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Flash Gordon - Space Soldiers (1980 movie)
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Now we're talking! I remember many years ago (well over thirty at time of writing) spending my Saturday mornings at the ABC cinema in Wimbledon watching these weekly serials. Every week we'd learn how Flash Gordon - Space Soldiers had survived the previous weeks cliff-hanger ending and wondered if he'd not only save the world, but get the lovely Dale Arden as well.
The effects are as you would expect from seventy years ago, visible wires every now and then on the models of the space-ships. Of course the actors take every line seriously, they could be playing Shakespeare. The music can be a little repetative, but once you've heard it there's no forgetting it ever again.
You can see how Richard was influenced by these early science-fiction classics when he wrote Science-Fiction Double-Feature.
Made in 1936 in glorious Black and White the film stock has survived remarkably well, there are several scratches and sparkles visible on the transfer, but they just seem to add to the experience of watching something made nearly seventy years ago. Each episode runs for around seventeen minutes.
Enjoy the thirteen glorious episodes in this three disc Box Set as Flash battles to save the Earth from the evil Emperor Ming.
Total Running time: 230 minutes | PAL television format | Region 0 | Certificate PG
3 Disc Box Set number 86025 | Released by Delta Music PLC. www.deltamusic.co.uk
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