Flash Gordon


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Overview
Queen Involvement
Cast
Storyline & Chapters
DVD Extras
Silver Anniversary DVD
30th Anniversary Blu-ray


Overview


Directed by Mike Hodges.
Produced by Dino De Laurentis.
Screenplay written by Lorenzo Semple, Jr.
First released in 1980, first UK DVD issue in March 2002
Length 115 minutes

Recorded at Twickenham Film Studios, London, and on location in Scotland on the Isle Of Skye, and England at Shepperton Studio Centre, EMI Studios, and Brooklands Industrial Park, Weybridge.

Queen Involvement


'Flash Gordon' was Queen's first, and to date most extensive, soundtrack project. Queen wrote, performed and produced the rock score to the film, with orchestral arrangements by Howard Blake.

The music from the film was remixed to produce Queen's tenth album, 'Flash Gordon'. The album and film music are very similar, but the album version is more complete, as the film soundtrack is quite disjointed.

Full details of all tracks, including the differences between the album and film, can be found on the 'Flash Gordon' album page.

Cast

Flash photograph Dale photograph Ming photograph

Flash Gordon (Sam J Jones)
Dale Arden (Melody Anderson)
Ming The Merciless (Max Von Sydow)

Zarkoff photograph Vultan photograph Barin photograph

Dr. Hans Zarkoff (Topol)
Prince Vultan (Brian Blessed)
Prince Barin (Timothy Dalton)

Aura photograph Klytus photograph

Princess Aura (Ornella Muti)
Klytus (Peter Wyngarde)


Storyline & Chapters


The chapters below refer to the 2002 UK DVD release, and the song titles in brackets refer to the tracks which start in each chapter. The first three chapters are set somewhere in the USA, the rest of the film is set in and around Mingo City.
  1. Attack On Earth ('Flash')
    Start titles; Flash and Dale catch their aeroplane flight, and Ming launches his attack on Earth
  2. Dr. Zarkoff
    NASA reports on the solar eclipse and Zarkoff attempts to make his assistant Munson enter the space capsule
  3. Stopover Landing
    The aeroplane crashes toward Zarkoff's laboratory, Zarkoff takes Flash & Dale hostage and the space journey begins
  4. The Imperial Vortex ('In The Space Capsule')
    The space capsule travels to Mingo city, and Flash, Dale & Zarkoff are taken hostage by Ming
  5. An Audience With Ming ('Ming's Theme')
    Flash, Dale & Zarkoff are escorted to the court of Ming the Merciless, where Ming executes the Ardentian Prince
  6. American Football ('The Ring' and 'Football Fight')
    Flash, Dale & Zarkoff meet Ming, who hypnotically seduces Dale. Flash faces an American football fight against Ming's guards.
  7. A Final Request ('In The Death Cell')
    Flash & Dale spend their last time together before Flash's execution
  8. The Execution ('Execution Of Flash')
    Flash is executed, but saved by the doctor
  9. Back From The Dead
    The doctor 'resurrects' Flash, before Aura helps Flash to escape
  10. Memories
    Ming tests Zarkoff's memory, and General Kala attempts to reprogram his memory to become an agent for Ming
  11. Telepathy ('The Kiss')
    Aura and Flash travel towards Arboria, whilst Flash telepathically talks to Dale
  12. Escape From Ming ('Arboria')
    Dale escapes from Ming's bedroom, and meets up with Zarkoff. Klytus allows Zarkoff to leave the city in order to find Flash
  13. The Initiation Ceremony
    Flash and Aura reach Arboria and meet up with Prince Barin
  14. The Confession
    Zarkoff and Dale are captured by the Hawkmen, whilst Flash is lowered into the Arborian swamp and Klytus tortures Aura with Ming's permission.
  15. The Sky Palace
    Zarkoff and Dale are taken to Vultan at the Sky Palace
  16. The Wood Beast ('Escape From The Swamp')
    Flash and Fico escape from the swamp, and then Fico betrays Flash. Flash faces the 'Wood Beast' challenge, before fleeing into the swamp, chased by Barin. Both Flash and Barin are captured by the Treemen
  17. Trial By Combat
    Prince Barin and Flash are taken to Vultan at the Sky Palace. Flash and Barin fight each other, before Flash saves Barin's life.
  18. The First Step Forward
    Klytus visits the Sky Palace, but is thrown onto the spikes by Flash. The Treemen flee from the palace when Ming approaches.
  19. Declining A Kingdom
    Ming visits the Sky Palace, and offers Flash his own kingdom. Flash refuses and escapes on a Hawk Cycle before Ming destroys the palace.
  20. A Second Chance
    Flash contacts Vultan from his rocket cycle, and Aura reveals to Dale that Ming allowed Klytus to torture her.
  21. The Warship Ajax ('Flash To The Rescue', 'Vultan's Theme' and 'Battle Theme')
    Flash flies toward Mingo City, so that War Rocket Ajax follows to collect his body. The Hawkmen attack the ship and plant a bomb on board.
  22. Flash To The Rescue ('The Wedding March', 'Marriage Of Dale & Ming' and 'Crash Dive On Mingo City')
    Aura escapes from custody and rescues Barin and Zarkoff. Dale is taken to her wedding as Flash steers War Rocket Ajax towards Mingo City. Dale & Zarkoff execute General Kala and deactivate the lightning field. Flash crashes the War Rocket Ajax into Mingo City, killing Ming (?).
  23. A New Kingdom ('Flash's Theme Reprise')
    Prince Barin and Vultan reveal their new joint leadership to the people of Mingo City.
  24. End Credits ('The Hero')

DVD Extras

The DVD Menu also uses a short unique edit of 'Flash's Theme'. All other menus are silent.


Silver Anniversary DVD


This reissue, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the film, was released on 10 October 2005. It features the DVD in a standard grey case, with new artwork, a booklet, and the DVD itself features new material. The content of the DVD is as follows:

For this release, the film is divided into just 12 chapters. The menus also feature a number of short extracts, full details of which are available on the 'Flash Gordon' album page.


30th Anniversary Blu-ray


This reissue was released on 27 September 2010, and was available as a standard Blu-ray, or a set which added the studio album on CD. According to the sleeve, the content is as follows:

I do not own the Blu-ray yet, so have not been able to check if the menus feature any music, or if the disc contains other bonus material.

Note: some images can be clicked for hi-definition versions