Mad Max [UMD Mini for PSP]  [US Import]
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Distributors: MGM Video (US) / Warner Home Video (US)
Originally set to be two individual reviews, it seemed an interesting notion to link the two together as presumably most buyers interested in one of these movies, may well be interested in the other.
Mad Max is released on Blu-ray in a US region A locked disc courtesy of MGM Video.
Rather annoyingly it has been released in one of those Blu-ray/DVD sets which has most of the extras on the DVD, however as far as the overall quality of the release goes, Mad Max on Blu-ray is impressive.
The 1080p 2.35:1 wide-screen transfer is reasonably strong, although due to original filming elements, it will not compete against modern day movie transfers. An amount of film grain is clearly evident in certain outdoor scenes and it was nice to see that this release has not suffered with issues of DNR. Colours and black levels are particularly impressive throughout, with much improved detail over the DVD releases.
Audio tracks for this release were always going to be of great concern. Thankfully MGM have made the right decision in releasing this Blu-ray with the original Australian soundtrack intact, which is presented in both 5.1 DTS or the the added option of the original Australian mono. In addition, there are also other audio options available, including Spanish and French stereo tracks and the cringe worthy original American dubbed mono for completists. Ultimately it is the original Australian audio track which is the ultimate find here, presented clearly in DTS-HD which is clean and free from distortion.Read more ›
I've just recieved this recently released UK version and I'm very happy. You can select the original Australian sound track and the Picture and sound quality is very good ( I zoomed the picture 2x with my Toshiba DVD Player and the Picture Quality still stayed very good ). The Picture format on this DVD is Widescreen 2.35:1.
This UK release of Mad Max on DVD is worth buying...
This should have been as exciting a cinematic decut for the watching film world as Spielberg's or Tarantino's - whether they actually did herald Miller's arrival in the way he deserved I am too young to tell.
But what a great movie. A Fantastic marriage of cop flick and low-budget exploitationer, Miller's movie is to this genre (whatever the hell that is) what The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is to American horror.
Taking Einstein's assertion that World War IV would be fought with bows and arrows as his cue, Miller sets his movie in (we assume) a future Australia inhabited by gangs
of barbaric bikers who wage high-speed war on the country roads.
When one of their clan, the Knightrider, is killed in a high-speed prison break, his peers, led by the psychotic Toecutter, vow revenge on Max Kotanski, the one they hold responsible.
What sets Mad Max Apart from similar films is its many pleasing quirks: the bikers - like the even more primitive barbarians in part 2 - are a shrewd mix of pre-civilisation warrior and punkish, androgynous psycho.
Max himself - skilfully underplayed by Mel Gibson - is at the heart of all the main narrative turns. It's he who kills the Nightrider; his best friend who's murdered by the gang that wants to get to him; his family who are targeted for the final showdown. And yet Max is on screen quite rarely. Not that he needs to be seen: he is an archetype of sorts; the last spring of morality in an apocalyptic desert.
Thanks to a tight and sympathetic script, Max and Jessie's relationship is entirely convincing. The music, by Brian May (no, not that one), is superbly melodramatic; always complementary, never intrusive.
It's not complex. At one point Max tells his boss that if he spends any more time on the road he'll "be one of them" - we know what territory we're in, and it's not about blurring moral boundaries; it's about raw, red-blooded revenge.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Like many I first saw Mad Max after its sequels, as such I went in expecting an epic chase sequence that never happened. Read morePublished 19 days ago by KingKLR
I have bought two copies of this film and both had no audio. Excellent film though.Published 4 months ago by mr mark
jyst think it's had its day and is very outdated now. Doesn't compare to the new versionPublished 4 months ago by Charley loves to read
It does look a bit dated now, but this first in the Mad Max franchise has an earthy independent film feel to it, which adds to the atmosphere. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mr. T. J. Taylor