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Mad Max (1979) (Blu-ray)
There’s no doubt about it when most people hear the name of the this movie, they know what you are talking about. By now this movie is ingrained in pop culture as it’s reached iconic status over the years as one of the coolest and most original action films ever. It also helped that it was actually an Aussie production that really amped up the stunt work to the point of no return really. While watching before writing this review I was really amazed at how well this movie holds up considering it’s over 30 years old. Sure the cars and technology is outdated, but there’s no doubt that the stuntwork here is unparalleled.
“Mad Max” is about a motorcycle gang that’s hit the road terrorizing anything in it’s path, including the police that are hunting for them That is until their path of destruction leads them in the path of police officer Max Rockatansky. After the gang take away his friend, wife, and baby he has nothing left but to get revenge on the bikers that did it. We see Max slip into madness as everything he has to live for is viciously ripped out of his life and in turn intends to make them all pay for what they’ve done to him.
As a classic action/revenge tale “Mad Max” works brilliantly to this day because it hits the right nerve with everything. Max actually feels like a normal man pushed to his limits by those around him. Which is understandable to most of us because that’s how we feel when out lives, family, or just about anything that is important to us is threatened. This is the reason why so many of us identify with films like this and “Mad Max” might be the best example of that to this date.
Obviously now most people recognize this movie because of it’s star Mel Gibson and although this wasn’t his first film it’s easily the first that made him recognizable to the mainstream. Hard to believe at the time that he was a generally unknown actor in a picture that Samuel Arkoff had picked up for American International Pictures. Now it’s become rather iconic over the years with two sequels that followed it (The Road Warrior and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome).
Personally I thought the Blu-ray of “Mad Max” looked and sounded fantastic. It was crazy watching it in HD after sitting for years and watching it over and over on TBS when I was a kid. Also the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack comes complete with a commentary track (on the BD) with Jon Dawding, David Eggby, Chris Murray, and Tim Ridge. It also has a featurette called “Mad Max: The Film Phenomenon” that is worth a look also. It’s also comes with a DVD that contains some features as well. There’s a documentary on the DVD called “Mel Gibson: The Birth of a Superstar” as well as, the same commentary track on the BD, original trailers, TV spots, a photo gallery, and more.
Overall I find “Mad Max” to be an absolutely wonderful revenge flick that’s a must see if you’ve never before. There really is nothing quite like it and the film itself is even much different from the sequels it spawned over the years too. It’s a fantastic film that you owe it to yourself to see at least once if you never have before. It still holds up all these years later and I think people are going to wanna see this one in HD for sure. RECOMMENDED.
Rating - ***
Blu-ray Rating - ***