Here’s some good news for Ralph Bakshi fans: his acclaimed 1973 film Heavy Traffic is about to get its first blu-ray edition courtesy of Shout Factory.  This tale of a young underground cartoonist trying to find his way in the big city was Bakshi’s follow-up to Fritz The Cat and it contains some of his wildest, most surreal characters and imagery.  This disc will arrive on July 16th and is currently available for pre-order through Amazon and the Shout Factory website.  Read for additional carnality-goes-cartoon details…

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

From Ralph Bakshi, the legendary director of Fritz The Cat and The Lord Of The Rings (1978), comes the surreal tale of Michael Corleone, a young cartoonist scraping by on the inner-city streets of New York. Using pinball as a metaphor for the highs and lows of urban life, Bakshi once again weaves a marvelously gritty, yet darkly humorous tapestry made up of love, prejudice, sex, and murderous betrayal, earning the controversial director the most critically acclaimed film of his career.

A Steve Krantz Production

Produced by Steve Krantz, written and directed by Ralph Bakshi

An AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL Release

Pre-order links:

http://www.amazon.com/Heavy-Traffic-Blu-ray-Joseph-Kaufmann/dp/B00C7E3EH8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368803383&sr=8-1&keywords=HEAVY+TRAFFIC