Flash Gordon

Flash Gordon

DVD - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Professional quarterback Flash Gordon and journalist Dale Arden are accidentally transported to the planet Mongo, where they must defeat Ming the Merciless to save Mongo and Earth.

Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, 2007, 1980
Edition: Widescreen format, all-new special ed
Branch Call Number: DVD SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY Fla
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (112 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Aug 16, 2016

I watched this about a year ago, and thought it the blueprint for the modern Marvel film, though Flash cultivates eroticism more candidly than some Hulk Smash moments of the Marvel films. Moreover, Alex Ross's gushing about this film and how important it is to him rings true for me also, now that he's articulated my own emotions as an adult watching this film; I never watched this as a kid in the 80s. Or, if I did, it didn't leave the kind of impression it does now in my adult years.

From the first frames that lovingly recreate the origin episode of the 1936 Flash Gordon serial, the feeling of respect is easy to see but hard to pin down. Of course, I'm referring to the "camp" aspects of this film. Considering its delivery date, I'd wonder if Mike Hodges ever spoke with Richard Lester (that's Superman II's director for this context, mostly).

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Sep 30, 2010

Not a particular movie with a lot of excellent actors (Max Von Sydow, Brian Bellows, Timothy Dalton) doing their best with a ridiculous script. Unfortunately the only really bad actor was the actor playing Flash Gordon. Actually you probably can't blame him completely, even an excellent actor can't make lemonade from manure

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