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Heavy Metal (1981)

Director: Gerald Potterton     Starring: Bakshi,Ralph
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40119086
UPC: 043396039292
UPC 14: 00043396039292
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Louder and nastier than ever!
Based on the fantastical illustrated magazine heavy metal, producer ivan reitman creates an otherworldly tale of good vs.. Evil. Packed with special effects, heavy metal sets the standard for alternative contemporary animation. Plus a pounding soundtrack by black sabbath, blue oyster cult, and more.
Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Surround Sound, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Dubbed & Subtitled, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/25/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 90 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1981
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 03929
Video UPC UPC: 00043396039292
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Portuguese, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Elmer Bernstein - Composer
Video Cast Info Len Blum - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Dan Goldberg - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Blue Oyster Cult - Featured
Video Cast Info Dan O'Bannon - Story
Video Cast Info DEVO - Featured
Video Cast Info Black Sabbath - Featured
Video Cast Info John Vernon - Voice
Video Cast Info Rodger Bumpass - Voice
Video Cast Info Sammy Hagar - Featured
Video Cast Info Cheap Trick - Featured
Video Cast Info John Candy - Voice
Video Cast Info Thor Bishopric - Voice
Video Cast Info Ivan Reitman - Producer
Video Cast Info Brian Tufano - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Harold Ramis - Voice
Video Cast Info Eugene Levy - Voice
Video Cast Info Stevie Nicks - Featured
Video Cast Info Richard Romanus - Voice
Video Cast Info Gerald Potterton - Director
Plot 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.

Professional 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

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Bakshi,Ralph
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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