A mysterious evil green orb known as Loc-Nar (Percy Rodrigues) has traveled through time and space encountering all kinds of beings. It brings death to anyone who touches it, yet everyone who encounters it feels the need to possess it. After her father returns from a space mission, a lonely girl is subjected to the horrifying tales of Loc-Nar’s travels.
There was something magical about the 1980s where adult animation was mainstream and truly amazing. Akira, fire and ice, When the wind blows, Starchaser: The Legend of Orin 3D are the highlights of what hit theaters and rental store shelves. Even what were supposed to pass for “kid-friendly” movies like The land before time, an american taleor The last unicorn were more enjoyable for an adult audience. But when it comes to adult cartoons, there is one that stands out above all the others. Produced by Ivan Reitman with the writing talents of Dan O’bannon, Bernie Wrightson, Daniel Goldberg and Len Blum, heavy metal stormed the cinemas. The combination of visceral graphic imagery with an incredible soundtrack featuring Sammy Hagar, Stevie Nicks, Cheap Trick and Black Sabbath created a unique cinematic experience that perfectly captured the gritty, gritty nature of the comic book magazine that brought it to life. engendered.
And heavy metal is a one-of-a-kind experience. To clarify, I am now talking about both the comedy magazine and the movie. From stories to artwork, it’s a visceral experience that’s as shocking as it is magnetic. You should be pushed back but you can’t look away. I consider myself lucky that at a tender young age, the counter jockey of Daves Comics II in Ann Arbor, MI, I put one of those huge, beautiful magazines in my hands when I was ten. I think I had mentioned some Dark Horse Predator comic book I had picked up that had shocking gore and gore, and with a smirk he handed me the latest issue of heavy metal, “You want blood and shocking gore?” And he just stood back and watched as I read him out the window. He did that a lot for me with titles like The crow and Grendel. I like to think that he preserved tomorrow by corrupting today’s youth.
It was years later before I finally saw the movie heavy metal. I was home sick with a fever and it was on the menu for the movie’s 15th anniversary. It wasn’t a great experience but it was memorable! Even without a fever, this film shocks and haunts me every time I see it. As an anthology film, it’s hard to pinpoint my favorite segment. “B-17” is downright terrifying and feels like it’s been pulled from an old EC comic book while “Harry Canyon” really feels like it’s been pulled from the pages of the comic book magazine. But with a movie this great, you really can’t pick a favorite segment, the best you can do is relax and absorb it. 5/5
Heavy Metal 2000 on the other hand…well, that’s not much to say. Have you ever watched a movie and desperately tried to convince yourself it was good, only to come to the undeniable conclusion that it wasn’t? Yeah it is Heavy Metal 2000. Obviously timed to coincide with the millennium but also the 20th anniversary of the original film, it’s a traditional animation/CGI hybrid that unfortunately just didn’t work out. A sequel had been in the works for years and unfortunately resulted in this less than impressive effort. Avoiding the anthology structure of the first film, this is a single story of the maniac Tyler (Michael Ironside) devastating entire worlds as he seeks immortality. After his world is destroyed and his sister is kidnapped, only warrior Julie (Julie Strain) can stop Tyler’s evil plans.
I remember being so excited when this movie was announced. Based on the FAKK story by Kevin Eastman, Simon Bisley and Eric Talbot, with a fantastic voice cast, this should have been an easy win. I remember being so excited to get to the print tech at the theater that I worked at three in the morning only to be very quickly disappointed. At 88 minutes, it’s hard work. It’s not that it’s an entirely terrible story or anything, it just feels like it doesn’t fit for a movie. It’s just a story that would have worked better in an anthology structure. It’s 15 minutes of story stretched to almost 90 minutes with long stretches of nothing with an immemorial and numbing prog-metal soundtrack. By the time we reach the generic, predictable climax, the movie pretty much wears down its welcome. I hadn’t seen this film since it was released 22 years ago and was disappointed to see that it hadn’t aged better. Watching it close to the original might have marred the experience, but I still don’t like it. I know people who enjoyed this one, but that does nothing for me except make me wish I could see the original movie again. Which I did once this movie hit the credits. 2/5
Vital Disc Stats: 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Heavy Metal is coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in a 4K UHD+ 2-Blu-ray + Digital three-disc set. The original Heavy Metal in 4K is pressed on a BD-66 disc with the 2010 Blu-ray which has not been remastered. Heavy Metal 2000 is added to the set for its first Blu-ray release earning a BD-50 disc. All three drives are housed in a deluxe SteelBook case. The 4K disc loads into a static image main menu with a bonus feature panel on the right side. Note: The ranking of each section of our review reflects our thoughts for heavy metal and is not an average of the scores of the two films.