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Wizards (35th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray Book] (1977)

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  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (317 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006WNMI0Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,702 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

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24-Page Collectible Book Packaging
Commentary by Director Ralph Bakshi
Ralph Bakshi: The Wizard of Animation
Still Gallery
TV Spot and Theatrical Trailers

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Legendary and groundbreaking animator Ralph Bakshi's Wizards is the tale of a war between supernatural siblings set in a post-apocalyptic Earth populated by elves, fairies and mutants. Combining traditional cell animation with Bakshi's unique conversion of live film footage into striking, high-contrast animation, Wizards is both whimsical and sinister. This cult favorite from the director of Fritz the Cat (1972) and The Lord of the Rings (1978) celebrates 35 years since it first enchanted animation fans. Starring the voices of Mark Hamill, Susan Tyrrell and Richard Romanus.

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Although Ralph Bakshi's reputation as a figure in animation history has declined over the years, Wizards (1977) has long enjoyed a cult following. The plot follows a long-prophesied postapocalyptic battle between twin brothers: Blackwolf, an evil sorcerer, and Avatar, a good wizard. Drawn into the conflict are overendowed fairy princess Elinore, elf Weehawk, and Necron 99/Peace (a minion of Blackwolf's whom Avatar has converted to good). The story wanders and stumbles aimlessly: although the fate of the world lies in the balance, Avatar dithers like a borscht-belt comic doing shtick. Visually, the film is a mishmash of cartoony animation (much too cartoony for a dramatic narrative), processed live action, still artwork, and old newsreel footage of Adolph Hitler. Before 1977, the only American animated film that offered fantasy fans the period conflict they sought was Disney's Sleeping Beauty: Wizards filled a gap. Decades later, countless anime series, from Dragon Ball to Fullmetal Alchemist and Bleach, have presented epic battles between the forces of good and evil with more effective animation, better stories, more sophisticated visual styles, flashier effects, and more skillful direction. Baby boomers who remember watching Wizards as kids may derive a nostalgic pleasure from revisiting it; other viewers will find a dated oddity, as passé as a Nehru jacket. (Rated PG: violence, violence against women, tobacco use, potentially offensive religious and Nazi imagery) --Charles Solomon

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124 of 130 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "They've killed Fritz!" June 7, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Wizards (1977) aka War Wizards (the name was changed at the behest of George Lucas as he thought two movies released at the same time by the same studio with war in the title, his being Star Wars, would have been off-putting to movie goers) written and directed by Ralph Bakshi, was certainly a departure from some of his previous adult animation works, Fritz the Cat (1972) and Heavy Traffic (1973), but provided Bakshi the opportunity to show he could create a animated feature for all viewers, young and old, that spoke to the viewer on intelligent terms. Were all viewers ready to hear what he had to say? No, and given the subsequent release of Star Wars (like two weeks later) Wizards, which had been enjoying a great amount of success, got pushed out of theaters to allow for space for George Lucas' epic space opera. With this release of Wizards on DVD, maybe now his film will garner the recognition it deserved so long ago.
The story goes that the Earth gets consumed in apocalyptic fire as man unleashes his most terrible achievement upon himself, and many years after his destruction, various forms of life begin to come forth, including fairies, elves, pixies along with mutants, beings once humans but changed over thousands of years of exposure to radiation. Almost all technology is gone, wiped from the face of the Earth, and, in its' place, magic has prospered. Born of the same mother are two brothers who become powerful wizards, one good, Avatar, and the other evil, Blackwolf. After a tremendous battle, Avatar vanquishes Blackwolf, but not before Blackwolf issues a statement that indicates he will not go quietly into that good night.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic animation lovers rejoice March 18, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
I'm ashamed to say that there are still some classic animated movies that i've never seen before, Wizards was one in particular, and i must say i enjoyed the hell out of it. I've seen many other Ralph Bakshi films including my all time favorite "Fire and Ice", but just never got around to seeing this.
The film may be 35 years old but it doesn't show, they've done a good job cleaning up the video and audio quality, but the video quality could still be improved upon. One thing i really appreciate about this release is the included 30 min special feature documentary with Ralph Bakshi, which is very entertaining and informative.

I recommend that everyone buy this film to encourage future releases of classic animated movies by Bakshi and other great animated film makers.

