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Heavy Metal Collector's Series

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Heavy Metal Collector's Series

Current Status:
In Season
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Animation

We gave it a B+

Heavy Metal Collector’s Series (Columbia TriStar, $27.98) When it opened in 1981, this animated omnibus adapted from the eponymous comix magazine offered something new: unsavory-looking cartoon characters running around sci-fi/fantasy settings, chopping each other to bits and getting it on with large-breasted women. Now that MTV’s Aeon Flux and the like have worked the same horny-male-high-schooler territory with better draftsmanship, Metal has less edge. Still, the DVD’s menus make it a cinch to zip to the best segment, a 21st-century Manhattan cabbie story that still beats Blade Runner and The Fifth Element. The wildly overextensive bonuses include the deleted 10-minute evolutionary opus ”Neverwhere Land” (better than some segments that stayed in), a making-of documentary that demonstrates what nerds the filmmakers are, and an avalanche of preparatory drawings. Add a half grade if you’re an aspiring filmmaker or animator in a state of arrested development. B+ — Steve Daly

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