Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal

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Director: Gerald Potterton

Cast: Gerald Potterton, Rodger Bumpass, Jackie Burroughs, John Candy

     
 

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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 beenSee more details below

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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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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
Sword and sorcery meets science fiction meets Playboy in this animated cult favorite consisting of eight loosely linked stories derived from the adult comic book Heavy Metal. Animal House producer Ivan Reitman hired top animators from around the world to create an adolescent boy's dream of a feature film: blood and guts fly; voluptuous naked women get it on with brawny heroes (and one robot); and aliens snort cocaine to a soundtrack of early '80s hits by Devo, Black Sabbath, Cheap Trick, Stevie Nicks, and many others (all of them unscored by composer Elmer Bernstein's original music). Harold Ramis, John Candy, and Eugene Levy of SCTV fame supply some of the voices. The highly diverse animation styles of each of these futuristic flights of fantasy (all the more amazing for having been done without computers) give Heavy Metal a psychedelic vibe that made it a midnight movie staple in theaters -- and now an equally big hit on video and DVD.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/1999
UPC:
0043396039292
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
7,707

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rodger Bumpass Fiste, Dr. Anrak
Jackie Burroughs Katherine
John Candy Desk Sergeant, Dan, Den, Robot
Don Francks Grimaldi, Co-Pilot, Barbarian
Eugene Levy Sternn, Male Reporter, Edsel
Harold Ramis Zeks
Richard Romanus Harry Canyon
Martin Lavut Ard
Marilyn Lightstone Whore, Queen
Alice Playten Gloria
Susan Roman Girl, Satellite
August Schellenberg Nort, Taarak
John Vernon Prosecutor
Zal Yanovsky Voice Only
Harvey Atkin Alien, Henchman
Thor Bishopric Boy
Len Doncheff Barbarian
Patty Dworkin Woman Reporter
Joe Flaherty Lawyer, General
Charles Joliffe Councilman
Douglas Kenney Regolian
Mavor Moore Elder
Warren Munson Senator
Cedric Smith Bartender
George Touliatos Pilot, Barbarian
Al Waxman Rudnick

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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