Flash Gordon (1980)
Emperor Ming from the planet Mongo is having some fun by attacking planet Earth with bad weather, earthquakes and other seemingly natural disasters.
Dr. Zarkov is the only person in the world who believes all this is the work of aliens but everyone thinks he’s lost his mind. Because he doesn’t want to sit around and do nothing while his favorite planet perishes, Zarkov kidnaps all-American football star Flash Gordon and reporter Dale Arden to accompany him in his rocket ship as he sets off to fight the aliens.
Sound and Vision:
When it comes to Flash Gordon, this Blu-ray is the best release we’ve seen yet. Does that mean it’s great? No it doesn’t. Universal used quite a lot of digital noise reduction which results in plenty of detail being wiped off as well and the tweaked contrast makes some scenes look too dark while colors are oversaturated.
Surprisingly we get a DTS-HD 5.1 soundtrack but don’t get your hopes up. The quality is that of a shabby stereo track from the 1970s with quite hollow sound and when there’s plenty of action things tend to sound like chaotic noise.
– Introduction to audio commentary
– Audio commentary with Mike Hodges
– Interview with Mike Hodges
Strangely enough we don’t get the same extras as the US Blu-ray but instead a couple of features that come from the Silver Anniverary Edition DVD which was released in the UK.
Flash Gordon is a cheezy sci-fi flick from 1980 that does everything wrong but in such a campy way that it becomes enjoyable again. If you can stand the bad acting, the ridiculous plot and overly outdated special effects, then Flash Gordon is fun!
This Blu-ray is a mixed bad as it provides surely the best quality Flash Gordon has ever received, but it still isn’t actually good and also the extras department is a bit thin.