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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ralph Bakshi's Wizards April 19, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
While it is certainly not for young children, older teens and adults will get a real kick out of "Wizards". Set in a post-apocalyptic world wrought by radiation due to a nuclear holocaust, most humans have died, and the population consists mainly of elves, fairies, dwarves, and then the mutants. The world is in danger from the threat of technology, brought upon by the evil wizard, Blackwolf. It is up to his brother, the comical, yet good hearted wizard, Avatar, to stop him. Joining Avatar in his quest are Weehawk, chief of a tribe of warrior elves, Elenor, fairy princess of the land of Montagar, and Peace, a former assassin of Blackwolf's (formerly known as Necron 99) who changes his ways and fights against the threat of technology. The WWII references abound, and there are many more adult-oriented references throughout. It dares to go where cartoons usually do not, making allusions to sex, prostitution, religion, and there's even a rather racist Vietnam reference if you can catch it. However, I still highly recommend "Wizards", because in all it's brashness, it deserves to be seen. What the animation lacks in quality, it more than makes up for in imagination. It's quite funny, and it also delivers some unexpected twists. I personally really like the way it was done. The music really seems to fit the overall style of it, and the wonderful character designs and voice acting really pulls it all together. I definetely recommend it to anyone searching for something creative and different, and I'm sure any fan of cult classics will definetely want to check it out. However, I stress the importance of having an open mind. Read more ›
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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Trick That Mother Taught Me... December 17, 2004
Format:DVD
Unless my memory has failed me utterly this film came out just as I was finishing up graduate school. Bakshi was already something of a god to the revolutionarily inclined of my generation, and there was no question but that a group of us were going to see it. We were wowed, enthralled, and heartened by Bakshi's brilliant combination of a strong story and inventive animation back then. And today, years later, I found myself thinking feeling the same way while watching it again.

For three weeks the film was a smash hit, when one of those weird accidents of fate happen and Wizards was pushed of the stage by the arrival of Star Wars. Suddenly Bakshi's fable was relegated to fond memorys, only to reappear in retrospectives and campus theaters. As you will find out when you listen to the excellent Bakshi interview (more of a monologue), Wizards was the film dearest to the artists heart, the one he felt was his best accomplishment.

Despite its rough language, partial nudity, and high level of violence, Bakshi though of this as a children's tale, albeit one that hewed closer to the true than the sugar coated fantasies that were coming out of Disney's studios. Set in far post apocalyptic times, two brothers are born to a queen of the fairies. One at distorted mutant (Blackwolf) and the other normal (Avatar), both potent wizards. The inevitable clash between then happened, and this is the story of the end of a 3,000 year struggle between the two over the fate of the world.

The story shifts between the two wizards. First the machinations and plots of Blackwolf, as he unearths archaic Nazi technology and turns it into an weapon designed to erase the magical from the world.
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3.0 out of 5 stars animation style was good but film quality was lacking
Still evaluation... animation style was good but film quality was lacking.
Published 1 hour ago by Francis X Kane
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fu#ked up awesome movie
Published 9 days ago by Eric Frykberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to find a classic on DVD.
Wanted to replace the VHS version as it was getting a bit tattered. Was pleased to find this on DVD. Read more
Published 19 days ago by geekygourmet
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
Shipped quick. Love this movie!
Published 24 days ago by dave johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars It has trippy graphics and tells a cool story, I recommend it if you...
I honestly hadn't heard of this movie before it had hit my recommendations on amazon. It has trippy graphics and tells a cool story, I recommend it if you like the more "grown... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Bri
5.0 out of 5 stars Its like watching your favorite childhood cartoons
Look, man. This movie rules. Its like watching your favorite childhood cartoons, but they were made for you now, but you, like, still back then? You know? Read more
Published 25 days ago by weaponjae
5.0 out of 5 stars The blue-ray is just as vibrant as the first time ...
The blue-ray is just as vibrant as the first time I saw it. The photos and back story provided in the book are a special bonus.
Published 28 days ago by Hag313
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everything I remember about this movie was still there 20 years later.
Published 1 month ago by Matthew Sennett
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Love this classic cult movie!
Published 1 month ago by Jack C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic movie
Love this classic movie. Bought it for my kids once they were old enough to se the slightly erotic fairy. It was every bit as cool a story as I remembered.
Published 1 month ago by Dad
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