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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 (114 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Randy Norton, Cynthia Leake, Steve Sandor, Sean Hannon
  • Directors: Ralph Bakshi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (114 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A2LV4W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,908 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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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
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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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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little balance September 12, 2006
Format:DVD
As a fond admirer of the artwork of Frank Frazetta, and a guy who appreciates even cheesy movies and a sap for Ralph Bakshi's films my hopes for this film were pretty high. Too high? Perhaps, but in comparison to other animated films this one falls pretty short of decent (check out truly great animated films like "Princess Mononoke", "The Secret of Nimh" and "The Iron Giant" to see what I mean). The rotoscoping technique bothered me not one wit. The background stills paintings provided by Thomas Kinkade ("Painter of Light") and James ("Dinotopia") Gurney are gorgeous for the most part. The character designs are good enough. The story is, well, horrid. Thomas and Conway present the worst cliches in this tale that is so simple it's hard to believe even a first year grad student could mess it up. Then there are the animaters who, apparently decided to rachet up the oomph factor for Tigra. It's bad enough that she's realized as a flighty, air-head of a princess with no redeemable value but then her over-endowed body in some shots are just outrageous(trying to draw like Frazetta is a lost cause; animators, note his thick wrists and compact builds, please, it ain't easy imitating a lifetime of established skills). The hero, Lar, is a pretty tough character but he also is victim to awkward dialogue and ridiculous escapes. And why is everyone in the frozen "Ice Keep" dressed for a day at the beach, a hot day at the beach to boot? The only characters worth their credits are Steve Sandor as Darkwolf (Frazetta's Death Dealer, slumming perhaps?) and Leo Gordon as King Jerol (sp?). The rest of the cast have their moments but they are all too brief. There are some great fight scenes. There are times when the action is nothing short of breathtaking. Then the characters start speaking again and it's "ARGH..!! Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Perfect!
Published 3 days ago by Chris Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a very good movie.
I have been looking for this movie ever since the first time I saw it in Panama. It is a very good movie.
Published 8 days ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatness time 4
if you love cartoon hobbit youll love this.
Published 13 days ago by Cory
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
ACE FLICK THANKS BORIS!
Published 24 days ago by STEVE IORLANO
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 1 month 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 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 3 months ago by the 64/28Sept20Feb27
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