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  • Actors: Richard Romanus, John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Don Francks, Caroline Semple
  • Directors: Gerald Potterton
  • Writers: Angus McKie, Bernie Wrightson, Dan O'Bannon, Daniel Goldberg, Jean Giraud
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (365 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767836316
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,622 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Heavy Metal (Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Feature Length Rough Cut with Optional Commentary by Carl Macek
  • Documentary: Imagining Heavy Metal
  • Art Galleries & Extras: Production Photo Gallery, Heavy Metal Magazine Cover Gallery, Pencil Portfolio With Animation, Single and Layered Cels Portfolio, Early Conceptual Art Gallery
  • Deleted Scenes (including "Neverland" Deleted Scene)
  • Carl Macek Reading His Book:  Heavy Metal: The Movie

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Product Description

Based on the fantastical illustrated magazine Heavy Metal, producer Ivan Reitman enlists the help of some of Hollywood's animation masters 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. Richly and lavishly drawn, the vignettes of the orb's dark victories include the character voices of John Candy, Harold Ramis and a pounding soundtrack by Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Devo, 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 the alternative contemporary animation. An intoxicating experience not to be missed!

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As long as there is a need for adolescent male sexual fantasy, there will be an audience for Heavy Metal. Released in 1981 and based on stories from the graphic magazine of the same name (possibly the greatest publication to simultaneously provoke imagination and masturbation), the film has since become the most popular single title in Columbia/TriStar's entire film library. That's an amazing fact considering just how silly and senseless the movie really is--an aimless, juvenile amalgam of disjointed stories and clashing visual styles, employing hundreds of animators from around the world with a near-total absence of creative cohesion. It remains, for better and worse, a midnight-movie favorite for the stoner crowd--a movie best enjoyed by randy adolescents or near-adults in an altered state of consciousness.

With a framing story about a glowing green orb claiming to be the embodiment of all evil, the film shuttles through eight episodic tales of sci-fi adventure, each fueled by some of the most wretched rock music to emerge from the 1980s. The most consistent trademark is an abundance of blood-splattering violence and wet-dream sex, the latter involving a succession of huge-breasted babes who shed their clothes at the drop of a G-string. It's all quite fun in its rampantly brainless desire to fuel the young male libido, and for all its incoherence Heavy Metal remains impressive for the ambitious artistry of its individual segments. Courtesy of producer Ivan Reitman (who'd just scored a hit with Stripes), voice talents include several Canadian veterans of Second City comedy, including John Candy, Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy, and Joe Flaherty. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews

This is one of the best animated movies ever made.
C. Weaver
I love this movie it so awesome everything about it is good the music the animation the story's everything if you want an adult animated tale pick it up.
jay v
This movie is pretty much about nothing at all really, but it's so awesome that you want to come along for the ride.
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247 of 260 people found the following review helpful By Christopher A. Richards on October 4, 2003
Format: DVD
I can't believe the number of negative reviews this movie has gotten! I bet these people don't like James Bond movies, either.
To fully appreciate Heavy Metal, one has to understand the era it came out in. At the time, most animation, at least what was seen in the US, was frequently of the "family entertainment" variety seen in Saturday morning cartoons and TV commercials. Apart from Ralph Bakshi, most animators were basically shackled by the need to present something that was "rated G". Heavy Metal took the exact opposite route. It was a liberating experience for the animators working on the film to be allowed to draw things they usually weren't allowed. And they got paid to do it, too!
After the opening Soft Landing sequence, we're introduced to the Loc-Nar, a glowing green orb responsible for all the evil that has plagued the universe (or at least, that which has plagued the human race). The various stories contained in the film are told by the Loc-Nar to a young girl, as examples of it's awesome power.
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87 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Michael R Gates VINE VOICE on June 28, 2004
Format: DVD
Some critics and film historians have labeled 1981's HEAVY METAL as the last film to genuinely reflect the mishmash sensibilities of the post-hippy 1970s counter-culture, and stylistically and thematically this appears to be true. Based on the adult counter-culture cult comic of the same name, HEAVY METAL definitely is a sort of spacey concatenation of disparate visual aesthetics and heterogeneous science-fiction/fantasy narratives. But despite being a hodgepodge as a whole, the film still manages to offer a very entertaining way to kill 90 minutes.
As with the magazine, the film is basically aimed at horny male adolescents, offering plenty of nude, amply bosomed women running around in the midst of stylized violence and gore; lots of rock music (though these ditties from popular metal bands of the late '70s may not appeal to the current generation of horny male adolescents); and references to the drug-oriented sub-culture (definitely not a cartoon for the pre-teen crowd). Each individual segment of HEAVY METAL was scripted and directed independently of the others, which likely accounts for the varying aesthetic and narrative styles. But many of these contributors were (and are now) some of the most talented people in the film industry, including writers Dan O'Bannon, Len Blum, and Daniel Goldberg, and directors John Bruno, John Halas, and Jimmy T. Murikami. (Gerald Potterton, listed in the credits as the film's director, was in reality the overseer for the project as a whole.)
Because the film does not contain a single cohesive plotline, it is best to evaluate each animated segment in its own right. Some of those individual stories are quite thought-provoking or humorous--or both--and even some of the more mediocre segments still offer some fantastic visuals.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By M. J KILLEEN on February 5, 2000
Format: DVD
This is one of those great DVDs with so many Special Features, you could spend days viewing them all. Most interesting is a feature-length 'rough cut' of the entire film with running commentary throughout. The rough-cut -- a combination of rough pencil animation and rare sketches -- even contains some deleted scenes. Best of all, there is a Heavy Metal Magazine cover (and back cover) gallery. In addition to being a nice showcase for some beautiful artwork, this section will really bring back memories for anyone who grew up with the magazine in the late 70s and 80s. Of course, the film itself never looked or sounded better than on DVD. The film itself was a nice attempt at capturing the spirit of the magazine -- it isn't a complete success, but a very noble effort in animation considering it was released in 1981!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I found out about this movie through the THX re-release of American Pop (another awesome movie) that I rented from the video store (Hollywood Video rules!). What turned me on was that it was an adult's movie and animated -- something that is too rare in America (exculding Japanese features).
I loved this, and found it to be very interesting and weird; in other words, perfect, for me! ;) But, of course, there are those who'll put it down either because they are against adult animation or say that Heavy Metal is dumb and lacking of real substance. I think people these days take themselves too seriously, and movies the same way. People, just relax and enjoy the movie for what it is and don't always expect a Gone With The Wind or Color Purple standard of depth and truthfulness! Just enjoy! Geez!
Anyway, if you like animation and are looking for a feature that requires little thinking -- if any at all -- and want something adult, get this!
And don't forget to enjoy! :)
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is Heavy Metal coming out on Blu Ray?
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None that I can determine, other than the 2008 version omits the second disc of bonus features, although it does include the 35-minute "making of" documentary.
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