You Should Watch Amazon’s ‘Life After Flash’ ‘Flash Gordon’ Documentary

Take a second, really truly take a second, to imagine that the iconic score for Flash Gordon by Howard Blake and Queen was composed in 10 days. This is just one of the factoids you’ll pick up by watching Life After Flash, which just hit Amazon.

You Should Watch Amazon's 'Life After Flash' 'Flash Gordon' Documentary

Framed as a talking piece around stars Sam Jones and Melody Anderson, this documentary has some of the absolute best behind the scenes treasure trove of footage and interviews, stuff we’ve (as HUGE Flash Gordon fans) never seen.

No really- I once did a Flash Gordon cosplay group for Dragon Con 2016 because Sam and Melody were guests, and two of my best friends did outfits too. We did a photo op (I’m the short one there in the Dale Arden pillow fight gown which I fully beaded by hand, General Kala is Lorelei Winter Cosplay, and Princess Aura is Vienna La Rogue), and it was just the BEST. We also ran into TWO OTHER GROUPS with full costumes, and it was just one of those amazing experiences that sharing love of a certain thing can make happen.

Reasons to Watch Amazon's 'Life After Flash' Documentary about 'Flash Gordon'
Reasons to Watch Amazon's 'Life After Flash' Documentary about 'Flash Gordon' Reasons to Watch Amazon's 'Life After Flash' Documentary about 'Flash Gordon'

ANYHOW, back to Life After Flash-

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If you’ve wondered what it was like for Brian Blessed on set in his Prince Vultan Hawkman getup between scenes- he’ll tell you ALL ABOUT IT.

Topol admits that he hasn’t seen the film since it’s premiere in 1980, but speaks fondly of the score.

Peter Wyngarde SINGS, and shares just why Klytus needed a jock strap under all that gorgeous silk.

And there is A LOT of talk of just what type of person Dino De Laurentiis was to work with/for during the production.

Yes, this doc even touches on Jones’ decision to not complete Flash Gordon including some reactions from notable folks (like Martha De Laurentiis)  but not “why”.

This is certainly a must watch for fans of Mike Hodges film. We’re really hoping for some awesome Flash Gordon 40th anniversary items in 2020.

You can check out the documentary on Amazon now, it’s free for Prime members.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.



Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 



Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 



Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional