Placing a 21st century spin on a science fiction classic, SCI FI's contemporized version of Flash Gordon follows the all-new adventures of Flash (Eric Johnson) and his companions, Dale Arden (Gina Holden) and Dr. Hans Zarkov (Jody Racicot). Ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances, they find themselves as Earth's last line of defense against the forces of the merciless dictator Ming (John Ralston).
This week the folks at Peace Arch Entertainment, known for their Canadian releases of The Tudors
on DVD and Blu-ray Disc (and wow, those BDs are great), have been busy! First of all, they've changed their company name a few days ago to Phase 4 Films. Secondly, they've today announced their July slate of titles, and the big TV-DVD news on the schedule is their July 14th
release of the Sci Fi Channel's Flash Gordon - The Complete Series
This Canadian release is on DVD format, arriving on 5 discs running 968 minutes. Video is presented in widescreen, with audio available in both English 5.1 Surround Sound and French 2.0 Stereo. It's also closed captioned (in English) for the hearing impaired. We've got a look at the foil-embossed packaging for you below. The cost is going to be CA$42.99 SRP.
What about folks in the United States? Well, since both the USA and Canada are all "Region 1," this set will of course work on any off-the-shelf player in the USA, if you manage to import it from Canada (but since it was just announced today, it's not available to pre-order just yet). Too much trouble? Well, we do expect the release to be announced for release State-side at some point.
Which studio might release this in the USA, if any? The rights almost certainly lie with RHI Entertainment and their distributor, Genius Entertainment. RHI/Genius produced and distributed the Best Buy exclusive release of Flash Gordon - The Premiere Episode
, which was available at that chain for a limited time to celebrate the show's 2007 debut on the Sci Fi Channel. No word yet, though, from RHI/Genius about a domestic release of The Complete Series
. Stay tuned, however, and we'll let you know if and when that announcement comes along! In the meantime, our thanks to Phase 4 Films for the packaging picture they sent directly to us for the Canadian set: