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Wizards (1977)

Jesse Welles , Bob Holt , Ralph Bakshi  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jesse Welles, Bob Holt, Richard Romanus, David Proval, Jim Connell
  • Directors: Ralph Bakshi
  • Writers: Ralph Bakshi
  • Producers: Ralph Bakshi
  • Format: Anamorphic, Animated, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • 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: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2004
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001NBMIK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,770 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wizards" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Ralph Bakshi: The Wizard of Animation" featurette
  • Still gallery

Editorial Reviews

Set on a post-apocalyptic Earth, this fantasy adventure follows the story of Avatar, the kindly, eccentric sorcerer-ruler of Montagar, a rainbow paradise inhabited by elves and fairies. Avatar?s evil brother, Blackwolf, dominates Scortch, a bleak land of goblins and wraiths. When the power-hungry Blackwolf attacks Montagar, Avatar, accompanied only by a spirited young woman and a courageous elf, must enter the darkness of Scortch to save his world. WIZARDS is a thought-provoking, kaleidoscopic feast for the eyes that will enthrall animation fans and film lovers of all ages.

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123 of 129 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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31 of 33 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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53 of 61 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wizards
I first saw this film in theaters and have wanted to own a copy forever, but am an unrepentantly lazy individual. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Stew
5.0 out of 5 stars Wizards
I bought this same movie years ago in Beta. Now I can play it on modern equjipment. It is a good versus evil story. I can tell the good guys from the bad guys and good wins.
Published 3 days ago by Jon deNeui, JdN
4.0 out of 5 stars Bakshi's most accessible
Prior to Wizards, Ralph Bakshi had made very politically oriented adult animated films like Fritz the Cat, Coonskin, and Heavy Traffic. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Ian Drury
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I've always loved this movie for some reason. I was thrilled to be able to purchase a new copy. Was also very pleased with the quickness with which it arrived.
Published 8 days ago by TankGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as I remembered it.
Ralph Bakshi was probably the master of experimental animation in the U.S. in the 70's and 80's. This is one of his best works, just wish he had been able to do more.
Published 18 days ago by Jerry
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is a Cult Classic....
If you have not seen this movie then you should! I dont want to give away the plot but its a great movie for its time! Read more
Published 23 days ago by Robert Pylant
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bakshi
This is one of the best animated movies ever produced in my opinion and the ending is a classic surprise
Published 1 month ago by Scott L. Lineback
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Cult Movie
Love this movie. It is a cult classic from the 70's. An odd mixture of animation and live footage. Some great oneliners.
Published 1 month ago by Michael Lee Harmon Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic movie
One of my all time favorite animated movies. The characters pull you into the story and the classic animation is wonderful.
Published 1 month ago by Erin
5.0 out of 5 stars adult cartoon"s back in the day rock
I had no seen it since it was in the theater back in high school it brought back memories.
with today"s animation movie makers should make more adult cartoons
Published 1 month ago by pat collins
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