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  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley, Tim Burns
  • Directors: George Miller
  • Writers: George Miller, Byron Kennedy, James McCausland
  • Producers: Bill Miller, Byron Kennedy
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 21, 1998
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (522 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305075379
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,221 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mad Max" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Arresting tale of apocalyptic excitement as a future cop in a post-nuclear wasteland seeks revenge against the roving outlaw gang that killed his wife and daughter.

Customer Reviews

The original version was dubbed in English, get the Australian original, much better.
Patrick K. Fines
The bizzare atmosphere and characters, the mind blowing stunt work, the raw edge thrill of realism that only a low budget can supply... this film is fantastic.
Steve S
It has some great villains, some really colourful characters, some exciting action scenes, excellent pacing, and a very good script.
Hayden

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75 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Jason N. Mical on January 20, 2002
Format: DVD
MGM jumped on the DVD bandwagon rather late in the game, and the studio has been struggling to keep up ever since. Traditionally, MGM has released bare-bones, movie-only DVDs with bad transfers and horrid sound - but, thankfully, tradition seems to be losing out to what consumers want. Mad Max: Special Edition is the latest offering from MGM's film vaults to make its way onto DVD in a restored, high-performance disc, and it's about time, too.
Mad Max will probably go down in history as the film that made Mel Gibson a star, but that would gloss over the film's many other virtues. A post-apocalyptic tale of good vs. evil, Mad Max features the title character, Max Rockatansky, in his job as an "Interceptor," a kind of cop struggling to maintain order in a world where the government has all but collapsed and ruthless biker thugs and warlords have made normal life impossible. When Max kills a member of the gang, their leader, the Toecutter, turns around and butcher's Max's family. As a result, Max gets very mad and goes straight to kick-ass mode. The story is slick and well-told, with enough fast cars, gun battles, and extreme chases to keep you tied to your chair. It's basically a Western set in a decaying Australia, and it's a welcome change of pace for action fans, too.
MGM presented us with a two-sided, dual-layer DVD that has two versions of the film: a gorgeous 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen transfer, and a full-screen copy on the same side for those who don't like to see the whole movie. For the first time, American audiences get to watch the film with the original Australian dialogue (it was dubbed with American actors for the US and never released with the original accents before now), either in the old-school mono mix or a completely redone, deep and dynamic DD 5.1 remix.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Mr. VINE VOICE on June 7, 2001
Format: DVD
Before I wrote a review for this film I had to get my hands on a version with the original Aussie dialogue to see if it truly mattered. Well the answer is, yes it does. Other reviewers are correct when saying the dubbed version (in American English) makes the actors come off campy and it hurts the film a great deal. And yes, dialogue is even changed slightly, some more than others, like when the one kid and his girlfriend leave town in his hotrod with the biker gang hot on their trail. In the American version he says "Don't worry" to his girlfriend, but in the Aussie version he says "No worries". I don't really think a dubbed English version was necessary. I could understand what they were saying even with the Australian accents. I mean imagine network TV dubbing Crocodile Hunter every week with an American accent...BAD IDEA! Now that the DVD is out of print (because ORION Pictures is out of business) let's hope Warner Brothers obtains the rights to this masterpiece, digitally remasters it (Dolby Digital 5.1 or better) and gives us the Aussie Soundtrack. Japan released this film on DVD with both Audio tracks (But in Region Code 2 only), so it's about time we got the same thing. In fact, Warner should re-release all three films in a nice box set and make them all special editions. The latest VHS version of The Road Warrior (Mad Max 2) included a retrospective documentary that was never included on the DVD. To me, this is a great film that deserves the S.E. treatment. It's hard to believe it was only Mel Gibson's 3rd film (After Summer City & Tim). This movie is set during the decline of civilization and Mad Max 2 is set shortly after that when civilization is all but destroyed and scattered.Read more ›
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 1999
Format: DVD
This film has to be one of the greates road movies, save possibly Mad Max II or Death race 2000. the car chase sequences are, in my opinion, better than those featured in Bullit. Despite the lack of dialogue from Mel Gibson or any of the other cast, this still makes entertaining viewing. the right mix has been made with violence and gore and with a little storyline. The 'Cundilini wants his hand back' is a particularly humorous and those with a dvd player or decent video should freeze frame this part. Watch ou also for the fantastic stunts, especially at the start of the film as a V8 pursuit vehicle flies through a stationary caravan. If you liked this stunt, consider getting hold of the banned from T.V version of the vidoe of 'The Cardigans' 'My favourite game'. In this video, you will see many great automotive stunts, especially as a car flies through a parked camper van, Mad Max style. Unfortunately, many videos I have seen, namely the Warner Brother's edition in the three-box set, have been cut in a very crude and thoughtless manner, detracting from this film. I would agree with R KOEGEL and KENNETH MARBURY that a director's cut version, or any uncut version should be launched NOW. SO PLEEEEEASE make an uncut version of this film.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 8, 2000
Format: DVD
Prospective purchasers should note that this dvd is the dubbed version where American actors replace the Australian actors on the soundtrack. I understand that the decision to overdub the part was done when the movie was first released in the US (an Australian friend recalled his shock at the dubbing when he saw it in a US cinema at the time) but I would have thought that the studio could have dug up the original Australian version and released that instead. Because of this irritating and pointless feature of an otherwise fine movie (the best of the Mad Max series), I can only rate the dvd 2 stars.
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