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Flash Gordon: Box Set (Space Soldiers/Flash Gordon's Trip To Mars/Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe) (3DVD)
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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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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.Read more ›
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 favor...buy the collection, pop one in your DVD, and let the kid in you come out to play!
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Took me back to when I was a kid and these serials appeared on TV. Great fun to watch again.Published 3 months ago by Leonardo of the Rockies
I have watched all the readily available mainstream cliffhangers in the past couple of years. These are still some of the very best.Published 8 months ago by LegalBeagle
Used to watch Flash Gordon every Saturday morning when I was a kid. It is campy and way out of date as far as the special effects but what a hoot to watch a "flash" from... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
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