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Frazetta Painting With Fire Collectors (Anniversary Edition) (2009)

Frank Frazetta , Frank Frazetta  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Frank Frazetta
  • Directors: Frank Frazetta
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Razor Digital Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NOQ8TY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,343 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Frank Frazetta is best known for his paintings of Robert E. Howard's quintessential sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. Today, a Frazetta painting can fetch up to $250,000 on the open market. Painting With Fire is not only a love letter to the art, but to the artist as well, tracing his life from his Brooklyn childhood to the present, lingering on his unique combination of intuition and skill. This film is a must see for every comic book and graphic novel fan. Packaged in special anniversary collectors tin.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC DOCUMENTARY December 23, 2004
I actually saw this on TV recently...can't remember the station, I think it may have been on A&E or Bravo or something, but I found it incredibly captivating. I became a fan of Frazetta's art like many back in the early 1970's through his astonishing Conan paperback covers and magazine covers for such magazines as Creepy and Eerie.

But until this film I had never actually seen the man behind the art. He seemed mysterious, enigmatic, which lent that much more aura to his art. This film relates Frazetta's life from birth to present day. Here is a guy who is a true man's man. A sportsman in every sense of the word. Hunter, camper, golfer, baseball, basketball...Frazetta's well chisled physique as a young man conjures images of the powerful figures he would put to canvas in years to come.

We see frazetta's start as a young cartoonist and learn of his formal art training. We see him in the days of EC comics drawing fabulous sci-fi and fantasy comic books. We then move to the era of his fantastic oil paintings for which he is so well known for. The Conan covers, the movie posters.

Through it all well known artists like Mike Kaluta, Dave Stevens, Berni Wrightson, and many others comment on Frazetta's genius. He is truly the man who all other artists in the fantasy and sci-fi genres bowed down to. We see Frazetta surrounded by celebrity friends, many who are collectors of his art.

Through it we see that Frank was a family man, married to the same woman for over 30 years and raising a family. We see the effects of a stroke which forced Frazetta to have to learn how to paint and draw with his left hand. An increidible inspiration and testament to his strong will.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
I am pretty sure that the first time I saw a Frank Frazetta cover it would have been a copy of "Eerie" or "Creepy" at the PX. The first covers I owned of paperbacks with Frazetta art would have been the Edgar Rice Burroughs paper backs put out by Ace, which is when I would have learned Frazetta's name and start to automatically associate it with his distinctive artwork of half-naked warriors and sensual women in exotic settings, along with his signature (the latter being as iconic a signature for representing an artist's style as you will ever come across). Then, of course, there are all the Lancer paperback reprints of Conan the Barbarian, which certainly comprises his most famous body of work. As for what was the first Frazetta poster I owned, that is easy: "The Frost Giant's Daughter" (a.k.a. the cover of "Conan the Cimmerian").

"Frazetta: Painting with Fire" is a 2003 documentary put together by Lance Laspina that is clearly a labor of love. Laspina combines conversations with the artist himself with home movies and an impressive collection of talking heads that include family members, others artists (from Neal Adams to Berni Wrightson), and fans (including John Milius and Bo Derek). We also get to see the Frazetta Museum on his property in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania as Frank looks at his work and offers his remembrances. The documentary on Disc 1 runs two-hours and has an audio commentary track by Laspina and producer Jeremy J. DiFiore. Primarily what we have here is a combination biography and testimonial to the artist. There are a few attempts to make an appropriate critical appreciate for this technique, but mostly "Frazetta" deals with anecdotes and declarations attesting to his importance in the realm of art depicting fantasy, science fiction, and adventure.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Fantastic Story... December 6, 2004
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I knew nothing about Frazetta except that he had worked on a cartoon by one of my favorite animators, Ralph Bakshi, called Fire and Ice.

While strolling through the TV guide one night I caught the name Frazetta and immediately tuned to A&E to check out the show since the connection was there. Boy, was I glad I did.

This documentary acts more like a mini movie or reality docudrama than normal documentary. You can tell the maker has a genuine interest in the story he is telling. Frank, although plagued with a speech impediment due to various illnesses, comes across as a genuine artist with quite an interesting story to tell about his life and work.

It's a must watch to learn more about the most influential artist in the last 1/2 century.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frank Frazetta: The Man, The Myth & The Art September 5, 2005
I recently received a present of the Ralph Bakshi animated film "FIRE & ICE" and was was shocked to see the documentary PAINTING WITH FIRE on Disc-2.

I quickly slipped the disc into the player and pressed "play"...

Right, I'm a Frazetta nut and so I was thinking there's NO way they'll do a good documentary on the guy. Wrong! They did a good job indeed.

The feature-length documentary covers Frazetta's early life and fills in the missing blanks about what he did in the years when he had to fend for himself. For an artist who is extremely private and reclusive, this film peeled back the layers of mystery and revealed the man beneath. It's a very intimate portrait and one that throws light on many aspects of his life as a sportsman and a devoted family man.

The film opens with an absolutely stunning 3-D rendering of the Clayburn Moore "Conan the Barbarian" statue and the painting literally comes to life and moves. The facial bones twitch and the eyes of the Barbarian blaze with intense fire, the sword drips with blood and the slave girl grips onto his leg with unbridled lust conveyed in her luscious legs and flowing hair and across the sky huge vultures circle for the meat on the pile of corpses that the Barbarian stands knee deep in. Skulls lie crushed all around and the sun drips golden fire all over the landscape behind this might warrior.

What a truly inspirational opening to the film.

I adored the method used to illustrate and showcase the oil paintings. The colours were rich and the lighting was magnificent. It was like seeing the artworks for the first time. It's one thing seeing them in books and another thing to see them displayed on the screen in such vivid detail.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Frazetta Forever
Published 19 days ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE
Published 9 months ago by hulk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great look into the life of a master
If you're a fan of Frazetta or have a love for fantasy art/comics/pulp art/pulp culture/ anything in nerdom then you should pick this up. Read more
Published 14 months ago by K. Truett
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and inspiring!
I've always seen his art but never knew anything about him. Awesome documentary about an awesome artist. Frank Frazetta was a bad-ass!
Published 17 months ago by Sergio
5.0 out of 5 stars Artist's Delight
You don't have to be an action hero fan to appreciate the art of Frazetta, his work is exceptional to any artist's eye. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kathy O. Magnusen
5.0 out of 5 stars Frazetta for the Ages....
.... that came before and the Ages that have yet to pass.

This is a very well designed and executed documentary about a man that defined "Legend" itself. Read more
Published 18 months ago by TOUMAZOU MICHALIS G
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Green Frazetta...A Little Green Frazetta...
O that was Frank Zappa my bad...

UN arguably the GREATEST artist of ALL time-

From black and white pen and ink to full on painting AND with his left hand... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Guitaro
5.0 out of 5 stars Still influential, still one of the best
There's little else I can add to the already many 5-star comments here. It is a great, and at times nostalgic look at the life and times of this great artist. Read more
Published on March 30, 2012 by Hierogrammate
5.0 out of 5 stars Frazetta - Painting with Fire
This DVD is about the artist Frank Frezetta. I had known him from the time I was 12 years old looking at books in the school library. Read more
Published on December 31, 2010 by big John
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Documentary of a Great Illustrator
What an amazingly intimate portrait of one of the world's greatest illustrators. This documentary contains interviews, personal pictures and commentary by his peers and his family. Read more
Published on September 22, 2010 by Patrick Wong
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