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Fire and Ice [Blu-ray] (1983)

Leo Gordon , Hans Howes , Ralph Bakshi  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Leo Gordon, Hans Howes, Alan Koss, Cynthia Leake, Mickey Morton
  • Directors: Ralph Bakshi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002A00J0O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,597 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

• Audio Commentary with Producer/Director Ralph Bakshi
• The Making of FIRE AND ICE
• Bakshi on Frazetta
• Sean Hannon’s Diary Notes
• Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery
• Theatrical Trailer
• Enhanced for D-Box Motion Control Systems

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Fantastic Monsters, Nightmarish Visions And Gobs Of Action!" -- Archer Winsten, The New York Post

"I LOVE THIS FILM!" -- Harry Knowles, Ain't It Cool News

"If You're Longing For Some Good Fantasy Adventure The Way They Used To Make Them, Look No Further Than FIRE AND ICE!" -- DVD Verdict

"RELENTLESSLY FUN!" -- Eccentric Cinema

Product Description

From The Director Of The Original Animated THE LORD OF THE RINGS And The Illustrator Of CONAN THE BARBARIAN

It began as a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between two of the greatest icons of the fantasy genre: Controversial animator Ralph Bakshi (director of FRITZ THE CAT, WIZARDS and the original THE LORD OF THE RINGS) and legendary illustrator Frank Frazetta (creator of the iconic CONAN THE BARBARIAN, VAMPIRELLA and Edgar Rice Burroughs book covers). It became - and remains - one of the most startling animation epics of all time. Now experience a world unlike any ever seen, where savage warriors, horrific monsters and luscious maidens battle for the soul of a civilization in a time of good and evil, pleasure and pain, and FIRE AND ICE.

This long-unavailable cult favorite has been fully restored and remastered in breathtaking High Definition from original vault materials, remixed in earth-shaking 7.1 DTS-HD and 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, and loaded with exciting Extras.

EXTRAS:
Audio Commentary with Producer/Director Ralph Bakshi
"The Making of FIRE AND ICE"
"Bakshi on Frazetta"
"Sean Hannon's Diary Notes"
Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery
Theatrical Trailer
Enhanced for D-Box Motion Control Systems


Customer Reviews

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great swords and sorcery fun. January 3, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
This is probably Ralph Bakshi's greatest achievement. What you have here is swords and sorcery cel-animated movie with all the style of Schwarzenegger's Conan the Barbarian. Bakshi collaborated with famed fantasy artist Frank Frazetta in making the imagery of this movie and it shows. There is an intelligence to this movie that stands out above just about all of the barbarian movies made even up to now (with the original Conan being the only exception).

They use a rotoscoping technique that gives the animation a lifelike fluidity found in some of the classic Disney movies like Sleeping Beauty, but keep in mind this is by no means a Disney movie. In other words: THIS MOVIE IS NOT FOR CHILDREN. There is a heck of a lot of violence and scantily clad people on this picture. While it is rated PG I think by today's standards it's more PG-13.

As a hack and slash, barbarian warrior kind of movie this is great. If you loved Conan the Barbarian, The Beastmaster and other movies of this sort then you will love Fire and Ice. For the longest time there was a DVD release in Europe but none yet in the states. Now they finally released this movie for the U.S., and the DVD comes with some really nifty extras (making of featurette and a Frank Frazetta documentary). Unless you find this VHS copy dirt cheap I would recommend getting the DVD instead.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bakshi and Frazetta -- December 1, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
-- it doesn't get any better.

The story is straightforward sword and sorcery, kingdom of Fire vs. the evil kingdom of Ice. As in Bakshi's other best movies, it's rotoscoped cel animation over painted backgrounds, a combination I like a lot. That gives completely natural movement to the animated figures, and great atmosphere from the backgrounds.

There were a few negatives in this DVD. First was transfer quality. There's a visible amount of "snow" in many places, enough to notice, but not enough to get in the way of the movie. Then there's the inherently loose relationship between the cel animation and the backgrounds - a few scenes seemed to have the characters skating across the surroundings. Excessive reality can also be a drawback. Teegra, the female lead, spent a lot of time running from the bad guys. Unfortunately, she tended to "run like a girl" (and I don't mean Jackie Joyner Kersee) - she rarely conveyed the athletic or panicked sense I would have expected of a woman running for her life.

The positives far outweigh the problems, though. Frazetta's characters are richly drawn: lush womanly figures, mighty males, grunting hench-beings, and the Death Dealer. The story holds together, and the rotoscoped actors did great jobs. And the DVD extras - wow. I normally ignore them. These aren't just a few stills and a trailer, there are interviews with Bakshi, diary notes from one of the actors, and a whole second disc dedicated to Frazetta and his work ("Painting with Fire"). I haven't gone through all of the extras yet, but they earned that fifth star for this set.

It's not as "adult" as Fritz the Cat and other of Bakshi's work, but it's certainly not for the kiddies, either. But then, not all animation has to be. Highly recommended.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best animated fantasy films ever. July 5, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This is probably Ralph Bakshi's greatest achievement. What you have here is swords and sorcery cel-animated movie with all the style of Schwarzenegger's Conan the Barbarian. Bakshi collaborated with famed fantasy artist Frank Frazetta in making the imagery of this movie and it shows.

