On September 13, Shout! Factory will release Cool World Collector’s Edition, marking the cult hit hybrid film’s first time on Blu-ray. Directed by underground animation legend Ralph Bakshi (The Lord of the Rings, Fritz the Cat), Cool World stars a remarkable cast of Kim Basinger (L.A. Confidential), Brad Pitt (Mr. & Mrs. Smith) and Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects).
Showcasing Bakshi’s unique and creative animation style, the 2D/live-action dark comedy creates a fantasy world where human characters and animated roles coexist — now reflected more richly with a new 4K scan featured in the Collector’s Edition Bllu-ray. The new version was scanned from the original camera negative approved by Bakshi himself. The release also features a new retrospective featurette, “The Wild Minds of Cool World,” including brand-new interviews Basinger, Bakshi and producer Frank Mancuso, Jr.
Synopsis: When ex-con cartoonist Jack Deebs (Byrne) was behind bars, he found escape by creating Cool World, a cartoon series featuring a voluptuous vixen named Holli Would (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 (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!
Fans can now pre-order at ShoutFactory.com.
● NEW 2022 4K scan from the original camera negative, approved by director Ralph Bakshi
● NEW The Wild Minds of Cool World – A retrospective featurette including brand-new interviews with star Kim Basinger, director Ralph Bakshi, and producer Frank Mancuso, Jr.