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Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers

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A 13-episode serial originally shown in movie theatres in 1936.

   Buster Crabbe stars as Flash Gordon in this classic 1930s serial presented for the first time on DVD. Humanity is doomed to destruction! A distant planet has broken its orbit and is headed straight toward the Earth. While Dr. Hans Zarkov … see full wiki

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Blast from the Past

  • May 29, 2009
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I loved "Flash Gordon" as a child and watching the series again on DVD  brings back such fond memories. Each 15-minute episode features the adventures of our hero Flash, the lovely Dale Arden, and intrepid Dr. Zarkov on the planet Mongo, with Flash escaping death at every turn:  The Shark Men nearly drown him, he faces the Fire Monster in the Tunnel of Terror, and he's in mortal peril in the Static Room!

The characters are still fun: Buster Crabbe is every bit the blonde dreamboat hero and Jean Rogers is a delicate and beautiful Dale Arden. Princess Aura still plots to steal Flash for herself, King Vultan of the Hawkmen still has his booming laugh and angel wings, and Ming the Merciless, Emperor of the Universe, is still giving everyone the evil eye (and the creeps).

This serial probably wouldn't interest children today with its hokey effects - oh, that spaceship! - but it's a fun bit of nostalgia for those who liked it the first time around. The actors play it straight and don't play down to kids. I appreciate that young viewers were expected to read the chapter synopses which had pretty big words in them.

I'm glad this came out on DVD. It's a lot of fun to revisit this classic sci fi serial.
DVD Crabbe and Rogers as Flash and Dale Charles Middleton as Ming the Merciless

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June 18, 2009
Like you, I grew up watching these serials on Saturday morning TV. No, today's kids will hate them because of the bad special effects. The stories were great, though. Thanks for bringing back some wonderful memories. Great review.
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