I’m sure it’s one of those things where my memory of liking something is actually better than the real thing. I can remember loving Flash Gordon as a kid, between all of the action, the urgency of saving the world, and the rockin’ Queen soundtrack.
Thirty years later the movie is out on high-def Blu-ray disc this week, and my first instinct is that it’s probably quite dated looking. My second instinct is that the soundtrack might rock even harder in DTS-HD Master Audio lossless format, and that it would look pretty cool in a CinemaScope projection theater setup with its 2.35:1 original aspect ratio.
I can’t say that the story, or the set design for that matter, won’t seem incredibly corny after all this time, but for nostalgia purposes Flash Gordon is probably worth a re-viewing. (Click here to view a slideshow of our Top 10 Blu-ray Releases for this week.)
Another movie that perhaps gets a cultish following not for how good it is, but for how ridiculously bad it is happens to be out on Blu-ray this week as well, Showgirls. Also for nostalgia sake, the obvious attraction was the combination of a Las Vegas over-the-top show with a Saved By the Bell alum—Elizabeth Berkley—in a very revealing role, so to speak. We’re guessing parts of this movie look quite good in 1080p.
If it’s more of a sophisticated movie you’re after, however, you can ditch Flash Gordon and Showgirls and check out Mystery Train from director Jim Jarmusch. It’s a Criterion Collection release, so you know you can count on a stellar transfer.
Also this week, don’t miss Lost’s John Locke—Terry O’Quinn, one of the few actors on the show who brought previous movie experience—in the late 80s’ The Stepfather.
Here’s the full release schedule for this week (schedule and slideshow synopses courtesy of Blu-ray.com):
The Book of Eli
Circle of Pain
Control Alt Delete
IMAX: Must-See Places Collection (Mystery of the Nile / Amazon / Grand Canyon Adventure / The Alps)
IMAX: Oceans Collection (The Living Sea / Coral Reef Adventure / Volcanoes of the Deep Sea / Dolphins)
Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D (2D version, K-mart exclusive)
Mary and Max
Sanctuary: The Complete First Season
Sanctuary: The Complete Second Season
The Shadows: The Final Tour
Supernatural: The Complete First Season
Vengeance Trilogy (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance / Oldboy / Lady Vengeance)
When in Rome
Youth in Revolt
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