Wizards PG

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 21 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: May 25, 2004
  • Originally Released: 1977
  • Label: 20Th Century Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Mono - English
    • Mono - Spanish
    • Stereo - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurette: "Ralph Bakshi: The Wizard of Animation"
    • Audio Commentary: Ralph Bakshi - Director
    • Trailers:
      1. Theatrical Trailer
      2. Theatrical Trailer B
      3. TV Spots
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Stills Gallery (300)

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Directed by
Voice: , , &

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 26


User Ratings: 8,377
Rating: 55/100 -- Bakshi's filmmaking is sloppy and slapdash at times, to be sure, but it is also uncompromising. Full Review
Jun 22, 2012
Rating: 2.5/4 -- The story is kind of a mess, but Wizards goes beyond your standard sword and sorcery tale into some heavy surrealism. Full Review
Apr 22, 2012
Bakshi is direct in his imagery and his messaging: the drumbeat of war and the rush of new technology is killing us...Wizards is far more than a simple animated curiosity, but a surprisingly dark, dangerous, and compelling piece of fantasy. Full Review
Jul 3, 2018
WIZARDS fills the screen with as much sci-fi fantasia as one could ask for.
Jul 1, 2004
Rating: 7/10 -- Story and characters leave much to be desired, but there's something wonderful about this refreshingly gritty, innovative animated feature. Full Review
Mar 19, 2012
Rating: 2.5/4 -- If Wizards is a failure, then it's a fascinating failure. Full Review
From the Front Row
Aug 5, 2019
Ralph Bakshi's animated sword-and-sorcery tale is a long way from his best work, marred by cut-rate techniques and a shapeless screenplay. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Nov 14, 2007

Product Description:

This uniquely 1970s blend of swords, sorcery, science fiction, kung-fu, fascism, and nuclear holocaust was director Ralph Bakshi's first venture into fantasy after his grim urban epics STREETFIGHT and HEAVY TRAFFIC. In a postapocalyptic future that appears as a blend of World War II Europe and J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth, a pint-size wizard named Avatar (Bob Holt, sounding like Peter Falk) must save the world from a band of fascist mutants controlled by his evil twin brother, Blackwolf (Steve Gravers), who likes to confuse enemy armies by projecting films of Adolf Hitler speeches during attacks. Painted live-action footage of advancing Nazi armies contrasts with Saturday-morning-cartoon-style animation of fairies and elves as Avatar travels through various magical and radioactive realms on his quest. Aiding him are a sexually promiscuous fairy queen (Jesse Wells), a hot-blooded warrior elf (Mark Hamill, fresh from his role in STAR WARS) and Peace (David Proval), a misunderstood robot rebelling against his Blackwolf-controlled programming. A bizarre and psychedelic meditation on magic vs. technology, this cult film still finds an audience on college campuses and will prove quite rewarding to viewers in the right frame of mind.

Plot Synopsis:

Ralph Bakshi's animated futuristic fantasy depicts a battle between magic and technology as a kindhearted old sorcerer named Avatar embarks on a perilous quest into darkness to save the world from his evil brother's black magic.


Production Notes:

  • WIZARDS was released during the height of the popularity for role-playing games that involved fantasy and combat. A WIZARDS role-playing game was launched after the film's release but has been unavailable for many years.

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  • Sales Rank: 782
  • UPC: 024543120261
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