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  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston, Max Phipps, Vernon Wells
  • Directors: George Miller
  • Writers: George Miller, Brian Hannant, Terry Hayes
  • Producers: Byron Kennedy
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: 14 Aug. 2000
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RRDM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,794 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Following the road-side slaughter of his family, ex-cop Max (Mel Gibson) roams the post-apocalyptic landscape alone. Reluctantly taking a pit-stop at a desert-set fortress, Max is gradually persuaded to help protect the people inside it and the commodity that makes it a prime target for marauding gangs - fuel.

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Mad Max 2 is a strong candidate for the designation of most thrilling action movie ever made (the turbo-charged exhilaration of its full-throttle highway chases has never been equalled); the second part of George Miller's post-apocalyptic trilogy is also a magnificently imagined movie myth. Like the Star Wars trilogy (by that other George) the Mad Max films draw their inspiration from the works of mythologist Joseph Campbell. In the 1979 original, Max (Mel Gibson) is a policeman, the last guardian of civilisation and order in a devastated world reduced to chaos. But when a leather-clad gang of sadomasochistic speed demons mows down Max's family, his remaining connections to humanity are also permanently severed. After brutally exacting his revenge, Max wanders off into the wasteland alone, "a burned out shell of a man" who (to paraphrase The Searchers) is destined to wander forever between the winds. In The Road Warrior, Max rediscovers a sliver of his shattered humanity, and a spark of redemption, when he helps an embattled colony of pioneers fight off the savages who are after that most precious of all commodities: "guzzline." Max is transformed into a legendary hero, just as Mel Gibson was catapulted to international film stardom. With its final stirring images, The Road Warrior transcends its genre (whatever that may be--science fiction? Western? action adventure?) and becomes something timeless. --Jim Emerson, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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131 of 140 people found the following review helpful By Björn Hellqvist on 16 Dec. 2000
Format: DVD
I bought "Mad Max 2" (aka "The Road Warrior") on DVD today - my all-time action movie favourite. I've watched it on video more than 30 times, where the editing, music and action sequences form one of the very best action movies ever made. It is violent, yes, but not in the splatter movie way. Instead, it is tough, grim and violent without being gory. The DVD is a Zone 2 release (Europe), and I began to suspect foul play when I saw the running time: 87 minutes. When I came home, I checked it against my British video version, which is 92 minutes, and the US release, which is 96. Dreading the worst, I started watching the DVD... And yes, the censors had been there and cut or shortened several scenes. Mad as h*ll, and disgusted as well, I stopped watching the travesty. I will return it to the shop, as the cuts made it unwatchable. I absolutely _hate_ censorship, and the DVD version has severely stunted what should have been a welcome addition to my DVD shelf.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Darren O'Connor on 23 April 2006
Format: DVD
This movie, the second in the Mad Max trilogy, is easily the best of the three. Visually, it's very distinctive. The first movie showed a society breaking down in the post apocalyptic world. By this movie, it's broken down. The first movie showed the immediate aftermath. There were still working phones, power lines, people trying to go on with their normal lives, etc. There was even a police force, of which Max was a member, trying to maintain order. Now, society has descended into complete anarchy. Civilization's infrastructure has broken down completely. In the first movie you saw shops, service stations, hospitals. Now you see people scavenging in a wrecked world. Max's car is no longer a gleaming black vehicle, but a delapidated, dirty old beater, its engine still in top shape, but its interior stripped, and its body covered in dust, battered and old. Max's leather police uniform is no longer immaculate, but torn and patched. Visually, this movie set a new standard, and like "Star Wars" and "Blade Runner", changed the way movies in its genre were made. Even the setting works in telling the story. Where the first film featured country with trees and green grass, this movie is set in a blasted desert, further accentuating the sense of collapse.

And this movie's quality doesn't end with the visuals. It has a great, exciting story, very reminiscent of the pulp adventures of old. It's hero, a wanderer, a uniquely skilled and deadly loner, is a mythic archetype. The actors are all perfectly cast. Mel Gibson, with only a few lines of dialogue, turns in a compelling, emotional performance, showing the transformation from the happy, loving husband and father of the first film, to the wounded, burnt out shell of a man seen here.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Simon McMahon VINE VOICE on 24 May 2005
Format: DVD
A previous reviewer has claimed that this is missing around 10% of the footage found in the US release. This is incorrect. There is indeed a time difference between the Region 1 (US) and Region 2 (UK) DVDs of about 5 minutes but this is down to the conversion in video standards (I won't go in to details!)from NTSC (US) to PAL (UK). This generally results in a decreased runtime of around 7 ot 8%.
This version of Mad Max 2 is the full US theatrical version, which itself was slightly cut for a few seconds of violence, before reaching our shores. Aside from those precuts made in the US this film is untouched before theatrical release. Oddly the original Warner Brothers UK VHS release has these few seconds of violence remaining!
This stands as one of the best action movies ever, and the final chase sequence is staggering. This movie does indeed deserve a Special Edition with lots of extras and a decent picture (which is sadly lacking here).
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By cosmetic punk on 24 April 2008
Format: Blu-ray
Of the three Mad Max films this is my favourite. The picture and sound are not going to blow you away, so this isn't the title to show off to your mates. This isn't a fault of BluRay but more limitations of the original film materials. A bonus on this BluRay is an audio commentary with director George Miller and cinematographer Dean Semler. This offers a great insight into the early 80s Australian independant film making process. And they too point out sections where they would have done things differently had they the money and the resources. This is an improvement on the original DVD issue and certainly worth the money for Mad Max fans. Languages are English, Castilian Spanish, German, French, Itallian. Subtitles are English, Castilian Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish. There is no indication on the packaging to show if this is region coded. It plays on my region B machine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 29 Jan. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Also known as The Road Warrior, this film was the sequel to the low budget slice of punk oddness/the revenge genre that appeared in 1979. Here George Miller had more of a budget & presented a post-apocalyptic world in a manner that along with Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982) would influence style for the rest of the decade (witness appalling films in this style- like Space Hunter & Bronx Warriors).
The opening voicover recaps the events of the first film & the collapse of society (we discover the narrator to be the Feral Kid at the end of the film)- we then cut into a desert wasteland where Max (Mel Gibson) travels as a post-industrial cowboy of sorts. He meets significant people: homosexual thug Wez & the amusing Gyro Captain (Bruce Spence). They exist in a world where petrol has become the new currency, and eyes turn to an Oil Refinery that has become a fortress. Max eventually going inside & getting caught between them & the marauding savages of the Humungous.
The film is shot brilliantly, looking like Sergio Leone shooting Burroughs' The Wild Boys- and is complemented by Brian May's Bernard Herrmann-inspired score. The supporting cast is littered with amusing characters- there is plenty of humour alongside the violence. The action sequences are great setpieces- from Wez's intrusion of the fortress (ending with one of his few spoken lines: "You can run- but you can't hide!")to Max's acquisition of an abandoned tanker, to the final confrontation on a lost highway (which ends with what would become a horror cliche). Miller delivers a film with such panache, that many would attempt to imitate this in the years that followed: see Waterworld (then again, don't...
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