Arrow Video is resurrecting the classic science fiction flick Flash Gordon.
The studio is scheduled to re-issue Starling Films/Famous Films/Dino De Laurentiis Company’s 1980 movie Aug. 18 on 4KUHD/BD combo pack and standalone Blu-ray.
The movie’s story follows American football star Flash (Sam J. Jones — Jane and the Lost City, Code Red, Ted), as he is kidnapped by beings from another world along with his girlfriend Dale Arden (Melody Anderson — Firewalker, Battlestar Galactica, Dead & Buried) and their friend Dr. Hans Zarkov (Topol — Fiddler on the Roof, For Your Eyes Only, Sallah), while aboard Zarkov’s rocket. The trio is taken back to planet Mongo, which is ruled by Ming The Merciless (played by Max Von Sydow — The Seventh Seal, Minority Report, The Tudors). Ming wants to take Dale from Flash, and destroy Earth.
Complicating things even more for Flash is that Ming’s daughter Princess Aura (Ornella Muti — Oscar, First Love, The Most Beautiful Wife) is romantically pursuing Flash. Between dealing with her, trying to save Dale and keep Ming from destroying Earth, Flash has his hands full.
The forthcoming re-issue will feature a companion booklet with new liner notes on the movie penned by a variety of film critics and historians; separate feature length audio commentaries by Mike Hodges and Brian Blessed; cast interviews; a behind-the-scenes making of featurette; archival interview with Mike Hodges, screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr. and comic book artist Alex Ross as well as much more.
Francesco Simeoni, Arrow Video’s Director of Acquisitions and Business Development, said in a prepared statement, he was looking forward to the movie’s re-issue.
“We are proud to announce that we have decided to launch our first 4K Ultra HD titles,” said Simeoni. “At Arrow we have always sought to have the best standards in home video presentation so it seemed a logical step that we would embrace this new format, to present you with the best versions of the finest cult and classic films.”
In other news, independent rock band The Lonely Ones recently debuted the video for its cover of Queen’s performance of the Flash Gordon theme song and its companion song ‘Hero.’ The video features the band performing its take on the song in a studio setting, complete with sound effects and audio from the original movie.
The band’s take on the song pays full tribute to Queen’s version of the classic work. The Lonely Ones’ rendition is longer than that of Queen, with the original clocking in at just under three minutes and the cover coming in at five-and-a-half-minutes. Even with that in mind, the band’s cover is still very much in line with Queen’s original work.
The band talked about its take on the song in a collective statement.
“We recorded Flash in 2019 – a pretty dark year for the four of us on all fronts,” the statement reads. Our original musical output reflected that darkness, so recording a cartoonishly triumphant, heroic cover song seemed like a good counter-balance. Fast forward to spring 2020 and the impending COVID-19 Stay at Home order. With limited time and help from some fans we got our friends together to film a music video while we were still able. It’s July now and, with the future more unclear than ever, it seems like the perfect time to release the most positive song we have. I hope you enjoy it. “Flash/The Hero. A Queen Cover.”
It should be noted that the band’s premiere of its new cover is not connected with the movie’s forthcoming re-issue. It is merely coincidence.
More information on The Lonely Ones’ cover of ‘Flash Gordon’/’The Hero’ is available along with all of the band’s latest news at The Lonely Ones’ official Facebook page.
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