Wizards

Wizards

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Overview

Wizards

The underrated fantasy epic Wizards makes a stellar bow to DVD thanks to 20th Century Fox Home Video and petitioning fans everywhere. With an incredible transfer that impresses even the director, the film has been given a top-notch treatment that should please those who've been waiting for this cult classic to get its just due. Its vibrant 1.85:1 picture radiates off the screen in a way not seen since the release, while the Dolby Digital Stereo and Mono tracks are admirable in their quality and definition. This release also hits a home run on the bonus materials, starting with a commentary track from the elusive animation rebel himself, Ralph Bakshi. Coupled with the 40-minute "Wizard of Animation" interview, this commentary gives the viewer a rare glimpse into the mind of the pioneering independent filmmaker who defied Disney and built his own studio, only to see it crumble with the rise of corporate greed in Hollywood. Full of wit and stories galore, both the track and the interview find the now 60-year-old humbled by the industry's failings and loss of mostly all of his creative team who were integral to his major endeavors. With ample time given to everyone on his small art staff, whether it be detailing which sequences each person animated in the film or their prior jobs in the field, the DVD soon becomes a rallying cry for the skill and heart that has now all but left animation. As a plus, two original theatrical trailers have been included, along with a TV spot. If that weren't enough, a still gallery packed with character sketches, lobby cards, and fully painted backgrounds is archived here on the disc. With that touch, 20th Century Fox has officially created a classic disc which does wonderful justice to an ambitious animated family film that just never got the attention it deserved, until now.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/25/2004
UPC: 0024543120261
Original Release: 1977
Rating: PG
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:20:00
Sales rank: 17,289

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by Ralph Bakshi; "Ralph Bakshi: The Wizard of Animation" featurette; Still gallery; TV spot and theatrical trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Sloane Fairy
Hyman Wien Priest
Christopher Tayback Peewhittle
Tina Bowman Prostitute
Peter Hobbs General
James Connell President
Steve Gravers Blackwolf
Angelo Grisanti Frog
Mark Hamill Sean
Bob Holt Avatar
David Proval Peace/Necron 99
Richard Romanus Weehawk
Susan Tyrrell Narrator/Various characters
Jesse Wells Elinor

Technical Credits
Ralph Bakshi Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Brenda Banks Animator
Andrew Belling Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ted C. Bemiller Cinematographer
Donald W. Ernst Editor
Jack Hooper Cinematographer
Irven Spence Animator
Robert Taylor Animator
Art Vitello Animator

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Technology and Magic [2:16]
2. Delia's Magical Twins [2:33]
3. Necron 99 [3:18]
4. No Time to Sleep [:28]
5. As Avatar Tells It [2:53]
6. Tomorrow's Master Race [3:37]
7. The Key Is Fear [2:19]
8. Elves in the Trenches [4:42]
9. The Dream Machine [:45]
10. Only Time Will Tell [1:47]
11. Bits of Religion [3:48]
12. Calling Upon the Forces [:58]
13. Who Killed Sean? [3:15]
14. Where Snow Tracks Cross [:59]
15. Elinore! [2:46]
16. Scortch Is in Sight [1:28]
17. Battle Lines [5:32]
18. Brother to Brother [3:25]
19. How It Ended [4:47]
20. End Credits [3:18]

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Wizards 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw this movie when I was in High School, it was an instant classic. I particularly like the voice of the narrator. If you dig fantasy & annimation, you'll love this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an amazing movie. It really captured 20th century history with the twist on fantasy & reality of Hitler's reighn. TOTALLY RECOMENDED!!!!