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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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the first in not watchable except for the first car scene. second is phenomenal, and the third is ok.Published 4 months ago by Mathenstein
The Mad Max films are the moat cherished memories of my childhood. Love this box set!Published 5 months ago by Giggsy
Seeing the movies again after all these years you sure do see how special effects have changed.Published 5 months ago by Value Shopper