Blu-ray Release: Heavy Traffic

Blu-ray Release Date: July 16, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $19.97
Studio: Shout! Factory

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The inner city comes to colorful life in Ralph Bakshi's Heavy Traffic.

From Ralph Bakshi, the anarchistic animator/director of Fritz The Cat, Wizards and the 1978 version of The Lord Of The Rings comes the 1973 animated comedy-drama Heavy Traffic, which makes it’s Blu-ray debut with this release.

An “underground” cartoonist contends with life in the inner city, where various unsavory characters serve as inspiration for his artwork.

Heavy Traffic tells the undeniably surreal tale of Michael Corleone, a young underground cartoonist scraping by on the inner-city streets of New York where various unsavory characters serve as inspiration for his artwork.

One of the more critically acclaimed films of Bakshi’s career, Heavy Traffic uses pinball as a metaphor for the highs and lows of urban life as it weaves through tales of love, prejudice, sex, and murderous betrayal.

Originally rated “X” when it was released theatrically, the movie has since been downgraded to an R rating (which is what it should have been rated by the MPAA in the first place).

Oh, and it’s still available on DVD from MGM!

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