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 Live Magic (1986 UK 15-track vinyl LP recorded live at Wembley Stadium, Knebworth and Budapest's Nepstadion. The gatefold picture sleeve shows only minor wear and comes with the illustrated credits inner while the vinyl shows only lightevidence of play EMC3519)
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QUEEN Keep Yourself Alive (Mega rare original 1973 Japanese 'caterpillar' label wide centred 7" single, Queen's debut single for the Japanese market, also including Son & Daughter, with a unique picture/lyric insert. The insert shows very faint patches of foxing for its vintage, whilst the vinyl looks barely played. A superb example of this hard to find pressing P-1290E)
- Queen - Hammer To Fall - Red Sleeve - UK - 12" vinyl - £15.00, $20.40, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 11-Feb-2021 14:23)on March 5, 2021 at 7:06 am
QUEEN Hammer To Fall (1984 UK 12" single, featuring the Headbanger's Mix, also including Tear It Up, glossy red picture sleeve with black & gold text. The sleeve displays minimal wear whilst the vinyl appears barely play 12QUEEN4)
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QUEEN Another One Bites The Dust (1980 UK solid centre 7" vinyl single, also including Dragon Attack, EMI company die-cut paper sleeve EMI5102)
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QUEEN Sheer Heart Attack (Early 1980s UK issue of the 1974 13-track vinyl LP with the cream EMI label design and 'Abbey Road' in the run-out groove, glossy non-barcoded picture sleeve which strangely has the Trident logo printed which is also onthe label, along with the lyric printed inner. When the band left Trident this logo was removed from subsequent pressings, so to see this reappear is very strange. The cover shows only minor edgewear and the vinyl looks barely played EMC3061)