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Basic Information


Release Date - Midnight, July 14, 2000 on the STARZ! television network.  DVD released October 17, 2000 by Columbia TriStar Home Video.  VHS released May 1, 2001 by Columbia TriStar Home Video.  Superbit DVD released December 17, 2002 by Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Running Time - 1hr. 28min.

MPAA Rating - R (Strong Violence And Gore, Sexuality / Nudity, Language)

Production Studio - CinéGroupe, Helkon Media, and Das Werk

Links:
The Internet Movie Database


DVD Features


Region 1 - Special Edition and Double Feature:
- Audio: English (Dolby Surround 2.0 and Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Surround 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Surround 2.0), Portuguese (Dolby Surround 2.0), and Isolated Music Score (Dolby Digital 2.0 that lets you watch the movie with only the music)
- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese
- 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
- Featurette: "Julie Strain: Super Goddess" - A feature all about Julie Strain: 13min.
- Featurette: "Voice Talent" - A feature on Julie Strain, Michael Ironside, and Billy Idol: 4min.
- Animatic Comparisons: Eden Airfight - Shows rough animation together with the same scene from the finished movie: 2.5min.
- Animatic Comparisons: Lizard Fight - Shows rough animation together with the same scene from the finished movie: 1.5min.
- Animatic Comparisons: Love Scene - Shows rough animation together with the same scene from the finished movie: 2min.
- Animatic Comparisons: Julie Bathes - Shows rough animation together with the same scene from the finished movie: 2min.
- Animatic Comparisons: Final Fight - Shows rough animation together with the same scene from the finished movie: 3.5min.
- Animation Tests - Rough animation of some fighting scenes with the voice of Kevin Eastman comparing the difference between making a live action or animated movie: 1min.
- Photo Gallery: Backgrounds - 43 paintings
- Photo Gallery: Julie Strain - 3 photos
- Theatrical Trailer: Heavy Metal 2000 - 1.5min.
- Theatrical Trailer: Dogma - 2.5min.
- Theatrical Trailer: Bram Stoker's Dracula - 2.5min.
- Theatrical Trailer: Black And White - 2.5min.
- Theatrical Trailer: Time Code - 2min.
- If you stop the DVD, there's a screenshot of the DVD cover.

Region 1 - Superbit:
- About double the normal DVD bit rate for high video quality
- Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1)
- Subtitles: English, Spanish, and Portuguese
- 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen


Credits


Main Crew:
Director - Michel Lemire and Michael Coldewey
Writer - Kevin Eastman, Simon Bisley, Eric Talbot, and Robert Payne Cabeen
Producer - Jacques Pettigrew and Michel Lemire
Editor - Brigitte Breault

Animation:
- Ciné-Groupe Animation Studio
- Trixter Film
- Imagine Asia Studio
- Extremes Animation & Design Co.
- Sunmin Animation Studio
- RG Prince Films Animation Studio
- Thai Wang Animation Studio
- Toonteck Inc.
- Hong Ying Animated Cartoon

Main Cast:
- Michael Ironside - Tyler
- Julie Strain Eastman - Julie, aka F.A.K.K.²
- Billy Idol - Odin
- Pierre Kohl - Germain St. Germain
- Sonja Ball - Kerrie
- Brady Moffatt - Lambert
- Rick Jones - Zeek
- Arthur Holden - Dr. Schechter
- Alan Fawcett - Jefferson and additional voices
- Jane Woods - Sysop voice
- Elizabeth Robertson - Cyber Sex Doll
- Luis De Cespedes - Cyrus
- Terry Scammell - Chartog
- Vlasta Vrana - Street Vendor

Music - Score:
Composer - Frederic Talgorn
Performer - The Munich Symphony Orchestra

Music - Songs:
- Monster Magnet - "Silver Future"
- Voivod - "Ion"
- Pantera - "Immortally Insane"
- Full Devil Jacket - "Green Iron Fist"
- Coal Chamber - "Apparition"
- Bauhaus - "The Dog's A Vapour"
- MDFMK - "Missing Time"
- Insane Clown Posse with Twiztid - "Dirt Ball"
- Sinisstar - "Psychosexy"
- Zilch - "Inside The Pervert Mound"
- Machine Head - "Alcoholocaust"
- Queens Of The Stone Age - "Infinity"
- System Of A Down - "Storaged"
- Apartment 26 - "Dystopia"
- Days Of The New - "Rough Day"
- Puya - "Tirale"
- Hate Dept. - "Hit Back"
- Sons Of Domination - "Hate me"
- Billy Idol - "Buried Alive"
- Econoline Crush - "What It's Like"


Additional Information


Also known as Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.² which stands for Federation Assigned Ketogenic Killzone to the 2nd level.  Although this is the second Heavy Metal movie, it isn't a sequel.  It was loosely based on the graphic novel "The Melting Pot" by Kevin Eastman, Simon Bisley, and Eric Talbot, which a few pages of it can be found in the March 1993 issue or later remade in full in the Fall 2007 issue.  Also in the Summer 1999 issue, "F.A.K.K.²: The Illustrated Story" was printed.


