Flash Gordon Gives us Camp on the Cheap

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Aug 9, 2011 in Cinema |

Flash Gordon blu-ray case

Oh Flash Gordon, all the bad acting in the world couldn’t stop my love for you. No, it’s not quite as timeless as the 1936 classic, and it might be plagued by its camp, but that’s really why we loved it, isn’t it?  The costumes and sets were so over-the-top that one can’t help but be entertained by what was obviously a clear attempt by director Mike Hodges to pay homage to everything remotely related to the franchise, no matter how absurd it may seem. Add to that the fact that the film’s entire score is performed by Queen, and its easy to overlook most fans gripes. The film finally made its way to Blu-ray last year, and while I’m not sure what kind of high-definition experience you could possibly expect for something shot in 1980, it’s still a must have for any collector or fan. Amazon is currently selling it for 46% off, so head over and pick your copy up today.

Edit: Also, I should give a quick nod to Alex Ross for his amazing cover. I believe it was originally included with the 2007 special edition DVD package before making its way to the Blu-ray release. If you’re a fan of Mr.Ross — and there really isn’t a reason not to be –you can check out more of his work at his official website.

Tim is a pro-blogger and freelance writer out of San Diego, California. In addition to Fanboy.com, several outlets he’s written for include the Japanese culture and entertainment blog, Japanator, and the collectible toy culture site Tomopop. For more information, follow him on twitter, or check out TimSheehy.com.

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