Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome stars Mel Gibson (Lethal Weapon, Maverick) for his third go-round as the title hero who takes on the barbarians of the post-nuclear future - and this time becomes the savior of a tribe of lost children. Music superstar Tina Turner steals what's left of the screen as Aunty Entity, a power-mad dominatrix determined to use Max to tighten her stranglehold on Bartertown.
Directors George Miller and George Ogilvie deliver another rousing final apocalypse-on-wheels and one of the best movie fight scenes ever, as Max and the gladiatorial Blaster face off with maces, chainsaws and anything not nailed down inside Thunderdome. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome: watch and you'll agree with the soundtrack song the "We Don't Need Another Hero."
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Max (Mel Gibson) has just been robbed of all his belongings in the middle of nowhere in Australia. He searches for the thief and this leads to Bartertown, a unique society built upon methane energy dependent on pig manure, no less.
Max's search leads him to Aunty Entity (Tina Turner), Bartertown's lawmaker, who strikes a deal with him. All Max has to do is kill a certain somebody in Thunderdome arena and he'll get provisions in return. Not everything goes according to plan and Max is banished to the desert where he is rescued by a small group of lost children.
For those expecting the action of The Road Warrior you might be disappointed. While there is a good bit of action in Beyond Thunderdome, it's not as much as its predecessor and doesn't have as much energy. However, Beyond Thunderdome should be noted for having what is perhaps one of the best action sequences in American film history with the gladiator fight in Thunderdome arena between Max and the gigantic Blaster. The sequence is undeniably inventive and clever; it involves the two men tied to bungee cords that allow them to spring and leap throughout the arena and grab any weapons placed all around such as a mace, chainsaw, spear, etc.
What makes the film so good, though, are its successful attempts at creating complex societies.Read more ›
Of course, if you've never seen a Mad Max films, don't start here. Go back to the first one (available in a great deluxe DVD), then work up to the best of three "Road Warrior" (available in a not so deluxe DVD), then you'll be ready for this finale -- and this DVD doesn't have much in the way of extras on it either.
The movie itself, despite its age, still holds up pretty well. The color resolution is a significant improvement over previous Standard Def releases and despite some mild film grain, you will find the colors to be quite natural. This is very much unlike current films that are supposedly taking place in desert areas like the Mid-East with their overly golden color grading signifying the blazing sun and desert reflection. The color grading for this film is far more real in so many ways. I have been to the Mid East & Australia and can relate more to the color reproduction for this film than I can for films like the Green Zone, Hurt Locker and others of that type. Contrast is very good and details in the shadow areas are surprisingly easy to determine. Mbps rate averages in the low 30's which many blu ray disc do not even approach so I guessing that there was some remastering have gone on or, at the least, they used a good film master for the transfer and encode to Blu Ray.
AUDIO...The DTS MA HD lossless audio really surprised me. Not because it was clearer and more transparent than any film using a lossy codec for audio, but because they actually made use of the surrounds quite appropriately. There were plane fly overs panning from the rears to the front and some decent use of the LFE channel.Read more ›
Mel Gibson's Max is back again and finds himself helping another group of ragtag characters. Max finds his way to a town called Bartertown and is forced to engage in a gladiator battle to the death. After refusing to kill his beaten enemy, he's dragged back out to the wasteland, there he's rescued by a group of tribal children. A small group from Bartertown is looking to escape to "The Promised Land" Max and some of his young rescuers lead the way.
Tina Turner is on hand as the wicked Aunty Entity, ruler of Bartertown. Bookending the film are two excellent songs from her as well. Mad Max "3" is a worthy sequel, while not as intense as the previous two, the story is thought provoking and while a bit slow paced, the ending is more than worthwhile. Maurice Jarre's music score isn't as intense but does create an appropriate epic atmosphere. George Miller and George Ogilvie are the directors and create both a sequel and a film that can stand on it's own.
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The second best movie of the trilogy. It lacks some of the blood and gore from the first two, but seriously today there's more than enough blood and gore in other movies today so... Read morePublished 9 days ago by NLab
What could possibly go wrong when you bring on Tina Turner's star power to a wastelander series built on death, rape, and destruction? Read morePublished 12 days ago by firgold
It's just an ok movie. Maybe worse then ok. Bad script, bad acting, no real draw to keep you watching.Published 16 days ago by Ashleigh E.
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