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Based on the fantastical illustrated magazine Heavy Metal, producer Ivan Reitman enlists the help of some of Hollywood's animation masters to create the otherworldly tale of a glowing green orb from outer space that spreads destruction throughout the galaxy. Only when encountered by its one true enemy, to whom it is inexplicably drawn, will goodness prevail throughout the universe. Richly and lavishly drawn, the vignettes of the orb's dark victories include the character voices of John Candy, Harold Ramis and a pounding soundtrack by Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Devo, Donald Fagen, Don Felder, Grand Funk Railroad, Sammy Hagar, Journey, Nazareth, Stevie Nicks, Riggs, and Trust. Highly imaginative and full of surprising special effects, Heavy Metal set the standard for the alternative contemporary animation. An intoxicating experience not to be missed!
As long as there is a need for adolescent male sexual fantasy, there will be an audience for Heavy Metal. Released in 1981 and based on stories from the graphic magazine of the same name (possibly the greatest publication to simultaneously provoke imagination and masturbation), the film has since become the most popular single title in Columbia/TriStar's entire film library. That's an amazing fact considering just how silly and senseless the movie really is--an aimless, juvenile amalgam of disjointed stories and clashing visual styles, employing hundreds of animators from around the world with a near-total absence of creative cohesion. It remains, for better and worse, a midnight-movie favorite for the stoner crowd--a movie best enjoyed by randy adolescents or near-adults in an altered state of consciousness.
With a framing story about a glowing green orb claiming to be the embodiment of all evil, the film shuttles through eight episodic tales of sci-fi adventure, each fueled by some of the most wretched rock music to emerge from the 1980s. The most consistent trademark is an abundance of blood-splattering violence and wet-dream sex, the latter involving a succession of huge-breasted babes who shed their clothes at the drop of a G-string. It's all quite fun in its rampantly brainless desire to fuel the young male libido, and for all its incoherence Heavy Metal remains impressive for the ambitious artistry of its individual segments. Courtesy of producer Ivan Reitman (who'd just scored a hit with Stripes), voice talents include several Canadian veterans of Second City comedy, including John Candy, Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy, and Joe Flaherty. --Jeff ShannonSee all Editorial Reviews
- Feature Length Rough Cut with Optional Commentary by Carl Macek
- Documentary: Imagining Heavy Metal
- Art Galleries & Extras: Production Photo Gallery, Heavy Metal Magazine Cover Gallery, Pencil Portfolio With Animation, Single and Layered Cels Portfolio, Early Conceptual Art Gallery
- Deleted Scenes (including "Neverland" Deleted Scene)
- Carl Macek Reading His Book: Heavy Metal: The Movie
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The various segments are diverse in tone and quality, ranging from serious noir, to heroic comic, to pure farce. Cheech and Chong make an appearance. Dar of Mars is an homage to a specific comic strip that occurred in the Heavy Metal magazine. The Tarakian is an homage to the Arzach sequence by the legendary Moebius. She is mute because the comic sequence had no text bubbles. You'll have to read Arzach to see what I mean! The Dark Horse comics edition is good.
The sound track is very good and diverse, and withstands repeated listening on its own. It has a lot of seldom heard tracks, with artists as distinct as Journey and Black Sabbath. You should get that too!
The world would be so much a better place if there were more features like this one in it!
Inspired by the popular adult comic book that was originally from France, this is a stunning and very adult animated movie from the producers of "Ghostbusters" and " Animal House" that blends the genres of horror, science fiction and fantasy into one entertaining and fun animated movie. The artwork with animation in the sequences are just terrific and there's plenty of things in this movie to please the fan of animation, sci-fi and fantasy such as sex, nudity, animated hotties such as Taarna the white haired warrior chick, violence, drugs, the voices of Roger "Squidward" Bumpass, Eugene Levy, John Candy, Harold Ramis and an awesome soundtrack featuring Devo, Black Sabbath, Don Felder, Stevie Nicks, Elmer Bernstein, Journey and more.
This DVD Collector's Edition is just awesome! it contains both the theatrical version and the full length in progress version featuring voices and some scenes that didn't make the final cut. It contains two audio commentaries on both version by producer Carl Mareck, a documentary on the film went from vision to cult animated favorite, two deleted scenes like the never before seen "Neverland" sequence, Photo galleries, remastered picture and sound quality.
This is a must see movie and DVD for fans of Animation & Science Ficton and fantasy alike and have some naughty fun.
Also recommended: " The Fifth Element", " Rock & Rule", " American Pop", " Akira", " Vampire Hunter D", " Ghost in The Shell", "Caligula", " Total Recall", "Starship Troopers", " The Running Man", " Big Trouble in Little China", " The Dark Crystal", " The Last Unicorn", "The Secret of NIMH", "Labyrinth", " The Princess Bride", " Dark City", "Blade Runner", " Metropolis ( both 1927 and 2001)", " 2001: A Space Odyssey", "Star Wars Original Trilogy", " The Matrix", "City of Lost Children", " Lifeforce", " Alien Series", "Predator 1 & 2", " Alien vs. Predator", " Perfect Blue", "Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend", " The Professional: Golgo 13", " The Crow", " From Dusk Till Dawn", "Army of Darkness", " Conan The Barbarian movies", " Conquest", "Ladyhawke", " The Neverending Story", "Willow", " Lord of the Rings ( 1978)", " The Hobbit", " The Flight of Dragons", " Fist of the North Star (Animated version)", " Scanners", " Dead & Buried", " Fantasia", "Death Race 2000", " Terminator 1 & 2", and " The Mad Max Trilogy".