Wizards (35th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] [Import]
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Although Ralph Bakshi's reputation as a figure in animation history has declined over the years, Wizards (1977) has long enjoyed a cult following. The plot follows a long-prophesied postapocalyptic battle between twin brothers: Blackwolf, an evil sorcerer, and Avatar, a good wizard. Drawn into the conflict are overendowed fairy princess Elinore, elf Weehawk, and Necron 99/Peace (a minion of Blackwolf's whom Avatar has converted to good). The story wanders and stumbles aimlessly: although the fate of the world lies in the balance, Avatar dithers like a borscht-belt comic doing shtick. Visually, the film is a mishmash of cartoony animation (much too cartoony for a dramatic narrative), processed live action, still artwork, and old newsreel footage of Adolph Hitler. Before 1977, the only American animated film that offered fantasy fans the period conflict they sought was Disney's Sleeping Beauty: Wizards filled a gap. Decades later, countless anime series, from Dragon Ball to Fullmetal Alchemist and Bleach, have presented epic battles between the forces of good and evil with more effective animation, better stories, more sophisticated visual styles, flashier effects, and more skillful direction. Baby boomers who remember watching Wizards as kids may derive a nostalgic pleasure from revisiting it; other viewers will find a dated oddity, as passé as a Nehru jacket. (Rated PG: violence, violence against women, tobacco use, potentially offensive religious and Nazi imagery) --Charles Solomon
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Finally, we have DVD which treats master filmmaker, Ralph Bakshi, with the respect he deserves. After the atrociously inadequate release of Bakshi's Lord of the Rings Part One a few years ago, with it's incredible lack of special features and horrific overdub in the middle of the closing score (though thankfully finally released in widescreen format), I couldn't be happier with the treatment Fox has given to this film. The transfer is gorgeous and the colors are far more vivid than I have ever seen before - an element that is critical to the film.
The real treat, however, is the feature length commentary by Mr. Bakshi as well as the "documentary" on him and his work.Read more ›
Writer/director Bakshi started his career in animated films at the age of 18, at which time he was hired by the Terrytoons Studio to paint or opaque animation cels. He quickly worked his way up through the ranks, ultimately helming episodes of made-for-TV kiddie cartoon series like DEPUTY DAWG (1959-1972) and SPIDER-MAN (1967-1970). But Bakshi longed to create films with more substance, films for a more mature audience. So in 1972, he and producer Steve Krantz put together the low-budget film FRITZ THE CAT, a semi-pornographic feature-length cartoon--the first to earn an "X" rating--based on Robert Crumb's popular "underground" comic.Read more ›
This long awaited DVD presentation is nothing short of spectacular. It is presented in an enhanced widescreen format and the picture is brilliant. It has never looked so good. What I really enjoyed about this DVD is the fantastic stories that Ralph Bakshi tells. One truly appreciates his passion for animated film and his great character. I think it is about time he got the respect and acknowledgment he deserves. Thank you FOX for releasing a wonderful film on DVD by a wonderful director. Any movie fan (especially avant-garde fans) should check this out.
You have to be a true fan of animation history to enjoy this film which feels very dated more than three decades later, but if you fall into this category you will really enjoy the interviews with Bakshi in the extras talking about his career, including stories like how he bypassed the animation industry's decade-long apprenticeship system and went from cell-polisher to animator at Terrytoons simply by moving his desk upstairs during a lunch break.
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Beautiful film, hidden meanings, watched it many times at a higher state of consciousness.Published 5 months ago by Matthew Harlos
I don't like the packaging of this movie. It looks really cheap. They could easily have put the 'book' consisting of 12 pieces of paper and a staple inside a normal blu-ray case. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Geoffrey J. B. Edwards
Rude humor on adult themes. NOT for children, except those who are "worldly wise." However, for the teens and twenty-somethings, this is great entertainment.Published 15 months ago by Hale & Hardy
I bought these for my husband. He wasn't a fan at all..
He wouldn't recommend this movie.
Love that i finally got this! ^_^
it's not for everyone though as some of my friends after watching it hated it.
I happen to love it the art work and the story is great.