Mad Max [DVD] [1979]

  • SKU: 32352906
  • Release Date: 11/08/2016
  • Rating: R
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96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (514 out of 541)

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Mad Max
This stunning, post-apocalyptic action thriller from director George Miller stars Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky, a policeman in the near future who is tired of his job. Since the apocalypse, the lengthy, desolate stretches of highway in the Australian outback have become bloodstained battlegrounds. Max has seen too many innocents and fellow officers murdered by the bomb's savage offspring, bestial marauding bikers for whom killing, rape, and looting is a way of life. He just wants to retire and spend time with his wife and son but lets his boss talk him into taking a peaceful vacation and he starts to reconsider. Then his world is shattered as a gang led by the evil Toecutter (Hugh Keays-Byrne) murders his family in retaliation for the death of one of its members. Dead inside, Max straps on his helmet and climbs into a souped-up V8 racing machine to seek his bloody revenge. Despite an obviously low budget and a plot reminiscent of many spaghetti Westerns, Mad Max is tremendously exciting, thanks to some of the most spectacular road stunts ever put on film. Cinematographer David Eggby and stunt coordinator Grant Page did some of their best work under Miller's direction and crafted a gritty, gripping thrill ride which spawned two sequels, numerous imitations, and made Mel Gibson an international star. One sequence, in which a man is chained to a car and must cut off a limb before the machine explodes is one of the most tense scenes of the decade. The American version dubbed all the voices -- including Gibson's -- in a particularly cartoonish manner. Trivia buffs should note that Max's car is a 1973 Ford Falcon GT Coupe with a 300 bhp 351C V8 engine, customized with the front end of a Ford Fairmont and other modifications. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Mel Gibson
    Mel Gibson - Max Rockatansky
  • Joanne Samuel
    Joanne Samuel - Jessie
  • Hugh Keays-Byrne
    Hugh Keays-Byrne - Toecutter
  • Steve Bisley
    Steve Bisley - Jim Goose
  • Roger Ward
    Roger Ward - Fifi Macaffee



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Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars with 541 reviews

96%of customers would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mad Max With Original Soundtrack in DTS HD!

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    reconredneck
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    Ok, Ok... I know calm down about the original soundtrack.. right? I was very excited to hear it for the first time, actually hearing Mel Gibson & Crew speak in their native language and I must admit you might wish to turn subtitles on since I still don't understand some of the things said, but was elated never the less! Video Quality A solid 4 stars here with the MPEG-4 AVC encoding of "Mad Max" that varies due to weather conditions..Let me explain! When the sun is bright the image is startling real with colors that burst & pop! The Interceptor's Yellows really stand out & the Australian Blue Sky is deep. Skin tones on the other hand appear a bit baked but not overly so. Filming on cloudy days really bring out the grain & you will notice the drop in color brightness from scene to scene. Clarity is fine & I could not find any enhancing of this video with film grain intact. Audio Quality As stated the original Australian soundtrack 5.1 DTS-HD sounds fantastic even tho the musical track is a bit louder than the rest of the audio. The Dubbed American version is in DD mono. I was very pleased with the audio offerings on this Blu-ray! Extra's How about a DVD copy? We are seeing less & less of this with releases of Digital copies becoming the norm, me personally, I would like the DVD and manipulate it into my own video format. I find the time limits placed on digital copies to be a nuisance. Commentary Track – Art director Jon Dowding, cinematographer David Eggby, special effects supervisor Chris Murray, and superfan Tim Ridge gather to talk about the film and its creation. While it obviously would have been great to have Gibson and Miller take part, fans of the film will be happy with this foursome. Mad Max: Film Phenomenon (SD, 26 min) – The foursome from the commentary track, as well as a few critics, talk about the making of the film. There is some overlap and the narration is slightly over the top with its praise. Mel Gibson: The High Octane Birth of a Superstar (SD, 17 min) – On the DVD, actress Piper Laurie is the most well-known participant of the people interviewed who speak about knowing Gibson around the time 'Mad Max' was created. Mad Facts Trivia Track – On the DVD, trivia pops up on the bottom of the screen International Poster Gallery (SD) – Exactly as the title describes. Trailers (SD) – On the Blu-ray, there are two for for 'Mad Max' as well as trailers for 'The Terminator', 'Species', 'Windtalkers', and 'Rollerball' (2002). On the DVD, there is the original Australian theatrical trailer, TV spots, and 'The Terminator: Special Edition' DVD Trailer In closing it's time to ditch the DVD & step up to this fine rendering of a great Australian classic.. I highly recommend this 2 Disc Set!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    a surprise bonus !!!

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    ihavkildb4
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    I purchased this Blu-ray Collectors Edition to replace my long missing MGM dvd. Along with top notch video and audio (for a movie made in 1979) there are many new extras here including an interview with Mel Gibson. In fact, all the interviews are informative and never boring if you are a fan of this movie. The best part tho is the "surprise bonus" which is why I gave this product the 5th star. When you remove the shrink wrap you can take the label cover art out of the see-thru sleeve, reverse it, re-insert it into the sleeve and...Bingo !!! You now have the original fantastic poster art from 1979 on the front of your blu-ray.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    good movie

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    Wolf4444
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    I always liked the mad max movies, this one was the best ,it is a classic!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A classic all cleaned up

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    AZdadoo
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    This Bluray is a remastered version of the film, the colors look great and the contrast is spot on. It has the original Aussi soundtrack as well as the horrible American English dubbing that was ludicrously put on it during its theatrical release. The soundtrack had wonderful depth, the car chases sound fantastic. Watching this again for the first time in well over 20 years I was struck by what a scrappy young director George Miller was. It is pretty amazing what he accomplished with a small budget. Not much in the way of extras but a classic film presented the way it deserves.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mel Gibson is cast upon the cinematic world....

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    CryRide
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    George Miller's masterpiece starring a then, almost unknown Australian, Mel Gibson, unleashes 90 minutes of unbridled, inexplicable, premeditated, orchestral moving, cinematic violence. Written & directed in the 70's during the world's "oil crisis" as countries around the globe were held under duress & tyranny by OPEC & the Arab nation(s). Miller's "Mad Max" is reflective and hauntingly parallel to what plays out in the script & on the screen. "Good guy" Max hunts down "bad guy(s)", gangs, that murdered his family while on raiding and looting pilgrimages across an arid wasteland wrought with the fallout of humanity and economic turmoil. Later sequels would continue to involve the same search for valuable "fuel", figuratively and literally, to continue survival and or torture of the fittest. Do yourself a favor. Rent, buy, borrow, or stream this classic film and see why Gibson became the Hollywood icon he became and why Miller is still the master of action packed filmmaking.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie to add to the collection

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    Ivb1289
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    Great movie and it comes with the digital download

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Beginning |

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    sweeTTerr
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    What A Movie ! The Picture Has Been Brought Into The 21st Century | The Quality Is Superb |

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    awesome

    Posted
    convert
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    the blu-ray presentation is awesome, the case is cool and the movie is a classic

    I would recommend this to a friend



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