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Mad Max Trilogy (Mad Max / The Road Warrior / Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome) [Blu-ray]
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Warner Home Video's newly-released Blu-Ray box-set of the "Mad Max Trilogy" offers - in a single, three-disc Blu-Ray case (housed inside a slightly unattractive oversized tin) - a reprise of MGM's original "Mad Max" BD; a new AVC encode of "The Road Warrior," premiering here with a DTS MA soundtrack; and the HD debut of the third film in the series, "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome."
The original MAD MAX finds Mel Gibson launching his career as a tough cop in a world where unhinged loonies - including Hugh Keays-Byrne as the nefarious "Toecutter" - attack unsuspecting motorists and innocent civilians. Max's battles with his own bosses - desperately hoping to keep "heroes" on the road - are contrasted with the violent attacks of the gangs, and once Max's partner is killed and his wife and child targeted by the thugs, Max turns from desperation to anger in a soon-to-be-post-apocalyptic society quickly spiraling out of control.
Though "Mad Max"'s world is only semi-futuristic compared to the films that followed, it's still a bleak, and captivating, environment that Miller captured on-screen - particularly considering the era in which the movie was originally released.Read more ›
The third film, "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome", is new to Blu-ray and debuts as part of this collection. Sadly, the only extra is the film's trailer (older releases, including the DVD, were the same way), but at least the A/V quality is quite good. Other than that, this three-disc collection is packaged in a nice metal tin and looks cool.
If you already own the first two films on Blu-ray, this might be tough to recommended. I didn't, so it was worth the price of admission. All three films hold up pretty well, especially due to the great A/V presentation that a quality Blu-ray treatment can provide.
MAD MAX is Region A locked, so do not buy this set if you don't own a multi-region or Region A compatible Blu-Ray player. MAD MAX 2/THE ROAD WARRIOR and MAD MAX: BEYOND THUNDERDOME however, are both Region Free!
Right, onto the films and the set itself.
MAD MAX: The first movie is fantastic: a jaw-dropping action film like no other, made at a time without CGI, when stunt men and women really put their lives in danger, for our entertainment.
The disc allows viewers to watch the film in the original Australian audio-track in a newly-created DTS HD Master Audio 6.1 soundtrack or dual-mono if you prefer, or the horrifically awful US English Dub, (in dual-mono only) in which many of the characters are dubbed into American English. Not only does it sound terrible as a soundtrack, it's a pretty ropey dub. Considering all the dubbers had to do was translate Australian English into American English, it really shouldn't have been that hard. But boy, oh, boy, do the dubbers monumentally screw this up!
Stick to the original Australian, and you won't go wrong. It's a meaty, beefy, loud and monsterous sounding 6.1 track, and the throng of the car and bike engines really feel like they're being revved in your living room! (Other audio track and subtitle options are available, including English Subs for the Deaf and Hard Of Hearing.)
The picture looks very good, but I'm sure it could be improved, if someone was willing to give it the time and care it needed. I have no idea if the Blu-Ray 1080p print is taken from a 35mm Master Negative, or not, but whilst it looks clear and crisp, it probably could look even better. Still, you won't be too disappointed.Read more ›
Cheap design and fragile amaray box in the tin box.
Good movies, not the best transfer but still worth the purchase, maximum price 25$.
This boxset is unfortunately quite lackluster. The Road Warrior has already been released, back in 2007 and is basically identical to the new release, with the only difference, being a slight minimal increase in bitrate. in Mad Max is basically a reissue of the blue ray release from a few months ago, with new packaging. It is nice to finally have Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome on Blu Ray, but it has zero special features. A making of movie, or at least some production/press photos included would have been nice. Nothing..... If you don't already own the movies on blu ray then yes, pick this collection up. If you do already have the first two movies, save yourself 20 dollars and just buy Thunderdome by itself for 13 dollars to complete your collection. You would think Warner would have stepped up, and release a collection, that reflects the legendary vision of George Miller.
All I can hope is that when Fury Road comes out, they will finally release an ultimate collection, full of bonuses for the most dedicated fans! These movies deserve more!
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Seeing the movies again after all these years you sure do see how special effects have changed.Published 3 days ago by Value Shopper
I gave this as a gift to a friend along with the Fury Road bluray. She loves them all. I've already got the 4-film anthology.Published 22 days ago by Gayla Johnson
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MAD MAX is Region A locked. MAD MAX 2/THE ROAD WARRIOR and MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME are both Region Free. Sadly, the back of the case doesn't mention any kind of info on Region Coding, which is very naughty of Warners. Moreso when 99.9% of their products are always coded Region Free for... Read More
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