Saturday, February 21, 2009

Saturday Matinee: Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe, Chapter Five

Starting this week, we bring you... huge-ass viewer windows! According to YouTube, we could now go as far as full SD size (640x505, including the bar at the bottom), but the main area of this blog is only 600 pixels wide. Maybe I'll change it to 640. That would make the whole blog more than 800 pixels wide, which would push stuff off the side for people using 800x600 monitors. (Are there still people using 800x600 monitors?)

As I mentioned last time, another recent YouTube improvement is that you can now watch a high-quality version without having to schlep over to their site to do it. Just start the video, mouse over the icon on the right (the up-pointing arrow), and click "HQ" on the pop-up menu. (Their next improvement ought to be allowing you to choose HQ before starting the video.) 

According to Harmon and Glut's The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury, this serial was based on the "Big Little Book" Flash Gordon and the Ice World of Mongo (itself based on a sequence from the comic strip). I guess the producers felt that title wasn't "big" enough, so they went pretty much to the farthest possible reaches of "big" with Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe.

"But," I hear you say, "so far, Flash has only been on Mongo and Earth. Are you telling me that by the end of Chapter Twelve, Flash will have subjugated the whole furshlugginer universe?"

Well, yes and no. I'm telling you about this now so that your built-up anticipation makes you good and mad at the writers for the über-lame justification of the title that they shoehorn in.

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