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Heavy Metal (Blu-ray Disc, 2011)

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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.

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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 043396369290

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Format:Blu-ray Disc

eBay Product ID: EPID101954822
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Editorial reviews

"...Highly enjoyable..."
Total Film - John Walker (06/01/2000)

"...Sassy, raunchy, outrageous and eye-pleasing..."
USA Today - Mike Clark (05/24/1996)

"...Impressive....Animated with great verve, and scored very well..."
New York Times - Janet Maslin (08/07/1981)

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Created: 04/17/10

Beware The EVIL That Is "Loc Nar" HEAVY METAL Delivers!

Based on the fantastical illustrated magazine Heavy Metal producer Ivan Reitman enlists the world s greatest comic book artists 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. Lavishly drawn vignettes of the orb s dark victories include the character voices of John Candy and Harold Ramis plus a pounding soundtrack by Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Devol 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 alternative contemporary animation. An intoxicating experience not to be missed.

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Created: 09/08/08

Heavy Metal: The Movie

This movie is an animated version of the magazine from which it gets it name. Plus it is combined with great music, just makes it a want to watch movie. I would not to let the young kids see it as there are parts that suggest sex and there is definetly nudity. It is not anime, but the final scenario with the Orb of ultimate evil is the best and one that brings the front cover character to life. If you get a chance to see it I would. Remembering one thing that this animation is behind what you would expect today, but for then it was cutting edge. The soundtrack is also awesome. You have Sammy Hagar, Blue Oyster Cult, Devo, Journey and others lending thier incredible music to the movie.
I am glad I bought the DVD becuase my VHS was starting to call it quits and it needed replacing.

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Created: 07/13/07

It's not a movie - it's an EXPERIENCE

I don't think I was old enough to see a rated R movie when Heavy Metal was first released, but I can sure remember having to buy the cassette over and over and over because I would play it until it was stretched and worn beyond use.

Once it was released on VHS, I did the same thing to THAT tape - and had to buy it several times. FINALLY, I have both the movie and the soundtrack on disk, and I couldn't be happier. This movie hasn't aged a day since its release. Yes, there are slightly hokey moments - mostly in the wrap-around story - but overall, this is a highly absorbing and entertaining collection of animated short stories reflective of the publication that inspired it.

Most of the artwork is simply spectacular, and you quickly find yourself so engaged, you don't ever stop to think about the fact that it is animated and not real. A KICKIN' soundtrack featuring some of the greatest rockers of all-time makes it all the more absorbing and dynamic.

Heavy Metal is not just an animated flick with a great soundtrack. It's a journey. It's an experience in the quiet, strange places we rarely visit in our own minds. Beautiful and horrifying. Shocking and compelling. It's like a stream-of-consciousness download of one's subconscious mind, laid right out in plain view on film for all to see.

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Created: 02/04/07


When Heavy Metal was released in theaters in 1981, I was 11 years old (do the math on how old I am now). Of course, far too young to see an R rated movie-not something my parents would've taken me to see. But I remember radio stations played songs from the soundtrack a lot, particularly Sammy Hagar's "Heavy Metal" and Don Felder's "Heavy Metal (Takin' A Ride)." Anyway, the fact that it was advertised as animated, sci-fi/fantasy/horror/comedy and sex with a rockin' soundtrack-well, I was determined to see this movie, one way or another. Fast forward a few years to my freshman year of college, and our campus sci-fi club advertised a screening of Heavy Metal in our campus theater-tickets sold out big time, and luckily, I got one of them! Boy, I was blown away! Everything I expected, and more! It was pretty revolutionary filmmaking, to say the least. Well, now I finally have it on DVD, and the soundtrack as well on CD. Now that all those legal problems which prevented its release on video are settled, sit back, relax, and WON'T YOU TAKE A RIDE...ON HEAVY METAL!

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Created: 01/05/10

Heavy Metal - best DVD version

This is a true classic animated film, a must have for any anime fan. The superbit release is the best quality until this will be released on blue ray format. According the press release review this version has an extra 3 minutes of footage. I haven't discovered where that is, but that's pretty cool. Some great music on this as well, I recommend getting the soundtrack on vinyl since there hasn't been a remastered CD release. The video quality is better on this DVD than the previous DVD release. I recommend this version very much for anime fans - one of the all time classic underground anime films. - funbebop

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