The Road Warrior/Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome [DVD]

  • SKU: 8332814
  • Release Date: 05/22/2007
  • Rating: R
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
83% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (24 out of 29)

Special Features


  • The Road Warrior
  • Full screen version
  • Production notes
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome

Synopsis


Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
About 15 years after the events of Mad Max 2, nuclear war has finally destroyed what little was left of civilization. Grizzled and older, former cop Max (Mel Gibson) roams the Australian desert in a camel-drawn vehicle -- until father-and-son thieves Jebediah Sr. (Bruce Spence) and Jr. (Adam Cockburn) use their jury-rigged airplane to steal his possessions and means of transportation. Max soon winds up in Bartertown, a cesspool of post-apocalyptic capitalism powered by methane-rich pig manure and overseen by two competing overlords, Aunty Entity (Tina Turner) and Master (Angelo Rossitto), a crafty midget who rides around on the back of his hulking underling, Blaster (Paul Larsson). Seeking to re-equip himself, Max strikes a deal with the haughty Aunty to kill Blaster in ritualized combat inside Thunderdome, a giant jungle gym where Bartertown's conflicts are played out in a postmodern update of blood and circuses. Although Max manages to fell the mighty Blaster, he refuses to kill him after realizing the brute is actually a retarded boy. Aunty's henchmen murder Blaster nonetheless, then punish Max for violating the law that "Two men enter, one man leaves." Lashed to the back of a hapless pack animal and sent out into a sandstorm, a near-death Max is rescued by a band of tribal children and teens. The descendants of the victims of an airplane crash, the kids inhabit a lush valley and wait for the day when Captain Walker, the plane's pilot, will return to lead them back to civilization. Some of the children, refusing to believe that Max isn't Walker and that the glorious cities of their mythology no longer exist, set off in search of civilization on their own. Max and three tribe members must then rescue their friends from Bordertown and the clutches of Aunty Entity -- a quest that ends in a lengthy desert chase sequence that echoes the first two Mad Max films. Spence also appeared in Mad Max 2 in a different role, that of the Gyro Captain. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

The Road Warrior
Director George Miller's follow-up to his own 1979 hit Mad Max is proof that not all sequels are inferior to their originals. If anything, this brutal sci-fi action film is even more intense and exciting than its predecessor, although the state of its post-apocalyptic world has only become worse. Several years after the deaths of his wife and child, Max (Mel Gibson) has become an alienated nomad, wandering an Australian outback that has fallen into tribal warfare conducted from scattered armed camps. After a road battle with psychotic villain Wez (Vernon Wells), Max meets up with the odd Gyro Captain (Bruce Spence), who takes him to the camp of a sympathetic group led by Pappagallo (Mike Preston). As Pappagallo's people are camped at a refinery, Max plans to take their oil -- more precious than gold in this world -- but eventually joins them to fight a band of marauders led by the evil Humungus (Kjell Nilsson). The stunning climax features a heart-pounding chase scene involving an oil tanker-truck and a frenzied rush for the coast, with Humungus and his forces in hot pursuit. Nilsson is a scary villain, with huge muscles and a sinister pre-Jason hockey mask, but the stunt work is the key here, and it is more flamboyantly dynamic than ever, edited at breakneck pace and staged with manic fury by Miller and stunt coordinator Max Aspin. Savage and kinetic, Mad Max 2 is a must-see for action buffs. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Mel Gibson
    Mel Gibson - Mad Max
  • Tina Turner
    Tina Turner - Aunty Entity
  • Angelo Rossitto
    Angelo Rossitto - The Master
  • Helen Buday
    Helen Buday - Savannah Nix
  • Bruce Spence
    Bruce Spence - Jedediah



Overall customer rating

4.1
83%
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just excellent movies for the time filmed

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    ECMO
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    These movies are just excellent for the time they were filmed. Just think about that time back in the '70 - '80, when they didn't have access to all the computer effects of these days, the imagination of the writer and producers to make these movies possible, as well as the people doing the stunts which were real people crashing car, not cars controlled by RC. The location selected to produce this film, one of the most dangerous countries in the world. The new Mad Max could be super cool, but nothing compared with the original ones, made with more sacrifice on them, with a master mind behind them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome action movies!

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    IDrinkALotOfBeer
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    I love both of these movies, I just wish that they would have included the first movie (Mad Max) in the set. The Road Warrior is actually the second movie and is sometimes referred to as Mad Max 2. The Road Warrior begins with a little flashback to Mad Max, so it would have been nice to watch that movie first. Otherwise though these are really good movies to watch, nothing made today can even come close.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Picture Formats Not Theatrically Accurate

    Posted
    kevman79

    These are classic films. Unfortunately, the full-screen dvd versions alter the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.40:1 to 1.33:1, giving a different picture than what was originally seen in the theater (you lose almost 50% of the picture in every scene!). Buy the widescreen versions individually instead!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Two classics on one disc!

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    suddo45
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    I have always enjoyed the DVDs that combine multiple films on one disc. The only disappointing aspect is that those discs rarely have any room for extra materials. Regardless, I still am happy to own both of these great films!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Never buy full screen!

    Posted
    redandblack6s

    These movies paved the way for current sci-fi/action films today. But, as a hard core movie buff, I never waste my money on full frame movies. These classic movies should be enjoyed in their theatrical widescreen presentation, as they were intended.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    View in Series Order

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    myblueheather
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    This necessary double-pack DVD set catches you up on knowing the Road Warrior/Mad Max saga prior to viewing the latest in the saga, which is "Mad Max: Fury Road" Watch today!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Half of a good deal.

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    elfuego
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    Road Warrior is a classic for a multitude of great reasons. Now, take what made it so great, the dark and desolate apocalyptic tone… And add kids and Tina Turner. In short, Thunderdome sucks, but Road Warrior is amazing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Prepare to see Mad Max Fury Road

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    MovieGuy
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    I had never seen these movies before and wanted to watch them in preparation of seeing the new mad max film. It turned out to be a great idea! Both of these movies were very good and also the new one was phenomenal.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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