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The Road Warrior
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Mad max battles to survive in a post-apocalyptic world dominated by barbaric gangs. Includes scene access trailer and more. Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 01/18/2005 Starring: Mel Gibson Vernon Wells Run time: 96 minutes Rating: R Director: George Miller

A strong candidate for the designation of most thrilling action movie ever made (the turbo-charged exhilaration of its full-throttle highway chases has never been equaled), the second part of George Miller's post-apocalyptic trilogy is also a magnificently imagined movie myth. Like the Star Wars trilogy (by that other George) the Mad Max films draw their inspiration from the works of mythologist Joseph Campbell. In the 1979 original, Max (Mel Gibson) is a policeman, the last guardian of civilization and order in a devastated world reduced to chaos. But when a leather-clad gang of sadomasochistic speed demons mows down Max's family, his remaining connections to humanity are also permanently severed. After brutally exacting his revenge, Max wanders off into the wasteland alone, "a burned out shell of a man" who (to paraphrase The Searchers) is destined to wander forever between the winds. In The Road Warrior, Max rediscovers a sliver of his shattered humanity, and a spark of redemption, when he helps an embattled colony of pioneers fight off the savages who are after that most precious of all commodities: "guzzline." Max is transformed into a legendary hero, just as Mel Gibson was catapulted to international movie stardom. With its final stirring images, The Road Warrior transcends its genre (whatever that may be--science fiction? Western? action adventure?) and becomes something timeless. It's a great movie. --Jim Emerson

A strong candidate for the designation of most thrilling action movie ever made (the turbo-charged exhilaration of its full-throttle highway chases has never been equaled), the second part of George Miller's post-apocalyptic trilogy is also a magnificently imagined movie myth. Like the Star Wars trilogy (by that other George) the Mad Max films draw their inspiration from the works of mythologist Joseph Campbell. In the 1979 original, Max (Mel Gibson) is a policeman, the last guardian of civilization and order in a devastated world reduced to chaos. But when a leather-clad gang of sadomasochistic speed demons mows down Max's family, his remaining connections to humanity are also permanently severed. After brutally exacting his revenge, Max wanders off into the wasteland alone, "a burned out shell of a man" who (to paraphrase The Searchers) is destined to wander forever between the winds. In The Road Warrior, Max rediscovers a sliver of his shattered humanity, and a spark of redemption, when he helps an embattled colony of pioneers fight off the savages who are after that most precious of all commodities: "guzzline." Max is transformed into a legendary hero, just as Mel Gibson was catapulted to international movie stardom. With its final stirring images, The Road Warrior transcends its genre (whatever that may be--science fiction? Western? action adventure?) and becomes something timeless. It's a great movie. --Jim Emerson

Customer Reviews:

  • A movie without wires...
    CG, models, and no emotard actors. No pretty boys -correct that- on the good guy side. And Explosions!!! Gibson, that Jew hating drunk was at his start and it shows in spades, but playing a gruff tired man worked fine for him here.

    The director used a lame excuse for the settings, but the action and VIOLENCE more then compensates!

    Blu-ray sadly shows the poor print unfortunately....more info
  • Absolutely brilliant
    This is one of the best post-apocalyptic action classics ever. Not to mention one of Mel Gibsons best roles. It was a favorite when I first saw this science fiction great and was one of the reasons I wanted to see Mad Max and Mad Max and the Return to Thunderdome. Furthermore it is one of the reasons I am anxiously awaiting another film of the same type i.e. a Road Warrior 2. All in all a great action flick that is a must have for all action adventure fans....more info
  • never got the item!!!
    I purchased THE ROAD WARRIOR from Amazon over a month ago, at the end of February, and have STILL NOT RECEIVED IT!!!! What the hell is going on with it? Numerous e-mails I've sent have gone unanswered... this is beyond ridiculous... don't even know what to do about this anymore......more info
  • Best of the post apocaliptic 80's movies.
    High adventure, interesting if not maybe somewhat predictable plot, and Mel's great and humourus acting style made this the best of the post nuclear war motion pictures which was the trend in the '80's. These movies were very relevent at the time because as a recent high school graduate, nuclear war was something we all felt could be our future to face. This story picks up after the "almost tomorrow" storyline of Mad Max. It is not essential to view Mad Max before seeing this feature as I didn't even know of it's exsistence at the time of my first viewing. But you shouldn't cheat yourself because the three mad max films make for a great escapist trilogy. Other than a few outdated 80's hairstyles, this film holds up extremely well. I would prefer they reissue this dvd with a remastered deluxe version as they did with the first film, but from my understanding the American version is owned by a different studio which which makes it a property rights issue. Although this is my favorite of the max movies, I would have to rank them from the first film being the best cinemaphotographly to the last film Beyond Thunderdome as the weakest of the lot. But you should see them all....more info
  • Iconic sci-fi action. A great movie. Buy it.
    `The Road Warrior', directed by Kennedy - Miller, and starring Mel Gibson, is one of those movies which seemed to appear out of nowhere and become, much to critics' embarrassed admission, an important work of fantasy / science fiction / adventure, thereby making its title actor into an important cinema star.

