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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.Read more ›
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!!!"
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.Read more ›
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You're checking this video out for one of two reasons:
First, because you remember how strangely awesome this move was when you watched it many many years ago. Read more
It's an old memory that I needed to put together and put to rest. That is pretty much the only reason I got the dvd. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Dye
In this 1977 classic, Ralph Bakshi takes us on to an Earth millions of years after a nuclear holocaust. Read morePublished 2 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
it's got that flimsy type of case that you get with dvds from the $5 bin at walmart, which isn't really a big issue for me but if it is for you, beware.Published 2 months ago by Marshall Fistfight-Bloodbath King
Well, you know, it's Wizards! Others have reviewed transfer quality, packaging, etc. I'll only say that I really enjoyed it.Published 2 months ago by CJ
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