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4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, good-ish blu-ray transfer., 6 May 2012
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This review is from: Mad Max 1 [Blu-Ray] Region B - Mel Gibson (Blu-ray)
Mad Max is a great film. Camp, violent, exciting and groundbreaking. There's little more I can say about the movie itself. As for the disc it's a mixed bunch. The master it was taken from hasn't been given the restorative treatment many old catalogue titles receive and there is a fair amount of natural damage visible in the form of occasional scratches and discolouration. That said Mad Max has never, ever looked this good, warts and all. It never ceases to amaze me how much more there is to see in terms of fine detail when an old favourite gets the blu-ray upgrade and even without enhancement the anamorphic widescreen image looks fanatastic. There is currently no UK version of this available so the Australian version is the only easy option. It's a shame that the George Miller commentary from the US DVD is not present and be warned if you're a fan of cheese as the terrible US dub soundtrack from its first american cinematic release, though listed on the setup menu, is NOT present.
Nevertheless this is a highly recommended purchase.
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This review is from: Mad Max 1 [Blu-Ray] Region B - Mel Gibson (Blu-ray)

Australia in the future: The Outback consists of low-populated communities and while on the surface everything seems peaceful, reality is quite different. Marauding motorcycle gangs terrorize the people. Force meets force when the gangs clash with the Main Force Patrol, which has been created to patrol the Outback and enforce law and order. Unfortunately they are outnumbered and easily outrun.
Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) is part of the MFP, and is pitted against a gang member, The "Nightrider", who has just escaped from jail, and when all other police vehicles are rendered useless, it's Max's turn. The high-speed chase ends deadly for the Nightrider as he is burned to a crisp in his casket on wheels.
Just when you think nobody's gonna miss him, The "Toecutter" and Bubba Zanetti show up, not very happy about their idol's demise. After they go vandalizing through town and attack a couple fleeing, leaving the man dead and the woman traumatized, Max and Jim "Goose" arrest one of the gang members who is left behind stoned. The case is thrown out by the court however, because the intimidated rape victim and the townsfolk did not show up to testify.
The suspect is released and Toecutter and his gang start to take the fight to Goose, Max and his family. Driven by vengeance, Max quits his job and goes on a personal vendetta against Toecutter's gang.

The first two MAD MAX movies are definitely on my all-time favorites list. Shot on a A$350,000 budget, MAD MAX looks fantastic with amazing car chases and crashes.
Great actors include Mel Gibson as Max, Steve Bisley (RED HILL) as "Goose", Hugh Keays-Byrne as the Toecutter, Roger Ward as Fifi and Joanne Samuel as Max's wife Jessie, all brilliant performances.
MAD MAX was written by James McCausland, Byron Kennedy and director George Miller.
The score was composed by Brian May, who also composed the score to MAD MAX 2 aka THE ROAD WARRIOR.
MAD MAX is a cult classic and rightfully so. I love the setting and the beautiful Outback scenery is captured well but it also gives you a false feeling of safety and being far out of harm's way: one moment you marvel at nature's beauty, the next the approaching sound of motorcycles are followed by death an violence.
The violence caused a bit of an uproar when MAD MAX came out. Although it received the R rating in the States without any cuts, it was banned in New Zealand and Sweden, and the BBFC imposed cuts. In Germany MAD MAX is BPjM Restricted until this day.
Not offering much in the gore section, the violence is raw and honest: Director George Miller was an ER doctor before he made MAD MAX and made the injuries as realistic as possible.

RATING: 10 / 10


Reviewed version: 2011 Roadshow Entertainment Australian Blu-Ray
Feature running time: 93 mins. (uncut)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 / 16x9
Audio: Australian English 5.1, Australian English 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English
Extras: Behind the scenes, Photo and poster gallery, US Theatrical trailer
Region: B (locked)

Picture: C+
Audio: C+
Extras: D-

The menu says the 2.0 Audio track is the dubbed US audio track which proves to be incorrect: It is the Australian track in 2.0 mono.
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