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 stories from the fantasy graphics magazine Heavy Metal, this five-part animated feature combines the talents of hundreds of artists and animators from 17 different countries. A glowing green orb called Loc-Nar that contains the sum total of all evil in the universe travels through space and time, spreading violence and discord in its wake. TheSee more details below

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Inspired by stories from the fantasy graphics magazine Heavy Metal, this five-part animated feature combines the talents of hundreds of artists and animators from 17 different countries. A glowing green orb called Loc-Nar that contains the sum total of all evil in the universe travels through space and time, spreading violence and discord in its wake. The stories that follow demonstrate Loc-Nar's malevolent presence throughout the universe. In New York in the year 2023, cabbie Harry Canyon picks up a fare who turns out to have Loc-Nar in her possession, and it turns out to be one trip he wishes that he had never made. In contemporary suburban America, a nerdy high school kid finds the orb in his backyard and is transported to a comic-book universe where he's a mighty warrior and famous spoiler of women. A robot created by an alien race falls in love with a secretary from Earth who was kidnapped by his masters, while she is at once fascinated and repelled by his sexual talents. And finally, Loc-Nar crashes into a mountain, and a world of fantasy and danger spontaneously appears in its wake, ruled by The Defender, a beautiful amazon who rides on a giant bird. The voice cast for Heavy Metal includes John Candy, Harold Ramis, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Richard Romanus, and John Vernon. The sound track features selections by Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Nazareth, Cheap Trick, Devo, and Grand Funk Railroad.

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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:
06/14/2011
UPC:
0043396369290
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
ABC
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
9,955

Special Features

Original feature-length Rough Cut with optional commentary by Carl Macek ; Deleted scenes with optional commentary; Imagining Heavy Metal - documentary

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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