Excerpt: The Movie When it was released in the spring of 1977, Wizards was the first animated movie in 20th Century Fox's history. It was a promising hit right out of the gate despite an allegedly vindictive re-release of Disney's Fantasia , but the subsequent success of Star Wars weeks later led the studio to pull Wizards from many screens just to help meet the demand.
Pros: Voice Actors: Bob Holt, Jesse Welles, Richard Romanus, David Proval, James Connell, Steve Gravers, Director: Ralph Bakshi, Audio Format/Languages: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English). Dolby Digital 1.0 (English, Spanish), Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French, Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1, Number of discs: 1, Rating: PG, Studio: Fox, Release Date: March 13, 2012, Run Time: 81 minutes, List Price: $34.99, Extras: Audio Commentary by Ralph Bakshi "Ralph Bakshi: The Wizard of An...
Summary: Fox has done a solid job bringing one of Bakshi’s more accessible films to Blu-ray with decent audio and video quality and some interesting extras, albeit nothing new outside of the packaging. If you’re a fan of Bakshi’s style of tripped out fantasy, Wizards comes recommended – it’s just a really solid animated fantasy adventure with some great style and some keen characters. Good stuff!
Conclusion: Wizards hasn't withstood the test of time as well as Ralph Bakshi's earlier, edgier films— neither has its follow-up, an animated version of Lord of the Rings —but the movie still has plenty of fans, who love it for its odd-ball characters, dark humor, and visual make do with the budget we've been given peculiarities. Despite the age-related print damage, the film looks and sounds great on Blu-ray, and it comes with a decent selection of special features.
Summary: “Wizards” was the first full-length animated feature that Fox bankrolled; it introduced Avatar long before it became a gleam in James Cameron’s eyes; it came from the director of the much-ballyhooed “Fritz the Cat”; and its status as a low-budget cult film seems secure. I just don’t think it’s as good a film as it might have been with more restrained storytelling or art design.
Conclusion: Wizards hasn't withstood the test of time as well as Ralph Bakshi's earlier, edgier films— neither has its follow-up, an animated version of Lord of the Rings —but the movie still has plenty of fans, who love it for its odd-ball characters, dark humor, and visual make due with the budget we've been given peculiarities.