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Friday, June 14, 2013

The Mad Max Trilogy Blu-Ray Review

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The Mad Max Trilogy Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: "Mad Max": On a remote stretch of deserted highway, a band of violent bikers has taken over, attacking anyone unlucky enough to cross their savage path. Racing up and down the seemingly endless miles of asphalt, the crazed outlaws blaze through small towns, plowing into vehicles and pedestrians alike with reckless abandon. Bringing a sense of law to this lawlessness are the mobile police force led by Max (Mel Gibson) and Goose (Steve Bisley), who are as fast and mean as their adversaries and are willing to do whatever it takes to cut the enemy down. "Road Warrior": In the annals of action movies few can compare with "The Road Warrior", a full-throttle epic of speed and carnage that rockets you into a dreamlike landscape where the post-nuclear future meets the mythological past. Mel Gibson plays Max, the heroic loner who drives the roads of outback Australia in an unending search for gasoline. Arrayed against him and the other scraggly defenders of a fuel-depot encampment are the bizarre warriors commanded by The Humungus, notorious for never taking prisoners when they can pulverize them instead. When the battle is joined, the results are savage and spectacular. "Beyond Thunderdome": Two men enter. One man leaves. "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" stars Mel Gibson for his third go-round as the title hero who takes on the barbarians of the post-nuclear future - and this time becomes the savior of a tribe of lost children. Music superstar Tina Turner steals what's left of the screen as Aunty Entity, a power-mad dominatrix determined to use Max to tighten her stranglehold on Bartertown.

Review: What's that you say?  You're craving early 80s post-apocalyptic joy?  You miss a time when Mel Gibson was only a maniac on-screen?  Little compares these days to the original Mad Max trilogy.  This great collection gives fans all three films in high-definition blu-ray, and the debut of Beyond Thunderdome on blu-ray! 

The original Mad Max film was a quiet and bleak emotionally driven epic that hinted at what was to come with the Road Warrior, which is admittedly my favorite of the trilogy.  All three films have their merits, however, and this is a definitive set for any fan.  The films look amazing in high-definition and I found myself enjoying them like it was the first time, all over again!

This blu-ray boxed set isn't highly extra-driven.  The extras include: "Mad Max": Commentary by Jon Dowding, David Eggby, Chris Murray and Tim Ridge, "'Mad Max': The Film Phenomenon" Featurette, "The Road Warrior": Commentary by Director George Miller and Cinematographer Dean Semler, Introduction by Leonard Maltin, Theatrical Trailer.

Interest Range: Action, Cult Classics