Wizards-35th Anniversary (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Ralph Bakshi

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Product Overview

Legendary and groundbreaking animator Ralph Bakshi's Wizards is the tale of a war between supernatural siblings set in a post-apocalyptic Earth populated by elves, fairies and mutants. Combining traditional cell animation with Bakshi's unique conversion of live film footage into striking, high-contrast animation, Wizards is both whimsical and sinister. This cult favorite from the director of Fritz the Cat (1972) and The Lord of the Rings (1978) celebrates 35 years since it first enchanted animation fans. Starring the voices of Mark Hamill, Susan Tyrrell and Richard Romanus.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 228197899
UPC 024543781899
UPC 14 00024543781899
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/6/2014
Rating Rating
Big Battles
Good Vs. Evil
Swords & Sorcery
Theatrical Release
Witches And Wizards
Editors Note
Note This uniquely 1970s blend of swords, sorcery, science fiction, kung-fu, fascism, and nuclear holocaust was director Ralph Bakshi's first venture into fantasy after his grim urban epics STREETFIGHT and HEAVY TRAFFIC. In a postapocalyptic future that appears as a blend of World War II Europe and J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth, a pint-size wizard named Avatar (Bob Holt, sounding like Peter Falk) must save the world from a band of fascist mutants controlled by his evil twin brother, Blackwolf (Steve Gravers), who likes to confuse enemy armies by projecting films of Adolf Hitler speeches during attacks. Painted live-action footage of advancing Nazi armies contrasts with Saturday-morning-cartoon-style animation of fairies and elves as Avatar travels through various magical and radioactive realms on his quest. Aiding him are a sexually promiscuous fairy queen (Jesse Wells), a hot-blooded warrior elf (Mark Hamill, fresh from his role in STAR WARS) and Peace (David Proval), a misunderstood robot rebelling against his Blackwolf-controlled programming. A bizarre and psychedelic meditation on magic vs. technology, this cult film still finds an audience on college campuses and will prove quite rewarding to viewers in the right frame of mind.
Plot Summary
Summary Ralph Bakshi's animated futuristic fantasy depicts a battle between magic and technology as a kindhearted old sorcerer named Avatar embarks on a perilous quest into darkness to save the world from his evil brother's black magic.
New York Times "...A fable, but one that is as contemporary as Hitler..." 04/21/1977 p.C22
Premiere "WIZARDS fills the screen with as much sci-fi fantasia as one could ask for." 07/01/2004 p.116
Ralph Bakshi
Cast & Crew
Richard Romanus - Voice
Jesse Wells - Voice
Bob Holt - Voice
Mark Hamill - Voice
Ralph Bakshi - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1977
UPC 00024543781899
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 81 minutes
Color Color
Book, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Spanish, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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