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Storyline & Chapters
Silver Anniversary DVD
30th Anniversary Blu-ray
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.
'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
Full details of all tracks, including the differences between the
album and film, can be found on the 'Flash Gordon' album page.
Flash Gordon (Sam J Jones)
Dale Arden (Melody Anderson)
Ming The Merciless (Max Von Sydow)
Dr. Hans Zarkoff (Topol)
Prince Vultan (Brian Blessed)
Prince Barin (Timothy Dalton)
Princess Aura (Ornella Muti)
Klytus (Peter Wyngarde)
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.
- Attack On Earth ('Flash')
Start titles; Flash and Dale catch their aeroplane
flight, and Ming launches his attack on Earth
- Dr. Zarkoff
NASA reports on the solar eclipse and Zarkoff attempts to
make his assistant Munson enter the space capsule
- Stopover Landing
The aeroplane crashes toward Zarkoff's laboratory,
Zarkoff takes Flash & Dale hostage and the space
- The Imperial Vortex ('In The Space Capsule')
The space capsule travels to Mingo city, and Flash, Dale
& Zarkoff are taken hostage by Ming
- An Audience With Ming ('Ming's Theme')
Flash, Dale & Zarkoff are escorted to the court of
Ming the Merciless, where Ming executes the Ardentian
- 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.
- A Final Request ('In The Death Cell')
Flash & Dale spend their last time together before
- The Execution ('Execution Of Flash')
Flash is executed, but saved by the doctor
- Back From The Dead
The doctor 'resurrects' Flash, before Aura helps Flash to
Ming tests Zarkoff's memory, and General Kala attempts to
reprogram his memory to become an agent for Ming
- Telepathy ('The Kiss')
Aura and Flash travel towards Arboria, whilst Flash
telepathically talks to Dale
- 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
- The Initiation Ceremony
Flash and Aura reach Arboria and meet up with Prince
- 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.
- The Sky Palace
Zarkoff and Dale are taken to Vultan at the Sky Palace
- 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
- 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.
- The First Step Forward
Klytus visits the Sky Palace, but is thrown onto the
spikes by Flash. The Treemen flee from the palace when
- 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.
- A Second Chance
Flash contacts Vultan from his rocket cycle, and Aura
reveals to Dale that Ming allowed Klytus to torture her.
- 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.
- 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
- A New Kingdom ('Flash's Theme Reprise')
Prince Barin and Vultan reveal their new joint leadership
to the people of Mingo City.
- End Credits ('The Hero')
- Photographic Gallery (79 pictures of actors, stills from
the film, set and costume designs)
- Theatrical Trailer (contains footage from the film, with
a unique version of 'Flash's
The DVD Menu also uses a short unique edit of 'Flash's Theme'.
All other menus are silent.
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:
- The film, with stereo or 5.1 surround sound audio
- Audio commentaries by director Mike Hodges or actor Brian
- A thirty minute interview with Mike Hodges
- The original theatrical trailer (as on the above
- A photo gallery
- The original episode of the TV serial
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.
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:
- Audio commentary by director Mike Hodges
- Interview with Mike Hodges
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