Heroic earthling Flash Gordon saves the world from the nefarious Ming the Merciless in this lavish, intentionally campy adaptation of the famous sci-fi comic strip. The story is as basic as space operas get: Ming (Max von Sydow) has developed a plan to destroy the Earth, and Flash (Sam J. Jones) and his attractive companion, Dale Arden (Melody Anderson), are called upon to stop him. Along the way, Flash must battle Ming's goons and the temptations of a luscious space princess. Previously the basis for a more straight-faced 1930s adventure serial, Flash's story is mined here for exaggerated, cartoon humor by screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr., a central figure in the similarly campy '60s Batman television series. The simplistic plot mainly serves as an excuse for spectacular sets and cartoonish action sequences, all set to an appropriately over-the-top rock score by Queen. Certainly not a film to turn to for serious excitement, fine performances, or character development, Flash Gordon has nevertheless developed an appreciative cult of fans who admire the film's humorous approach and the detailed, colorful production design.~Judd Blaise
Alex Ross, renowned comic artist, on Flash Gordon
Writing a classic: screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr.
First episode of the Flash Gordon 1936 serial
Lorenzo Semple, Jr.
Sam JonesFlash Gordon
Melody AndersonDale Arden
TopolDr. Hans Zarkov
Max von SydowEmperor Ming
Ornella MutiPrincess Aura
Brian BlessedPrince Vultan
Timothy DaltonPrince Barin
Philip StoneHigh Priest Zogi
Jim CarterAzurdian Man
Graeme CrowtherBattle Room Controller
Leon GreeneColonel in Battle Control Room
George HarrisPrince of Ardentia
Stanley LeborMongon Doctor
Anthony OlivierAzurian Man
Terry RichardsMing's Brute
Deep RoyPrincess Aura's Pet
Burnell TuckerAirline Pilot
David NealCaptain of Ming's Air Force
Robbie ColtraneMan at Airport
Suzanne DanielleServing Girl
Karen JohnsonMing's Serving Girl
Dino de LaurentiisProducer
Howard BlakeComposer (Music Score)
Danilo DonatiProduction Designer
Ferdinando ScarfiottiProduction Designer
John GraysmarkProduction Designer
Bernard WilliamsExecutive Producer
Danilo DonatiSet Designer
Danilo DonatiCostume Designer
Ivan SharrockSound/Sound Designer
Derek BotelSpecial Effects
George GibbsSpecial Effects
Richard ConwaySpecial Effects
George GibbsSpecial Effects Supervisor
Action and Adventure,Adventure,Comedy,Fantasy,Sci-Fi
This review is about the steelbook, not the movie. If you cared nothing for the movie you wouldn't be reading this, right?
A while back, I bought the DVD Special Edition with largely lackluster extras, so I saw no reason to buy the BluRay which had the same DVD extras and nothing more.
Then this steelbook tipped me over. Yes, it's just the same old BluRay in a nicer steelbook package. Yes, I'm a fan. Shut-up.
Later on I bought the Arrow limited release of the 4K which has all of the extras Universal Pictures should have gave us in the first place.
If you have a 4K player or TV I'd buy the Arrow version, you'll love it. If you plan on holding onto your BluRay player for the foeseeable future, you still have the DVD (or no disc at all) and you don't care much about extras, go ahead and get this one.
An absolute Sci-Fi classic, transferred into the land of 4K! You can never go wrong with Arrow Video! They do the best quality transfers of the cult classic you love!
This is no different! Great price via Best Buy too! A can’t miss! FLASH!
This is 35mm film to 4K. Is there noticeable film grain? Of course. Does it look better or sound better than Blu-Ray? Not that I can see or hear.
What makes this all worth it? All of the extras that Universal Pictures should have always included but never did.
Arrow finally gives the fans of Flash Gordon movie the respect it was always due.
At this price Arrow should have included a Blu-Ray, but this is single disc.
I have been a big fan of this movie for a long time and watched it whenever it would come out on Cable TV back in the '80s.
I have to say that ARROW has done a fabulous job on this package and kept the price point down fairly reasonable for what you get in it.
This is the Limited Edition 2 Disc 4K set. There is also a Blu-ray version of this set. So, you decide which one you want.
The actual 4K in this release is spectacular and the colors are just super bright and more refined now than ever before.
The previous Universal Blu-ray doesn't hold up to this new release.
If you love Queen's music, you owe it to yourself to check this movie out. They did a fabulous job on it and it sounds incredible.
The 4K disc does not have any region restrictions, but the 2nd disc in this set is the Blu-ray that has more special features and the Documentary LIFE AFTER FLASH. That is Region A.
In it, Sam Jones talks about the movie, what happened during the movie and after. I had not known about much of his life until now. It's really great to see him and most of the cast in this set in interviews, talking.
Timothy Dalton (Prince Baron), Ornella Muti (Princess Aura), and the actress who played Klytus' colleague. Mariangela Melato (General Kala). It is a shame that they could not partake in any new interviews, but there is an older interview with Timothy Dalton before he donned the 007 Title, of course.
Tons of extras folks on this set. I Highly recommend it!
*** I have read numerous complaints about that super edition with the CD Soundtrack, the Blu-rays are Region B for UK and the 4K disc itself has technical problems with it. DO NOT get that unless you want to shell out near $100 for all the other stuff and you have a region free player. Still, the 4K disc has a manufacturing issue.
I read the reviews on Amazon.
This review is from Flash Gordon [4K Ultra HD Blu-ray] 
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Looks and Sounds Amazing
Looks and sounds amazing. The menu is silent so adjust your volume beforehand although I recommend playing this movie LOUD. On the disc fan Alex Ross describes it as a rock opera which is dead-on. I almost feel it would work better as a silent movie with just the music and no dialogue. A real meal which I think struggles to maintain its tone. If you love this movie though, THIS IS THE WAY TO SEE IT. Only UHD disc, no blu-ray copy of movie.
Flash Gordon has always been a fun watch, but it has never been as visually exciting as it is on this 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray presentation. The sharp details and popping colors of this film add so much to this comic book adventure come to life. The sound quality immerses you in not only all the action, but Queens' unique and iconic soundtrack music. I highly recommend this 4K Blu-ray to all looking for a superior visual & sonic adventure.