They use a rotoscoping technique that gives the animation a lifelike fluidity found in some of the classic Disney movies like Sleeping Beauty, but keep in mind this is by no means a Disney movie. In other words: THIS MOVIE IS NOT FOR CHILDREN. There is a heck of a lot of violence and scantily clad people on this picture. While it is rated PG I think by today's standards it's more PG-13.

As a hack and slash, barbarian warrior kind of movie this is great. If you loved Conan the Barbarian, The Beastmaster and other movies of this sort then you will love Fire and Ice. For the longest time the only DVD release was in Europe, but not that the DVD is released also here in the states (along with some neat extras) there really is not reason to hunt down this movie on VHS.

Since there is hardly any information at all about this movie I thought to included this synopsis that was taken from the back of the video box (not an entirely accurate plot summary, but it will do):

Fire and Ice, an animated adventure film, is the work of the imaginations of Ralph Bakshi and Frank Frazetta, masters of fantasy and illustration. A tiny village is destraoyed by a surging glacier, which serves as a deadly domain for the evil Ice Lord, Nekron. The only survivor is a young warrior, Larn, who vows to avenge this act of destruction! The evil continues, however, as Nekron's palace of ice heads straight towards Fire Keep, the great fortress ruled by the good king Jarol.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good August 31, 2005
By amster
Format:DVD
After over twenty years I finally got to see this movie. When it came out, it got terrible reviews, and only stayed in theatres for a couple of weeks before being pulled. Although I initially wanted to see it, I assumed that it did so poorly because it sucked, and I quickly forgot all about it. Well, all I can say is that I wished that I had took the time to go see it then, because this is by far my favorite Bakshi film.

I won't go into the plot, because 1) other reviewers already have and will, and 2) I hate spoilers. It basically has the "Star Wars/Pirates of the Caribbean" trio of main characters; the gallant but slightly green youth, the jaded rogue with the heart of gold, and the damsal in distress who can hold her own. There's nothing extraordianary or original about it. Its basically a hero's journey/revenge/boy meets girl story.

But if you're a fan of Frank Frazetta, you have to see this movie. Many of his most famous images are brought to life. The princess is right out of the paintings of Dejah Thoris/Cat Girl/Egyptian Queen. For a cartoon, she's extremely hot and ridiculously curvy. She also wears an "A cup" bra over a pair of double Ds (very Frazetta!). The hero is obviously modeled after the guy who fought the giant snake on the cover of the old paperback "Wolfshead". The evil queen is right out of the painting "Sea Witch", and the thugs are Franzetta's neanderthals. The bad guy Necron looks like Elric of Melnibone, although I don't recall Frazetta ever painting that character. Strange.

The audio and video quality is extremely good. The plot moves at a brisk pace, and the action scenes are exciting and extremely well choriographed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You may love this, or not
Finally released as a legit publication far too long anticipated and awaited, while the black market media pirates profited off of cloning it to DVD-ROMs and passing them off as... Read more
Published 21 days ago by LOB
5.0 out of 5 stars A good old-style feature
I like Bakshi and Frazetta so of course I'm going to like this.
Published 1 month ago by Jerry
1.0 out of 5 stars The hero is incompetent
Thr hero spends most of his time being knocked down by the bad guys. The heroine princess spends most of her time escaping from the bad guys and then being recaptured.
Published 1 month ago by N. Stone
4.0 out of 5 stars Old Movie, but great story line
The was a break through movie for you animation nuts. This movie was shot with actors and them roto scoped and hand drawn frame by frame as a animation to create very life like... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Studio-C Campton Hills
2.0 out of 5 stars I read rave reviews on this. Having seen it, I don't understand why.
This movie had mediocre animation, and a boring and predictable plot. I have no idea why people rank it so highly. Save your money.
Published 2 months ago by motocoder
5.0 out of 5 stars The evil prince of Ice wish to destroy the people o Fire
The only one who can stand up to him is the man with the ax on the cover.Ir seams the psyhic power of the ice prince is to powerful for the strong and the weak.
Published 2 months ago by the 64/28Sept20Feb27
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
This is not a perfect film by any means. Many people dislike it because it has poor writing. I don't think I can entirely agree with that, though. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jonathan Thibodaux
5.0 out of 5 stars A Winner
This was a gift for a friend. It was better than hoped for. He was thrilled with it. For those into the genre it is easily worth the price. Read more
Published 2 months ago by arthurstone
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to see an animated movie that was done without ...
Nice to see an animated movie that was done without cgi . Overall good and owning a movie that has Thomas Kincaid doing backround illustrations was a nice surprize
Published 2 months ago by Jim Rod
5.0 out of 5 stars I love animated adult movies and this is one of the best!
This movie has some great drama in it. I wish a second part would be made out of this movie...or an updated version using humans.
Published 4 months ago by Massiel A. Rodriguez
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