What I’m Watching: Heavy Metal

 

Funny story about Heavy Metal. I used to know John Workman who was the editor of Heavy Metal Magazine when the movie came out. Lovely man, stayed at his house a few times, knew his family. Still miss him, but we lost contact about the time I went to Korea to teach. Anyway, for years Heavy Metal was only available as a bootleg and I wondered why so I asked. Apparently when the movie was made it wasn’t standard practice to get music rights for video release, just for the movie. The magazine at that time was defunct and no one was pursuing music rights so the movie could be released on VHS. Lucky for them the bootleg in circulation had a really terrible problem with the picture swaying <cough> or so I’ve been told because I would never, ever have a bootleg <cough> so when the official release came out, fans flocked to get it so they wouldn’t have to take Dramamine before watching anymore.

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