Twentieth Century Fox is celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the release of it's first ever animated film, Wizards. Wizards is the "epic fantasy of peace and magic" created by renowned director Ralph Bakshi. Originally released back in 1977, it has become sort of a "cult-classic" over the years, and now is being re-released on a special edition Blu-ray + Book, a must-have for fans and collectors. The 24 page book commemorates this unique classic through artwork form the film, plus some that have never been seen before and a message from Ralph Bakshi, himself.
For those who are not familiar with Ralph Bakshi's Wizards, here is the synopsis from the back of the Blu-ray/Book:
A Beloved Animated Fantasy--Now on Blu-ray!
Legendary and groundbreaking animator Ralph Bakshi's Wizards is the tale of a war between supernatural siblings set in a post-apocalyptic Earth populated by elves, fairies and mutants. Combining traditional cell animation with Bakshi's unique conversion of live film footage into striking, high-contrast animation, Wizards is both whimsical and sinister. This cult favorite from the director of Fritz the Cat (1972) and The Lord of the Rings (1978) celebrates 35 years since it first enchanted animation fans. Starring the voices of Mark Hamill, Susan Tyrrell and Richard Romanus.
I admit, I was only a few years old at the time of Wizards' original release, so I hadn't watched it until the 35th Anniversary Edition release. It was definitely unique and I can see why it has become a "cult favorite" there really is little else like it. It has some great quotable lines and lots of action. Granted, I would have preferred that the female characters had a little more clothing on, but that is just me. I think they did a great job of bringing an old film seamlessly to blu-ray, and I found it quite impressive to see extent of the animation from back in 1977--plus the unique pulling in of actual WWII footage. I have to admit, it was just okay for me, I will be waiting a bit to show it to my 5 year old son (who I can imagine will find it fascinating, based on his personality)--it is rated PG. My husband loves it!
Whether you caught Wizards in the theater or simply love animated films, this classic "cult favorite" is a must see at least once. It is now available in a collectible 35th Anniversary Blu-ray + Book edition!
Thank you to Think Jam for my sample used in this review, opinions are honest. Review by Michelle.
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