special effects are a blast, and for the kids the simple effects are plenty of fun to watch.
One thing that has made the series fun to watch is that we have only been watching two episodes at a time. Each episode is full of action, and watching them all at once would probably be less enjoyable. These episodes were originally shown one episode a week back in the 1930's. Each episode ends at a cliffhanger, so you really want to see the next episode. It is interesting to imagine the millions of people that went each week to the movies to see each episode.
We have finished watching the first serial, Flash Gordon - Space soldiers, are enjoying this series now, and look forward to watching the following, Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe. At this rate, it will take almost a year of to watch the series. What a great way this is to enjoy time with the kids. I think it is great that a movie series over 60 years old stands up so well.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flash vs. Ming: Round Two February 4, 2008
Though an entertaining serial, "Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars" (1938) occasionally falters due to obvious padding and unnecessary comic relief. Luckily, Buster Crabbe and Charles Middleton resume their intergalactic battle in the classic Saturday Matinee tradition - highlighted by the memorable presence of the Clay People. The action-packed finale has a rousing vitality not evident in the previous chapters. Worth seeing, but definitely the weakest of Universal's Flash Gordon trilogy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is ABFAB!!! August 28, 2002
I just received my copy of the uncut FLASH GORDON'S TRIP TO MARS in the mail yesterday, and was really impressed. I grew up with the Buster Crabbe serials, seeing a single episode each day, and looking forward to the following Monday, when the next exciting episode would play. How I loved the gilded, swashbuckling Flash, the kindly Dr. Zarkov and the exquisite Dale Arden. I was also extremely fond of the great MING THE MERCILOUS, played with relish by Charles Middleton. Knowing how he scared me as a child, I can only imagine how he spooked the kids on Saturday afternoons, when the serials played on the big screen.
All that aside, this is FLASH GORDON'S TRIP TO MARS as it is meant to be seen: complete and uncut, and with a beautiful, clear print. True, it doesn't have all the "bells and whistles" that people expect with DVDs, but it doesn't need them. This edition is gorgeous.
I do have a warning for you, though. There are many "versions" out there, and a good many of them are butchered to fit a 90 minute time frame. If you want to see this classic as Universal meant it to be seen, get this COMPLETE AND UNCUT version. It's well worth the extra money.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliving my childhood and sharing it wilt my wife. ...
Reliving my childhood and sharing it wilt my wife. On rainy winter days, we break out Flash and the gang and pop some corn.
Published 1 month ago by John S Vas II
5.0 out of 5 stars Sunday morning memories
Love the video of Flash Gordon. I well remember the Sunday morning Flash Gordon episodes. This brings back a lot of memories. Love to share these with friends when they come over.
Published 9 months ago by Terry Thomann
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 17 months ago by jtc
5.0 out of 5 stars FLASH GORDON LIVES!
"Flash Gordon's Trip To Mars" (1938) is by far the best of the three Flash Gordon Serials. This is the first one that made a lasting impression on me as a kid in the 1940s... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dennis S. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good restore for this very campy movie.
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 22 months ago by okiedan
3.0 out of 5 stars "Flash Gordon"
If you enjoyed the cheezy, corny "Flash Gordon" serials at the theater or on TV, here is one of three starring college educated, Olympian Buster Crabbe. Read more
Published on March 27, 2010 by Wayne R. Klatt
4.0 out of 5 stars Flash Gordon and the Zeitgeist
From certain standpoints, this serial is superior to the 1st Flash Gordon chapter-play. The available prints are and photography are generally of better quality, some of the... Read more
Published on December 8, 2009 by Eric Hildebrand
5.0 out of 5 stars OF MING AND MAGIC
Of the three Flash Gordon serials, the Trip to Mars is my favorite. Ming, for unexplained reasons has escaped death on Mongo and landed on Mars [which bears an uncanny resemblence... Read more
Published on February 16, 2008 by Tod F. Forman
5.0 out of 5 stars Episodes listing
1. New Worlds To Conquer
2. The Living Dead
3. Queen Of Magic
4. Ancient Enemies
5. The Boomerang
6. Tree-Men Of Mars
7. The Prisoner Of Mongo
8. Read more
Published on February 4, 2008 by Reekin1951
5.0 out of 5 stars A Historic Sci-Fi Film
This was truly the for runner for Star Wars and Star Trek. The special effects look very simple by todays standards. Read more
Published on October 25, 2007 by owlshark
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