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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 ...
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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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Special Features

Mel Gibson: The Birth of a Superstar Commentary; Mad Max: The Film Phenomenon Featurette; Original Theatrical Trailers; Commentary with Jon Dowding, David Eggby, Chris Murray & Tim Ridge; Road Rants Trivia & Fun Fact Track; Photo Gallery; TV Spots; ; Disc 2 - Blu-ray; Commentary by Jon Dowding, David Eggby, Chris Murray & Tim Ridge; Mad Max: The Film Phenomenon Featurette; ; Closed Caption
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Editorial Reviews

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Though not as polished and fascinating as its sequel, Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior), Mad Max features some of the most impressive and intense action sequences ever filmed. The first effort from writer/director George Miller, the film is reminiscent of a low-budget road movie in the style of Roger Corman. It was Mel Gibson's second film, and his Max is a vengeful loner anti-hero out of a Western. Instead of the yet-to-be-tamed Old West, however, the setting is an eerily barren world vaguely of our own time. And the horses have been replaced by roaring, menacing cars and motorcycles. The movie's weird characters and tawdry atmosphere, though, suggest something more culty, perhaps a post-apocalyptic Japanese anime film. Unlike such mainstream sci-fi films of its day as Star Wars or Alien, Mad Max has a homespun quality. At the time of its release in the United States, Mad Max hardly made a splash, and it wasn't until Mad Max 2's release that the film was recognized in America. However, it was very popular in its native Australia and elsewhere around the world.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2010
  • UPC: 883904226123
  • Original Release: 1979
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: DTS
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 3:07:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Gibson Mad Max, Max Rockatansky
Joanne Samuel Jessie
Hugh Keays-Byrne Toecutter
Steve Bisley Jim Goose
Roger Ward Fifi Macaffee
Tim Burns Johnny the Boy
Vince Gil Nightrider
Lulu Pinkus Nightrider's Girl
Nick Lathouris Grease Rat
John Ley Charlie
Sheila Florance May Swaisey
Max Fairchild Benno
George Novak Scuttle
David Bracks Mudguts
Tom Broadbridge
David Cameron Underground Mechanic
Reg Evans Station Master
Peter Ford
Jonathan Hardy Labatoche
Clive Hearne
Phil Motherwell Junior Doctor
Geoff Parry Bubba Zanetti
Neil Thompson TV Newsreader
Paul Young
Technical Credits
George Miller Director, Screenwriter
Jon Dowding Art Director
David Eggby Cinematographer
Clare Griffin Costumes/Costume Designer
Clifford Hayes Editor
Byron Kennedy Producer
Brian May Score Composer
James McCausland Screenwriter
Bill Miller Associate Producer
Chris Murray Special Effects
Grant Page Stunts
Tony Paterson Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Mad Max
1. Main Title [:54]
2. The Night Rider [:03]
3. Goose [4:34]
4. Max [1:20]
5. Crazy 'Bout You [2:20]
6. Heroes [3:04]
7. New Enemies [:06]
8. Old Friend [3:07]
9. Terrorized [3:43]
10. Link [:05]
11. No Contest [2:21]
12. Big Mouth [2:55]
13. Goose's Gander [1:12]
15. Ambush [3:33]
14. Accident [1:04]
17. No Sense [4:11]
16. Not Goose [1:43]
18. Through [2:24]
19. Holiday [:41]
20. Getting An Ice Cream [:41]
21. Pursuit [2:46]
22. The Beach [3:33]
23. Unquiet Woods [:16]
24. Sprog! [1:32]
25. Severed Family [1:54]
26. Revenge [2:42]
27. One By One [2:35]
28. Man Down [1:54]
29. Head-On [1:55]
30. Go! [2:35]
31. Justice [1:44]
32. End Credits [1:59]
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Menu

Disc #1, Side A -- Mad Max
   Play Movie
      Widescreen
      Standard
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary With Jon Dowding, David Eggby, Chris Murray And Tim Ridge: On/Off
      Mad Facts Trivia Track
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         Original Theatrical Australian English 5.1
         Original Theatrical Australian English Mono
         English Dubbed-Mono
         Audio Commentary
      Subtitles
         English
         Español
         Français
         Subtitles: None
Disc #1, Side B -- Mad Max
   Documentaries
      Mel Gibson: The High Octane Birth Of A Superstar
      Mad Max: Film Phenomenon
   Trailers
      Original Australian Theatrical Trailer
      TV Spots
         The Only Law
         Law & Order
         Hope & Civilization
         Fuel Injected Vengeance
   International Poster Gallery
      View Gallery
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    At last - the way it was meant to be seen and heard

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ausie At Last!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sorry but I did not like this

    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.

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