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Mad Max - Beyond Thunderdome [VHS] [1985]

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  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Tina Turner, Bruce Spence, Adam Cockburn, Frank Thring
  • Directors: George Miller, George Ogilvie
  • Writers: George Miller, Terry Hayes
  • Producers: George Miller, Doug Mitchell, Marcus D'Arcy, Steve Amezdroz
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 14 Aug 2000
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RRDP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,452 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In the third 'Mad Max' film, Max (Mel Gibson), arriving in Bartertown in search of some stolen property, has to fight a duel in the Thunderdome arena. He is exiled to the desert by Bartertown's ruler, Auntie (Tina Turner), where he is rescued by a community of feral children.

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Although Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, the third part of George Miller's post-apocalyptic Mad Max trilogy, is certainly the least of the bunch (Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is the undisputed masterpiece, and maybe the best action movie ever made), it has still got a good share of imaginative industrial-wasteland-pastiche imagery. And casting Tina Turner as Aunty Entity, the queen of Bartertown, was a masterstroke. Mel Gibson's character Max is pitted in a battle to the death against the bizarre Master Blaster in the Thunderdome, flying around on rubbery straps inside a sort of gigantic overturned colander with bloodthirsty spectators clinging to the outside. Miller's producing partner, Byron Kennedy, was killed in a helicopter crash while scouting locations for this film. Miller was devastated, only agreeing to direct the action sequences--and, somehow, you feel his heart wasn't entirely in it. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JA Fairhurst on 2 Dec 2005
Format: DVD
"Slightly annoyed Max" was Barry Norman's rather dismissive comment on this film when he reviewed it for the BBC. While it is certainly true that Mel Gibson had indeed toned things down quite considerably for this, the third and final outing for Max, the franchise had become mainstream along with its star and so the producers went for a more family friendly view of this post nuclear future.

Now reduced to animal drawn vehicles in the main, the opening scene has Max being bushwhacked and his stuff hauled off but his opponents had failed to finish him off - a fatal mistake!

We soon get our first sight of Barter Town where anything can be traded. Barter Town is one of the newly emerging powers in this post nuclear future and rule is split between the mysterious Master who provides electricity for the Town and the all-too-visible Auntie Entity whose roost lets her see all that goes on inside the Town. Max's presence causes the hidden tensions between the two to explode when he finds that the Master has his equipment, Auntie (played with brilliant exuberance by Tina Turner) gets Max into the Thunderdome against Master's henchman the massive Blaster, leading to one of the most inventive fights in cinematic history involving all sorts of weapons from mauls to chainsaws.

There's also a tribe of children, survivors of a final flight before the bombs flew, looking for a saviour to return them to civilisation. Max finds himself cast reluctantly in that role.

This is certainly the most extravagantly designed of the Mad Max films, with Barter Town in particular being wonderfully decadent! It also has something resembling a coherent plot especially when compared with Mad Max 2s pure gorefest. The main sound track is provided by the Royal Phillomonia Orchestra and Tina Turner sings the opening and closing songs with the verve she brings to her stage performances.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Johnentwistlespout VINE VOICE on 12 Oct 2005
Format: DVD
Beyond Thunderdome was a lost opporunity. The feeling at the time was that director George miller had ended up making a maudlin memorial to his friend Byron Kennedy (producer of the first two films) who was tragically killed in a helicopter crash during 1983. If Mad Max 2 is a fuel injected suicide machine this is a battery powered, hollywood-lite, remake. Complete with stupid rock sountrack, depressing supporting cast of unfashionable rock stars and a shot for shot revamp of the classic Mad Max 2 tanker chase...but with a train (a train!) this is a silly, silly film. We even get Bruce Spence coming back in a confused "new" role. I'm only rating this so highly because I love the saga as a whole, for anyone else it really is no better than Waterworld.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Dec 2001
Format: VHS Tape
For followers of this film, chances are likely that you have seen the previous two installments of what rates alonside Star Wars as a near perfect trilogy.
In this third outing our complex anti-hero character 'Max' must do battle with the retrieval of his stolen vehicle, a two-man fighting machine and ultimately the battle to win back his soul as he brings a group of children out from the wildernes into a new life.
Along the way of course there are plenty of neat action pieces and a satisfying train / car chase in the style of its predecessor 'The Road Warrior', which raise up the antae in what is a slighly uneven but ultimately thrilling movie experience.
The return of Bruce Spence's character who played the gyro-plane character in the second one is never explained and is annoying but is a minor quibble over some interesting characters that emerge. Notably from Tina Turner who plays the role of 'Auntie' in a very natural, non-forced acted way, although ultimately it is Mel Gibson's show and he pulls it off with ease but hopefully he will resist any temptation to do a part 4 like he did with the Lethal Weapon series.
I suppose the most striking thing about this film is the set pieces since it provides some nice visual eye candy and the music by Maurice Jarre gives it a nice glossy coat of texture to some of the quieter moments in the film.
Why two directors though i have never quite established but it hasnt affected the overall result and for a film that was released 16 years ago it has stood the test of time and ultimately brings a nice conclusion to the Mad Max series.
The Road Warrior though is still the greatest out of the three, but this one does give it a run for its money and is of better enjoyment for a cinematic experience or a decent TV and sound system.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "supervoc" on 9 Feb 2001
Format: DVD
On TV, even '80s films are starting to look like old films, and as action flicks get the most airplay, the thrills are quick to wane. One gets all too used to a faded pan & scan experience, ending up with a lesser impression of the film itself. So with films being spruced up and returned to their original aspect ratios, "a new lease of life" is no empty cliche, and on DVD 'Thunderdome' really thunders. However, despite being awash with terrific set pieces, the film fails to live up to the reputation of its predecessors and methinks that too much money may have been part of the problem. Quite frankly, the saga has lost its edge - the future feels nowhere near as dangerous as in 'The Road Warrior'. And there's the feeling of deja-vu too, in that the tribe of children are merely an extension of the Feral Kid from the previous film and, of course, they're not as effective. Tina Turner proves the real highlight - a true scene stealer. Getting her to stick a song on the end titles would have been completely inappropriate to the first two films. Here, though, given the nature of 'Thunderdome', it sort of fits. The bottom line? It's hard to be rough when there's too much gloss.
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