Heavy Metal (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Gerald Potterton

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Based on the fantastical illustrated magazine HEAVY METAL, producer Ivan Reitman enlists the help of some of Hollywood's animation masters to create the otherworldly tale of a glowing green orb from outer space that spreads destruction throughout the galaxy. Only when encountered by its one true enemy, to whom it is inexplicably drawn, will goodness prevail throughout the universe. Richly and lavishly drawn, the vignettes of the orb's dark victories include the character voices of John Candy, Harold Ramis and a pounding soundtrack by Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Devo, Donald Fagen, Don Felder, Grand Funk Railroad, Sammy Hagar, Journey, Nazareth, Stevie Nicks, Riggs, and Trust. Highly imaginative and full of surprising special effects, HEAVY METAL set the standard for the alternative contemporary animation. An intoxicating experience not to be missed!

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 220922435
UPC 043396369290
UPC 14 00043396369290
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 6/14/2011
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 3361
Keywords
Adventure
Animation
Anime
Cult Film
Fantasy
Futuristic
Good Vs. Evil
Heavy Metal
Racy
Recommended
Rock Music
Science-Fiction
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Based on the eponymous underground magazine and original art and stories by Richard Corben, Angus McKie, Dan O'Bannon, Thomas Warkentin and Berni Wrightson, this groundbreaking cult classic served as a crossover introduction for many Americans to the aesthetic conventions associated with Japanese anime. This unique collection of six animated stories are all linked by sequences featuring a fiendish green meteorite that claims to be the cause of evil throughout the world. A combination of science-fiction, fantasy, horror, comedy, and sex against a pulse pounding heavy metal soundtrack with songs by Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Stevie Nicks, Nazareth and other 80's rock giants. The video contains a three-minute segment that wasn't included in the theatrical version of the film.
Plot Summary
Summary This unique collection of six animated stories combines science fiction with fantasy, horror, comedy, sex and rock music.| The segments include "Harry Canyon" and "Den." In the first, a New York City cab driver gets mixed up with a beautiful femme fatale. Although he's become so hardened that he keeps a death ray in his car to kill troublesome riders, he lets his guard down long enough to fall for his latest passenger... and it could cost him his life.| In "Den," a nerdy student travels to another planet and transforms into a macho stud with incredible strength. While fighting villains, beautiful women throw themselves at him.| Other stories in this anthology feature the exploits of a beautiful female warrior, pilots fighting off a creature from another world, and a Pentagon secretary who gets captured by an alien. There's also one off-the-wall segment played purely for comic effect. | The stories are all linked by sequences featuring a fiendish green meteorite that claims to be the cause of evil throughout the world.
Reviews
New York Times "...Impressive....Animated with great verve, and scored very well..." 08/07/1981 p.C14
USA Today "...Sassy, raunchy, outrageous and eye-pleasing..." 05/24/1996 p.3D
Total Film "...Highly enjoyable..." 06/01/2000 p.90
Directors
Gerald Potterton
Cast & Crew
Elmer Bernstein - Composer
Len Blum - Screenwriter
Dan Goldberg - Screenwriter
Blue Oyster Cult - Featured
Dan O'Bannon - Story
DEVO - Featured
Black Sabbath - Featured
John Vernon - Voice
Rodger Bumpass - Voice
Sammy Hagar - Featured
Cheap Trick - Featured
John Candy - Voice
Thor Bishopric - Voice
Ivan Reitman - Producer
Brian Tufano - Director of Photography
Harold Ramis - Voice
Eugene Levy - Voice
Stevie Nicks - Featured
Richard Romanus - Voice
Gerald Potterton - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1981
UPC 00043396369290
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 90 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Features
Dolby Digital (5.1), Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Widescreen, English, Spanish, French
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle A genuinely outrageous and occasionally brilliant coupling of American animation and classic early-Eighties heavy metal
Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic ...An unabashed crowd-pleaser. Whenever possible, it goes for the fight scene, the sex joke, the jiggly breasts...
Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic Wild animation, tons of blaring rock music, and fanboy wish fulfillment fantasies of the freakiest order. Good campy fun.

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