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Heavy Metal R
by Various Artists

Heavy Metal
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: November 23, 1999
  • Originally Released: 1981
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Single Side - Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Dolby Digital Surround - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Featurette: "Imagining Heavy Metal"
    • Carl Macek Reads his Book "Heavy Metal: The Movie"
    • Feature Length Rough Cut with Optional Commentary by Carl Macek
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Menus
    • Scene Access
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Conceptual Art
    • Heavy Metal Magazine Cover Gallery
    • Pencil Portfolio with Animation
    • Production Photos
    • Single and Layered Cells Portfolio

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Directed by
Screenwriting by
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Voice: , , , , , &

Entertainment Reviews:

Fresh60%

TOMATOMETER
Total Count: 30

Upright67%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 38,849
...Sassy, raunchy, outrageous and eye-pleasing...
USA Today
May 24, 1996
Initial segments have a boisterous blend of dynamic graphics, intriguing plot premises and sly wit that unfortunately slide gradually downhill. Full Review
Variety
Mar 26, 2009
...Impressive....Animated with great verve, and scored very well...
New York Times
Aug 7, 1981
Rating: 3.5/5 -- Heavy Metal has been animated with great verve, and scored very well, with music much less ear-splitting than the title would suggest.
New York Times
Aug 31, 2004
Asked if I wanted to see it again, I figured, why not? I would have remembered if it was really bad. But memory does play tricks.
Film.com
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: 2/5 -- In 1981, this may have been state-of-the-art animation, but now it looks rudimentary, clunky, and flat. The writing, likewise, is flat. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Jan 30, 2012
It's definitely watchable for fans that appreciate the exploitative pulp nature of the magazine set to excellent rock music. Full Review
Cinema Crazed
Jan 14, 2016

Product Description:

Based on the eponymous underground magazine and original art and stories by Richard Corben, Angus McKie, Dan O'Bannon, Thomas Warkentin and Berni Wrightson, this groundbreaking cult classic served as a crossover introduction for many Americans to the aesthetic conventions associated with Japanese anime. This unique collection of six animated stories are all linked by sequences featuring a fiendish green meteorite that claims to be the cause of evil throughout the world. A combination of science-fiction, fantasy, horror, comedy, and sex against a pulse pounding heavy metal soundtrack with songs by Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Stevie Nicks, Nazareth and other 80's rock giants. The video contains a three-minute segment that wasn't included in the theatrical version of the film.

Plot Synopsis:

This unique collection of six animated stories combines science fiction with fantasy, horror, comedy, sex and rock music.
The segments include "Harry Canyon" and "Den." In the first, a New York City cab driver gets mixed up with a beautiful femme fatale. Although he's become so hardened that he keeps a death ray in his car to kill troublesome riders, he lets his guard down long enough to fall for his latest passenger... and it could cost him his life.
In "Den," a nerdy student travels to another planet and transforms into a macho stud with incredible strength. While fighting villains, beautiful women throw themselves at him.
Other stories in this anthology feature the exploits of a beautiful female warrior, pilots fighting off a creature from another world, and a Pentagon secretary who gets captured by an alien. There's also one off-the-wall segment played purely for comic effect.
The stories are all linked by sequences featuring a fiendish green meteorite that claims to be the cause of evil throughout the world.

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Production Notes:

  • The video contains a three-minute segment that wasn't included in the theatrical version of the film.
  • Based on original art and stories by: Richard Corben, Angus McKie, Dan O'Bannon, Thomas Warkentin and Berni Wrightson.
  • Stories include: "Harry Canyon" and "Den."
  • Additional voices: Roger Bumpass and Zal Yanovsky.
  • The movie was created by animation studios, directors and writers from the USA, UK, and Canada.

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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 938
  • UPC: 043396039292
  • Shipping Weight: 0.16/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

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