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Rock and Rule (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)

 PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Although it featured songs by Debbie Harry, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Cheap Trick, and Earth, Wind & Fire, Rock and Rule (Canada, 1983) never received a general US release. Set in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by mutants, the underdeveloped story centers on the rock star Mok and his efforts to summon a demon from another dimension. Only the voice of aspiring singer Angel can cross the dimensional barrier and free the monster. A series of chases and concerts leads to Mok's destruction by Angel and her true love/singing partner Omar. Clive Smith's direction is simply inept: the story plods along listlessly; the characters change motivation on a dime; the crude CG special effects are squandered in minor scenes, rather than used to punch up the climax.

Rock and Rule reflects the confusion of the animation industry in the early '80s. Yellow Submarine and Fritz the Cat had proved there was an audience for hip, edgy animated features. But nobody could make a good one, and a series of bombs caused animation to be labeled box-office poison. More than 20 years later, Rock and Rule holds a curiosity value for fans of old rock, but it's not a memorable film. (Rated PG: violence, grotesque imagery, brief nudity, alcohol, drug, and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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5.0 out of 5 stars A decade in wait... Sept. 22 2005
I first saw this movie on Bravo (or was it Showcase) about ten years ago.
Ever since then, I have been looking and looking for it.
Finally, I got it today, and I was not disappointed. This movie is vivid, with amazing musical talent, a great and simple story, and most importantly, it all works together.
It's a great movie, and the special features on this 2-disc set make it worthwhile for any fan of the movie, early 1980's punk rock, or animation in general.
This is an unique movie, geared for a more mature crowd, but still not 'adult' in the general sense of the phrase (at least how it's used today).
I recommend this DVD, because it's got everything anyone could want on a DVD for this movie. The behind the scenes featurette is kinda cool too, seeing how early on computers were used in animation was a surprise to me.
Bottom line: worth it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock And Rule Rules! Sept. 29 2005
By Wolvie
Get the two-disc version, you won't be disappointed! Unearthed films have done an EXCELLENT job on this set - the look, sound, packaging & DVD extras are all top notch (Thank You, Unearthed, you've done it justice). I remember seeing it on CBC when it first got released (1983) & I've waited till it got it's proper release on DVD till I bought it. This was draw by the great Canadian Nelvana animation studios, therefore the labeling of the Canadian version on the second disc as the alternate version is misleading, anyway, it's Nelvana's best animation ever. Highly Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Jan. 3 2007
Finally this incredible movie will be available to a wider audience. I've been limited to watching an old vhf copy of the movie for years. I don't know if I should really write a review on Rock & Rule as I have a total bias because it is one of the best cartoon movies of all time. It is slow at some points (be patient) but has a great soundtrack and is an excellent example of North American annimation. Suitable to be placed up with all your Bakshi movies. I still hear a certain song in my head when I see a bleached blonde bubble head walk by :

"yer so pretty, yer so pretty, yer so fair, love your hair.

yer so pretty, yer so pretty, love yer makeup love yer clothes love yer eyes love yer nose... YOU'RE PRETTY USELESS..."

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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a memorable movie. Nov. 22 2012
Ah, nostalgia!

I have waited over twenty-five years for a good copy of this movie, to upgrade from my well-worn home VHS of the CBC broadcast. The versions available in between, the Ring Of Fire and the US Release mangled-by-MGM editions, were missing a lot of the original oomph. Think, Fritz The Cat but edited for a K12 audience - that's about right. If I didn't already have one, I'd buy a BluRay player just to play this.

The pirated VHS version found at comic shows was attributed to Bakshi, and one can understand the error. The look and feel is similar to some of his work; but it has its own unique flavor.

It suffers from a bit of multiple personality disorder: At times it does;t know if it's an adult or kid movie, probably the result of too many changes made by MGM at the last minute, and too much footage left on the floor of the edited room. But the brilliant soundtrack makes up a lot of that. R. Zander (Cheap Trick) and D. Harry's (Blondie) voices merge in an unexpected way that I find utterly enjoyable even today. It has aged well. Lou Reed and Iggy Pop singing for bad guy Mok are not a bad think either.

You should enjoy watching it once. And if your heart is still a young one, you should enjoy watching it many, many more times, too.
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