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In addition to being slated to write and direct this new Flash Gordon movie, Stephen Sommers (The Mummy 1999, The Mummy Returns 2001, and Van Helsing 2004) is slated to do an adaptation of Captain Marvel - the Power of SHAZAM. Just check Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com) to see for yourselves.


Captain Marvel = Good...

Directed by Sommers = Oh crud!


Jesus Christ can't they come up with something new? they have to re-film stuff or use comic book characters because it's easier to make publicity?
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the new flash gordon has been in development hell since the late 90's as well as the new buck rogers movie. others film in development hell are Jack Kirby's the new gods, John Carter of Mars, and Star Blazers. Still there are plenty of good science fiction books/fantasy books that would make good films. Sure they finally made I robot but it was not faithful to the asimov novel, Imagine hollywood taking a cerebral story and making an action film out of it. Why could'nt they just Have shot the script that asimov put together with ralph macquarrie as conceptual designer?
X men 2 is the best comic book movie of all time, next to the first superman film. One of the most underated comic book movies is the crow based on the works of Jay o"barr. The studios are planning to make neil gaiman's sandman into a movie, and They still are talking about ender's game the science fiction novel by orson scott card. The Fantastic Four movie failed miserably why could'nt they just have followed kirby's original story? They were able to get the kirby and claremont stuff into the xmen movies. Hell there are literary classics being made into films, like beowulf and gilgamesh, and they still have'nt made a movie based on the odyssey for the big screen, troy and alexander sucked. i still would like to see the live action evangelion movie from Weta, and the rest of tolkien books made into a film the hobbit and the silmarillion. There going to make a series of narnia movies if the first one is sucessful, in fact since the new charlie in the chocolate factory was so sucessful they are doing a remake of the classic the wizard of oz. I would like for Terry Brooks shannara series made into films, or magic kindom series. Or even Robert Jordan's wheel of time, terry goodkind's sword of truth, or george r.r. martin's a song of fire and ice series. And what about the foundation trilogy by asimov?

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I know it's wrong to feel this way, but I feel that The Mummy Returns was okay. Not great cinema at work but it was okay, a decent way to kill time.
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Enjoyed a lazy Sunday afternoon viewing of the one and only…

 

a quality article from Empire Magazine in 2015 - on the 1980 Flash Gordon film…

Gordon’s alive! The untold story of Flash Gordon’:-

https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/gordon-alive-untold-story-flash-gordon/

^ “I’m bloody made for this. I saw it as a child. If you don’t give it to me I’m going to bloody kill you!” - Brian Blessed to film producer Dino De Laurentiis on ‘wanting’ the part of Prince Vultan…

 

The Weirdest Things You Never Knew About the Making Of Flash Gordon’ - from io9 in 2014:-

https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-weirdest-things-you-never-knew-about-the-making-of-1571016187

 

Flash 1980 film : Wikipedia : IMDB : Trailer : Queen - Flash (Official Video)

Brian Blessed greatness : Brian Blessed ‘Gordon’s Alive!’ : Brian Blessed’s Flash Gordon Commentary - all 3 are youtube videos
 

 

The movie ‘Ted’ - the 2012 film with Mark Wahlberg & Mila Kunis - is well worth a watch if you liked the 1980 Flash Gordon film too 😃

I’m off to find Princess Aura and some bore worms…

 


 

^ a new 95 minute documentary re 1980 Flash Gordon film 😃

Life After Flash website - https://www.lifeafterflash.com/ : IMDB page : Twitter

SyFy “Life After Flash” clip - https://vimeo.com/244839302
 

a few decent articles on ‘Life After Flash’…

GORDON’S ALIVE!” AND OTHER TALES FROM ‘LIFE AFTER FLASH’ - https://filmschoolrejects.com/life-after-flash-filmmaker-interview/

Starburst - https://www.starburstmagazine.com/reviews/life-after-flash

FlickeringMyth - https://www.flickeringmyth.com/2017/10/movie-review-life-after-flash-2017/

