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 - Jazz + Poster - Japanese - vinyl LP - £50.00, $64.50, €58.50 (New Item) (arrived 27-May-2020 11:39)on May 28, 2020 at 10:56 pm
QUEEN Jazz (1978 Japanese 13-track vinyl LP, housed in the embossed hardcover gatefold picture sleeve complete with photo portrait insert featuring the image that was used on the inner sleeve in the UK with tracklisting on the reverse, a 12" x 35" fold-out 'nude bicycle race' poster, a four-page lyric insert & obi-strip. The packaging shows a little inevitable foxing and the vinyl is Near Mint P-10601E)
- Queen - Hot Space - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $32.25, €29.25 (New Item) (arrived 24-May-2020 13:15)on May 28, 2020 at 10:56 pm
QUEEN Hot Space (1982 UK 11-track LP including Under Pressure, Staying Power, Body Language & Las Palabras De Amor, glossy picture sleeve complete with illustrated lyric inner. The sleeve is Excellent with just some minor edge wear & the vinylgrades Excellent with barely any play EMA797)
- Queen - The Works - Factory Sample - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $25.80, €23.40 (New Item) (arrived 24-May-2020 13:08)on May 28, 2020 at 10:56 pm
QUEEN The Works (1984 UK advance issue of the 9-track LP with stock labels, including the singles Radio Ga Ga & I Want To Break Free, complete with the red lyric inner. Note: the picture sleeve is Factory Sample stickered on the back for review ahead of release. The sleeve [VG+] shows some minor edge wear with a small paper tear by the sticker whilst the vinyl is Excellent with barely any play WORK1)
- Queen - The Game - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $19.35, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 23-May-2020 10:14)on May 28, 2020 at 10:56 pm
QUEEN The Game (1980 UK first press 10-track LP, including the hit singles Another One Bites The & Dust Crazy Little Thing Called Love, complete with illustrated lyric inner, silver metallicised picture sleeve. The sleeve shows ring wear scuffing [typical for the sleeve finish] whilst the vinyl is Excellent with few signs of play. This is a difficult sleeve to photograph/scan & always looks much worse in the images than it actually is, so don't panic! EMA795)
- Queen - Sheer Heart Attack - 80s - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $19.35, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 23-May-2020 10:04)on May 28, 2020 at 10:56 pm
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 alsoon the 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 minimal wear, just some light edge scuffing and a small stickermark, the vinyl is excellent with just light signs of play EMC3061)