Flash Gordon 1980

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Heroic earthling Flash Gordon saves the world from the nefarious Ming the Merciless in this lavish, intentionally campy adaptation of the famous sci-fi comic strip. The story is as basic as space operas get: Ming (Max von Sydow) has developed a plan to destroy the Earth, and Flash (Sam J. Jones) and his attractive companion, Dale Arden (Melody Anderson), are called upon to stop him.

Starring:
Topol,Melody Anderson
Runtime:
1 hour, 52 minutes

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Genres Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Mike Hodges
Starring Topol, Melody Anderson
Supporting actors Max Von Sydow, Peter Wyngarde, Timothy Dalton, Brian Blessed, Sam Jones, Ornella Muti
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Traill VINE VOICE on 11 April 2007
Format: DVD
Loved this film when I was a kid, and now that I've kids of my own - I still love it !

Telling the story of Flash Gordon's trip to Mongo to try and rescue Earth for the wicked designs of Ming the Merciless : Ruler of the Universe.

This film is over the top in all departments : from Brian Blessed's brilliantly loud Vultan, through the cheesy sets and effects, to the wonderfully outlandish costumes.

While not Academy Award material, it is a fun film, and at the end of the day, that's all that matters.

Not a big fan of extras and commentaries on DVD's - normally I'll go for a standard edition over a 'Special' edition every time, but not this time. Brian Blessed's commentary is fantastic. He is so passionate and enthusiastic - must be listened to.

Highly recommend.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jan. 2004
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What can you say? Max von Sydow having a blast; Sam 'J' Jones looking so wooden he should be varnished and sponsored by Ronseal; Ornella Muti in the most fantastically figure-hugging spandex, Peter Wyngarde in high camp mode as General Klytus. And then there's Brian Blessed, immortalised forever with acting so over the top that he STILL hasn't landed, twenty-seven years later.

These things alone should make this film a cult classic, but then add the wonderful, art-deco visuals to complete the B-movie look and a Queen soundtrack to die for and you have something peerless and just so much fun.

They don't make films like this now, more's the pity.
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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Oct. 2005
Format: DVD
You can say what you like about Flash Gordon. You can say it's a camp, over-saturated cheeseball of a movie that rips spectacularly badly from the original Star Wars (even though Star Wars is partly based on the old Flash Gordon serials of the '40s). You can say that Sam Jones couldn't act his way out of a paper bag. But there's no denying how brilliant it is for these reasons!
And what about the unforgettable performances from Brian "Gordon's alive!!" Blessed and Max Von Sydow camping it up big time as Ming the Merciless, not to mention great turns by Topol as Dr. Zarkov and Timothy Dalton as 'that smarmy prince guy'.
But there is one thing that really steals this movie, and that's the soundtrack by Queen! 'Flash! Aaaaah! Saviour of the universe!'. This is a movie that everyone must see in their life at some point.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Darren Harrison VINE VOICE on 16 May 2003
Format: DVD
I remember seeing this movie at the theater. It was the depth of winter and the heating in the theater had broken down. Yet, to a wide-eyed 9 year old it didn't matter, because I was bundled up in a thick jacket having the time of my life watching this version of the Flash Gordon adventure. It was only three years after the original Star Wars movie and studios around the world were raiding their vaults for science fiction properties that had been gathering dust (Star Trek, Buck Rogers to name just a few). Unlike its competitors this movie chose not to compete directly with the high octance special effects of Star Wars and instead tried to recapture the feeling and atmosphere of the original series. This decision gives the film a campy charm, with the distinct impression that everyone is having a great time. Years later I got to meet Brian Blessed (who plays a Hawkman in this movie) and my suspicion was confirmed. Don't miss this one, it belongs in the DVD library of everyone who still has a little bit of a kid in them.
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A. Broadhead on 3 Jun. 2003
Format: DVD
Gordon's Alive. Of course he is, and Brian Blessed's wearing a nappy and cardboard wings so you'd better take him seriously. Timothy Dalton looks embarrassed to be there, and Flash and Dale are so wooden you could put nails in them. But so what. The music's ace, Ming's really rotten, his daughter's really fit, and Peter Duncan out of Blue Peter gets killed by a tree beast.
Flash, Flash, we love you, but we only have fourteen hours to save the Earth. Buy it. You'll love it.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Matthew C. Wolski on 13 Oct. 2005
Format: DVD
I already had this on DVD but purchased the special edition for the extras. The Brian Blessed commentary is as you would expect,OTT and full of love and enthusiasm for this classic movie. The best for me though is the director Mike Hodge's commentary as he hardly pauses for breath the whole movie and talks us through each scene and tells us how it was done etc etc etc. As for the movie itself it really works thanks to the primitive special effects and gaudy set design. As a hero Flash doesnt really do much and Timothy Dalton (very good here) probably knocks off more bad guys than our eponymous lead, but with excellent support from Blessed and co. it doesnt matter too much. Max von Sydow is an excellent Ming although for me he isnt in enough scenes and my personal favourite is when the evil one offers our hero a kingdom, its a scene ripped straight from the comic books. The picture quality is much the same as the original dvd but the sound has really been overhauled and Queens blazing tracks over the final few reels of film have sounded better. An excellent dvd and probably the best package of this film released since it appeared in 1980.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 5 Sept. 2007
Format: DVD
How many films are so good that they please fans of clasic sci fi, action cinema and sequins in equal measure?
That's how great Flash Gordon is!
The extras on this DVD release are equally brilliant, offering a mix of excitement and campery that perfectly match the movie itself. The previous DVD was a vanilla affair so this edition comes as a welcome treat. And last time I checked it was better then the region 1 release too - thank you Momentum pictures!

For those of you who crave adventure, excitment and insite into the creative process I can recommend the Mike Hodges commentary and interview. He talks about his career, the producer, the set designer, the fall out between the star and the studio, the original Flash Gordon comic strips, he even compares the movie to the Gulf conflict. Everything you could possibly want!

For those addicted to the film's more ridiculous side you get the Brian "Gordon's ALIVE!" Blessed commentary. This should be kept safe for future generations to listen to and quiver as it is the most text book example of a lame DVD commentary I have heard, and really quite charming for it. Blessed does all the things you dread when you sit down to watch a commentary:
He says what luvvies all the other actors where, he relates tedious on set stories about standing around waiting for the next shot, he's silent for long periods of time, he repeats himself, he runs out of things to say so decribes what's happening on screen. Best of all, he claims every piece of characterisation as his own idea ("I told Max VonSydow to do that with his finger! His whole performance came from his fingers!" "Timothy Dalton didn't know what to do with his character until I mentioned Erol Flynn" etc). The man has set the bar for a new generation of silly commentaries. De Niro will have his work cut out to match this one!
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