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Mad Max 2 (1981) [VHS]

Mel Gibson , Bruce Spence , George Miller    Suitable for 18 years and over   VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RRDM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,887 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

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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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124 of 130 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A stunted masterpiece 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great blu-ray transfer, but sadly incomplete. 9 Feb 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
If you're reading these reviews, the chances are you will have have seen Mad Max 2 many times and are well aware that it is one of (If not the) greatest road/stunt movie of all time. This review is for the UK Blu-Ray release. The picture and sound are a vast improvement on the DVD issue and are, at times, astounding for a film that is 30 years old. The colours are bright and vibrant with a nice sharp clarity in most scenes. The night shots are a little messy by comparison, but this is only a minor quibble.

Fans will be pleased to know that the old violence cuts (The more graphic arrow and boomerang footage) have been restored. Unfortunately, this release is missing some of Papagallo's dialogue from the compound scene (Specifically, when he says he's prepared to stay behind alone and will leave Humungus's gang nothing). This extra footage is present in old VHS versions and television broadcasts of MM2 and I can't understand why Warner Brothers have chosen to omit it on Blu-Ray.

The extras are pretty basic, with little more than a theatrical trailer and feature commentary. It's a real shame, as with a complete print and possibly a few more extras, this would undoubtedly be a five-star disc. If you're lucky enough to possess an original VHS version of Mad Max 2, I wouldn't bin it just yet.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Madder than ever 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just to correct a previous review... 24 May 2005
By Simon McMahon VINE VOICE
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Three 14 Sep 2006
By M. JONES VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Mad Max may have got the ball rolling, but it's sequel is the one that people will remember more.

Subtitled 'The Road Warrior', the film recounts a terrible apocalypse which has turned the world into a land ravaged with marauding gangs, searching and killing for fuel. In the middle of the wasteland, there is a small refinery under constant attack by The Humungus and his army. Meanwhile, loner Max has arrived on the scene and eventually offers to drive their oil tanker to safety. Cue lots of high speed crashes, eccentric villains and violence.

The pace of the film never lets up and there is always something to hold your attention, thanks to the bare-bones plot and lean running time. While there is graphic violence, there is lots of humour and Bruce Spence's Gryo Captain provides the comic relief while Mel Gibson's Max talks with his shotgun. The visuals are impressive and George Miller makes good use of the outback in widescreen.

Action sequences are frantic and entertaining, accompanied by cool stuntwork and pounding music. The whole film is comic book stuff and it's post-acocalptic feel has since been imitated and ripped off - for a prime example, see the manga series 'Fist of the North Star'.

For me, this is the only Mad Max worth watching more than once. The first was cheap and paced badly, with it's famous revenge element coming in too late. On the other hand, 'Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome' was too adventurous and clearly ended up like a family-friendly Indiana Jones film rather than following the hard-as-nails action of Mad Max 2.

Sadly, this dvd is bog standard and has no special features. The picture is pretty good, although I was confused as to why it begins in fullscreen.
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I decided to revisit Mad Max 2 many years after our first acquaintance and I was surprised to see that ,in contrast to other movies I once loved that revisited look dated, this one... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mad Max 2:The Road Warrior A Cult Classic Stunt Filled Masterpiece
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Region 2/B, Running time 95 minutes, Extras include a commentary by director George Miller. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Timelord007
4.0 out of 5 stars Mad Max 2 - Road Warrior 1981
Another great performance from Mel Gibson as Mad Max.
I just love his character and have watched this film a few times now, and don't get bored anywhere in the film. Read more
Published 12 months ago by giandougl
5.0 out of 5 stars The last of the V8 Interceptors and the battle for gasoline!
It's post nuclear war Australia and the precious commodity is gasoline, all the varying degrees of survivors pursue it in anyway they can. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Spike Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars King Of Films as uncut as it gets!
there is supposed to be, at last, a fully uncut, restored blu-ray release of all three Mad Max films in 2013. in the mean time, this is the version of Mad Max 2 to buy. Read more
Published 17 months ago by R. L. Ricketts
5.0 out of 5 stars Obra maestra
Totalmente recomendado.
No te arrepentirás de la compra.
El envío rápido y seguro por, solo tardo 3 días en llegar.
Published 17 months ago by Jolibud
5.0 out of 5 stars WHEN MEN AND MOVIES WERE AWESOME!!!
A fantastic hell chase of a joyride through cinema that only improves with age. I remember first seeing this as a young teenager. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Steven Neville Dilks
5.0 out of 5 stars My pos-apocalypt movie favorite!
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