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Buck Rogers has STYLE. Not to say that Flash didn't, but the Buck Rogers serial has:
The Art Deco Headquarters of Killer Kane, with it's convenient topiary shrubs for hiding behind.
The swirling mirror pool monitor screens.
The equally Art Deco space ships, with sparklers as exhaust and that sound, something like a microwave oven and a car missing a muffler. These ships were so advanced, all they needed was a simple door with handle.
A future full of wimps. Flash and Buddy easily push away or tackle anyone who they clash with.
The groovy De-Gravity belts and the transporter.
The Saturnian tram system.
The exotic terrain of the planet Saturn, which in no way looked like a California desert.
The Saturnian MUGGS, who should have all been nominated for academy awards.
Okay, I'm being a little sarcastic. But I really do have a great love for this serial, even with all its many flaws. Terrible performances by some of the supporting characters, a few cases of severely bad stunt doubling, and the effects, well......they did their best with what they had to work with. I love the little dolls in the Saturnian tunnel trams.
And Buck himself--Larry "Buster" Crabbe was so handsome. That wavy hair and that killer smile were all he needed. I wonder if the producers ever realized what kind of confusion they would cause in the years that followed, by casting the same actor for both Flash and Buck.Read more ›
Second, let me say that I am astonished--to the point of feeling like my 10-year old self was had--how much of "Star Wars" Lucas lifted almost whole-cloth from this serial. Even the prologue as a steeply pitched crawl comes from Buck Rogers, not to mention countless scenes in the Millennium Falcon as the ship is chased by an evil-empire-like force of villains.
So here's the advice I would have been happiest to have had a few days ago when I was trying to decide whether to buy this disc: if you love science fiction on film, or are interested in the popular culture of the late 30's and early 40's, BUY THIS DISC.
So the wooden actors made local amateur dramatics look professional and the space ships looked like something made on Blue Peter, but it didn't matter because 'Buster' Crabbe WAS a Superhero.
Who cares about comparisons of productions and making analysis between Buck & Flash, they weren't meant for that, they're just pure fun and were made to be watched and enjoyed.
So anyone who saw these and enjoyed them, buy the DVDs, you'll be ten all over again.
Which means we aren't going to judge this like we would a new, slick, Hollywood release with top-notch actors. This is budget sci-fi made for kids of the 1930s. It's not sophisticated, the acting is a little stilted, and the science laughable. But if you wanted that stuff, you'd buy something else, right?
Comparing this to other serials, I think it's one of the best. Like all serials, it tends to bog down a bit after the first half. That's because most of the really new ideas get presented in the first chapters.
However, the inventive approach to effects and matte painting are really enjoyable. The story is just silly fun. The presence of a fairly non-stereotyped Asian actor is interesting (even though his acting's as bad as everyone else's).
If you're adding to your archive, don't miss this one. Cool ray guns, gravity belts, transporters...
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The basic plot: Buck Rogers is exploring the in the Arctic when his dirigible crashes, and he, along with his pal Buddy, are told via radio that their only chance is to release the... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Keith T Gibson
A good serial from the 1940's. A precursor of Star Wars and Star Trek, even down to the matter transporter. Thumbs up!Published 15 months ago by Cox Law Firm
I prefer Universal's first two Flash Gordon serials over the Buck Rogers serial, but this serial is still a fun watch.Published 20 months ago by Greg
Mud people on Saturn. Anti-gravity belts. Amnesia helmets. What more do you need?
Wilma's even allowed to fly the rocketship... Read more
This is classic Flash Gordon/ Buck Rogers serial movie stuff. Have all the Flash Gordon serials and bought this one
and it was terriffic……loads of action, space ships and... Read more
this is a great place to make a first impression about cliffhanger serials. if you like this you will like flash gordon too. Read morePublished on June 3, 2013 by choirboyme
Lots of action , drama, excitement, great characters, and plots, I'd recommend this movie, to anyone looking for someone who enjoys cliff hangers.Published on April 17, 2013 by jtc