Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal

Director: Gerald Potterton Cast: Rodger Bumpass, Jackie Burroughs, John Candy

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Inspired by the popular fantasy graphics magazine, the animated feature Heavy Metal gained a rabid cult following in the 1980s, and the DVD release of the film is packed with enough extras to satisfy even the most jaded animation enthusiast. The images have been given a letterboxed transfer at the film's original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (the disc has also been enhanced for playback on widescreen monitors), while viewers have a choice of two audio tracks -- one mixed for Dolby Digital 5.1, the other for Dolby Digital Surround. The feature has been closed captioned in English, while the disc is also encoded with optional subtitles in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. In addition to the original version of Heavy Metal, the DVD also features an alternate full-length "rough-cut" of the film, which features a different sequence and footage not used in the theatrical release of the film. The theatrical cut features an alternate commentary track from Carl Macek, who wrote a book on the making of the movie, while the disc also includes a 35-minute making-of documentary, "Imagining Heavy Metal." The disc is rounded out with production photos, pencil sketches from the film's artists, alternate artwork, production notes, and a gallery of cover art from the magazine.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/23/1999
UPC: 0043396039292
Original Release: 1981
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 5,627

Special Features

Digitally remastered audio & anamorphic video; Documentary: "Imagining Heavy Metal"; Deleted scenes; Feature-length rough cut with optional commentary; Production photo gallery; Heavy Metal Magazine covery gallery; Pencil portfolio with animations; Single & layered cel porfolios; Conceptual art gallery; Production notes; Carl Macek reading his book "Heavy Metal the Movie"; Audio: English two-channel [Dolby Surround] & English 5.1 [Dolby Digital]; Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rodger Bumpass Fiste, Dr. Anrak
Jackie Burroughs Katherine
John Candy Desk Sergeant, Dan, Den, Robot
Don Francks Grimaldi, Co-Pilot, Barbarian
Eugene Levy Sternn, Male Reporter, Edsel
Harold Ramis Zeks
Richard Romanus Harry Canyon
Martin Lavut Ard
Marilyn Lightstone Whore, Queen
Alice Playten Gloria
Susan Roman Girl, Satellite
August Schellenberg Nort, Taarak
John Vernon Prosecutor
Zal Yanovsky Voice Only
Harvey Atkin Alien, Henchman
Thor Bishopric Boy
Len Doncheff Barbarian
Patty Dworkin Woman Reporter
Joe Flaherty Lawyer, General
Charles Joliffe Councilman
Douglas Kenney Regolian
Mavor Moore Elder
Warren Munson Senator
Cedric Smith Bartender
George Touliatos Pilot, Barbarian
Al Waxman Rudnick

Technical Credits
Gerald Potterton Director
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Len Blum Screenwriter
Janice Brown Editor
Corny Cole Screenwriter
Richard Corben Screenwriter
Juan Gimenez Screenwriter
Daniel Goldberg Screenwriter,Sound/Sound Designer
Joe Grimaldi Sound/Sound Designer
Austin Grimaldi Sound/Sound Designer
Michael J. Gross Producer,Production Designer
Peter Jermyn Sound Editor
Andy Malcolm Sound Editor
Angus McKie Screenwriter
Lee Mishkin Animator
Leonard Mogel Executive Producer
Dan O'Bannon Screenwriter
Ivan Reitman Producer,Screenwriter
Peter Thillaye Sound Editor
Gordon Thompson Sound/Sound Designer
Brian Tufano Cinematographer
Thomas Warkentin Animator
Berni Wrightson Screenwriter

Scene Index

Menu Group #1 with 24 chapter(s) covering 01:30:16
1. Start [4:16]
2. Grimaldi 1 [2:33]
3. Harry Canyon [:38]
4. "True Companion" [2:25]
5. "Blue Lamp" [1:01]
6. "Heartbeat" [4:20]
7. "Open Arms" [3:31]
8. Grimaldi 2 [:37]
9. Den [14:41]
10. Captain Sternn [3:56]
11. "Reach Out" [3:02]
12. B-17 [6:59]
13. So beautiful & so dangerous [1:51]
14. "I Must Be Dreamin'" [:36]
15. "Crazy?" [1:13]
16. "All of You" [3:09]
17. "Prefabricated" [:30]
18. "Heavy Metal" [1:21]
19. Grimaldi 3 [1:08]
20. Taarna [2:09]
21. "The Mob Rules" [11:17]
22. "Through Being Cool" [11:01]
23. Grimaldi 4 [2:13]
24. End credits [5:37]
Scene Selections
1. Soft Landing [3:24]
2. Grimaldi [1:00]
3. Den [15:28]
4. Captain Sternn [8:29]
5. Neverwhere Land [2:09]
6. B-17/Gremlins [8:31]
7. So Beautiful and So Dangerous [8:56]
8. Grimaldi [:33]
9. Harry Canyon [13:25]
10. Grimaldi [:26]
11. Taarna [25:53]
12. Grimaldi [1:57]

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Heavy Metal 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw Heavy Metal when I was a teenager in the summer of 1981, and it remains one of my favorite movies. My most esteemed sequence is the final one, ¿The Legend of Taarna,¿ and it is the only reason I now watch the film. After seeing all of the gratuitous nudity and sex in the earlier vignettes, and watching most of the earlier characters succumb to an apparently unstoppable evil, there was something very striking, even haunting, about Taarna, a warrior who spoke not a word and pursued her duty with a single-minded, no-nonsense purpose which was completely out of contrast to what had transpired in the earlier stories. As John Bruno states in his commentary on the movie, they wanted Taarna to be the ultimate female warrior--a woman who ¿took no s***t¿ and had one goal: to get the bad guys! The tale is made even better with a magnificent score by Elmer Bernstein, and wonderful animation like the flying sequence at the beginning, and the beautifully rotoscoped sequence in which Taarna dresses in her hideaway. Taarna struck a deep chord in me because in her one can appreciate a powerful convergence of the concepts of good triumphing over evil, selflessness and self-sacrifice, and the beauty and power of woman. This is rare enough in our popular culture, and is probably unique in the history of animation.
readalotMH More than 1 year ago
We read the Heavy Metal comics and enjoy the many stories but what happens when we put these stories to life. A life in an animated form. Brilliance. The stories realy take on a life of their own and we can see for ourselves what the author truly intended. Granted some of the stories are adult in character but once in a while an adult needs to let fantasy become part of his life. Sit back and enjoy the show.
stef_picasso More than 1 year ago
It was great to see this stuff again after all these years, I saw it in the theater when it first came out. Though it doesn't quite compare to today's animation it does mirror the story and art styles of the contributing artists. Kinda expensive, I bought it for the sentimental value.
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