Flash Gordon: Ming Strikes Back

Flash Gordon: Ming Strikes Back

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Flash Gordon: Ming Strikes Back
Faneditor Name:
Tagline:
Star Wars of 1940.
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1940
Original Running Time:
234
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
139
Time Cut:
95
Brief Synopsis:
With Flash Gordon, along with his faithful companions, Dale Arden and Doctor Zarkov, having twice before thwarted his evil plans for conquest of the universe, Ming the Merciless renews his assault on the Earth, this time by coating the inhabited portions of the planet with a deadly dust, which strikes its victims down with the unyielding Purple Death.

Flash, Dale, and Zarkov must journey through the far reaches of space to the forest kingdom of Arboria, on the planet Mongo, to enlist the aid of Prince Barin and his Tree Men, where, with the additional assistance of Queen Fria of Frigia and her soldiers, Flash and his friends must discover a way to put a stop to the Purple Death and disrupt the nefarious plans of Ming and his minions.

This is a feature-length cut of the 1940 public domain serial 'Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe', with Larry "Buster" Crabbe, Carol Hughes, Charles Middleton, Frank Shannon, and Anne Gwynne. Despite the dodgy science, improbable escapes, cheesy special effects, sometimes wooden acting, and juvenile story, 'Flash Gordon: Ming Strikes Back' provides a glimpse into how 'Star Wars' may have looked to an audience in 1940.
Intention:
Two feature-length films condensed from the first and second halves of the 1940 serial, 'Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe', were released to television in 1966. The combined running time of these two features was 171 minutes (out of the original 234-minute combined run time of the complete serial), and in my opinion neither feature works very well as a standalone movie. My goal was to cut the entire 12-chapter serial into one coherent film that could be enjoyed by today's audiences.
Release Information
MP4/M4V/MOV
Cuts and Additions:
Cuts have been made to streamline the story, discard unnecessary subplots, and eliminate redundancy or filler. All but 37 seconds of chapter 8 has been cut, as well as all of chapter 9. Some scenes have been switched around to support the tightened narrative, and a couple of repetitive situations have been conflated to quicken the pace.
Cover art by Billy Batson (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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9.8
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9.5  (2)
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9.5  (2)
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9.5  (2)
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10.0  (2)
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9.5
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Flash Gordon is easily one of my favourite all time pulp-esque heroes. Raymond's comic strip is filled with action packed drama and glorious illustrations. The Buster Crabb serials are a pure delight. The first serial made in 1936 may be the most faithful comic adaptation ever put to screen, though I think the two sequel serials are more fun and have a stronger narrative.

Which brings me to the fan edit MING STRIKES BACK! I watched this on Youtube a little while ago, and I was thoroughly impressed. Billy Batson has taken the longest and most convoluted Flash Gordon serial and nicely streamlined it to it's core elements. And while the story moves swiftly, due to the nature/style of the material I couldn't help wonder if it would play better as two 70 minutes movies rather than one long epic? Still, I was highly entertained. And when you watch the story in this configuration, it really hits home how much George Lucas "borrowed" from this amazing serial series. Almost to the point, I asked myself, was it loving homage or blatant theft? LOL.

Technically, some very minor audio and cut issues but nothing that detracts from the viewing pleasure.
All in all, a fun edit.
Thanks for the nostalgia trip Billy Batson, it left a smile on this old man fanboy's face. :)

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A great fanedit of a great serial, it manages to preserve the energy of the original while dispensing with least necessary elements that only slowed down the pace of the story without adding much. It's great to see someone taking time to work on an old classic like this and doing it so well.

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Owner's reply

Thanks. I'm pleased that you enjoyed watching it as much as I enjoyed editing it.

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