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Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of a range of ‘Action Icons’ branded titles on 4th August 2008. Largely made up of titles previously distributed by Momentum, Optimum will have new editions of Stargate, Flash Gordon, Red Heat, Raw Deal, Red Sonja, Total Recall and – the only titles new to UK DVD - Iron Eagle II and Iron Eagle III. Retail is £12.99 each.

Stargate - The film that spawned seasons of sci-fi television stars Kurt Russell and James Spader as a army colonel and archaeologist respectively who travel through a portal to another world and embark on an adventure that results in a race against time to save earth.

Originally announced as a two-disc special edition with both theatrical and director's cuts of the film plus extras, Optimum have now decided to hold those over for next year's 15th Anniversary Edition release making this Action Icons edition a barebones vanilla flavoured offering.

Flash Gordon - Based on the comic books by Alex Raymond and Don Moore and featuring a soundtrack by Queen, this adaptation sees Sam J Jones as Flash who along with Dr Zarkov (Topol) and the beautiful Dale Arden (Melody Anderson) must foil Ming the Merciless (Max Von Sydow) who is plotting to destroy Earth.

The only extra is the original trailer. The film will be presented in its original 2.35:1 widescreen ratio with stereo sound and 5.1 surround audio.

Iron Eagle II and Aces: Iron Eagle III - These aerial action thrillers make their UK DVD debuts. The only extras are original trailers. Both are listed in their widescreen aspect ratios with Stereo sound.

The Arnold Schwarzenegger Collection - These four titles are available separately (£12.99 each) or as part of a collection priced at £29.99.

Red Heat - Schwarzenegger portrays a Russian cop who is sent to Chicago to extradite a Russian drug-dealer. He is partnered up with John Belushi in this buddy cop action thriller.

Features include:

  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English DD2.0
  • I’m Not Russian featurette
  • Stuntman for All Seasons featurette
  • East Meets West featurette
  • Trailer

Raw Deal - Schwarzenegger portrays an ex-FBI agent who is given a second chance on the job by infiltrating and single-handedly bringing down a mob family.

Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with English DD2.0 audio, extras are limited to the original trailer.

Red Sonja - Brigette Nielsen stars as Sonja in this fantasy adventure in which Schwarzenegger portrays a mysterious and powerful stranger who holds the key to her destiny.

Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with English DD2.0 audio, extras are limited to the original trailer.

Total Recall - Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fi thriller based on the short story by Philip K. Dick sees Schwarzenegger play Douglas Quaid, a man who is haunted by recurring dreams of another life on Mars and eventually journeys there to solve the mystery of who he is.

Features include:
  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English DD2.0 Stereo and DD5.1 Surround
  • Commentary with Verhoeven and Schwarzenegger
  • "Making of Total Recall" Featurette (8:06mins)
  • "Imagining Total Recall" Featurette (30:15mins)
  • "Vision of Mars" Featurette (5:09mins)
  • Storyboard Comparisons (7:08mins)
  • Trailer
  • TV Spots

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