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DVD review: Mad Max trilogy now out on Blu-ray
may 16, 2013
"Mad Max" (1979) with Mel Gibson and its action-packed sequels, "The Road Warrior" (1981) and "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" (1985) have been released as a 3-disc Blu-ray set. The new home video release, available in limited premium tin packaging, also marks the debut of "Thunderdome" on Blu-ray.
The role of Max Rockatansky, an Australian police officer in a bleak, not-too-distant future when oil supplies are depleted and society is breaking down, made Gibson an international superstar. He followed "The Road Warrior" with a fine dramatic turn in "The Year of Living Dangerously" and later starred in the successful "Lethal Weapon" franchise.
A few years back, Entertainment Weekly ranked Gibson's Mad Max 11th on its list of the Top 20 "All-Time Coolest Heroes in Pop Culture."Following the brutal murder of his wife and child at the hands of sadistic bikers, Mad Max wanders into the wasteland. In the sequels. Max regains his humanity by protecting the weak from bullies.
The three George Miller-directed films shine on Blu-ray, though none of the discs contain extras not already found on previous DVD releases.
Of the three films, "The Road Warrior" remains the strongest entry in the series.
Though set in a post-apocalyptic Australia, "The Road Warrior" embodies all the elements of a classic Western: Townsfolk terrorized by outlaws rely on a mysterious drifter to protect them. You half-expect the feral child to grunt "Come back Shane" at the film's conclusion.
Tom Hardy has been cast in the role of Max in "Fury Road," which is currently in production. Gibson is set to have a cameo in the film as a drifter.