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Wizards (1977)

Director: Ralph Bakshi     Starring: Bakshi,Ralph
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40239845
UPC: 024543120261
UPC 14: 00024543120261
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Wizards is a thought-provoking, kaleidoscopic feast for the eyes that will enthrall animation fans and film lovers of all ages.

Set on a post-apocalyptic Earth, this fantasy adventure follows the story of Avatar, the kindly, eccentric sorcerer-ruler of Montagar, a rainbow paradise inhabited by elves and fairies. Avatar's evil brother, Blackwolf, dominates Scortch, a bleak land of goblins and wraiths. When the power-hungry Blackwolf attacks Montagar, Avatar, accompanied only by a spirited young woman and a courageous elf, must enter the darkness of Scortch to save his world.

Editor's 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.
Features
Video Features DVD, Animation
Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 7/12/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 80 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1977
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2222026
Video UPC UPC: 00024543120261
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, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Wizards (1977) - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Luigi Bastardo Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 4/26/2012 7:08 PM
Several years after wowing the world with his hugely successful, risqué animated classic for adults, an adaptation of R. Crumb’s Fritz the Cat, Ralph Bakshi brought us something a little more on the serious side — the deadly serious side. Though the title alone invokes nightmarish visions of old guys with beards in large, star-studded dunce caps, Wizards is actually an outlandish adventure set in a post-apocalyptic Earth — in a world full of humans, mutants, fairies, dwarves, goblins, elves, and who knows what else. Following the devastation of the planet, deadly radioactive clouds blurred the skies above — veils of death and decay that have taken two million years to clear for the current inhabitants of the planet to see the light of day....read the full review
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Angelo Grisanti
Video Cast Info Bob Holt
Video Cast Info Jim Connell
Video Cast Info Mark Hamill
Video Cast Info Peter Hobbs
Video Cast Info Steve Gravers
Video Cast Info Andrew Belling - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Donald W. Ernst - Editor
Video Cast Info Ralph Bakshi - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Ralph Bakshi - Producer
Video Cast Info Ralph Bakshi - Director
Video Cast Info Ted C. Bemiller - Cinematographer
Plot 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.

Professional Reviews

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

Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Bakshi,Ralph
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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