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Mad Max Trilogy

From the days when one could root for Mel Gibson.

Rod Lott June 8th, 2013

Prior to Lethal Weapon, Mel Gibson was best-known as the hero of a postapocalyptic Down Under in 1979’s Mad Max, 1981’s The Road Warrior and 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Blu-rays of each come housed in one of those unnecessary tins via Warner Home Video's new Trilogy set.


The first film introduces future cop Mad Max Rockatansky and director George Miller’s violent, pedal-to-the-metal world of carmageddon. Its chase sequences are as exciting as anything the action genre had seen, and they still hold up because their influence is ever-present. While Max’s family life slows the middle, it fuels a bang-up final act of revenge.

Despite being more grim, The Road Warrior is slightly better by bringing humor into the desolation. Beyond Thunderdome, in contrast, overdoes it by throwing in a little person, a hunchback, a monkey, a View-Master and Tina Turner, thereby becoming a live-action issue of Heavy Metal magazine. Bonus points are awarded for its gladiatorial games, then rescinded for an extended riff on Peter Pan.

For a high-def set, extras are slim and from pre-existing DVDs, but if you never bought those, this is the edition to get. Or await the inevitable one that will follow next year’s long-awaited, Gibson-less Mad Max: Fury Road. —Rod Lott

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