Heavy Metal 2000: Superbit

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Tyler (voiced by Michael Ironside) is a space pirate who many might claim belongs on the lower rungs of the grand scheme food chain, but he now has a power that few others will ever know. It seems that Tyler has possession of the key that enable him to access to chamber of immortality, which is bad news for everyone within his prospective path. As if he wasn’t ruthless enough as it was, he now plans to wipe out anything and anyone that crosses him and that includes entire planets if need be. With such a powerful tool to serve his needs, Tyler doesn’t expect he will encounter much trouble and if he does, he is confident he can dispatch it with ease. But when he takes aim on the lush, peaceful planet of Eden, he has no idea how big of a mistake he has made. He leaves the once scenic planet in total chaos and ruins, as well as kidnapping one of the female residents before he checked out. But hot on his trail is F.A.K.K.2 (voiced by Julie Strain) has risen from the ashes and plans to give Tyler a taste of his own medicine, regaining the key and rescuing her sister in the process. But can even she overthrow the vicious Tyler, who still has the power of the key and the chamber?

This is bound to be compared to the original Heavy Metal and as such, I feel I should give my spin on how the two stack up against each other. The original packs a more visual punch and also has the superior storyline, but Heavy Metal 2000 targets the more modern audience and I think younger folks will prefer this version in the end. I like this modern revisit, but I think the original is far more creative and effective in the bigger picture. But I still think this one is worth a look, so don’t misunderstand me on this issue. The animation is good, but lacks the layered detail of the original and that leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Still though, this one has some cool sequences and loads up on the flesh and blood, which gives it a nice edge. I’m always up for adding those elements when all fails and that seems to have been the case with Heavy Metal 2000. The voice talent includes Julie Strain (The Rowdy Girls), Michael Ironside (The Perfect Storm, Starship Troopers), Sonja Ball (TV’s Samurai Pizza Cats), Pier Kohl, Brady Moffatt, and even Billy Idol (The Wedding Singer, The Punk Rock Movie). I think this is a fun ride and though not as intense as the original, still more than worth a look. This Superbit edition has improved audio & video elements, but as good as the original was in those areas, this one is going to be a tough sell, even to fans.

Video: How does it look?

Heavy Metal 2000 is presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. I had some doubts as to how much better this Superbit version could look, as the original had an almost flawless visual presentation. The results aren’t the kind we’re used to with this series, but you can see some small improvements. The animation looks excellent here and has a sharper, crisper appearance, which adds to the visuals, of course. The colors are just as vibrant as before, but contrast is improved here, so black levels are more refined. This isn’t as important here as would be in a live action picture, but you can still see the difference. Even so, I’m not sure the small improvements warrant an additional purchase in this case.

Audio: How does it sound?

The original release was impressive in this respect also, with a dynamic, powerful audio presentation. But this new version edges it out thanks to a new DTS option, which spikes some nice improvements and enhances the experience. As with a lot of DTS tracks, the audio seems tighter and more refined, which can make a lot more difference than you might assume, especially if the movie has great audio potential. The bass is deeper, surround presence is more powerful, and the entire sound experience just seems more immersive, though the original Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack remains impressive also. This disc also includes subtitles in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, should you need those.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc contains no bonus materials.

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