Fire and Ice [Limited Editon] [2 Discs] [DVD]

Ralph Bakshi's memorable screen collaboration with Frank Frazetta, Fire and Ice, finally gets a special DVD treatment thanks to one of the leaders in cult film releases, Blue Underground. First off, this 2-Disc Limited Edition is gorgeous, with a holographic slipcase cover creating a striking package that will leave fans drooling and unassuming consumers enticed. With an anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen picture and top-of-the-line 6.1 DTS-ES and 5.1 Dolby Digital track sound options, you know that you're getting the best presentation possible for this release. Thankfully, the disc also includes enough extras for you to sink your teeth into, never mind a second disc that features the acclaimed Frazetta: Painting With Fire documentary by director Lance Laspina. Laspina also shows up on the Fire and Ice commentary with Bakshi, which is more like a sparring match than friendly sit-down audio track. It's not that the two men have disdain for each other, but there is something about Bakshi's New Yorker attitude that tends to clash with the other man's reserved qualities. The end result is an informative and awkwardly entertaining track filled with enough raging ego to fuel a small city, which fans of the infamous director won't be surprised by in the least. Fire and Ice extras include a vintage making-of and another smaller featurette that delves into the relationship of Frazetta and Bakshi. Some diary notes, a still gallery, and the original theatrical trailer make up the rest of the first disc, with another commentary included on the Painting With Fire disc. As usual, Blue Underground has gone out of its way to deliver a packed release that, even with its flaws (the making-of was mastered from the only existing video print), maintains a level of quality that is admired throughout the industry.
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Special Features

  • Audio commentary with producer/director Ralph Bakshi
  • "The Making of Fire and Ice"
  • "Bakshi on Frazetta"
  • Sean Hannon's diary notes
  • Behind-the-scenes still gallery
  • Theatrical trailer
  • "Frazetta: Painting With Fire" -- Includes interviews with Frank Frazetta; comic legends Bernie Wrightson, Dave Stevens, William Stout, and Neal Adams; Ralph Bakshi and John Milius; demonic rocker Glenn Danzig; and much more
  • Audio commentary with director (of "Frazetta: Painting With Fire") Lance Laspina and producer Jeremy J. DiFiore
  • Closed Captioned


Frazetta: Painting with Fire
To fantasy fans worldwide, his paintings are instantly recognizable. Filled with mythical beasts, fierce warriors, beautiful women, and imaginative landscapes, Frank Frazetta's remarkable works have come to virtually define the face of modern fantasy for more than a half century. Now fans can hear the remarkable story of Frazetta's fascinating life firsthand as they view some of his best-loved works and discuss what they will come to mean for future generations of fantasists. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Fire and Ice
Ralph Bakshi's last stab at epic fantasy takes place shortly after the Ice Age. The evil queen Juliana (voice of Eileen O'Reill) plots to conquer the world and raises her son Nekron (Sean Hannon) as a master of sorcery and arcane mental powers. Together the two conquer the Ice Kingdom, and from their stronghold Nekron commands massive glaciers to destroy everything between them and their ultimate goal: Fire Keep, ruled by the wise and powerful King Jarol Leo Gordon. Nekron's latest advance destroys a Northern village, leaving Larn (Randy Norton) the sole survivor, bent on revenge; it also exhausts Nekron, who resorts to sending emissaries to coerce Jarol into surrendering. When words fail, they resort to kidnapping Jarol's daughter Teegra (Cynthia Leake), who escapes and accidentally hooks up with Larn. Aided by the mysterious masked warrior Darkwolf (Steve Sandor), they attempt to return to Fire Keep and mobilize their warriors to bring the fight to Nekron. ~ Emru Townsend, Rovi

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