The Nerd Of Steel links to news that the 1980 FLASH GORDON movie is finally being rereleased in Region One as a two-disk Special Edition DVD shortly. This is good news .... except that neither of the audio commentaries recorded for the R2 disk are slated to be included on this new edition. Instead, we get a second disk with junk like an Alex Ross interview, which will be a treat for anyone who hasn't seen the Ross featurette from the GATCHAMAN DVD series and thus still cares to listen to him talk about anything ever again. I'll pass, thanks; I need to protect what's left of my desire to live.
This news reminds me of something I parked in my bookmarks a while ago but kept forgetting to blog about: Here's Director Mike Hodges' delightful, surprisingly candid audio commentary from the Reg. 2 release, which I found on the awesome film site Cinefilevideo.com [which I found in turn from Eggcityradio.com, the new blog by the author of the late, great Post-Punk Junk blog].
Anyway, if you have the original R1 disk -- or when you get the new edition -- the mp3 and movie are easy to sync up once Queen's theme song kicks in. And unlike WIZARD OF OZ/DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, this sync-up is interesting for more than one listen. [Mike, the commentary track from Brian Blessed is nice, but once you've heard the first half hour, you've pretty much heard it all. I bet an exhaustive web search could dig an mp3 of it up, though.] I hadn't thought of it before, but I'm surprised why there aren't more R2-only-commentary mp3s widely circulating. That seems like a natural.