 


 

Nearly forgot - rumours re a new Flash Gordon film (from late 2017)
 

Guardians of the Galaxy Forced Matthew Vaughn to Rethink His ‘Flash Gordon’ Remake’…

http://collider.com/flash-gordon-remake-guardians-of-the-galaxy/#poster
 

Flash Gordon Remake was Delayed Due to Guardians of the Galaxy Similarities’…

https://www.outerplaces.com/science-fiction/item/16793-flash-gordon-guardians-of-the-galaxy
 

Sam Jones Says New Flash Gordon Movie Still In Development’…

http://comicbook.com/movies/2017/09/09/sam-jones-flash-gordon-movie-still-in-development/
 

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A remastered 4K release of Flash Gordon (1980) coming soon (in June/July 2020, apparently)…

 
‘Flash Gordon is returning to UK cinemas in May’ from FilmStories (back in early March) - obviously the cinema re-release won’t be happening given recent world events. But a 4K remaster release for the 40th anniversary as mentioned in the above article? Bring it on!
 

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bluray•com’s ‘Flash Gordon 4K UHD (1980) (40th Anniversary Edition)’ discussion thread

bluray•com’s ‘Flash Gordon 4K Blu-ray’ info / overview thread

https://www.cultura.com/flash-gordon-1980-4k-steelbook-5053083216047.html

https://www.kicks.com.au/product/flash_gordon_4k_ultra_hd_blu_ray_uhd

https://4k-ultra-hd.fr/film-blu-ray-ultra-hd-4k/536-flash-gordon.html - has a release date of 24th June
 

Really hoping this new 4K release has both director Mike Hodge’s and Brian Blessed’s respective commentaries from the 25th Anniversary / Silver Edition DVDs. And the new 4K remaster is going to get the love and attention it so deserves (if it is the same guys who did the recent John Carpenter set… then it should be!)
 

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oojason said:

‘Flash Gordon is returning to UK cinemas in May’ from FilmStories (back in early March) - obviously the cinema re-release won’t be happening given recent events. But a 4K remaster for the 40th anniversary release as mentioned in the above article? Bring it on!

I love that movie. Has anyone ever made a fan edit with improved vfx that you know of? (Ducks for cover). Yes, I know that’s not inkeeping with the spirit of the forum but some tasteful improvements wouldn’t go amiss.

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Unfortunately I don’t think there has been a fan edit for the 1980 version of Flash Gordon (here or elsewhere) - though I hope to be wrong on that.

Yet there are a few fan edits for other incarnations of the films knocking around online - mostly based on the 1930’s versions.

If this new 4K release of the 1980 film has any additional deleted scenes or other BTS footage included in it… they could help make for an intriguing Edit (though I love the film as it is - faults, cheese, ham, fun, pumping soundtrack and all 😃)
 

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oojason said:

Unfortunately I don’t think there has been a fan edit for the 1980 version of Flash Gordon (here or elsewhere) - though I hope to be wrong on that.

I’ll have to check the fanedit forum some time, maybe there will be something there.

I used to admire the costume design of the 1980 film a great deal, until I watched the documentary about Jodorowksy’s Dune (brilliant documentary by the way). Towards the end of the documentary there is a series of comparisons of original designs for the unrealised Dune project and the films that followed in its wake. It makes for rather depressing viewing.

That said, Ming’s palace guards (the ‘pig guards’ and ‘football players’) and the secret police costumes in particular are fantastic.

George Lucas developed Star Wars because he could not obtain the Flash Gordon rights. I wonder if his version would have been anything like as colourful, had he made it.

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Going to have to dig out my old collection of film art and books for this - some great promo posters and concept art…

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Darth Dougal said:

oojason said:

Unfortunately I don’t think there has been a fan edit for the 1980 version of Flash Gordon (here or elsewhere) - though I hope to be wrong on that.

I’ll have to check the fanedit forum some time, maybe there will be something there.

I used to admire the costume design of the 1980 film a great deal, until I watched the documentary about Jodorowksy’s Dune (brilliant documentary by the way). Towards the end of the documentary there is a series of comparisons of original designs for the unrealised Dune project and the films that followed in its wake. It makes for rather depressing viewing.

That said, Ming’s palace guards (the ‘pig guards’ and ‘football players’) and the secret police costumes in particular are fantastic.

George Lucas developed Star Wars because he could not obtain the Flash Gordon rights. I wonder if his version would have been anything like as colourful, had he made it.

That’s a good question! Would he have kept it in a 1930’s/40’s milieu like the Filmation animated version did?

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That’s a good question! Would he have kept it in a 1930’s/40’s milieu like the Filmation animated version did?

I guess we would need to find an interview where GL comments on the production design of the Flash Gordon serials or the ‘look’ of the comics. Lucas was/is a serious fan of comic art.

The Flash Gordon style clashes with the lived-in universe of Star Wars. I’m not sure a lived-in version of Flash would have been well received. Wisely the 1980 film is not at all realistic.

Strangely though, Lucas argued with cinematographer Gil Taylor over the use of diffusion in Star Wars. You can see it used in the Tatooine scenes but everything else is sharp. I can’t work out why Lucas wanted to use diffusion when the production design centred on realism. The prequel films all have a slightly diffused look. Maybe he was borrowing from Geoffrey Unsworth, the original choice for cinematographer on Star Wars. He was known for putting stockings on lenses - the best use of this being the opening sequence of 2001 where it looks spectacular.

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Darth Dougal said:

I love that movie. Has anyone ever made a fan edit with improved vfx that you know of? (Ducks for cover). Yes, I know that’s not inkeeping with the spirit of the forum but some tasteful improvements wouldn’t go amiss.

I’m pretty sure Havok made a version.
I’ll search through my reviews.

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Roll on August 3rd - for the 40th anniversary 4K UHD 5-disc Collectors Set… 👍

 
'FLASH GORDON - Official Trailer - Cult Classic newly restored in 4K:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6uOHnxf85g - at the StudioCanal UK youtube channel. (1 min)

or https://twitter.com/StudiocanalUK/status/1258310086788820993

The blurb:-

"The undisputed cult classic ⚡Flash Gordon⚡ is newly restored in 4K and yours to own on 4K UHD Collector’s Edition, Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital August 3rd! Pre-order now: http://amzn.to/2WxT2FU

Prepare to save the universe with the King of the Impossible! Alex Raymond’s famous comic strip blasts to life in the timeless sci-fi cult adventure Flash Gordon! When energy waves pull the moon out of orbit, New York Jets quarterback Flash Gordon unwittingly finds himself heading for the planet Mongo, where - with assistance from beautiful Dale Arden - he’ll take on Ming the Merciless and rescue humankind."

 

4K UHD 5-disc Collector’s Set is £49.99 - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B087XLTTB8/?psc=1
blu ray is £15 - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Flash-Gordon-Blu-ray-Sam-Jones/dp/B087XMZ6QG
DVD is £12 - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Flash-Gordon-DVD-Sam-Jones/dp/B087XN5SNX

 

The US Zavvi store also details and images up for the ‘Flash Gordon (40th Anniversary Edition) – 4K UHD & Blu-ray Collector’s Edition (5 discs)’ release:-

https://us.zavvi.com/blu-ray/flash-gordon-40th-anniversary-edition-4k-ultra-hd-blu-ray-collector-s-edition-5-discs/12564828.html - $63.99 (RRP $89.99)

 

More info:-

https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Flash-Gordon-4K-Blu-ray/269011 : https://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=26790
https://www.homecinemachoice.com/content/gordons-alive-cult-classic-flash-gordon-hit-4k-blu-ray-august
https://www.flickeringmyth.com/2020/05/flash-gordon-receives-brand-new-4k-restoration-for-40th-anniversary
https://www.comingsoon.net/movies/trailers/1134062-flash-gordon-4k-trailer-poster-uk-blu-ray-details-revealed
https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/flash-gordon-back-4k-trailer
 

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I hope there’s an anniversary screening this year, if things ever get back to normal. I long to see and hear this on the big screen again.

