Heavy Metal (1981) (Blu-ray Review)


Heavy Metal (1981) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Gerald Potterton
Starring:  Richard Romanus, John Candy, Joe Flaherty
Rated: R/Region: 1/1X85/1080p/Number of disc: 1
Available from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


A sweeping story of the battle of good against evil is told through an anthology of short animated films about a glowing green orb (the Loc-Nar) that is the personification of ultimate evil in the universe. Based loosely on the French magazine “Heavy Metal.”


If you want a bit of an animated mind trip then this is a film for you. But for those of us who aren’t into that sort of thing and just like weird and cool animation, then Heavy Metal serves that purpose very good as well. What we see doesn’t always make sense and there may be a dud or two in this animated anthology, but you can’t deny the quality that the movie presents as a whole, with a very awesome sound track filled with great bands to boot. I first ran across this film late night on TBS’ Nite Flix and it stuck with me from that point on. I acknowledge that from a story and plot standpoint it isn’t the best film in the world, but when you’re young it was cool and for nostalgic reasons now it still it.

To be able to full appreciate Heavy Metal, perhaps you have to be from a certain time and place. I was born in 1983 and for years growing up me and my friends really found this to be an epic experience. Now I can see that it is still epic, but it is also very flawed. Stories that don’t always make sense can be both good and bad and here it is all a very mixed bag that does keep the great animated from start to finish even if the story is lacking or just seems kind of there. Things become cult classics for a reason and if you take a chance with this film you’ll see why we still talk about it today.


– Original Full Length Rough Cut with Optional Commentary from Carl Macek
– Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
– Imagining Heavy Metal – Documentary