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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Sequel
The third chapter of the Mad Max films can't possibly outdo the success of The Road Warrior, but it's a worthy successor, an exciting film with a very interesting story.
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...
Published on May 1, 2000 by J. Victor

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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Third best of the trilogy, but fun watching anyway.
The Mad Max films finish their transformation from the edgy, ultra-violent first movie to this kid-friendly adventure picture with slick production values and flawless photography. The violence is toned down and the fantasy elements are played up; unfortunately, this means the post-apocalytpic kick of the second movie (just about one of the greatest action flick -- EVER!)...
Published on January 21, 2004 by Claude Avary


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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Sequel, May 1, 2000
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J. Victor (Long Island NY) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (DVD)
The third chapter of the Mad Max films can't possibly outdo the success of The Road Warrior, but it's a worthy successor, an exciting film with a very interesting story.
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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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mel Gibson's most underrated film, July 9, 2000
This review is from: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (DVD)
I'm probably one out of only a handful of people that thinks Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is just as good as The Road Warrior, and for different reasons, too. The Road Warrior was a spectacle of frenetically paced action sequences and it would feel like a complete retread if Beyond Thunderdome tried to do the same thing again. Instead, they added new elements, and the result is a very entertaining and imaginitive action/adventure.
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. Bartertown is a sight to behold and is made all the more interesting by the rituals the "citizens" perform and the laws they obey.
As for the performances, Mel Gibson excels and gives a fine performance as usual. Tina Turner is a real surprise as the villainess; she certainly knows how to act and delivers a fairly good performance. Most of the supporting cast do a decent job with the material they're given. Angry Anderson, in particular, is quite humorous as the henchmen who rarely talks and mostly grunts, screams, and yells in exaggerated tones.
After Brian May's exciting score in The Road Warrior, Maurice Jarre takes over the job and composes a score that is quite poetic and, at times, lush and beautiful.
As with all the final scenes in the Mad Max films, this one ends perfectly. This time, we get the feeling that humanity has hope so long as men like Max are around.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Third best of the trilogy, but fun watching anyway., January 21, 2004
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The Mad Max films finish their transformation from the edgy, ultra-violent first movie to this kid-friendly adventure picture with slick production values and flawless photography. The violence is toned down and the fantasy elements are played up; unfortunately, this means the post-apocalytpic kick of the second movie (just about one of the greatest action flick -- EVER!) has vanished. "Thunderdome" has some fine moments, especially the well-directed scenes with the tribes of children and the haunting images of the coda, as well a couple of good action sequences, such as the face-off in the Thunderdome arena, but it doesn't stay in your memory the way the first two films do. It is still worth seeing if you enjoyed the other movies in the series. Tina Turner's performance is certainly interesting, similar to Grace Jones turn in "Conan the Destroyer," which was made at about the same time.
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.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Thumderdome' an Allegorical Look at the Post-Apocalypse!, November 14, 1999
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Many viewers/reviewers have somewhat disregarded "Thunderdome" as being the least of the "Mad Max Triology" films. On the contrary, I found it to be the best and most thought provoking! If you were looking for merely mohawk-headed goons driving dune buggies and lots of stunt men being blasted into wasteland dust, I suppose the first two films DID top Thunderdome on the violence-for-naught scale. However, the wealth of metaphors that abound throughout Thunderdome -- the underworld where "muck" fueled the world above, symbolic of the very third-world oil interests that uphold today's modern society...and the "Lost Children of the Desert" (Hebrews?) who develop an entire religion based upon "Captain Walker's" notes that parallel a kind of "Dead Sea Scrolls," scripture of sorts -- more than make up for the lack of trademark violent scenes. (Even though there's plenty of that for me!) But to me, this final chapter in the Mad Max Triology was the best, and perhaps it was too bad the saga ended here. Because the screenwriters were apparently just beginning to feel the "wind up their asses" and put some real literary weight behind what had otherwise been just another radioactive round-up of raucous dune buggy races and pointless violence. Thundersome went beyond the superficial and gave us something sorely lacking in the first two films: quality sci-fi screenwriting! And this made it a "stand-alone" work in its own right, even if you hadn't seen the first two pictures!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome on Blu Ray, August 9, 2013
Certainly enough has been stated and discussed regarding the quality of the movie itself and as compared to the other Mad Max films and Mel Gibson's qualities both as an actor and human being. Thus, I will forgo that part of the discussion and focus solely upon the quality of the transfer to Blu Ray.

VIDEO...
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. The music score was widely separated across the front audio stage and there were several times that the audio encompassed you placing you in the middle of the action. That said, the rears were primarily used for ambience and not a whole lot of discreet directionality for the surrounds could be used. Never the less, IMHO, the audio remains the star of the Blu Ray

Extras....Other than the film's trailer, there were no extras at all and the main menu was a static screen shot, a reproduction of the image used on the cover of this Blu Ray.

