Queen and Howard Blake’s soundtrack to the hit 1980 sci-fi movie Flash Gordon will be included in a new box set celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Mike Hodges-directed sci-fi flick.
The film hit the silver screen in 1980 and starred Sam J. Jones in the lead role, Melody Anderson as Dale Arden, Max von Sydow as Ming The Merciless and Brian Blessed as Prince Vultan.
Along with all the original album tracks, the Flash Gordon 40th anniversary package will also include a segment titled On The Soundtrack, which features May and Blake.
The film itself will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and as a 4K Collector’s Edition Blu-ray which will come with a host of extras, including a 32-page booklet, a reproduced booklet of the first-ever strip from the original comic books, a poster, interview footage, audio commentaries and more.
Speaking about the new version, Hughes says: “I’m very grateful to Studiocanal for this brilliant 4K restoration – it captures perfectly the vivid colours of the sets, skies and costumes. It also corrects some of the problems encountered with the special effects system we used.
“With Chroma key compositing we could insert skies, rocket ships, hawk-men, pretty well whatever we wanted, into the blue backing built into the studio sets. The problems came later when we had to eliminate, for example, the wires used on the hawk-men.
“We were eventually successful but even then some 35mm prints were variable and the wires would be back again. With this new restoration that problem is thankfully laid to rest. Of course Chroma key is primitive by the side of the current process, CGI. That said I’m pleased we stuck with the old fashioned system. CGI would have been too slick.
“After all Flash Gordon was a cartoon strip from the 1930s brought back to life on celluloid some five decades later.”
The Flash Gordon 40th anniversary edition will be released on August 3 and is now available to pre-oder.
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- Queen - Las Palabras De Amor - Dutch - 7" vinyl - £18.00, $21.96, €20.88 (New Item) (arrived 29-Jun-2022 10:43)on June 29, 2022 at 10:47 am
QUEEN Las Palabras De Amor (1982 Dutch wide centre 7" vinyl single also includes Cool Cat. The picture sleeve displays some light general wear mostly on the egdes, whilst the vinyl shows minimal signs of play)
- Queen - You're My Best Friend - Red PRC - US - 7" vinyl - £12.00, $14.64, €13.92 (New Item) (arrived 28-Jun-2022 16:14)on June 29, 2022 at 10:47 am
QUEEN You're My Best Friend (Late 1970s early 80s US US wide centred 7" vinyl single on the red Elektra label with 'PRC' printed below the catalogue number to show this was pressed by the PRC Recording Company in Richmond. Also including '39 on the B-Side, housed in a red & black Elektra company die-cut paper sleeve. The vinyl remains excellent with some cosmetic surface marks E-45318)
- Queen - You're My Best Friend - Philippino - 7" vinyl - £35.00, $42.70, €40.60 (New Item) (arrived 28-Jun-2022 13:15)on June 29, 2022 at 10:47 am
QUEEN You're My Best Friend (1976 Philippines wide centre 7" vinyl single on the red & tan EMI logo label manufactured by Dyna Records, also including 39, with the original Dyna Records die-cut paper sleeve. The sleeve shows some major age and has been tape repaired. The vinyl has some minor surface marks, mostly from a reaction with a PVC sleeve, mostly cosmetic with little lessening in sound quality. Although not mint, still a nice item for any collection and the first we have everseen!
- Queen - Now I'm Here - UK - 7" vinyl - £10.00, $12.20, €11.60 (New Item) (arrived 28-Jun-2022 15:17)on June 29, 2022 at 10:47 am
QUEEN Now I'm Here (1974 UK 7" vinyl single with an intact four prong centre, also including Lily Of The Valley, EMI company die-cut sleeve EMI2256)
- Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody - Solid - UK - 7" vinyl - £30.00, $36.60, €34.80 (New Item) (arrived 28-Jun-2022 15:23)on June 29, 2022 at 10:47 am
QUEEN Bohemian Rhapsody (Classic 1975 UK solid centre 7" vinyl single, also including I'm In Love With My Car, EMI company die-cut paper sleeve. An unusual pressing, we mostly see this single with a four prong centre, we have only ever seen three other copies with a solid centre. The vinyl has only a few light signs of play and is otherwise in Excellent condition EMI2375)