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Fire and Ice (Two-Disc Limited Edition)
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It began as a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between two of the greatest icons of the fantasy genre: Controversial animator Ralph Bakshi (director of FRITZ THE CAT, WIZARDS and the original THE LORD OF THE RINGS) and legendary illustrator Frank Frazetta (creator of the iconic CONAN THE BARBARIAN, VAMPIRELLA and Edgar Rice Burroughs book covers). It became - and remains - one of the most startling animation epics of all time. Now experience a world unlike any ever seen, where savage warriors, horrific monsters and luscious maidens battle for the soul of civilization in a time of good and evil, pleasure and pain, and FIRE & ICE. This long-unavailable cult favorite has been remastered in High Definition from original vault materials, remixed in stunning 6.1 DTS-ES and 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround EX, and loaded with exciting Extras. Disc 2 contains FRAZETTA: PAINTING WITH FIRE, the acclaimed feature-length documentary that explores the remarkable life and career of the man who changed fantasy art forever. Bonus features include: Disc 1: Audio Commentary with Producer/Director Ralph Bakshi, The Making of FIRE AND ICE, Bakshi on Frazetta, Sean Hannon's Diary Notes, Behind-the-Scenes Still Gallery, Theatrical Trailer, Disc 2: FRAZETTA: PAINTING WITH FIRE - Interviews with Frank Frazetta, comic legends Bernie Wrightson, Dave Stevens, William Stout and Neal Adams, directors Ralph Bakshi and John Milius, demonic rocker Glenn Danzig, and much more (93 Mins.), Audio Commentary with Director Lance Laspina and Producer Jeremy J. DiFiore
The mighty-muscled heroes and big-bottomed babes of fantasy artist Frank Frazetta inspired animator Ralph Bakshi (Fritz the Cat, Wizards) to create the swords-and-sorcery epic Fire and Ice. Bakshi uses a technique called rotoscoping, which uses live-action film of actors as the template for animation, allowing him to put realistic action into fantastic environments. The verisimilitude of movement in a cartoon can be startling, but that's about all Fire and Ice has to offer; the wafer-thin story, overwrought characters, and clumsy dialogue are vapid cliches. Of much greater interest are the extras in this two-disc set, including a making-of feature that demonstrates the painstaking process of rotoscoping; enthusiastic commentary from Bakshi, who's a jovial, down-to-earth guy with a thick Brooklyn accent; deliriously fatuous diary notes from one of the actors; and a feature-length documentary called Frazetta: Painting with Fire, which reveals the artist to be more intriguing than any of the barbarians he's famous for. The effusive praise of other fantasy artists and "Frazetta historians" occasionally veers into Spinal Tap territory, but it's fascinating watching Frazetta turn from a 1950s James-Dean-style tough guy into the king of fantasy art. Though his work is often dismissed as adolescent kitsch, the documentary persuasively argues that Frazetta deservedly dominates his corner of the art world. --Bret Fetzer
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 0.75 inches; 4 Ounces
- Item model number : Relay Time: 174 min; 2Videos
- Director : Ralph Bakshi
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Original recording remastered, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 21 minutes
- Release date : August 30, 2005
- Actors : Randy Norton, Cynthia Leake, Steve Sandor, Sean Hannon
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (DTS ES 6.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), Unqualified
- Studio : Blue Underground
- ASIN : B000A2LV4W
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #43,805 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This is 80's nostalgia at its best. The creators of this movie used roto-scoping to create the realistic movements of the actors. Think of rotoscoping as the precursor to the green screen techniques used by movie studios today. It's feels like watching a painting come to life, and for anyone who wants to gain a true appreciation of how the film was made using this style, I highly suggest watching the "Making Of" part after seeing the film. Animators were truly magicians in those days, no computers, no CG graphics, just hand, paint, loud machines, and a lot of heart.
For those who believe animation is solely for the little 'uns, do NOT buy this movie. There is a lot of violence and blood, as this is about barbarians after all. Also, a lot of near nudity, especially on the part of Teegra, the insanely hot heroine of the film. No full nudity, mind you, but our more 'Puritan' audience might feel put off by it.
Get ready for a great adventure.
Possibly I'd have rated this higher if I'd actually been able to hear all of the dialogue over the noise.
On the cons, the characters are under developed. They should have spent more time getting us acquainted with these people and providing back story. The conclusion, though not entirely inconclusive, still leaves something to be desired as it feels like it has resolved the over arching problem but hasn't given the characters any inward triumph to carry away off screen. Like we didn't get the moral to the story, perhaps.
Over all, an enjoyable film. I personally love the artistry, I love Frazetta, I loved this neo-caveman world, but the story just needed more substance to take it from something enjoyable to something amazing.
It is animated of course although the characters are rotoscoped (real actors which are painted over on the film) so it is pretty fluid. The people are scantily clad especially the heroine who is in a thong bikini almost the entire length of the DVD. The hero wears something that covers just a little more but not much more. Some people are offended for whatever reason so I'm stating it.
As for me, it's a good addition to my collection where I'll probably watch it again when I need a light escape from the world.