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Overview

Inspired by the popular fantasy graphics magazine, the animated feature Heavy Metal gained a rabid cult following in the 1980s, and the DVD release of the film is packed with enough extras to satisfy even the most jaded animation enthusiast. The images have been given a letterboxed transfer at the film's original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (the disc has also been enhanced for playback on widescreen monitors), while viewers have a choice of two audio tracks -- one mixed for Dolby Digital 5.1, the other for Dolby ...
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Overview

Inspired by the popular fantasy graphics magazine, the animated feature Heavy Metal gained a rabid cult following in the 1980s, and the DVD release of the film is packed with enough extras to satisfy even the most jaded animation enthusiast. The images have been given a letterboxed transfer at the film's original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (the disc has also been enhanced for playback on widescreen monitors), while viewers have a choice of two audio tracks -- one mixed for Dolby Digital 5.1, the other for Dolby Digital Surround. The feature has been closed captioned in English, while the disc is also encoded with optional subtitles in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. In addition to the original version of Heavy Metal, the DVD also features an alternate full-length "rough-cut" of the film, which features a different sequence and footage not used in the theatrical release of the film. The theatrical cut features an alternate commentary track from Carl Macek, who wrote a book on the making of the movie, while the disc also includes a 35-minute making-of documentary, "Imagining Heavy Metal." The disc is rounded out with production photos, pencil sketches from the film's artists, alternate artwork, production notes, and a gallery of cover art from the magazine.
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Special Features

Digitally remastered audio & anamorphic video; Documentary: "Imagining Heavy Metal"; Deleted scenes; Feature-length rough cut with optional commentary; Production photo gallery; Heavy Metal Magazine covery gallery; Pencil portfolio with animations; Single & layered cel porfolios; Conceptual art gallery; Production notes; Carl Macek reading his book "Heavy Metal the Movie"; Audio: English two-channel [Dolby Surround] & English 5.1 [Dolby Digital]; Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/1999
  • UPC: 043396039292
  • Original Release: 1981
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,548

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rodger Bumpass Voice Only
Jackie Burroughs Voice Only
John Candy Voice Only
Don Francks Voice Only
Eugene Levy Voice Only
Harold Ramis Voice Only
Richard Romanus Voice Only
Martin Lavut Voice Only
Marilyn Lightstone Voice Only
Alice Playten Voice Only
Susan Roman Voice Only
August Schellenberg Voice Only
John Vernon Voice Only
Zal Yanovsky Voice Only
Harvey Atkin Voice Only
Thor Bishopric Voice Only
Len Doncheff Voice Only
Patty Dworkin Voice Only
Joe Flaherty Voice Only
Charles Joliffe Voice Only
Douglas Kenney Voice Only
Mavor Moore Voice Only
Warren Munson Voice Only
Cedric Smith Voice Only
George Touliatos Voice Only
Al Waxman Voice Only
Technical Credits
Gerald Potterton Director
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Len Blum Screenwriter
Janice Brown Editor
Corny Cole Screenwriter
Richard Corben Screenwriter
Juan Gimenez Screenwriter
Daniel Goldberg Screenwriter, Sound/Sound Designer
Joe Grimaldi Sound/Sound Designer
Austin Grimaldi Sound/Sound Designer
Michael J. Gross Producer, Production Designer
Peter Jermyn Sound Editor
Andy Malcolm Sound Editor
Angus McKie Screenwriter
Lee Mishkin Animator
Leonard Mogel Executive Producer
Dan O'Bannon Screenwriter
Ivan Reitman Producer, Screenwriter
Peter Thillaye Sound Editor
Gordon Thompson Sound/Sound Designer
Brian Tufano Cinematographer
Thomas Warkentin Animator
Berni Wrightson Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Menu Group #1 with 24 chapter(s) covering 01:30:16
1. Start [4:16]
2. Grimaldi 1 [2:33]
3. Harry Canyon [:38]
4. "True Companion" [2:25]
5. "Blue Lamp" [1:01]
6. "Heartbeat" [4:20]
7. "Open Arms" [3:31]
8. Grimaldi 2 [:37]
9. Den [14:41]
10. Captain Sternn [3:56]
11. "Reach Out" [3:02]
12. B-17 [6:59]
13. So beautiful & so dangerous [1:51]
14. "I Must Be Dreamin'" [:36]
15. "Crazy?" [1:13]
16. "All of You" [3:09]
17. "Prefabricated" [:30]
18. "Heavy Metal" [1:21]
19. Grimaldi 3 [1:08]
20. Taarna [2:09]
21. "The Mob Rules" [11:17]
22. "Through Being Cool" [11:01]
23. Grimaldi 4 [2:13]
24. End credits [5:37]
Scene Selections
1. Soft Landing [3:24]
2. Grimaldi [1:00]
3. Den [15:28]
4. Captain Sternn [8:29]
5. Neverwhere Land [2:09]
6. B-17/Gremlins [8:31]
7. So Beautiful and So Dangerous [8:56]
8. Grimaldi [:33]
9. Harry Canyon [13:25]
10. Grimaldi [:26]
11. Taarna [25:53]
12. Grimaldi [1:57]
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Menu

