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Heavy Metal [Blu-ray] [1981]

  • SKU: 1769472
  • Release Date: 06/14/2011
  • Rating: R
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (175 out of 181)

    Special Features


    • Original feature-length Rough Cut with optional commentary by Carl Macek
    • Deleted scenes with optional commentary
    • Imagining Heavy Metal - documentary

    Synopsis


    Heavy Metal
    Inspired by stories from the fantasy graphics magazine Heavy Metal, this five-part animated feature combines the talents of hundreds of artists and animators from 17 different countries. A glowing green orb called Loc-Nar that contains the sum total of all evil in the universe travels through space and time, spreading violence and discord in its wake. The stories that follow demonstrate Loc-Nar's malevolent presence throughout the universe. In New York in the year 2023, cabbie Harry Canyon picks up a fare who turns out to have Loc-Nar in her possession, and it turns out to be one trip he wishes that he had never made. In contemporary suburban America, a nerdy high school kid finds the orb in his backyard and is transported to a comic-book universe where he's a mighty warrior and famous spoiler of women. A robot created by an alien race falls in love with a secretary from Earth who was kidnapped by his masters, while she is at once fascinated and repelled by his sexual talents. And finally, Loc-Nar crashes into a mountain, and a world of fantasy and danger spontaneously appears in its wake, ruled by The Defender, a beautiful amazon who rides on a giant bird. The voice cast for Heavy Metal includes John Candy, Harold Ramis, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Richard Romanus, and John Vernon. The sound track features selections by Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Nazareth, Cheap Trick, Devo, and Grand Funk Railroad. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Rodger Bumpass
      Rodger Bumpass - Fiste, Dr. Anrak
    • Jackie Burroughs
      Jackie Burroughs - Katherine
    • John Candy
      John Candy - Desk Sergeant, Dan, Den, Robot
    • Don Francks
      Don Francks - Grimaldi, Co-Pilot, Barbarian
    • Image coming soon
      Martin Lavut - Ard



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 181 reviews

    97%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Hardcore Rocking Magnum Opus

      Posted
      Moviebuffmel
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      Heavy Metal is ugly, violent and crude...but I loved every minute of it. The movie has a killer soundtrack, amazing animation for its time and a great selection of stories that range from creative to satirical. The only flaw of Heavy Metal is the framing device to how these stories are told, but I can overlook that for how enjoyable these stories are. Truly this is the only time you get to see John Candy do John Carter right! Also, the blu-ray boasts a decent trasnfer with a wealth of extras to keep any fan at bay. From an in-depth documentary to deleted scenes (some in rough animation), the biggest crown jewel is an early workprint that shows Heavy Metal from a different stage, with the exception of a deleted sequence added back in. The commentary on the workprint is very informative, but it leaves my curious to know why there is no audio commentary on the actual final cut itself. In some case, you are left wanting more with this Blu-Ray release, but I feel there is enough justice here to make it a must for any collector!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Not as good as I remembered...

      Posted
      PaleHose05
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      When I was a kid, I loved this movie! When I saw it was available on Blu-Ray in high definition, I jumped all over the opportunity to rekindle my memories of this film. Although the story is still good, and the soundtrack is great, the animation has not held up well over time. There was obviously not a large budget with this transfer to Blu, as there are many artifacts and dirt easily visible while watching it. Since this isn't a movie with the backing of someone like Disney, I doubt there will be any changes with this in future versions. If you're a huge fan, I'd still recommend getting it since its the best you can get. Otherwise, just pull out your old DVD or rent it

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      I love this movie

      Posted
      KISSfan4ever

      Being I collected the HM mags in the 80's, I've owned this movie on every format it was released on. I must say the picture quality on this blu ray is the best it has ever looked. Granted it could use some "real" restoration to make it a fabulous release, but guessing if the studios didn't think it would sell a whole lot of copies then it wasn't going to remaster it much..Audio quality rocks. I cranked up my home theater system and the sound track was awesome. A must own for any fan of the movie!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Take a ride...on Heavy Metal

      Posted
      AlteredReality
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      Saw this many times in the theater. One of my favorite animated films. NOT FOR CHILDREN. I have about five years of the Heavy Metal magazine that the stories were based upon. The film does a good job of translating them to the big screen. As with all source material, you do lose a lot of the story in the process. I would say the story of Den suffers the the most. The written story has a lot more content than is shown in the movie. A violent, action packed, funny early 80s cartoon that should not be missed by fans of the genre.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Classic Animated Cult Movie

      Posted
      bclark56

      The movie intself and the story line is awesome. Heavy Metal was a comic book magazine back in the 1980's. This movie had an excellent soundtrack and was a Midnight Movie Hit. Saddly, the upgrades on Blu-Ray are no better than the Super-Bit DVD. I supposed the film quality could not be improved much, but I figured a comic film could have some substantial Video restorations. if you have the Superbit DTS DVD, no need to buy the Blu-Ray. You will be disappointed.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic Soundtrack

      Posted
      Sluggo
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      It was hard for me to believe that the director of "Heavy Metal," Gerald Potterton, had also directed silent great, Buster Keaton in "The Railrodder." When I asked him, "How did that happen?" his answer was simple. "Hollywood is a strange place." And, in my opinion, "Heavy Metal" a strange movie. Perhaps groundbreaking at the time of its release, it certainly is dated. Of course, the magazine upon which it was based, is of the same spirit.. But the soundtrack is fantastic and I'd highly recommend tracking down a copy.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Juvenile, gory, out of date and a blast to watch!

      Posted
      JCinAZ
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      Let me start by saying the first time I saw this movie, I was maybe 12 years old. This opened my eyes to the fact that "cartoons" could very much be not for children. Watching it over two decades later it's just as campy, just as juvenile, but holds up to the test of time well. Sure, we're not dropping Corvettes from the Space Shuttle any longer (ok, we never did, but work with me), but the story telling and visuals are still enjoyable as an adult. And I'm not letting my 12 year old watch it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Heavy Metal is not for the faint of heart

      Posted
      Dougie
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      Based on the cult magazine of the same name, HEAVY METAL is a an animated anthology of 8 stories featuring characters from the not-for-children comic magazine. From producer Ivan Reitman, this animated film is every teenage boy's dream (well, from the 80's anyway) with sci-fi action, violence, and girls, girls, girls. Bored with Star Wars? Check out HEAVY METAL!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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