Classic animated fantasy Heavy Metal got its high-definition debut in January 2011 as a Best Buy exclusive, but on June 21, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment brought out the cult movie on Blu-ray through all retailers.
The 1981 film, which features the voices of John Candy (Planes, Trains and Automobiles), Eugene Levy (American Pie) and Harold Ramis (Stripes), is one of our favorite animated movies for adults — parents, this one is not for your kids. The science-fiction movie is an anthology of short films that tells about the battle between good and evil (personified by a glowing green orb from outer space that’s spreading destruction throughout the universe). Included in the segments are some sexy scenes involving a woman and a robot.
Based on the illustrated magazine by the same name, the R-rated, 90-minute Heavy Metal was produced by Ivan Reitman (No Strings Attached) and includes music by Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Devo, Grand Funk Railroad, Sammy Hagar, Journey, Nazareth and Stevie Nicks, to name a few.
The Blu-ray was priced at $19.95 and includes two special features:
- deleted scenes
- and the documentary Imagining Heavy Metal.
Both were also on the Collector’s Series DVD released in 1999, which had a bunch of other special features.
Despite the smaller extras menu, we have high hopes for a stellar transfer that will showcase this movie beautifully.
Check out the movie’s trailer:
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