Side #1
Carl Macek reading Heavy Metal: The Movie On
Carl Macek reading Heavy Metal: The Movie Off
Deleted Scenes
   "Neverwhere Land" Deleted Sequence
   Alternate Framing Story with Commentary
   Alternate Framing Story without Commentary
Artwork of Heavy Metal
   Pencil Portfolio
      Grimaldi
      Harry Canyon
      Den
      Captain Sternn
      B-17/Gremlins
      So Beautiful and So Dangerous
      Taarna
   Conceptual Art
      Grimaldi
      Den
      B-17/Gremlins
      Taarna
   Single Cel Portfolio
      Harry Canyon
      Den
      Neverwhere Land
      So Beautiful and So Dangerous
      Taarna
   Layered Cel Portofolio
      Soft Landing
      Grimaldi
      Harry Canyon
      Den
      Captain Sternn
      B-17/Gremlins
      So Beautiful and So Dangerous
      Taarna
Production photo gallery
   B-17/Gremlins
   Taarna
Imagining Heavy Metal documentary
Heavy Metal magazine cover gallery
   1977-1981
   1982-1986
   1987-1991
   1992-1999
Menu Group #1 with 24 chapter(s) covering 01:30:16
Scene Selections
   Menu Group #1 with 12 chapter(s) covering 01:30:17
Play Rough-Cut
Commentary by Carl Macek On
Commentary by Carl Macek Off
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great for those who remember the magazine

    It was great to see this stuff again after all these years, I saw it in the theater when it first came out. Though it doesn't quite compare to today's animation it does mirror the story and art styles of the contributing artists. Kinda expensive, I bought it for the sentimental value.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Heavy Metal

    We read the Heavy Metal comics and enjoy the many stories but what happens when we put these stories to life. A life in an animated form. Brilliance. The stories realy take on a life of their own and we can see for ourselves what the author truly intended. Granted some of the stories are adult in character but once in a while an adult needs to let fantasy become part of his life. Sit back and enjoy the show.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Legend of Taarna

    I saw Heavy Metal when I was a teenager in the summer of 1981, and it remains one of my favorite movies. My most esteemed sequence is the final one, ¿The Legend of Taarna,¿ and it is the only reason I now watch the film. After seeing all of the gratuitous nudity and sex in the earlier vignettes, and watching most of the earlier characters succumb to an apparently unstoppable evil, there was something very striking, even haunting, about Taarna, a warrior who spoke not a word and pursued her duty with a single-minded, no-nonsense purpose which was completely out of contrast to what had transpired in the earlier stories. As John Bruno states in his commentary on the movie, they wanted Taarna to be the ultimate female warrior--a woman who ¿took no s***t¿ and had one goal: to get the bad guys! The tale is made even better with a magnificent score by Elmer Bernstein, and wonderful animation like the flying sequence at the beginning, and the beautifully rotoscoped sequence in which Taarna dresses in her hideaway. Taarna struck a deep chord in me because in her one can appreciate a powerful convergence of the concepts of good triumphing over evil, selflessness and self-sacrifice, and the beauty and power of woman. This is rare enough in our popular culture, and is probably unique in the history of animation.

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