Shout! Factory is bringing Ralph Bakshi’s inventive dark comedy Cool World to Blu-Ray for the first time via their Shout Select line in a Collector’s Edition on September 13, 2022. The film stars a remarkable cast of Kim Basinger (L.A. Confidential), Brad Pitt (Mr. & Mrs. Smith), and Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects). This hybrid animated/live-action dark comedy creates a fantasy world where human characters and animated roles coexist and showcases Bakshi’s unique and creative animation style.
The release features a new 4k scan of the film from the original camera negative approved by Bakshi himself, as well as the new retrospective featurette “The Wild Minds of Cool World” including brand-new interviews with star Kim Basinger, director Ralph Bakshi, and producer Frank Mancuso, Jr. Get more details below!
Synopsis: When ex-con cartoonist Jack Deebs (Gabriel Byrne) was behind bars, he found escape by creating Cool World, a cartoon series featuring a voluptuous vixen named Holli Would (Kim Basinger). But the ‘toonsmith becomes a prisoner of his own fantasies when Holli pulls him into Cool World with a scheme to seduce him and bring herself to life. A hard-boiled detective (Brad Pitt) – the only other human in Cool World – cautions Jack with the law: Noids (humans) don’t have sex with doodles (cartoons). The flesh proves weaker than ink, however, as Holli takes human form in Las Vegas, starting a trans-reality chase that threatens the destruction of both worlds. With a splashy mix of stylish animation and colorful live-action sequences, Cool World delivers the hottest action around!
- NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative, Approved By Director Ralph Bakshi
- NEW “The Wild Minds Of Cool World” – A Retrospective Look At The Making Of The Film Including Brand-New Interviews With Director Ralph Bakshi, Star Kim Basinger, And Producer Frank Mancuso, Jr.
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