I can't honestly say just how often I will watch this film but I'm sure I will sometime in the years to come. The 5 star rating is a result of the quality of the BluRay disc and not an opinion of the movie itself.
All my reviews focus solely upon the quality of the transfer of movies to Blu Ray and I do hope this review has been of some help to you regarding your own purchase or not. If it was of help, maybe some of my other reviews will be also.
Thanks for reading.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Worst of The Trilogy, August 9, 2004
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Octavius (United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (DVD)
George Miller's last installment in the Mad Max Trilogy. Although the film keeps up the apocalyptic setting and theme of The Road Warrior, the plot here's rather far-fetched and seems to undermine the dramatic elements of the film.

Mad Max is now a messiah who seeks to protect a settlement of naive followers against the intrusions of Queen Aunty Entity (Tina Turner), the leader of a hodge-podge city-state named Bartertown. She keeps her subjects entertained by holding gladiatorial contests in the town's Thunderdome; a caged dome in which the contestants lunge at each other with weapons while suspened in the air. Will Mad Max be able to protect his innocent followers from Aunty Entity's evil machinations?

The only fault I find with this film is having Mad Max as some sort of messiah. His followers seemed too naive and ignorant to have been able to develop a sophisticated settlement in the first place. Their virtual muteness accompanied with the silly da-da talk makes them rather unsympathetic characters as well.

This is the worst of the three Mad Max films that is undermined by a rather uneven plot. I would recommend renting this film more than buying it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The action falters, but the setting soars, March 28, 1999
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome receives a great deal of bitterness. This is expected, it is a follow-up to one of the greatest of all action movies, with action scenes that aren't as good. Granted, the action sequences in the movie are quite exciting, but they easily fall short of the grandeur of The Road Warrior.
Indeed, as a follow-up to The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome does not deserve a 5-Star Rating. But what Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome does manage to do is build upon the fantastic setting that was only hinted at in Mad Max and The Road Warrior. The wastelands depicted in the first two films are not enough to contain the skyhigh ambitions of the world that director George Miller has created. With the addition of Bartertown, characters like Master-Blaster, and the final jarring vision of civilization presented in the film's closing moments, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is still up to par with its much-loved predecessor.
A viewer expecting another Road Warrior will be disappointed; but a viewer that wants to go back to the nameless, post-apocalyptic world of this film's two predecessors will not be.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars oh you max, January 28, 2006
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I can never decide which of the three I like best, the simplicity of the first, the action of the second or the sheer deviltry of ms. turner in this finale.

so go for the gusto in bartertown, it's a gas!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Lord Of The Flies, November 28, 2002
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D. Barr "Too many movies" (Clallam Bay, WA United States) - See all my reviews
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Nobody phoned it in. Everybody, from the actors to the stuntmen to the
set-builders, had a hell of a lot of fun, and were totally into it. Scary,
scary stunts -- no computers, potentially lethal stuff, too! A "bad guy" who
quit and let the main actor go when she didn't get to her goal -- because
her real goal was holding together her community. The message that it's
women who will rebuild the community. AND -- in the end, tho' they didn't
spell it out -- the ultimate in recycling, and the only one that might give
us the energy WE need. They didn't need pigs because they had their own
"energy." Sewage is methane is lights. A TOTALLY Australian mindset --
aboriginals, prisoners and a cobbled-together society in the GABE (Great
Australian Bugger-All). Great fun with linguistics. Amazing group of child
actors. A weirdly familiar score because the composer WAS the guy who wrote
for Laurence of Arabia, and happy grabs, from scene angles to incidents,
from everybody from Kurosawa to David Leane to Warner Brothers' cartoons.
Great camera work, wonderful scenery. Just a fun flick! And one of the
great movie lines:
"This is home. There is no Tomorrowland. And I ain't Captain Walker."
(I swear, I'm gonna steal it, for whenever things go wrong.)
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as fast, but not without merit, May 17, 2000
This review is from: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (DVD)
The third Mad Max film takes place fifteen years after the events in the Road Warrior(Mad Max 2), in a post nuclear age. Max(Mel Gibson) loses every thing in a raid(like he hasn't lost enough already). Following the trail left behind, he winds up in a scummy place called Bartertown. The ruler of Bartertown, Aunty(Tina Turner) commissions Max to kill a man who is preventing her from total control of Bartertown. This movie doesn't have the same kinetic energy as the previous two, but keep in mind that this is a world where cars are useless, because there's no fuel to run them. The thunderdome death match, and the car chase at the end is all there is for action. But to compensate, George Miller presents to us a more human side to Max, which has laid dorment since his familie's death in movie one. Proof of this comes in his interaction with the Waiting Boys(sort of a tribute to Lord of the Flies), and the result of the death match in thunderdome before hand. As an actioner, is doesn't give much(though what's given is still good). As a story of rediscovering your soul and purpose, it's a winner. I would have given it four stars if the orchastrated music score was better. Watch Angry Anderson in the final car chase for some comic relief.
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