Newswire: Denver, see Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards tonight as part of our Fantastique film series

Howdy. Senior Writer Jason Heller here. The A.V. Club‘s monthly fantasy film series, Fantastique, continues tonight at Alamo Drafthouse Denver with a groundbreaking, Mark Hamill-starring, science-fantasy epic from 1977. You know—Wizards.

Released three months before Star Wars, Ralph Bakshi’s animated feature Wizards featured the voice talents of a then-unknown Mark Hamill (on loan from George Lucas, who also requested that Bakshi change the name of his film from its original title, War Wizards, in order to avoid confusion with Lucas’ opus-in-the-making). In Bakshi’s post-apocalyptic vision, magic has returned to Earth, and the forces of technology struggle against those of the arcane in a battle for power haunted by the sinister specters of the 20th century.

As with every Fantastique screening (as well as every screening of Science Friction, The A.V. Club‘s other monthly film series), I‘ll be on hand with my fellow …

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