Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice

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Director: Lance Laspina, Ralph Bakshi, Frank Frazetta, Susan Tyrrell

Cast: Lance Laspina, Ralph Bakshi, Frank Frazetta, Susan Tyrrell

     
 
Ralph Bakshi's memorable screen collaboration with Frank Frazetta, Fire and Ice, finally gets a special DVD treatment thanks to one of the leaders in cult film releases, Blue Underground. First off, this 2-Disc Limited Edition is gorgeous, with a holographic slipcase cover creating a striking package that will leave fans drooling and unassuming consumers

Overview

Ralph Bakshi's memorable screen collaboration with Frank Frazetta, Fire and Ice, finally gets a special DVD treatment thanks to one of the leaders in cult film releases, Blue Underground. First off, this 2-Disc Limited Edition is gorgeous, with a holographic slipcase cover creating a striking package that will leave fans drooling and unassuming consumers enticed. With an anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen picture and top-of-the-line 6.1 DTS-ES and 5.1 Dolby Digital track sound options, you know that you're getting the best presentation possible for this release. Thankfully, the disc also includes enough extras for you to sink your teeth into, never mind a second disc that features the acclaimed Frazetta: Painting With Fire documentary by director Lance Laspina. Laspina also shows up on the Fire and Ice commentary with Bakshi, which is more like a sparring match than friendly sit-down audio track. It's not that the two men have disdain for each other, but there is something about Bakshi's New Yorker attitude that tends to clash with the other man's reserved qualities. The end result is an informative and awkwardly entertaining track filled with enough raging ego to fuel a small city, which fans of the infamous director won't be surprised by in the least. Fire and Ice extras include a vintage making-of and another smaller featurette that delves into the relationship of Frazetta and Bakshi. Some diary notes, a still gallery, and the original theatrical trailer make up the rest of the first disc, with another commentary included on the Painting With Fire disc. As usual, Blue Underground has gone out of its way to deliver a packed release that, even with its flaws (the making-of was mastered from the only existing video print), maintains a level of quality that is admired throughout the industry.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/30/2005
UPC:
0827058200691
Rating:
PG
Source:
Blue Underground
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:21:00
Sales rank:
34,472

Special Features

Closed Caption; 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; "Frazetta: Painting With Fire" -- Includes interviews with Frank Frazetta; comic legends Bernie Wrightson, Dave Stevens, William Stout, and Neal Adams; Ralph Bakshi and John Milius; demonic rocker Glenn Danzig; and much more; Audio commentary with director (of "Frazetta: Painting With Fire") Lance Laspina and producer Jeremy J. DiFiore

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fire and Ice
1. Program Start/Main Titles [2:31]
2. Ancient History [1:21]
3. The Battle Between Fire and Ice [3:53]
4. The Spoils of War [4:53]
5. Princess Teegra [4:44]
6. Teegra's Escape [4:13]
7. A Rampaging Beast [3:54]
8. Juliana's Wrath [1:23]
9. Attack of the Hell Hounds [3:11]
10. Larn Meets the Princess [4:08]
11. The Sea Creature [2:08]
12. Darkwolf [3:00]
13. Fighting the Subhumans [4:54]
14. Otwa and Roleil [4:05]
15. Boulders From Above [2:15]
16. The Sleep of the Dead [2:19]
17. Nedron's New Bride [:14]
18. Prince Taro Arrives [2:24]
19. Larn Vs. Nekron [4:53]
20. Prison Break [4:01]
21. Flight of the Dragonhawks [3:30]
22. The Final Battle [4:54]
23. Starting Over [3:33]
24. End Credits [1:27]
Disc #2 -- Frazetta: Painting With Fire
1. Program Start/Main Titles [2:41]
2. Power and Drama [4:26]
3. Product of Broolkn [6:52]
4. Visit With Frank's Mom [2:03]
5. Early Career [2:28]
6. Lil' Abner [1:47]
7. An Artist Emerges [6:49]
8. Creepy and Eerie [4:00]
9. Conan The Barbarian [4:24]
10. The Sportsman [3:57]
11. The Eye of a Camera [3:08]
12. Master of all Media [5:19]
13. Frazetta Girls [1:57]
14. Fire and Ice [3:52]
15. Family [6:47]
16. Country Life [1:41]
17. Fight for Life [6:44]
18. Working Left Handed [2:34]
19. Grand Influence [3:43]
20. Impact Upon Hollywood [2:40]
21. Frazetta Museum [4:39]
22. Quality Is Eternal [3:06]
23. Reflection [1:44]
24. End Credits [4:56]

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Fire and Ice 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BrianKGlass More than 1 year ago
I saw this for the first time in 1987. I don't know how it escaped my attention when it first came out. I was a huge Frazetta fan back then and this would be a dream come true. I watched it over and over on a taped copy I made from Cinemax. It was a bad tape but I loved it. Now almost twenty years later it's not as great as I remember but it also hasn't aged as badly as I was expecting. The thing that struck me most was the heavy lines on the characters. The characters almost looked like a Hanna Barbara cartoon. They reminded me of the Superfriends or Space Ghost. There is an odd mix of poor quality drawings and some pretty compelling art. The rotoscoping is a neat technique and it makes for some good action scenes. And some of the background art is spectacular. The plot is paper thin but no worse then some live action films I've seen. The voice acting reminded me a lot of the first Heavy Metal movie. Fire and Ice is an interesting movie if you're a fan of Frank Frazetta or into fantasy and animation. The thing that makes this DVD worth the purchase is the documentary "Painting with Fire" about Frank Frazetta. When I was younger I had a few books of his works that I would memorize. His art meant a lot to me and his life is fascinating. I never realized how tough his early years were. You just assume a giant talent like this was getting rich right off the bat. It turns out he was struggling and some lucky breaks helped to launch his career. He's been through a lot of adversity but bares it with an upbeat optimism. After six strokes he had to learn to paint using his left hand. It means a lot when the comic greats like Bernie Wrightson, John Buscema, Dave Stevens, Neal Adams are gushing fanboys. Everyone interviewed has nothing but good things to say about him. He's apparently a good friend and great father. The inclusion of the documentary is a valuable bonus that makes the Fire and Ice DVD worth buying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago