Rediscover Ralph Bakshi's epic animated fantasy sci-fi, Wizards, in HD

Wizards (1977)

Quentin Tarantino and George Lucas are huge fans of Wizards, and epic 1977 sci-fi fantasy adventure from legendary animator Ralph Bakshi, that’s now getting a high definition release on Blu-ray and DVD.

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Millions of years after a nuclear holocaust, the Earth is divided between the Badlands, where goblins and demons dwell, and the Goodlands, the realms of fairies and elves. During a violent storm, the queen of Montagar gives birth to two wizards, Avatar and Blackwolf, who are fated to enter into a battle between magic and technology.

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‘A cross between Tolkien’s Hobbit, Mel Brooks’ 2000 Year Old Man, and Marvel Comics’ Howard the Duck’ according to Tarantino, Wizards is not only fantastical animated adventure, but an intelligent allegory on the creation of the state of Israel in the wake of the Holocaust. Featuring the vocal talents of a pre-Star Wars Mark Hamill, this bold gamble by Ralph Bakshi, who is best known for his adult-themed films Fritz the Cat and Heavy Traffic, became the cartoonist’s trailblazing calling card for his next foray into the world of fantasy, 1978’s The Lord of the Rings.

The Fabulous Films region 2 DVD and Blu-ray releases includes a new high-definition transfer, audio commentary from Bakshi, isolated music and effect audio track, a featurette on Bakshi, trailers and a gallery including conceptual drawings.