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Fire and Ice (Two-Disc Limited Edition) (1983)

Randy Norton , Cynthia Leake , Ralph Bakshi  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Randy Norton, Cynthia Leake, Steve Sandor, Sean Hannon
  • Directors: Ralph Bakshi
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (DTS ES 6.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A2LV4W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,092 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fire and Ice (Two-Disc Limited Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc One:
  • The Making of Fire and Ice
  • Bakshi on Frazetta
  • Sean Hannon's Diary Notes
  • Behind-the-Scenes Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Disc Two:
  • Frazetta: Painting with Fire (93 minute documentary)
  • Audio Commentary with Director Lance Laspina and Producer Jeremy J. DiFiore

Editorial Reviews

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The mighty-muscled heroes and big-bottomed babes of fantasy artist Frank Frazetta inspired animator Ralph Bakshi (Fritz the Cat, Wizards) to create the swords-and-sorcery epic Fire and Ice. Bakshi uses a technique called rotoscoping, which uses live-action film of actors as the template for animation, allowing him to put realistic action into fantastic environments. The verisimilitude of movement in a cartoon can be startling, but that's about all Fire and Ice has to offer; the wafer-thin story, overwrought characters, and clumsy dialogue are vapid cliches. Of much greater interest are the extras in this two-disc set, including a making-of feature that demonstrates the painstaking process of rotoscoping; enthusiastic commentary from Bakshi, who's a jovial, down-to-earth guy with a thick Brooklyn accent; deliriously fatuous diary notes from one of the actors; and a feature-length documentary called Frazetta: Painting with Fire, which reveals the artist to be more intriguing than any of the barbarians he's famous for. The effusive praise of other fantasy artists and "Frazetta historians" occasionally veers into Spinal Tap territory, but it's fascinating watching Frazetta turn from a 1950s James-Dean-style tough guy into the king of fantasy art. Though his work is often dismissed as adolescent kitsch, the documentary persuasively argues that Frazetta deservedly dominates his corner of the art world. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

From The Director Of The Original Animated 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 & ICE

This long-unavailable cult favorite has been remastered in High Definition from the original vault materials, remixed in stunning 6.1 DTS-ES and 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround EX, and loaded with exciting Extras.

Disc 2 contains FRAZETTA: PAINTING WITH FIRE, the acclaimed 93 minute documentary that explores the remarkable life and career of the man who changed fantasy art forever.

Archer Winsten, NEW YORK POST
"Fantastic Monsters, Nightmarish Visions And Gobs Of Action!"


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22 of 23 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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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bakshi and Frazetta -- December 1, 2005
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-- 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.

//wiredweird
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Odd Mix But Satisfying Enough January 22, 2006
Format:DVD
I saw this for the first time in 1987. I don't know how it escaped my attention when it first came out. I was a huge Frazetta fan back then and this would be a dream come true. I watched it over and over on a taped copy I made from Cinemax. It was a bad tape but I loved it. Now almost twenty years later it's not as great as I remember but it also hasn't aged as badly as I was expecting. The thing that struck me most was the heavy lines on the characters. The characters almost looked like a Hanna Barbara cartoon. They reminded me of the Superfriends or Space Ghost. There is an odd mix of poor quality drawings and some pretty compelling art. The rotoscoping is a neat technique and it makes for some good action scenes. And some of the background art is spectacular.

The plot is paper thin but no worse then some live action films I've seen. The voice acting reminded me a lot of the first Heavy Metal movie.

Fire and Ice is an interesting movie if you're a fan of Frank Frazetta or into fantasy and animation.

The thing that makes this DVD worth the purchase is the documentary "Painting with Fire" about Frank Frazetta. When I was younger I had a few books of his works that I would memorize. His art meant a lot to me and his life is fascinating. I never realized how tough his early years were. You just assume a giant talent like this was getting rich right off the bat. It turns out he was struggling and some lucky breaks helped to launch his career. He's been through a lot of adversity but bares it with an upbeat optimism. After six strokes he had to learn to paint using his left hand.

It means a lot when the comic greats like Bernie Wrightson, John Buscema, Dave Stevens, Neal Adams are gushing fanboys. Everyone interviewed has nothing but good things to say about him. He's apparently a good friend and great father.

The inclusion of the documentary is a valuable bonus that makes the Fire and Ice DVD worth buying.
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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 19 days ago by Massiel A. Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I remember seeing this back in the VHS days and thought it was one of the best animations ever. Great classic for anyone's collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film!
I saw this film as a kid and loved it. It is a fantastic fantasy adventure. The artistry throughout the film is amazing and the interviews included in the DVD extras are... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic adolescent fantasy movie
Scantily clad women, sky dragons, demon hordes, witches, swords, bows and arrows, giant octopuss, lava, what else do you need to make a great movie.
Published 3 months ago by Fledge Crabtree
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this!
I love these folks' work and I'm a huge Heavy Metal movie fan. This movie has a great story line and make me wish this crew would go back and do another movie similar to this.
Published 3 months ago by D. Nate
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie
Predates CGI. Saw a special years ago where they showed actors doing the physical activities then the artists used the film of that to create the movie. Read more
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