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Rock and Rule

Catherine O'Hara , Maurice LaMarche , Clive A. Smith  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Catherine O'Hara, Maurice LaMarche, Susan Roman, Don Francks, Samantha Langevin
  • Directors: Clive A. Smith
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Unearthed Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007YMV92
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,907 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rock and Rule" on IMDb

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Rock & Rule is a masterpiece of outré animation and wildly ambitious vision and remains a triumph in animated feature film. --Keith Breese, FILMCRITIC.COM

Gorgeous animation --The Boston Herald

Gorgeous animation --The Boston Herald

Product Description

In this acclaimed, animated rock and roll feature, Angel, a member of a punk rock band in the apocalyptic future, is kidnapped by Mok, a legendary super rocker. Obsessed with an evil experiment, Mok plans to use Angel s voice to summon a demon from another dimension. The rest of the bands follows Mok to Nuke York in an attempt to rescue her and then the ultimate battle of good vs. evil begins.

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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful
Rock & Rule is truly one of the greatest undiscovered gems of early 80's animation. Barely being released in theaters and having limited TV and video releases, not too many people had the chance to really see this masterpiece. Taking more than a few years to make, and more than 200 people working around the clock on the project, it was truly a labor of love.

This new 2-Disc Collector's Edition is a very nice set, however you look at it. You can tell that much time and care went into this one. Packed with a new Anamorphic 16X9 Widescreen transfer and a jaw-dropping Dolby 5.1 remix, Rock & Rule has never looked and sounded better! The package is a custom box with a pullout gatefold digi-case, and exceptional artwork on all sides.

Now let's talk about the extras on the first disc, which is also available as the cheaper stand alone single DVD release of Rock & Rule. An audio commentary with Director Clive A. Smith is well worth listening in on, you'll learn tons and never get bored. A 22+ minute vintage making-of featurette also reveals many facts concerning the production of Rock & Rule. A short restoration comparison is included, where you can see just how great this new DVD transfer looks! Lastly is an extensive stills gallery of pre-production sketches.

Now let's talk about the special features on the 2nd disc, only available in the 2-Disc Collector's Edition. A nice collector's booklet is included featuring various interviews, artwork and photos. Perhaps the real gem is the alternate Canadian version of Rock & Rule presented here in fullscreen format. The main differences are that a different actor was used to voice Omar, much of the dialogue is more risque, and it runs a few minutes longer in the credits.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome animated rock opera! June 29, 2005
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Set in the future where man has destroyed himself, the only survivors were rats, cats and dogs that have mutated into humanoid beings. An aging rocker named "Mok" has plans to take over the world using an experiment to bring a demon from another dimension by using a special voice, he kidnaps a beautiful singer named "Angel" to use her voice, but only Omar ( her boyfriend) and friends must stop Mok before it's too late.

A magnificent, entertaining and well made animated Sci-fi fantasy rock opera with the music of Debroah Harry, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Earth Wind and Fire and Cheap Trick. The Animation is what i call spectacular even on the characters, there's a fairly decent plot but still this is a very impressive underrated cult animated flick that will now have it's audience thanks to DVD, that Angel is a total knockout.

The 2-Disc set includes the American version with great pictre & sound quality and the alternate Canadian version with a different voice track for "Omar" some omitted scenes and a alternate ending. There's also commentary by the director Clive Smith, behind the scenes, the Nelvana short " The Devil and Daniel Mouse" with behind the scenes of that short, trailer to "Rock & Rule", still gallery, collectable booklet, and conceptual art.

A highly recommended movie and a highly recommended DVD for lovers of animation, Sci-fi, fantasy and rock.

Also recommended: Heavy Metal, American Pop, The Fifth Element, Blade Runner, Total Recall, Wizards, The Black Cauldron, Fire & Ice, Hey Good Looking!, Robin Hood (Disney), Akira, Ghost in The Shell, Metropolis ( both 1927 and 2001 versions), Princess Mononoke, The Dark Crystal, The Wizard of Oz, Treasure Planet.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe it's the nostalgia talking... June 7, 2005
...but I simply do not get a lot of "official reviews" of this film. While I do not wish to impugn the above editorial review (his opinion is certainly as valid as any other), with the possible exception of "Heavy Metal" many animated films of the early 80s simply seem to be ignored or berated. Somehow, movies like this and Ralph Bakshi's equally brilliant "Fire & Ice" just never clicked with the populace at large and fell through the cracks, where only a few managed to see them.

But, thanks to the miracle of DVD and the dedicated staff at Unearthed Films, maybe the film will finally reach an audience that can appreciate it.

The movie itself, if you are unfamiliar with the plot, takes place in a dark, sinister future, many years following a nuclear war which has eradicated mankind from the planet. The cities are now inhabited by mutants that evolved from dogs, cats, and rats.

Enter Mok, a declining rock superstar who more than slightly resembles a cross of Iggy Pop and Mick Jagger. Utilizing black magic, he seeks revenge on the world that is turning its back on him by opening a dimensional gateway and releasing a demon. All he needs is a certain voice that can open it...and as the movie opens, that voice just happens to be singing at a local bar. When Mok spirits her off to work his evil will, her band, led by the co-singer/jealous boyfriend, follows her...ending in a concert finale of epic proportions.

While the movie has confusing sequences and a slightly disjointed narrative, it is cleverly written, with plenty of slapstick, visual gags, and dark humor which work really well...all crammed into a scant 79 minutes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Send Love Through!!!!
I watched the "original version" man was it good. Debbie Harry lent her singing voice for the main character, Angel. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Glamorousbookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best animated movies by far!
Published 25 days ago by Brent Clark Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Ohmtown!
Like so many others, there are certain animated movies that came out in the 80's that I've been waiting (and waiting) to be re-mixed, re-printed and re-issued. Read more
Published 27 days ago by A. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock & Rule on Blu-Ray
I'll skip rehashing the plot and swooning over the film - there are plenty of other reviews for that. Let's talk about the Blu-Ray. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Vinnie Rattolle
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting I like it tks for making it possible to enjoy it ...
Very interesting I like it tks for making it possible to enjoy it cuz u found it n now I own it
Published 1 month ago by Crystal rutherford
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!
I have loved this movie since I was a kid. Yes the plot is thin and cheesy like Dollar Store Easy Mac, but it doesn't diminish my affection for it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Maraphina
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
FInnaly on bluray,SUPERB!
Published 2 months ago by Keith E. Hunsucker
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Debbie Harry songs ever is in this movie
This happens to be one of my favorite animated movies. So glad they released it on Blu-Ray. If you have not seen it you should!
Published 3 months ago by E. McKee
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasic movie! Great Release!
I discovered this movie a few years ago when the DVD release came out. I'm always up for watching under-appreciated or 'a product of its time' animated films, such as most of Ralph... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robert E Steiner Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
great movie
Published 4 months ago by Robert W. Owen
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