    The importance of `The Road Warrior' has grown with the years, as it has spawned numerous imitators, most especially Kevin Costner's `Waterworld', none of which are quite as good as the original. Even the sequel, `Mad Max, Beyond Thunderdome', with its higher production values, iconic presence of Tina Turner as the primary heavy, and somewhat more interesting story manages to quite match the raw impact of `The Road Warrior'.

    Most of the movie's success may be due to the same effective mix of two or more genres that we see in `Alien' and `Blade Runner'. While both have strong elements of science fiction, where the back story is driven by a fictional scientific premise, which the authors run with to see what may happen, if only .... And yet, these two movies are more the traditional horror movie and the traditional thriller, but elevated to a higher level by the great mix of qualities.

    Of course, `The Road Warrior' is itself a sequel to the original `Mad Max', however the connection is tenuous both in story line and in shared back story. I was never really sure `Mad Max' was really supposed to be happening in some post-apocalyptic Australian world (told by survivors of an `On The Beach'), or just in a run-down corner of Australia, which happens to be experiencing a bit more motorcycle gang outlawry. The mythic road warrior character certainly shares enough in common with Max of the first movie to see a continuity, but unlike movies like `The Matrix' trilogy and the `Lord of the Rings' series, one looses nothing from `The Road Warrior' if you did not see `Mad Max'.

    Just as `The Road Warrior' may be borrowing some cachet from `On The Beach', it also seems to owe something to `Lord of the Flies', another `lets see what happens in a post-nuclear holocaust' movie. One can interpret this as the way things end up if the lost boys of `Lord of the Flies' grew up and got wheels.

    And, unlike `Mad Max, Beyond Thunderdome', `The Road Warrior' benefits from a very simple story, exquisitely scripted, if not to excellently acted by the supporting cast.

    Just like `A Hard Days' Night', `The Road Warrior' manages to transcend the conventions of its genre, the say way as an Andy Warhol silk screen of a Campbell's Soup can turns something ordinary into art, thereby becoming a new paradigm of artistic expression, to be imitated by its successors.
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  • Mad Max 2, in HD-DVD ROCKS!!
    This is the BEST version of the movie I have seen ( I bought it on VHS and DVD) and by-far this version beats them ALL hands down!! Too bad HD-DVD is no more, I guess I will buy it on Blu-Ray next!!...more info
  • Post-apocalyptic action
    This movie is an all around good time. The action is fantastic and Mel Gibson is great as usual (despite almost no dialogue). The photography is beautiful as well, although not as good as 'Mad Max' in my opinion. The story is probably the weak point in this movie (compared to the original's powerful revenge story), but you don't always need a story when the action's good. Although there is an interesting twist towards the end that you may not see coming.

    If you are a fan of the genre, this is one of the better ones and worth seeing (more than once), but check out 'Mad Max' first if you haven't already. I recommend the entire trilogy....more info
  • "you want to get out of here,you talk to me" max to the people livung in the oil dump
    this is THE ONE,the movie that made mel gibson a world star and forever changed the action movie landscape forever. it also started the post-apocolyptic movie craze in the 80's with its tale of former cop,now wandering nomad named max. in the first movie of this three movie cycle max lost his family to thugs as the world tore it's self apart. max savagely hunted down and killed all of the thugs and rode off into the wasteland,which is were we find him as the movie opens. this max is cold and very much a lone wolf who has almost no human feelings left in him.what he and everyone else wants is fuel,which is getting harder to find.after a funny bit with a gyro-chopter pilot max finds a group of people hold up at a oil dump and after some intresting fights helps the people leave the dump with the gas as a horde of outlaws lay siege to the camp!
    the final chase one of the greatest car chases in movie history and takesthis movie into the area of legend! many movies have tried but none have matched the energy of this one of a kind action adventure. the stunts are beyond anything you have ever seen. check this one out!!!!!!!
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  • Can't beat the visual quallity
    I am not going to bore you with saying I know everything about quality and imperfections. Enjoy the movie. It doesn't get any better then this....more info
  • 1981 was the most action-packed year for movies ever!
    Road warrior, das boot, raiders, Ghandi!!!

