Wizards on Limited Edition Blu-ray + Book Review

Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Fantastical Allegory Comes to Life for the First Time
On Blu-ray March 13

Twentieth Century Fox’s first-ever animated film, created by renowned director Ralph Bakshi, WIZARDS appears in a 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + Book release on March 13 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the “epic fantasy of peace and magic” stars the voice talent of Mark Hamill (Star Wars Saga). The special edition Blu-ray + Book release is a must-have for fans and collectors, featuring 24-pages of amazing artwork from the film, some of the artwork never-before-seen, and a special message from Bakshi!

Set on a post-apocalyptic Earth, this fantasy adventure follows the story of Avatar, the kindly, eccentric sorcerer-ruler of Montagar, a rainbow paradise inhabited by elves and fairies. Avatar's evil brother, Blackwolf, dominates Scortch, a bleak land of goblins and wraiths. When the power-hungry Blackwolf attacks Montagar, Avatar, accompanied only by a spirited young woman and a courageous elf, must enter the darkness of Scortch to save his world.

I will be honest, before doing my review I had never heard of this film before. Since we are always looking for new films to watch, I was more then interested in seeing what this film was all about. It is a classic fantasy. There is a little bit of everything from good versus evil, fantasy and sci-fi. After watching the movie I would highly recommend this to only be for adults or older teenagers. It is a PG film, but times and rating standards have changed since it 1977 release. 

The premise of the story is intriuging and basic enough to understand easily. Two wizards are engaged in battle, one leads magic, the other, technology. If it sounds interesting, you will most certainly enjoy the movie. This is a niche genre and always has been.

The animation is very simple as I wouldn't expect it any other way. But, it was unique in its own way. It has a certain charm and sense of character to it that is absent from most films today. I was really impressed with the story of itself and the characters. There was a lot of thought that went into the film, such is usually the case in films created from books. I understand after watching this movie how it is considered a cult classic and how it is a guy's movie all the way. If you have never heard of this or seen it, I would recommend it as it is a classic and worth seeing.

If you consider yourself a fan of this kind of story or film, then you simply must pay homage to a great genre-defining classic. It would make an excellent centerpiece to any collection of fantasy films. It is also Twentieth Century Fox's first animated movie, adding to its already high collect-ability.

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE): is a recognized global industry leader and a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, a News Corporation company. Representing 75 years of innovative and award-winning filmmaking from Twentieth Century Fox, TCFHE is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming, acquisitions and original productions on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Digital Copy, Video On Demand and Digital Download. The company also releases all products globally for MGM Home Entertainment. Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce throughout the world.

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Where to purchase: You are able to make a purchase from Amazon for $24.99. You can pre-order now.  

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