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Wizards [Blu-ray]

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (293 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003PDRBZ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,040,178 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic animation lovers rejoice March 18, 2012
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.

"They've killed Fritz!!!"
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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
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Does not play on my dvd player.
Published 6 days ago by Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie I only wish the book had a little ...
great movie I only wish the book had a little more artwork in it but for a bluray book combo it is sufficient
Published 7 days ago by Amber M
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile
Not Bakshi's best, but still a good old-style feature.
Published 9 days ago by Jerry
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good quality recording and fast shipping
Saw this as a teen, couldn't wait to find it on DVD. Very good quality recording and fast shipping.
Published 12 days ago by Nama35
4.0 out of 5 stars A different time
Wizards is a film that has lingered in my memory for thirty years. Its content is a little dated but the story goes along and keeps you viewing right up to the good ending.
Published 16 days ago by r s salamon
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Bakshi's great cartoon classics of the 1970s.
Two wizards were born to the same mother, one good and one evil. This is a funny good versus evil fantasy tale but definitely NOT for little kids. This is adult humor.
Published 1 month ago by Jacob Garbuz
5.0 out of 5 stars "Wizards"
I was thrilled when I found this. It arrived in a timely manner, perfect condition as described. Not too many people even remember this movie, however I believe it is a classic... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kathleen
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad you changed your last name you son of a b***
One of the weirdest and most wonderful things I've seen. Bakshi gives us a fantasy set in post-apocalyptic Earth when the elves and fairies awake from slumber. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dmitri I. Glover
1.0 out of 5 stars Hated it
This was terrible and that's saying a lot comming from me as I'm known for liking almost everything. I watched it with my daughter and we both disliked it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by David S. Drown
5.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is...LOL
While this is a slow movie if you are not a hardcore history/fairytale fan, it is a good movie regardless. Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. Trusten
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