Max Headroom: The Complete Series
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Able to boast his own international talk show, music videos, countless endorsements and merchandising, the puckish Max Headroom became more than just a character on television. He was a decade-defining icon, never better represented than in this sardonically witty, adventurous look at society and the place of media within it. Now all 14 uncut episodes — starring Matt Frewer (Watchmen), Amanda Pays (The Flash), Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) and Morgan Sheppard (Star Trek) — are finally available together in one long-awaited DVD collection!
Looking Back At The Future: An intimate roundtable discussion with members of the cast
The Big-Time Blanks: Morgan Sheppard and Concetta Tomei reflect on Max Headroom
The Science Behind The Fiction – George Stone reveals the role of technology in the creation of Max Headroom
Top Customer Reviews
Many have asked if "20 minutes into the future" is included...it is NOT.
the 5th DVD is a bonus disc which contains..
1) an hour making of ....featuring the behind the scenes/camera/creative folks
2) Looking back at the Future...a 35 minute "round table"discussion with a some of the cast members , Tambor, Pays,Tomei, and Chris Young...(NO Frewer)
3)The big Time Blanks...Tomei and Morgan Sheppard chatting for 12minutes
4)the science behind the fiction...one of the creators discussing the science of the show 12 minutes
5)The writers remember....11 minute interview with a couple of the writers
6)Brian Frankish discusses "producing" the show...8 minutes
I usually enjoy watching the behind the scenes on most DVD sets....these were pretty tedious and seemed inflated....of course they could not resist playing with graphics , sound and textures to try and make them appear videoish from the old 34......
but I can't imagine watching any of these features...ever again.Read more ›
The other remarkable thing is - there is so much from The Matrix that was 'borrowed' from this production - a controller surrounded by CRT's in communication with and directing the actions of Edison Carter, telling him when to pass through corridors, monitoring the bad guys (agents) - even fighting someone else for control of the "system". And then an actual 'Matrix' with Bryce's code figures in the story (only called 'The Matrix' by Max during the promo contest announcement at the end of the video.) The world outside Network 23 looks so much like the 'true world' Morpheus shows Neo - it is all here.
But Max holds up just fine on his own. Max has Blank Regg, and Edison has Theora. They do not make them like this anymore.
I think people are being a little too harsh on the image quality. Part of what I remembered about this series is the soft, but gritty look. The soft grittiness contrasts well with the video segments that are super-imposed into the show and gives it a very distinct style. In fact, the video portions look very sharp. If the overall image was any sharper, you would be able to detect the imperfections in the sets and the costumes...along with the shots of Network 23 in the cityscape that is obviously a model.
The image is definitely an improvement over the VHS rips that have been on the internet. Also, the versions that people captured from TechTV are edited for time...so at least these DVDs are the full versions that originally aired on ABC.
The extras are pretty good...except for a few holes. It's interesting that they talk about the making of the original UK mini-movie, yet it isn't included in the set...that seems disappointing (I still have the original on VHS that I bought in the late 80s). Also as many people have stated, Matt Frewer is absent...but from the vibe I was getting in the round table with the actors, he seems like he ended up bitter about the entire Max Headroom persona. There are no segments from the Max Headroom video show and none of the New Coke commercials. So anyone looking for a super complete Max Headroom retrospective are going to be disappointed.
The segment on the making of the show features interviews with the people who invented Max Headroom along with the writers and the producers of both the original UK movie as well as the US TV Show (they actually brought most of the creative talent to the US to help).Read more ›
Predicting a 500-channel smorgasboard of channels, reality television and webcams, MH was clearly ahead of its time. Let's hope we get a DVD soon, complete with clips from the original broadcasts, and even the entire made-for-tv movie by Channel 4.
Incidentally, going by Steve Roberts's novelisation, MH takes place in the year 2004.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This show makes me want the EIGHTIES AGAIN! And that's a GOOD THING! lolPublished 13 days ago by Christopher R. Filkins
Your memory is never as good as the original.... Not that I remembered it that way, but it was the beginning of that "darker scenes" series lighting, the lines are cheesy,... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
The DVDs look much better than the previously-available TV recordings.Published 20 days ago by Randall Faraday
OK - it's not high art like Metropolis or even Star Wars. But for TV - this is a prescient gem which equals anything by Orwell or Bradbury. Read morePublished 1 month ago by TaxiDrivin' Daddy
Sometime’s nostalgia for a thing is better than the thing itself. This purchase was one of those cases.Published 1 month ago by espd
There are already plenty of reviews that go into far more detail than I am willing. I will say, the show looks great, there is a cool little booklet included that has some neat... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JP Prater
For those have seen it 20 minutes into the future. Max is computer generated person fro reporter Edison Carter. They did not have enough bite for the whole body. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tim
When he first appeared, Max Headroom was a phenomenon. No one had seen a character quite like him and, as viewers, many of us were captivated not only by the visual impact of the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mike Billington
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