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World War III has just ended and the world's remaining inhabitants are on a desperate, devastating, struggle to survive. Gasoline is in short supply and those remaining, turn on one another for the crude oil.
A strong candidate for the designation of most thrilling action movie ever made (the turbo-charged exhilaration of its full-throttle highway chases has never been equaled), the second part of George Miller's post-apocalyptic trilogy is also a magnificently imagined movie myth. Like the Star Wars trilogy (by that other George) the Mad Max films draw their inspiration from the works of mythologist Joseph Campbell. In the 1979 original, Max (Mel Gibson) is a policeman, the last guardian of civilization and order in a devastated world reduced to chaos. But when a leather-clad gang of sadomasochistic speed demons mows down Max's family, his remaining connections to humanity are also permanently severed. After brutally exacting his revenge, Max wanders off into the wasteland alone, "a burned out shell of a man" who (to paraphrase The Searchers) is destined to wander forever between the winds. In The Road Warrior, Max rediscovers a sliver of his shattered humanity, and a spark of redemption, when he helps an embattled colony of pioneers fight off the savages who are after that most precious of all commodities: "guzzline." Max is transformed into a legendary hero, just as Mel Gibson was catapulted to international movie stardom. With its final stirring images, The Road Warrior transcends its genre (whatever that may be--science fiction? Western? action adventure?) and becomes something timeless. It's a great movie. --Jim Emerson
Just a classic movie. Visually pleasing, and a fantastic supporting cast that demand your attention from beginning to end. Definitely my favorite of the original trilogy.Published 3 days ago by Randolph Wright
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|Looking forward to this, but how about Mad Max on Blu-ray?||
I noticed what I thought was an extra scene in the Blu-ray Road Warrior compared to the DVD. After Max leaves the outpost and crashes, the Helicopter Pilot sees a tower of smoke, and realizes it is Max. I don't recall this scene from the US release version. It changes the effect of watching... Read More
Jan 29, 2008 by A Movie Lover | See all 5 posts
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The actual aspect ratio for this is the original 2.40:1, source HighDefDigest.com.
May 14, 2007 by Stephen Keck | See all 3 posts
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A box set of all three films is unlikely. While "The Road Warrior" and "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" are released by Warner Home Video, the original "Mad Max" is released by MGM. So as you can see, there is a little corporate mix-up involved in putting all three out...
May 4, 2009 by C. D. Malin | See all 4 posts
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The sound effects are still there and they do sound good. Not outstanding though. The picture quality of the HD-DVD is fantastic. In the sound department, we're talking about DVD quality "only". But this is complaining on a very high level. This movie on HD-DVD is a must have.
Jul 1, 2007 by Home Cinema | See all 2 posts
Agreed. A worthy companion to the end.
Sep 7, 2009 by Christian Davis | See all 3 posts