Flash – ah-ah! The man who Queen sang about so epically is set to return to our screens this year in a blaze of newly-restored 4K Flash Gordon goodness.
In celebration of its 40th anniversary. the classic cult flick has been lovingly rescanned from the original negative in order to bring it to 4K Ultra HD in the style that it deserves.
StudioCanal are planning to let loose two sets, much like their superb Apocalypse Now releases last year.
The smaller, two-disc release is set to include the movie, two audio commentaries, a bunch of featurettes, a stills gallery, storyboards, a trailer, several interviews, Easter eggs and a whole lot more.
The five-disc set will add to the above, with a standard Blu-ray disc featuring the 2017 Life After Flash documentary from Lisa Downs, as well as an original soundtrack CD. There will also be a 32-page booklet, a 16-page The Story of Flash Gordon mini-book, a poster, art cards and more.
The new transfer has been approved by director Mike Hodges, who had the following to say about the release:
“I’m very grateful to StudioCanal for this brilliant 4k restoration. The restoration 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 sets are currently slated for an August 3 local release.