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Mad Max (1980)

Mel Gibson , Joanne Samuel , George Miller  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (356 customer reviews)


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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (356 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305075379
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,879 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.

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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Mad, Mad (Max) World 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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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent BD release, but room for improvement October 5, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
I've been a fan of "Mad Max" since seeing it in the theater in 1980, and I pre-ordered this Blu-ray as soon as it was announced. The movie itself has been reviewed extensively elsewhere, so my review will cover, briefly, the Blu-ray disc only. I played it on a JVC XVBP11 Blu-ray Player and watched it on a Panasonic TC-L32X2 32-Inch 720p LCD HDTV and, more recently, on a Panasonic VIERA TC-P42S30 42-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV.

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Overall it looks very dark. They didn't digitally correct any of the color errors (that is, spots in the movie where the film has color damage--it's really obvious after Max drags himself back to the car). The color is richer than on the DVD; skin tones look accurate, but the clouds look pinkish. And it's grainy, but still clearer than ever. You can actually read the graffiti on the high-fatality road sign, and read all the port rules on the beach sign. It's going to be a treasure trove for costumers and prop makers! The BD is definitely an improvement over the DVD in terms of clarity, but the price of that clarity seems to be all the visual noise that's now visible. (In many of the scenes where open blue sky is the backdrop, the sky tends to flicker.) I checked some scenes on the DVD and the color shifting and noise are there, too--it's just not as noticeable as on the BD. I suspect it's the very same source print.
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Classic good guy slash bad guy movie!
Published 11 hours ago by GazLamp
2.0 out of 5 stars Beta- Max
The pacing was slow… I know it was made a while back, but still…
Published 16 hours ago by Laurie Ochsner
5.0 out of 5 stars This has always been a favorite.
It's the cars that also carried the movie. The Aussie versions of the Ford Falcon (Max's car) blew my mind. Read more
Published 22 hours ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars She's the last of the V-8's ................
This movie has a special place in my heart - first saw it in the cinema on a late night double header with the Road Warrior in Manchester in the UK in the late 70's. Read more
Published 22 hours ago by RO Expert
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Classic! Love it!
Published 1 day ago by Lee Lucero
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Max
Great post-apocalyptic story; start of the trilogy featuring Max. Stands the test of time and is still good even today.
Published 1 day ago by Earley
3.0 out of 5 stars The start of the Mad Max movies....a rough start.
One of the classic B movies, but this one started the Mad Max series of movies....worth a watch to see how it all started.
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Toecutter!!
One of my all time favorite movies!
Published 1 day ago by William Myer
1.0 out of 5 stars The action sucks (everybody just crashes)
Gah. I'm sorry. This is a TOUGH movie to watch. No pacing. The action sucks (everybody just crashes). The plot is retarded. The ending is anti-climatic. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Matt Murdoc
3.0 out of 5 stars Some great characters. Clearly low budget
Some great characters. Clearly low budget. If you're pressed for time but want to see the Mad Max films, just start with Road Warrior. Read more
Published 2 days ago by jacob, austin
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