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Saul Zaentz, Film Producer, 1921 - 2014

Saul Zaentz

Independent film producer Saul Zaentz passed away on Friday, January 3, 2014, in San Francisco, CA, due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 92. Zaentz entered the entertainment industry in 1955 as a salesman for Fantasy Records, which he purchased with partners in 1967. A year later, Zaentz made his first fortune by signing […]

PR: "Heavy Traffic" Blu-ray Coming July 16, 2013

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Ralph Bakshi’s Animated Masterpiece Comes to High Definition! HEAVY TRAFFIC Starring Joseph Kaufmann, Beverly Hope Atkinson, Frank DeKova ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY™ FOR THE FIRST TIME IN STORES NATIONWIDE ON JULY 16, 2013 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY Pre-order this collection today! From Ralph Bakshi, the legendary director of Fritz The Cat and The Lord Of The Rings […]

Review: "Wizards" Proves Itself Experimental to a Fault

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Perhaps the most impressive thing about Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards is that it was ever created in the first place. The director once described it as “my homage to Tolkien in the American idiom” and a “fantasy for American kids,” yet ultimately Bakshi’s 1978 take on The Lord of the Rings would represent his best attempt […]

Bakshi's "Lord of the Rings": Better Than It Looks

Movies are movies, and books are books; and it is usually unfair to judge an adaptation from one medium to another by comparing it to the original. But sometimes it can’t be helped. Judged on its own, Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is an abysmal failure: […]

"The Lord of the Rings": Potential Energy That Never Becomes Kinetic

Some of that faithfulness to Tolkien’s prose doesn’t serve the movie terribly well. Several of the actors’ line readings strain so hard to stay true to Tolkien’s words that they forget to bring life to his language. William Squire’s Gandalf and Annette Crosbie’s Galadriel are especially susceptible to this, although Squire is also competing with […]

New Video Clips & Stills from "The Lord of the Rings" Remastered Deluxe Edition

Toonzone News is proud to host the following three clips from Ralph Bakshi’s animated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, which is being released by Warner Home Video in a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack today, April 6, 2010. Warner Home Video has also made the following stills from the movie available. Click on […]

Toonzone Presents New Video Clip from "Lord of the Rings" Animated Remastered DVD

Warner Home Video has released a new video clip and several stills from the upcoming remastered release of Ralph Bakshi’s animated feature film The Lord of the Rings: Click on any of the images below to enlarge to full-size:

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