DVD RELEASE: Flash Gordon Arriving July 18th

Famous animated SF series by Filmation, Creators of He-Man and She-Ra, comes to DVD...
Los Angeles, CA – He’s been one of the country’s most iconic superheroes for 72 years, and now, for the first time in the U.S., Flash Gordon is heading to DVD! BCI, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, and Hearst Entertainment, proudly present “Flash Gordon—The Complete Series,” a four-disc, 24 episode boxed set available July 18th at a suggested retail price of $39.98. “Flash Gordon” is the latest title to be released from BCI’s brand new “Ink & Paint” brand of animated series.

“In the pantheon of science fiction heroes, Flash Gordon is one of the most famous in history,” said Jeff Hayne, Director of Acquisitions, BCI. “The groundbreaking animated series by Filmation closely followed Alex Raymond’s original vision, and is hailed by critics as one of the best adaptations of the legendary character ever created. We’re proud to bring this excellent series to DVD, due both to its quality and the fact that adults and children can enjoy it equally. And we’ve loaded this complete set with special features to expand the viewing experience!”
“Flash Gordon—The Complete Series” features all 24 episodes of the 1979-1981 animated series by Filmation. The creation of Alex Raymond, the classic science fiction comic strip character debuted in 1934, and has spawned three 1930s movie serials, a 1950s live-action feature film and TV series, a 1980 feature film, starring Sam Jones, Max von Sydow and Timothy Dalton, and a 1996 animated series. George Lucas has often cited Flash Gordon as one of his main inspirations for the Star Wars films.

As with their best-selling He-Man and She-Ra releases, BCI has secured the services of prominent DVD consultant and best-selling author Andy Mangels, to provide the added collectible features. The abundance of special features in this ultimate Flash Gordon DVD set include:
• “Blasting off with Flash Gordon”—A 20-minute documentary featuring interviews with creators and historians about Flash Gordon.
• Three episodic commentary tracks—“A Planet in Peril,” “Sir Gremlin” and “Gremlin’s Finest Hour”—with executive producer Lou Scheimer, writer Tom Ruegger, writer Michael Reaves, animator Darrell McNeil and host Andy Mangels.
• Interactive storyboard to clip comparison of various stock action sequences

• Extensive gallery of original model sheets for all main heroes and villains
• Detailed profiles of various characters
• Trivia and fun facts
• Two collectible 4x6 exclusive Flash Gordon art cards by acclaimed comic artists Frank Cho and Gene Ha
• Easter Eggs
• DVD ROM Features—scripts, storyboards and the complete series Bible (PDF format, PC/Mac readable)
• Bonus Preview: Episode #1—“Escape from Mongo”—from the series Defenders of the Earth

“Flash Gordon—The Complete Series” follows the adventures of the heroic Earthman Flash Gordon, who travels with the lovely Dale Arden and scientist Hans Zarkov to the distant planet of Mongo. There, they must team up with Thun, savage leader of the Lion Men, dashing Prince Barin, leader of Arboria, and Vultan, King of the Hawkmen, as they battle the ruthless and evil Emperor Ming the Merciless, ruler of Mongo. Complicating matters is the alluring Princess Aura, who often plays both sides against each other. On the exotic Mongo, Ming’s army of robots aren’t the only menace, as dinosaurs, witch women, amphibious Gillmen, rock creatures and two-headed Tsaks also imperil the heroes!

The “Flash Gordon—The Complete Series” DVD set will launch in July at the San Diego Comic-Con, and be supported by an online and print marketing campaign, including Toyfare Magazine and Wizard Magazine. Flash Gordon will also be tagged in the national television campaign for She-Ra. In addition to PR blasts to local and national newspapers, magazines and DVD/entertainment websites, an internet viral campaign will be created to raise awareness that will include reviews, contests/giveaways and video streaming. The new Ink & Paint website will prominently feature the title and run a contest affiliated with www.tvshowsondvd.com.
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