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The Road Warrior transfer to Blu-Ray is a adequate at best but compared to standard definition copies, the clarity and depth are above average.
Exclusive to Hi-Def: new commentary by director George Miller and cinematographer Dean Semler
Introduction by Leonard Maltin Theatrical trailer
Director George Miller's follow-up to his own 1979 hit Mad Max is proof that not all sequels are inferior to their originals. If anything, this brutal sci-fi action film is even more intense and exciting than its predecessor, although the state of its post-apocalyptic world has only become worse. Several years after the deaths of his wife and child, Max (Mel Gibson) has become an alienated nomad, wandering an Australian outback that has fallen into tribal warfare conducted from scattered armed camps. After a road battle with psychotic villain Wez (Vernon Wells), Max meets up with the odd Gyro Captain (Bruce Spence), who takes him to the camp of a sympathetic group led by Pappagallo (Mike Preston). As Pappagallo's people are camped at a refinery, Max plans to take their oil -- more precious than gold in this world -- but eventually joins them to fight a band of marauders led by the evil Humungus (Kjell Nilsson). The stunning climax features a heart-pounding chase scene involving an oil tanker-truck and a frenzied rush for the coast, with Humungus and his forces in hot pursuit. Nilsson is a scary villain, with huge muscles and a sinister pre-Jason hockey mask, but the stunt work is the key here, and it is more flamboyantly dynamic than ever, edited at breakneck pace and staged with manic fury by Miller and stunt coordinator Max Aspin. Savage and kinetic, Mad Max 2 is a must-see for action buffs.
The Road Warrior is the follow-up to Mad Max. It is set in a post apocalyptic Australia. Fuel is scarce and people are willing to kill for it. A settlement of survivors has control of a refinery that a desperate, murderous gang wants and will do anything to get. Max happens upon the settlement and offers to assist the people inside. What happens next is one of the greatest car chase scenes in history. This movie also has a killer musical score that complements all of the action. Best viewed on a flat screen tv with a high end surround sound system. The Road Warrior promises to please. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.
Never has a film's vision of the post-nuclear holocaust world seemed quite as desolate and as brutal, or as action-packed and sometimes as funny as in George Miller's apolcalyptic THE ROAD WARRIOR, an extravagant film fantasy..."
New York Times - Vincent Canby (04/29/1982)
Absolutely the best post-apocalyptic movie ever made in my opinion. I had never heard of Mad Max when I had to kill an evening sometime in late 1982 and The Road Warrior was the only thing playing at the local cinema. I expected to see the usual crummy B-grade acting and bad sets characteristic of stuff like Roger Corman films. Wow, was I surprised! What else can I say? Unlike many other films, this movie has not `aged' at all - it's just as watchable and exciting today as it was almost 30 years ago.And of course it made Mel Gibson an international star.
I love this movie because it really set the standard for action movies set in earth's nuclear wasteland. The "crazies" were real enough to be scared of, and just close enough to over the top that they were comical. Mel Gibson as the anti-hero is great. Make sure you watch Mad Max before TRW in order to get his character's back story. The Road Warrior is actually Mad Mad II.
I bought this in the HD DVD version because the library of titles that were produced for the now canceled format have decrease so much in price that it would be senseless not to. To enjoy the older films in their best presentation is the ultimate goal for a movie geek like myself.