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Flash Gordon Blu-ray

United States
Universal Studios | 1980 | 111 min | Rated PG | Jun 15, 2010

Flash Gordon (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1 (20.22 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

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25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Video 3.9 of 53.9
Audio 4.3 of 54.3
Extras 2.4 of 52.4
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Flash Gordon

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Flash Gordon Blu-ray delivers great video and superb audio in this fan-pleasing Blu-ray release

When energy waves pull the moon out of orbit, New York Jets quarterback Flash Gordon unexpectedly finds himself heading for the planet Mongo, where, with assistance from the beautiful Dale Arden and the noble Prince Barin, he will face Emperor Ming the Merciless and rescue humanity.

For more about Flash Gordon and the Flash Gordon Blu-ray release, see Flash Gordon Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Max von Sydow, Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson (I), Ornella Muti, Topol, Timothy Dalton
Director: Mike Hodges

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Flash Gordon Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

I'm sorry to have to say this to you legions of Flash Gordon fans, but this film is just downright ugly. It was ugly in its original theatrical presentation and it's stayed ugly through its many iterations on home video. Flash soars into the stratosphere on Blu-ray with a VC-1 encoded transfer delivered in full 1080p and an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Part of the problem with this film is its relentless emphasis on garish reds and greens. While that may be a Christmas staple, here it's overblown to the point where one simply seeks to escape the nonstop palette choices of Donati. Rarely has a film bathed in red so ceaselessly, and unfortunately the green interstitials only become annoying, rather than a relief. The good news is this looks quite sharp for its age, with nicely robust colors. Occasionally some of the reds bloom slightly (notice Dale's gown once she's taken prisoner by Ming), but for the most part we're given a clear and precise image. There isn't much damage to the source elements, though you'll notice some very brief bleedthrough in the opening few seconds. Contrast is excellent and black levels, while not incredibly deep, are adequate and shadow detail is quite good. There's simply no way the Blu can overcome the inherent ugliness of most of the imagery here. It's sharper, yes, and more deeply saturated, but that may in fact be a problem with this particular film.


Flash Gordon Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

The best part of having a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix for this new Blu-ray release of Flash Gordon is the ability to hear the really quite engaging Queen score in all its glory. This was one of the first films to exploit a rock song score as part of the general underscore, and Freddie Mercury and company provide a glittering sonic accompaniment to the visual madness. In fact the score fills out the surrounds much more expansively than the general sound design does, which tends to remain resolutely anchored to the front channels. There are occasional foley effects that zing in from various directions, but for the most part this is a front heavy, though very clear, soundfield that is not going to send audiophiles to the moon (or any other planet). There's a fair amount of floor vibrating LFE throughout this film, both in the sound effects and the lowest rumbling tones of the synthesizer, which regularly pre-announces coming mayhem. Dialogue is clear and, aside from some of the heavy accents, easy to understand. This isn't a (pardon the expression) flashy soundtrack, especially considering the film itself, but it's a solid and respectable effort that gets the job done, at least minimally.



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