Hello all. I am new to DVDTalk, but I've been into DVD ever since it's debut. So, Happy New Year and all that Jazz to all of you!
I picked up Mad Max SE yesterday at BB, and couldn't wait to bring it home to watch. Like many lovers of this movie, I had both the VHS and bare bones DVD of this movie and longed for a great makeover. Whoa boy, did I get my wish
The Movie: Although many people will consider this movie to be "dated" but I just can't help but express nothing but love for it. Classic revenge plot with an awesome performance by Mel Gibson. I'm not one to spoil a film for anyone, so I suggest atleast picking it up for a rental if you haven't seen it yet. Like I said, many people consider this movie to be out of date, and with good reason...many scenes come straight from the cliche images of post nuclear war anarchist wastelands....almost. The majority of the movie takes place on the roads of Australia, in between towns and small cities. Plenty of stunt action, and the film doesn't drag at all. I hope more of you have some input on the movie. I'd love to hear opinions on it.
The Video Quality: This is where the dvd really shines. I had never in my wildest dreams thought that the film could look so damn good with some TLC and restoration technology
I was so used to looking at the dirty cut of the movie on VHS and the old dvd that I was blown away at the clarity of the anamorphic transfer. You can notice some dirty camera lenses throughout the movie(maybe they couldn't afford a Windex?)but other than that, the picture quality is top notch. Especially for such an old flick. Oh, and for you Pan and Scan lovers, the fullscreen version is included with a nifty little scene to show the difference between fullscreen and widescreen...nice touch MGM
Sound Quality: Ok, first the goods. Finally, we are blessed with the original Australian soundtrack. No dubbing here. It's really great to hear the real emotion behind what's being said. Some of those Australian accents sound really rotten, and add to the "I love to hate you" factor that the bad guys display so well throughout the movie. However, the Australian 5.1 mix isn't all that active with the rear channels, but it does the job. And for those who are fans of the "dub" voicetrack will be happy to know that the original mono track is included. Mostly good stuff, with very little bad.
The Extras: I still have yet to watch one of the documentaries(the one about the actual film). However, I did see the Mel Gibson documentary and I liked it alot. The short documentary features Mel in his earlier days with some candid photo shots, old movie footage from the movie "Tim" and lots of personal interviews with the people who knew him before his rocket ride to fame. The extras that I love the most are the trailers....I laughed so hard at them...not because they were bad....but because of the way movie studios would market the films!! With lines like "Don't make Max Mad! MAD MAX!! Maximum law enforcement of the future!!TUN TUN TUN!!! Looks like something straight out of The Kentucky Fried Movie!! Great stuff!!
Overall, I give this edition an 8.7 on a scale from 1-10. I am really impressed with the way MGM is releasing more and more of the newer DVD's, and hope they continue in this positive direction. Definitely worth the price of admission.
Bring on The Road Warrior SE!!