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Mad Max (Special Edition) (1980)

Mel Gibson , Joanne Samuel , George Miller  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (453 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: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • 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: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (453 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005R2IS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,039 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mad Max (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New Digitally Remastered Transfer
  • New-To-The-U.S. Original Australian Language Track
  • "Mel Gibson: The Birth Of A Star" Documentary
  • "Mad Max: The Film Phenomenon" Documentary
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • "Road Rants" Trivia & Fun Fact Track
  • Photo Gallery
  • TV Spots

Editorial Reviews

Additional Features

MGM's special edition restores the original Australian soundtrack (including Mel Gibson's voice!) to the film for the first time on home video. That in itself would be enough to make this a DVD essential, but cinematographer David Eggby, special effects supervisor Chris Murray, and art director Jon Dowding look under the hood of this revved-up revenge classic in a commentary track and the featurette "Mad Max: The Film Phenomenon." Their nuts-and-bolts comments and nostalgic stories of seat-of-the-pants stunts provide a terrific survey of low-budget action moviemaking by ambitious young filmmakers. Less essential is the rather wan Mel Gibson star portrait (apparently Gibson and director George Miller were too busy to participate in the supplements, so we make do with his acting teacher and costars) and the entertaining, if truly trivial, "Road Rants" subtitle track. --Sean Axmaker

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Setting Mel Gibson on a sure path to superstardom, this highly acclaimed "crazy collide-o-scope"(Newsweek) of highway mayhem "cinematically defined the postapocalyptic landscape" (TV Guide). Featuring eye-popping stunts that are "electrifying and very convincing" (Variety) and "an authentically nihilistic spirit" (The Village Voice), Mad Max is "pure cinematic poetry" (Time). In the ravaged near future, a savage motorcycle gang rules the road. Terrorizing innocent civilians while tearing up the streets, the ruthless gang laughs in the face ofa police force hell-bent on stopping them. But they underestimate one officer: Max Rockatansky (Gibson). And when the bikers brutalize Max's best friend and family, they send him into a mad frenzy that leaves him with only one thing left in the world to live forrevenge!

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72 of 76 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 End of civilization has begun...
Nothing like a good anarchy movie. Mel just getting started, low budget, lots of car & motorcycle chases. Get's you all happy there are other movies to follow.
Published 5 hours ago by Maria G.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great.
Published 6 hours ago by Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Blade Runner with Extra Fear and Wierdness
Post-apocalyptic film-making at it's gritty best. Mel Gibson does a great job as the angst filled protagonist and the air of doom hanging over his family is reminiscent of the best... Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Nathaniel Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars From a gang of 20 or more mad max takes ...
From a gang of 20 or more mad max takes out less then 10 of them for taking his wife and child's life. Seems about right.
Published 2 days ago by Jason Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Classic. Greatness
Published 2 days ago by t229
5.0 out of 5 stars A young Mel as great as you expect!
For a movie of it's age and low budget...it is a great film! I love they kept the original Australian dialog and didn't over-dud it with terrible American voices lie the version... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Kevin Stafford
4.0 out of 5 stars Early to a theme. You may want a shot ...
Early to a theme. You may want a shot to calm your nerves before the ending. Relies on a lot of stunts and off camera conclusions, Where is the sequel, I need to find it.
Published 4 days ago by J. Slind
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's freaking Madmax what do you want me to say, watch it. Classic!
Published 5 days ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Mad max is all you have to say
Published 5 days ago by Joseph Rutherford
3.0 out of 5 stars The next 2 are better
The first of the Mad Max trilogy is needed to set up the series but has a few minutes that are "Ho Hum".
Published 6 days ago by Beach guy
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