Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe [DVD]  [US Import]
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My advice to any Flash Gordon pruists is not to buy this version....you will be sold disgustingly short
But whoever authored the DVD made a huge mistake - there are no chapter beginnings at the start of each episode! Each episode starts after the opening credits, having skipped them as part of the previous chapter the included the cliff-hanger from the last episode!
When the whole point is the piece's episodic nature, getting this wrong really grates...
In this 12-part serial finds Alex Raymond's science-fiction hero battling Ming the Merciless (Charles Middleton). Flash has to save the earth from a mysterious plague known as the Purple Death. When Dr. Zarkov (Frank Shannon) finds one a spaceship from planet Mongo seeding the atmosphere it is clear that Ming the Merciless is back to his old tricks. Flash is aided by old friend Prince Barin of Arboria (Roland Drew) and his new wife Princess Aura (Shirley Deane), as they head to Frigia, where our heroes will find polarite, the antidote to the plague, and some really interesting locking Rock People. Of course, Ming is going to go out of his way to stop Flash and his friends.
My only real complaints are that the costumes look like leftovers from "Robin Hood" and that Carol Hughes replaced Jean Rogers as Dale Arden; yes, she looks more like Dale did in the comic strip, but I did not read the comic strips so that is not a consideration (and I prefer Rogers as a blonde in the first Flash Gordon serial, not the brunette she was in the second, "Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars"). Oh, well, life is full of such disappointments, but we push on. you want to watch the three Flash Gordon serials in order, but if you start with this one you will certainly be able to follow the fun without any problems.
The discs themselves are reasonably authored, if a little minimalistic - unfortunately there are no extra's (there are 3 chapter points per episode, but no subtitles), and there has been little restoration (if any) to the sound and pictures, but it's no worse than anything you're likely to find on VHS.
It is nice to see that the beginning and end "cliff hangers", plus credits are all intact, as this really does *make* the serial what it is!
The actual production is both grand, and laughable at the same time - the walking bombs sequence is a real "must see" and that's what will make this DVD so attractive to sci-fi fans, and film buffs alike!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
flash and friends cross swords once again with the dreaded ming the merciless in this-part 3 of the classic saga-all 12 episodes of action and adventure-great entertainment for all... Read morePublished on 17 July 2008 by jlh
having watvched these years ago on channel 4 i immediately bought these and was surprised to see how many elements were in here that would be eventually used in star wars. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2002
A must see for all science fiction fans around the world. The cutting edge special effects have to be seen to be believed, and no series can come close to the suspense at the end... Read morePublished on 17 July 2000 by J. Lyne