Excerpt: Movie "I am the Night Rider! A fuel injected suicide machine!" And so we are introduced to the hellish world of Mad Max, set in a dystopian future where feral gangs of outlaws rule the roads. The police do what they can to combat this menace, and the public try to keep out of the way. Smack-bang in the thick of it is Officer Max Rockatansky, part of the Main Force Patrol (MFP) which is tasked with keeping law and order on the blacktop.
Excerpt: A few years from now violent biker gangs are terrorizing the roads of Australia. Barely keeping order is the MFP (Main Force Patrol), a police force using super-charged cars. After Max ( Mel Gibson ), the MFP’s top driver, kills a gang leader during a pursuit, he is the object of a vendetta which leads to attacks on his friends and family. This leaves Max pretty mad, in both senses of the word.
Conclusion: While I find only a few stunt sequences of 'Mad Max' are worth catching while channel surfing, those who want it in their library will find the Blu-ray offers good visuals and adequate sound. It's slightly frustrating that the extras are spread across both discs of the combo and don't include two of the main men responsible for the film. This is a rental.
Summary: The Mad Max franchise is about to be resurrected with a new reboot/remake/reimagining coming very soon. I’m not sure this is the kind of franchise you can simply start over and have the same kind of success. There is a unique combination of talents, circumstances and situations that came together to kick off the franchise in 1979. I’m not sure any of those elements exist today. I predict disaster for any kind of retelling of the Mad Max mythos.
Conclusion: Considering that this movie was director George Miller’s second movie and first feature film, it has had an amazing longevity. a This movie holds a special place in movie history for it’s approach to post-apocalyptic settings, but also for it’s realistic car chases that ramped up the speed.
Conclusion: What's the Australian equivalent of a Sergio Leone-esque spaghetti western? A vegemite western, maybe? Well, whatever it is, cross that with an anarchic bit of the old ultra-violence—courtesy of A Clockwork Orange —add some pre-post-apocalyptic flavor, underscore it all with a throaty V8 rumble, and you've got Mad Max , the rubber-burning exploitation film that launched a franchise and up-shifted Mel Gibson's career from obscurity to superstardom.