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4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Three, 14 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Mad Max 2 - Road Warrior [1981] [DVD] [1999] (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. Luckily it's only for the prologue and makes it more exciting when it switches to anamorphic for the opening action sequence (it's even mentioned in the script).

Sadly, my major gripe with this (as another reviewer mentioned) is that it's the US cut. Fine, as it's not edited down, but it does have the 'The Road Warrior' title instead of 'Mad Max 2' which is an annoying giveaway. Overall though, the entire film seems intact and with a good picture so what more do you need?
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Initial post: 10 Mar 2011 23:19:05 GMT
Sorry my friend but there are quite a few cuts made mostly for reasons of so-called excess gore.

Posted on 2 May 2015 08:29:25 BDT
Curtis G says:
"The picture is pretty good, although I was confused as to why it begins in fullscreen. Luckily it's only for the prologue and makes it more exciting when it switches to anamorphic for the opening action sequence (it's even mentioned in the script)."

Yeah, that was sort of the point.
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