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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.

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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 Bonus points are awarded for its gladiatorial games, then rescinded for an extended riff on Peter Pan.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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