Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe - Vol. 1 - Episodes 1 - 4 details
|Starring:||Carol Hughes, Frank Shannon, Charles Middleton, Larry 'Buster' Crabbe|
|Directors:||Ford Beebe, Ray Taylor|
|Studio:||DELTA VISUAL ENTERTAINMENT|
Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe - Vol. 1 - Episodes 1 - 4
|Run time:||1 hour 4 minutes|
|Rental release:||06 May 2002|
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Nostalgic tripBy a customer from Nottinghamshire , 17 Feb 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]The picture quality reflects the age of the film stock - it's not been restored, by the look of it. The sound is dire too. That said, it has a similar charm to Monkey in that it's got lots of energy and if you're in your thirties you probably watched it when you were a child, and have fond memories. The cliffhangers aren't as daft as I remember!
'Oh Flash, it's terrible!' Sort of, anywayBy Squizz (43 reviews) from Lancaster , 17 Aug 2007[Review of whole 12-part serial]
The third and final 'Flash Gordon' sees our heroes return to Mongo when Ming plagues humanity with his decidedly odd Purple Death ('that leaves only a purple spot on the forehead of its victims!'). There they don Santa outfits to detect Polarite in wintry Frigia, and Arborian Robin Hood/pixie costumes to battle the Rock Men - think Vic Reeves' Man With the Stick talking backwards - whose lunacy is matched only by the Emperor's hilarious 'Walking Bomb' robots ('I never saw anything like them!' gasps Flash understatedly).
It's anybody's guess how dialogue director Jacques Jaccard earned his fee, given that deathless statements like 'Calling all spaceships' or 'Use your destructo-ray' are delivered with the style and gravitas of kids in a nativity, unsure of what their lines mean but having a stab anyway. Buster Crabbe's the best of the bunch; Frank Shannon's Zarkov seems to struggle with his own (natural) accent.
It takes a while to attune to these inexcusably duff prints but the ropy quality actually works in its favour, helping disguise the reused/stock footage. It's very of-its-time, from the scrolling forewords 'homaged' wholesale by George Lucas, to the startling disregard for youthful copycats - one character stages a mock self-hanging to get attention.
One for anybody nostalgic for a future of humming Tesla coils and spiral-circle wheels, and of SF derring-do so innocently old-school they could get away with a character called Thong.
It's great fun, but not brilliant...By a customer from newcastle upon TYNE , 28 Jun 2005It's great fun if you want something light, easygoing and adventurous. But it really needs a proper DVD makeover from Universal, the shaky cameras and the crackling footage is endearing but offputting. But still, it is a Golden Age serial, so what did I expect?! Pretty fun if you're in the mood, but not brilliant, but yet again I wasn't really expecting it to be...
Flash GordonBy a customer from Scotland , 01 Apr 2005I loved this as a child but sadly the DVD is almost unwatchable. The picture quality is OK but the sound is dreadful. My children couldn't follow it at all and it would have been better with sub-titles ! A real pity.
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Nostalgic tripBy a customer from Nottinghamshire , 17 Feb 2005The picture quality reflects the age of the film stock - it's not been restored, by the look of it. The sound is dire too. That said, it has a similar charm to Monkey in that it's got lots of energy and if you're in your thirties you probably watched it when you were a child, and have fond memories. The cliffhangers aren't as daft as I remember!
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