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Heavy Metal

Genre: Animation For Adults

Reviewed In Issue 71 (Apr 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

The Voice Talents Of Roger Bumpass, John Candy, Jackie Burroughs, Joe Flaherty, Don Francks, Martin Lavut, Marilyn Lightstone, Eugene Levy, Alice Payton, Harold Ramis, Zal Yanovsky

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: 4
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 00876
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $26.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 90
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1981
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/04/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Gerald Potterton
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
"Heavy Metal" is the animation classic based on original art and stories by Richard Corben, Angus McKie, Dan O

DVD Picture:
There are subtle improvements noticed on this Superbit 1.85:1 DVD, regarding a more crisp appearance around the roughly animated lines. Images are sharp and nicely detailed throughout. Colors can be rich and boldly saturated. As with the previous DVD, edge enhancement can be a problem. The same amount of grain, dirt, and artifacts are revealed from the source element. Some viewers may find the grainy appearance to be excessive, but these scenes do not make up a majority of the picture. (Suzanne Hodges)

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack for this DVD is the same as that with the previous DVD release. The DTS Digital Surround version exhibits just slightly more refinement in terms of spatial delineation and low-end character. The 5.1-channel sound mix is an impressive remastering. The soundtrack is loud, and energizes the entire listening space. The fidelity is dated, and there is a bit of background hiss. The dialogue is presented at a comfortable level, with good spatial integration. The music has been nicely integrated into the 5.1-channel soundfield, imparting an engrossing presence on the listener. Deep bass from the .1 LFE and other channels is ample and sometimes intense. Surround envelopment is both subtle and aggressive. (Perry Sun)

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