Mad MaxDirector: George Miller, Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne
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.
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Cast & Crew
|Mel Gibson||Max Rockatansky|
|Steve Bisley||Jim Goose|
|Roger Ward||Fifi Macaffee|
|Tim Burns||Johnny the Boy|
|Lulu Pinkus||Nightrider's Girl|
|Nick Lathouris||Grease Rat|
|Sheila Florance||May Swaisey|
|David Cameron||Underground Mechanic|
|Reg Evans||Station Master|
|Phil Motherwell||Junior Doctor|
|Geoff Parry||Bubba Zanetti|
|Neil Thompson||TV Newsreader|
|Jon Dowding||Art Director|
|Clare Griffin||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Brian May||Score Composer|
|Bill Miller||Associate Producer|
|Chris Murray||Special Effects|
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I thought I was the only one searching for the original Australian version of this. What a difference!The Goose doesn't sound like a radio ad man!
I won't rehash the story of Max Rockatansky. We all know it by heart. However, if you're like me and was one of the many unlucky people unable to see this film with it's original Aussie dialogue, this DVD will bring you to salvation (or salavation, which ever makes more sense for you. For me, it was both!) It is amazing what dubbing can do to ruin a movie such as Mad Max. Dubbing does many bad things: it removes the actual feelings of the original acting; it makes the characters artificial and not true-to-life; the voice never seems to be synchronized correctly with the lips of the original voices. With this version, the TRUE feelings of the characters come out and make this more than a campy-action movie. In fact, the campiness is removed and it becomes more of an action/drama. One particular scene that really makes all the difference is when Max is talking to Jessie right after Goose buys the farm. Max is on the beach, attempting to eat his peanut butter and honey sandwich. Hearing how Mel Gibson originally acted and spoke this in scene, you can hear the sadness in Max's voice, close to tears as he attempts to accept losing his best friend on the force. The scene itself is dramatic and sad at the same time. With the Aussie voices back in, I felt like I could connect with the characters, feel for them, despise the bad guys (who seemed even MORE evil now), and truly cheer for Max as he exacts his revenge on the very creeps who took away his family in a matter of seconds. The video to DVD transfer is excellent, both in widescreen and fullscreen. The colors, though not vibrant, look much lusher than in previous releases on video tape. The 5.1 Surround sound in the Aussie audio track is awesome. The terrible American dubbed track is there as well in mono format, but then, why would you want to go back to that? Two documentaries are present. One goes over Mel's rise to fame, while the other documents the making of Mad Max. Theatrical trailers are also available, as well as access to various promotion posters for the movie, audio commentary by the production staff of Mad Max, TV spots as well as a photo gallery. There is a supposed ''Road Rants'' Trivia & Fun Fact Track, but I have yet to find this one. The movies (both the full screen and wide screen) are on one side of the DVD. The other side holds the documentaries and trailers. All in all, an EXCELLENT DVD to have for your Mad Max collection. If you already own the previous versions of Mad Max 1, dump them and get this DVD. This should be the ONLY version you own of the original Mad Max. In fact, to even show the American dubbed version on TV anymoe should be cause for the MFP to come out full force and arrest the perps now that the Aussie version is readily available to the public. Get it, own it, relive it in all it's glory as it was meant to be seen and heard! And, at this price, who can argue it's value? I'd have even paid for it at $20!
I don't know maybe it was just weird and downright cruel with what happened to the wife and kid. I prefer the sequel which is much much better. No offense to anyone who actually likes this. This is the story of Max as he gets revenge against one weird biker. The ending was just creepy.