When the Earth comes under a series of deadly attacks from outer space, American football star Flash Gordon and travel agent Dale Arden are kidnapped by a scientist and taken to the planet Mungo, origin of the attacks. There, they face the terrifying Emperor Ming...
Max Von Sydow, Brain Blessed and Timothy Dalton act at the intensity of pantomime. Jones (now confined to DTV hell) is perfect as the blond bombshell himself, while the Queen soundtrack ratchets the flamboyance levels up a couple of notches. The question mark after The End, though, promised a sequel that was, alas, not to be.
Flash Gordon Silver Anniversary Edition
Released: 10 October 2005
Beyond the stock standard original 'Queen' theatrical trailer, consider that the print is remastered in both DTS Audio & Dolby Digital 5.1
There's a pair of new commentaries on this Silver Edition, from director Mike Hodges and Brian Blessed. Mike Hodges is also interviewed.
The photo slideshow has a decent selection of stills and behind-the-scenes shots.
Plus, and possibly best of all, you get the first episode of the original 1940s serial Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe, 'The Purple Death!' Best. Title. Ever!
This campy extravaganza has it all - heroes, villains, beautiful women and high stakes. Laughably bad and fantastically good all at once, this is a guilty pleasure that everyone can enjoy.
Reviewed by Adam Smith