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This might be my favorite movie of all time. It’s the first movie I remember seeing on the big screen. It was amazing. I saw the 4K trailer on youtube yesterday and watched it like 10 times. I’m finally able to watch 4k stuff now, just got a new TV. This will be a day 1 purchase for me, definitely springing for that box set in August. The colors, the Queen music, Ming, the quotable dialog… everything in this movie is a gift!

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^ It’s like I’m looking in the mirror! 😃

 

There is also a ‘Zavvi exclusive’ 4K steelbook 3-disc release of Flash Gordon too:-

Flash Gordon (40th Anniversary Edition) - Zavvi Exclusive 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray (3 discs) Steelbook’:-

https://www.zavvi.com/blu-ray/flash-gordon-40th-anniversary-edition-zavvi-exclusive-4k-ultra-hd-blu-ray-3-discs-steelbook/12564829.html - for £29.99
 

https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Flash-Gordon-4K-Blu-ray/269090
https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Flash-Gordon-4K-Blu-ray/269011
https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Flash-Gordon-Blu-ray/269012

 

 
 

SilverWook said:

I hope there’s an anniversary screening this year, if things ever get back to normal. I long to see and hear this on the big screen again.

Same here mate - the main cast were doing a ‘40th Anniversary World Tour’ (at various cons in the UK) when the coronavirus took effect…

I hope they get can that back on the road - even if it is next year… and also the plans the cinema showings of the film again too. Flash on the big screen?

😃

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Flash Gordon set for cinemas after all’:-

https://www.filmstories.co.uk/news/flash-gordon-set-for-cinemas-after-all - 26th June, 2020.
 

The film (the newly restored 4K) is out in UK cinemas now…

 

The 4K, blu ray, dvd, steelbook, and the 5-disc deluxe set are available on the 10th August in the UK, and on the 18th August in the US.
 

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I imported the 5-disc set from the UK and just finished watching the 4K version. It’s outstanding. Unlike many HDR presentations, I rarely felt like it went overboard in terms of contrast. Still mostly looked filmic.

I’d read the director opted to remove the wires from the Hawkmen, but I don’t think I would’ve noticed if I hadn’t read it beforehand. The cleanup work was seamless and I was too busy enjoying the movie. I’m not as much of a hardcore preservationist as some, so it doesn’t bother me, but I’m sure some people would’ve preferred everything been left intact. That said, it’s definitely a more reserved restoration in terms of the effects; I could still see the transparencies resulting from traditional optical effects, so no digital recompositing here. I could be wrong, but I think they might have redone some of the laser fire during the final battle on War Rocket Ajax. It seemed a little too bright and sharp for 70s effects. Maybe I’ll throw in my old Blu-ray to compare. Nothing else stuck out to me as being off though.

I will never tire of this movie.

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I imported the 5-disc set from the UK and just finished watching the 4K version. It’s outstanding. Unlike many HDR presentations, I rarely felt like it went overboard in terms of contrast. Still mostly looked filmic.

Hi Jay, did you notice any problems with the soundtrack?

I’ve got the Zavvi 3 disc 4K steelbook, which is the Studio Canal UK edition of the remaster. I can only watch the blu-ray (no 4K gear yet) but the 5.1 DTS MA soundtrack on my disc is a mess. One of the AV forums here in the UK has picked up on this as well.

The Queen soundtrack is phasey and distorted, music was routed through the front right and centre speakers. I’ve asked Zavvi if they have heard about a recall yet (unlikely).

Update: Turns out the dialogue is meant to be routed through the front speakers and everything else through the rear ones. Re-setting the speaker mode on my receiver should fix the problem. The stereo soundtrack is fine. Perhaps the studio created a surround mix from the original stereo magnetic track using something like CEDAR Cambridge software.

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