Director: George Miller
Cast: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne
Release Date: Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray Now Available
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 9/10
Disc Rating: 9.5/10
In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.
The film that launched the career of superstar Actor Mel Gibson; ‘Mad Max’ takes place in the not too distant future, at the beginning of the end of the world and already much that once was has been eradicated. Max Rockatansky (Gibson) is a normal man who risks his life daily as he works for what constitutes a police force and then goes home to his loving wife and child. When a brutal street gang tests the limits of the police force and brutally attacks everything he holds dear, this normal man snaps and goes out on a rampage to try and eradicate some of the garbage. Directed by George Miller and starring Mel Gibson in a fantastic early performance, this low budget Aussie cult classic still looks amazing in nearly every way, surprisingly still holding up after all of this time.
Fans of the ‘Mad Max’ films will without question want to make certain to pick up a copy of Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray release of the original classic to add to their collections. The release includes phenomenal high definition video and audio presentations in addition to a number of great bonus goodies including new interviews with Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Director of Photography David Eggby and a whole lot more (more detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below) making this an absolute must own for fans, and even quite possibly a warranted double dip purchase for those who may already own the film on Blu-Ray.
The Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray release of ‘Mad Max’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.35:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks phenomenal, delivering a rich, clean, sharp and impressively detailed presentation that looks so clean and smooth that it’s comparable to many recent films with far more substantial budgets. Everything looks amazing throughout and no notable faults of any kind could be found within on my end. Overall, this is a truly remarkable high definition video presentation (especially when considering the aged source) and fans should be thoroughly pleased.
The Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack with the original Australian English soundtrack (the goofy US dubbed soundtrack is included as well) which sounds superb, especially for an older and more low budget film such as this. The lossless soundtrack utilizes all five available channels to immerse the viewer with the score and some louder background elements during the more action-oriented sequences, while never causing any of the dialogue that may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or inaudible in any way. Overall, just as with the video presentation, this 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack delivers in every way required of it and should not disappoint in the slightest.
The Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray release of ‘Mad Max’ includes a solid collection of extras. Included on the Blu-Ray release is an Audio Commentary with Art Director Jon Dowding, Director of Photography David Eggby, Special Effects Artist Chris Murray and Tim Ridge. Also included are New Interviews (running approximately 26 minutes altogether) with Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel and Director of Photography David Eggby. A couple of nice Featurette’s are additionally included: ‘Mel Gibson: The High Octane Birth of a Superstar (approximately 17 minutes) and ‘Mad Max: Film Phenomenon’ (26 minutes). Lastly, we are treated to Theatrical Trailers, TV Spots and a Photo Gallery.