Universal Announces a new FLASH GORDON – Saviour of the Universe DVD

     April 26, 2007


I can still hear the music. If someone talks Flash Gordon I don’t think of the cheesy film, I immediately think of the amazing Queen soundtrack that still holds up today as one of the best movie soundtracks that has ever been made. After al who doesn’t know Flash! Ahhhh he’ll save every one of us.





The last Flash Gordon DVD came out in May of 1998 and it’s been out of print for awhile, so this is one of those rare times that I don’t think the studio is forcing a double dip on anyone as most don’t have this DVD to begin with.


And for those who are like me and noticed that saviour is spelled wrong, the reason is that the Queen lyric is spelled that way so Universal is calling it the “Saviour” of the Universe and not using the American spelling.



I have a ridiculous amount of DVD covers that will be posting this weekend but this one was too huge to wait. Here is the cover art and below is the list ofextras on the DVD.





Flash Gordon: Saviour of the Universe Edition DVD



All New Digitally Remastered Picture, 5.1 Surround Sound and Exclusive Bonus Features and Key Art By Renowned Artist Alex Ross Available for the First Time on DVD August 7, 2007



An All-American football player must foil an extraterrestrial plan to dominate the Earth in Flash Gordon: Saviour of the Universe Edition, rocketing into stores August 7, 2007 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Available on DVD for the first time, this rollicking sci-fi classic stars Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Timothy Dalton, and Academy Award® nominees Max von Sydow (Pelle the Conqueror) and Topol (Fiddler on the Roof) in the ultimate otherworldly adventure. An all-new digitally remastered picture and 5.1 Surround Sound brilliantly enhance the tongue-in-cheek dialogue, outrageous costumes and over the top sets, as well as the now legendary soundtrack by the celebrated rock group Queen. Directed by Mike Hodges (Croupier, Get Carter) and produced by Dino De Laurentiis (Barbarella, King Kong -1976), Flash Gordon: Saviour of the Universe Edition brings to the screen all the action, romance and fun of the original 1930’s comic strip that inspired it. The special edition DVD includes exclusive bonus features, packaging art by renowned comic book artist, Alex Ross, and an “alternate” collectible postcard of the packaging art that make it a must-have addition to the collection of any sci-fi fan. The creation of cartoonist Alex Raymond, Flash Gordon is the original epic outer-space fantasy. The DVD is priced at $26.98 SRP.



Bonus Features Blast Off to excitement



  • The Special Edition DVD includes special bonus features that will take your enjoyment into another galaxy:
  • ALEX ROSS, RENOWNED COMIC ARTIST, ON FLASH GORDON – World-renowned comic artist Alex Ross talks about his favorite movie of all time, Flash Gordon, and about how the film has inspired him in his life and work.
  • WRITING A CLASSIC: SCREENWRITER LORENZO SEMPLE, JR. -Screenwriter Lorenzo Semple, Jr.speaksabout the deliberately campy script for Flash Gordon.
  • FLASH GORDON 1936 SERIAL EPISODE- Chapter Oneof Planet of Peril.


SYNOPSIS


In this wild and wacky update of the 1930’s comic strip, maverick scientist Dr. Hans Zarkov (Topol) believes that energy waves emanating from a far-away galaxy are pulling the moon out of its orbit and threatening to destroy the Earth. Along with Flash Gordon (Sam J. Jones), quarterback for the New York Jets, and beautiful Dale Arden (Melody Anderson), Zarkov sets off on a rocket trip to the stars. They follow the energy waves to the distant planet Mongo, where they discover that evil despot Ming the Merciless (Max von Sydow in a deliciously sinister performance) is planning to obliterate life on Earth. Ming decides to add lovely Dale to his harem of concubines and attempts to imprison Flash, who escapes and takes refuge with the planet’s rebel forces. He convinces rival Mongo princes Barin (Timothy Dalton) and Vultan (Brian Blessed) to unite their armies, and leads them in an all-out campaign to overthrow Ming and save humanity.



CAST & FILMMAKERS


Director: Mike Hodges


Written By: Michael Allin, Lorenzo Semple Jr., Alex Raymond


Produced By: Dino De Laurentiis


Director of Photography: Gil Taylor


Production Designer: Danilo Donati


Film Editors: Malcolm Cook


Costume Designer: Danilo Donati


Music By: Howard Blake


Cast: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow, Topol, Brian Blessed, Timothy Dalton

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