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  • LAst of the Mohicans
    I watched it. The transfer was good. Spoiler alert The road warrior wins....more info
  • excellent movie
    This is a great flick.
    I have always been a fan of the Mad Max trilogy.
    Something about movies with fast cars....Bullitt is also one of my favorites.

    anyways, you will not regret getting this movie....more info
  • What's up with the Volume Levels?!?
    OK, now first off, I think this is a GREAT FILM! Don't get me wrong, if it wasn't for the audio, I'd probably give it Five Stars! And if it were a review on the audio alone, I'd have to give it one star, maybe two, Max (Pun Intended?!?)

    The audio levels are too high for the music and certain "effects" (explosions and car revs) as compared to the dialogue. When you turn it down so the music is at a tolerable level, then you can't hear anyone saying anything! And once you turn it up enough to hear the dialogue, WHAM! The music, or an expolosion is Exageratingly Loud!

    I hate it when they say that this has been "Digitally Remastered" and yet the remastering sucks! In this case, it's the sound. I don't know if there's an older release, or maybe a new one in the future that fixes this. I purchased a brand new copy of the DVD in August of 2006, and the DVD case says Copyright 1997, so I guess in 1997 is when they transferred this, and haven't bothered with it since. By the way, after a third or half of the movie, the levels seem to be a little more tolerable, but man, having to raise and lower the volume for the first 20 minutes or so is a drag!

    Other than that, Vive le Max!

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  • Not cheesy, not just an action movie.
    You know, just because a film has action in it does not mean it is designed for morons and any other message is secondary. The Road Warrior knows when not to take itself too seriously, but it is a frightening glimpse at what human beings are capable of, and the type of heroics it takes to overcome tyranny. Not light stuff by any stretch...

    For so many of these reviewers I wonder what is really so "light" about seeing a woman savagely beaten and raped. Or the sickening behavior that leads to the killing of an innocent dog. The truth of the matter is that The Road Warrior is one hell of a movie that uses action and violence thrillingly -- but in the end winds up saying something about its nature -- a far stretch from what you will see from Jerry Bruckheimer.

    The debate that goes on inside the camp is exactly the debate all societies face when dealing with barbarians. For my money, this film is better than Seven Samurai. And yes -- the action is AMAZING. It just feels pure, visceral in a way that most American films do not....more info
  • Oh, What a Classic it is...
    This is not a bad movie, but it is addictive, anyway.

    It's hard to define why this film, the flaws of which are many, is a classic, but that is what it is. Mel Gibson returns to play Max in the (sort-of) sequel to Mad Max. Plot then gets cheesey, characters are cheesy, the villains (led by the Humungous) is double the cheese, and so on.

    But if it is cheesy, it more than makes up for it in atmosphere. In a remote part of Australia, the filmmakers create a world entirely their own, and it is generously shared with the audience: a place of simplistic good vs. evil stuff, but a world, nonetheless, and one is drawn into it while viewing the flick. It is that atmosphere, a sense of "somewhere-else" that draws a person in... and keeps us there.

    Plenty of violence and stunts involving cars, trucks, and the occasional helicopter, too.

    There is no character development in this movie but, quite simply, there doesn't need to be: every role is perfected from the start, and most of the actors live up to the parts they ae given....more info
  • Buy a Prius, or this could be the future.
    In this post apocalyptic wasteland, one man is searching for something. Fuel. Yes, after the world blows itself up and civilization collapses, one man has the courage to put the pedal to the metal and stop anything that gets in his way. Im going to be honest, I wish my life was as tight as this movie....more info
  • Best movie ever!
    I have always been a fan of the Mad Max series and I was very excited to hear of The Road Warrior on Blu-Ray. Excellent movie and you really see the difference on BR, it only lacked more extra features. But, overall a must buy!...more info