Lostboy's Review


When reading the magazine I found out that there'd be another Heavy Metal movie.  I was very happy about this.  Then I found out that it would only be one story, unlike the original.  I didn't care for this.  Then I found out who'd be on the soundtrack.  I didn't care for this either.  I got the soundtrack and was surprised that it was actually not too bad.  There are a couple really good songs on it.  When I heard reviews from the movie (including my own friend who saw it via satellite) they were all bad.  No one liked the movie.  I can imagine how much this movie meant to Kevin Eastman and how long and hard him and others worked on it.  He mentioned that it didn't come out the way he was expecting.  Not enough money, too many stupid ideas snuck in, when they weren't supposed to, etc, etc.  This also wasn't good to hear.

The start of the movie, it seemed like there was a lot of information packed into a very short time span, and therefore each scene goes by way too quick.  It's as if one scene doesn't finish before the next one starts.  The scenes at the start of the movie need to take a bit more time and have a better pace, instead of it being rushed like it was.  And what made it worse is that the scene transactions were very bad and needed to have a better flow to them.

Through most of the movie, the music wasn't fitting the scene very well.  Most of this was at the beginning of the movie.  The mood wouldn't fit what was shown on the screen.  So my eyes and ears weren't watching the same movie, and it left me feeling like the movie just wasn't right.  However, some music went along really well with the animation, such as the MDFMK song.

This movie seemed to work a lot around the character of Julie, and therefore we should have got a feeling for who she was, but there was never any character build up.  And for all the info that was crammed into the start of the movie, most of that should have been character build up, but there was very very little.  This movie had the chance to easily create a couple tear jerking scenes, but I barely felt anything for the character, other then just entertainment.

The voices in the movie were great!  Excellent casting!  Except one person - Julie (sorry Julie, no offence, this is just my opinion). She's pretty good, but not for a lead role.  But it didn't bug me too much or anything, I'm just being picky.

The animation was amazing!  There were many times that my jaw would just drop at the beauty that was on screen.  I read that Kevin didn't care for how the characters turned out because they were cheesy looking, but I didn't think they looked that bad.  They could use improvement, but to have them like Simon Bisley's is just the impossible dream.  The only thing I think should have been improved was Julie's hair.  There was also a couple shots that should have been better, but I can't remember them now, so it's nothing much.  Some people don't like the hand drawn stuff mixed with the computer stuff, but I thought it was excellent.

The pace of the movie needs improvement.  It was all high action, with very little down time.  Action is good, but this movie had total action and because you were rarely calmed down between action scenes, after a while the action wasn't as exiting as it should be.  It's like parachuting; free falling is an awesome feeling, but if you were to free-fall for a few hours without a break, it would get boring.  You have to land, and then go up again.

(Warning - Spoiler alert!)  Near the end of the movie, Odin turns into computer animation.  It's a nice idea, but it didn't work out, and it really looked bad.  It just wasn't consistent.  It also took away from the twist of the story.  At that point, you should be thinking "Whoa, he's aracation!"  But instead you're thinking "Whoa, he's all-of-a-sudden computer animated!" (End of Spoiler)

I would love to see this movie polished up and put out as a "directors cut" or "special edition" or something.  Most of the faults of the movie are with bad timing and bad music during the first half hour.  After that it's pretty good.  But it's the first half hour that's most important and gives the important first impression.  There's very little work to turn this movie into a very kick ass movie.  Most of its problems seem to just be timing, and mood of music.  It seems such a shame that it's as if they were on their way to making an amazing movie, but before polishing it, it was out the door.  Which makes the difference between an "ok" movie, and something that should be an amazing huge legend like the first movie that you remember forever.  And it's so easy to do.  It's so very close, and it should be finished the way it's supposed to be.  There are not a lot of things bad with this movie, but the things that are bad are very important to turn this into a great movie.  I really hope they decide to make a directors cut out of this… but I highly doubt there will be.
Heavy Metal 2000

Description On The Back Cover - Flakked, stacked and action-packed!  In the tradition of the groundbreaking cult classic Heavy Metal comes Heavy Metal 2000, the sexiest animated sci-fi adventure ever.  When lowly space pirate Tyler gets his hands on the key to the chamber of immortality, he becomes a powerful psychopath prepared to destroy anything and anyone in his path.  After he ravages the peaceful planet Eden, buxom avenger F.A.K.K.2 rises from the ashes of her fallen planet to hunt Tyler, rescue her kidnapped sister and reclaim the key to immortality.  Fueled by a cutting-edge metal soundtrack and the voices of Michael Ironside, Julie Strain (who inspired the character of F.A.K.K.2) and rock's bad boy Billy Idol, Heavy Metal 2000 will blow you away!