Heavy Metal [DVD] [1981]

Inspired by the popular fantasy graphics magazine, the animated feature Heavy Metal gained a rabid cult following in the 1980s, and the DVD release of the film is packed with enough extras to satisfy even the most jaded animation enthusiast. The images have been given a letterboxed transfer at the film's original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (the disc has also been enhanced for playback on widescreen monitors), while viewers have a choice of two audio tracks -- one mixed for Dolby Digital 5.1, the other for Dolby Digital Surround. The feature has been closed captioned in English, while the disc is also encoded with optional subtitles in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. In addition to the original version of Heavy Metal, the DVD also features an alternate full-length "rough-cut" of the film, which features a different sequence and footage not used in the theatrical release of the film. The theatrical cut features an alternate commentary track from Carl Macek, who wrote a book on the making of the movie, while the disc also includes a 35-minute making-of documentary, "Imagining Heavy Metal." The disc is rounded out with production photos, pencil sketches from the film's artists, alternate artwork, production notes, and a gallery of cover art from the magazine.
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Rating 4.45 out of 5 stars.
4.4
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (124 out of 130)

Special Features

  • Digitally remastered audio & anamorphic video
  • Documentary: "Imagining Heavy Metal"
  • Deleted scenes
  • Feature-length rough cut with optional commentary
  • Production photo gallery
  • Heavy Metal Magazine covery gallery
  • Pencil portfolio with animations
  • Single & layered cel porfolios
  • Conceptual art gallery
  • Production notes
  • Carl Macek reading his book "Heavy Metal the Movie"
  • Audio: English two-channel [Dolby Surround] & English 5.1 [Dolby Digital]
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese

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
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    Martin Lavut - Ard

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