The Road Warrior is one of my favorite films and I highly look forward to it on Blu-ray, the definitive home movie format. But I wonder if they will be releasing the original Mad Max on Blu-ray as well? I honestly don't care about the third installment, Beyond Thunderdome. Though favored by critics it took a nosedive for the series in my opinion.
I noticed what I thought was an extra scene in the Blu-ray Road Warrior compared to the DVD. After Max leaves the outpost and crashes, the Helicopter Pilot sees a tower of smoke, and realizes it is Max. I don't recall this scene from the US release version. It changes the effect of watching Max crawl away from the ruins of his car - now, one knows that rescue is on the way. Was this from the original Australian release version? Does anyone know what specific version Warner Brothers is using for the North American Blu-ray Road Warrior?
In terms of picture quality, I was happy with the Blu-ray. Most of the bright, or close-up scenes look much better in Blu-ray than standard, but many of the darker night scenes are just as muddy in Blu-ray as they were in DVD (or VHS, or laserdisc, or Betamax. This is one of the movies I just keep rebuying each format!)
Trivia: The very first movie released in North America on home video in "Hi-Fi" stereo was Road Warrior - for the old Beta Hi-Fi format, which provided superior sound quality to home video about a year or so before VHS caught up.
Well, I am not into computer games but did the "Mad Max" computer game ever come out? I have not seen it released(please correct me if I am wrong) and am wondering if the idea might be to give us special editions of all three films once the game comes out. George Miller owns the film rights and is/was involved with the computer game so maybe this is just a timing issue. If I am not mistaken, there was supposed to be a "Dirty Harry" game and the special edition DVD's were released while the game wasn't. We can only hope the Mad Max special editions are upon us shortly.