Mad Max 2 Road Warrior

Mad Max 2 Road Warrior

4.5 11
Director: George Miller

Cast: George Miller, Mel Gibson, Virginia Hey, Syd Heylen

     
 

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Warner Home Video's version of Road Warrior isn't as barren as the Australian outback, but it's not as feature-packed as this influential action flick deserves. Menus that prominently sport the WB logo add to the disc's low-budget feel. But Warner put the movie into DVD format early, in 1997, so this is the price they (and viewers) pay for being early adopters.See more details below

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Warner Home Video's version of Road Warrior isn't as barren as the Australian outback, but it's not as feature-packed as this influential action flick deserves. Menus that prominently sport the WB logo add to the disc's low-budget feel. But Warner put the movie into DVD format early, in 1997, so this is the price they (and viewers) pay for being early adopters. This version does include text-heavy but interesting production notes, a trailer that calls the movie Mad Max 2 (the Australian title), and a remastered 5.1 soundtrack that makes those car crashes sound pretty darn good. Both the sound and picture quality, however, don't hold up consistently throughout the film (it was made in the early '80s, after all). The widescreen anamorphic aspect ratio is 2.35:1, but movie buffs nostalgic for cable TV can also switch to the full-screen version. There's also a French audio track (Dolby 2.0), Spanish subtitles, and English subtitles -- perhaps useful for Americans who'd rather read along than try to decipher the Aussie accents.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Regina Raiford
Picture life after the apocalypse, and most likely, the vision will be the one found in director George Miller's high-octane sequel to 1979's Mad Max: the image of the Australian outback as a ravaged wasteland populated by packs of car-crazed nomads has imprinted itself indelibly on moviegoers' imaginations. In Road Warrior, the western goes punk, and the lone horseman becomes a leather-clad Mel Gibson tooling across a barren frontier in his car, defending a ragtag band of survivors from the tribe of ruthless scavengers who want their oil. Led by a faceless, magnum-armed giant known as Humungus, these savages battle settlers, not for land or livestock, but for fuel -- it is car culture taken to its most violent extreme, and director George Miller's riveting, breakneck-speed car chases are legendary. Mel Gibson, in the role that catapulted him to international stardom, is perfect as the stoic drifter; with Road Warrior, his Max entered the pantheon of mythic movie heroes.
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Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior) is a pure expression of cinematic existentialism. The characters spend their time driving through a barren, post-apocalyptic world looking for gasoline so that they can continue to drive around the desert and find more gasoline. Of course, there's an exciting action movie thrown in as well. The loner protagonist at the center of our attention is again Max (Mel Gibson), who in the first Mad Max lost his wife and child to a murderous bunch of thugs. Max retreats from society, living the life of a scavenger in the "wasteland." It might be a sci-fi setting, but Max is a direct descendant of classic Western and film noir antiheroes. He looks out for himself and only himself, and there's only a very fine line between him and the bad guys. The setup of the "reluctant savior" rescuing the stranded "villagers" is about as traditional a storyline as you can get, and the movie precedents are no less obvious: it's Seven Samurai and The Magnificent Seven (minus the six other guys). Following the success of this movie, Gibson became an international star. Talented writer/director George Miller has gone on to mixed financial success as a producer and director, but has consistently produced interesting and original material. The infamous Kevin Costner vehicle Waterworld is basically a remake of Mad Max II in an aquatic setting.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/1997
UPC:
0085391118121
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:35:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Interactive menus; Production notes; Scene access; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English and Français; Subtitles: English and Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Gibson Mad Max
Virginia Hey Warrior Woman
Syd Heylen Curmudgeon
Emil Minty Feral Kid
Kjell Nilsson Humungus
Max Phipps Toadie
Vernon Wells Wez
David Slingsby Quiet Man
Steve J. Spears Mechanic
Bruce Spence Gyro Captain
Tyler Coppin Defiant Victim
Annie Jones Actor
Arkie Whiteley Lusty Girl
William Zappa Zetta
David Downer Nathan
Max Fairchild Broken Victim
Guy Norris Mohawk Biker with Bearclaw
Harold Baigent Narrator
Michael Preston Pappagallo
Jimmy Brown Golden Youth

Technical Credits
George Miller Director,Screenwriter
Max Aspin Stunts
Michael Balson Editor
Michael Chrigwin Editor
Patrick Clayton Asst. Director,Production Manager
Jeffrey Clifford Special Effects
Brian Hannant Asst. Director,Screenwriter
Terry Hayes Screenwriter
Byron Kennedy Producer
Brian May Score Composer
Bob McCarron Makeup
Norma Moriceau Costumes/Costume Designer
Kim Priest Special Effects
Dean Semler Cinematographer
David Stiven Editor
Graham "Grace" Walker Production Designer
Tim Wellburn Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Standard Version
0. Jump to a Scene
1. Credits [1:19]
2. A Time of Chaos [2:49]
3. Double Trouble [1:35]
4. Loud Scream, Soft Music [3:12]
5. The Gyro Captain [4:20]
6. The Refinery From Above [2:39]
7. Dinner for Two [2:57]
8. Wez's Arrows of Death [4:30]
9. A Rescue - in Vain [4:46]
10. Greetings From The Humungus [7:12]
11. Weighing Options; Happy Camper [2:07]
12. Max Makes a Deal [1:53]
13. Under Cover of Darkness [3:17]
14. Recovering the Big Rig [4:46]
15. Hot Pursuit [3:17]
16. Defending the Compound [2:31]
17. Planning Departures [2:44]
18. "Nobody gets out of here alive." [3:21]
19. "You're a scavenger, Max." [3:35]
20. Max Makes His Run [3:02]
21. The Booby Trap [1:48]
22. Retrieved [3:30]
23. "I'm the best chance you've got." [1:51]
24. The Exodus Begins [2:44]
25. Boom! [1:05]
26. Attacked All Around [3:01]
27. Casualties of Battle [2:52]
28. Chaos Around the Driver's Seat [4:09]
29. Unloading an Unwanted Passenger [2:27]
30. The Cargo Revealed [1:35]
31. The Last of the Road Warrior [1:01]
32. End Credits [2:57]
Side #2 -- Widescreen Version
0. Jump to a Scene
1. Credits [1:19]
2. A Time of Chaos [2:49]
3. Double Trouble [1:35]
4. Loud Scream, Soft Music [3:12]
5. The Gyro Captain [4:20]
6. The Refinery From Above [2:39]
7. Dinner for Two [2:57]
8. Wez's Arrows of Death [4:30]
9. A Rescue - in Vain [4:46]
10. Greetings From The Humungus [7:12]
11. Weighing Options; Happy Camper [2:07]
12. Max Makes a Deal [1:53]
13. Under Cover of Darkness [3:17]
14. Recovering the Big Rig [4:46]
15. Hot Pursuit [3:17]
16. Defending the Compound [2:31]
17. Planning Departures [2:44]
18. "Nobody gets out of here alive." [3:21]
19. "You're a scavenger, Max." [3:35]
20. Max Makes His Run [3:02]
21. The Booby Trap [1:48]
22. Retrieved [3:30]
23. "I'm the best chance you've got." [1:51]
24. The Exodus Begins [2:44]
25. Boom! [1:05]
26. Attacked All Around [3:01]
27. Casualties of Battle [2:52]
28. Chaos Around the Driver's Seat [4:09]
29. Unloading an Unwanted Passenger [2:27]
30. The Cargo Revealed [1:35]
31. The Last of the Road Warrior [1:01]
32. End Credits [2:57]

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