A fabulous-looking new collection of disc releases for 1980’s Flash Gordon have been announced – full details right here.

Now here’s some cheery news. The might Flash Gordon, the 1980 cult favourite movie, is getting a full Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray release this coming August. The movie will also be available too in a restored DVD and Blu-ray version as well, and we’re promised a hugely impressive remaster of the film.

To quote the official press blurb:

“For the new 40th Anniversary 4k restoration, Flash Gordon was scanned from the original 35mm negative to produce 4K files. Over 500 hours of manual restoration repaired serious damage that included image instability, scratches and intermittent flicker. The sound was scanned from the original track negative and underwent restoration to improve issues ranging from audio drop-outs throughout the feature and during reel changes, digital clicks and optical distortion. The film was colour graded for theatrical, home entertainment and 4K HDR release, using previous digital releases and 35mm prints as a reference. In line with the Director’s vision and the original 35mm cinema release, VFX work was applied to remove the strings in all scenes where visible.  This restoration was approved by Director Mike Hodges in May 2020, and will include the first 4K HDR Dolby Vision master of Flash Gordon.”

What’s more, a five-disc Ultra HD version is set to be available too, and there’s a hefty list of extra features across the various versions of the film. Forgive us for resorting to copy and paste…

The UHD, DVD and Blu-Ray Disc 1 includes:

  • The main feature (1 hr 47)
  • New Lost in Space: Nic Roeg’s Flash Gordon (also iTunes extra)
  • Audio commentary with Mike Hodges
  • Audio commentary with Brian Blessed
  • Behind the scenes of Flash Gordon
  • Stills gallery (also iTunes extra)
  • Storyboards gallery (also iTunes extra)
  • Original theatrical trailer

Blu-Ray Disc 2 includes:

  • Interview with Mike Hodges
  • Interview with comic book artist Alex Ross TBC
  • Interview with screenwriter Lorenzo Semple, Jr. TBC
  • Episode 24 of Flash Gordon (1979-1982): The Survival Game / Gremlin’s Finest Hour
  • Sam Jones’s acting start
  • Entertainment Earth on Flash Gordon merchandise
  • Bob Lindenmayer discusses deleted scenes and original endings
  • 35thAnniversary Greenroom
  • 35thAnniversary reunion featurette
  • Renato Casaro extended interview
  • Brian Blessed anecdotes
  • Melody’s musings
  • On the soundtrack (Brian May & Howard Blake)
  • Easter Eggs

The 5 disc Collector’s Edition includes:

  • The UHD and 2 Blu-ray discs
  • Bonus Blu-Ray Disc of LIFE AFTER FLASH, the 2017 feature documentary celebrating the film and it’s star, directed by Lisa Downs
  • Original soundtrack by Queen & Howard Blake
  • 32 page booklet
  • 16 page Titan mini book (The Story of Flash Gordon)
  • Reproduced booklet of the first strip of original comic books
  • Poster of original artwork
  • 4 artcards of various incarnations of Flash film posters across the years
  • 1 sew on ‘Flash patch’

All versions of the film will be available on August 10th, a one-week delay from the original August 3rd date. Preorders are going up here

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