An editing experiment I recently did cutting down the 13-episode, 245 minute movie serial "Flash Gordon" to a 112 minute, feature-length movie, as an alternative to the crudely slapped-together feature edits "Rocketship" (72 min.) and "Spaceship to the Unknown" (97 min.) that were issued to television by Universal and King Features many years ago.
The goal was to cut together an enjoyable, coherent feature-length film that kept as much of the story and memorable sequences from the original serial as possible, while streamlining and clarifying the plot, and reducing the repetitive and redundant elements - although there's no real getting around the episodic nature of the original narrative. Emphasis is placed on the romantic rivalry between Ming/Flash and Aura/Dale that propels most of the story forward, while padding and plot elements that go nowhere have been discarded. The Kala sequence again falls on the chopping block - although it has a lot of fun elements, it's not solidly connected to the rest of the story and was pretty easily jettisoned, and its exclusion brings Prince Barin into the action a bit more quickly and effectively.
A few aural adjustments have been made - some early sequences, most previously lacking music, have tracks from the classic "Bride of Frankenstein" score added to enhance mood and quicken the pace, as well as a few new Foley effects for dramatic punch in certain action scenes. The classic "Crucifixion" theme from BOF (familiar from later "Flash" serials) was specifically added to the opening credits to distinguish this edit from other feature edits.
This fanedit is a first effort, and a bit crude and clunky technically. I hope to have a better, more polished Beta version of this edit finished soon. Comments and suggestions are welcome.