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The Road Warrior [Blu-ray]
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World War III has just ended and the world's remaining inhabitants are on a desperate devastating struggle to survive. Gasoline is in short supply and those remaining turn on one another for the crude oil.Running Time: 95 min.Format: BLU-RAY DISC Genre: SCI-FI/FANTASY UPC: 085391142607 Manufacturer No: 114260

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:

  • Max used to be a cop with a family
    A son and a wife to love, now that is all gone, he is by himself with only a dog for company. He helps guard the juice....more info
  • Still the Best of the Post Apocalyptic Genre
    This is really the one that started it all. The movie that every other post-apocalyptic film has ever tried to live up to but never could. The Road Warrior is the best of it's kind and is still top of the heap in this style of film. Among the many clones that have come out since, none come close to The Road Warrior. I much prefer this one to the original 'Mad Max' and it's way better than it's weak sequel 'Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome'. I've watched this movie many times over the years since the 80's and it holds up as well today as it did then. There's just nothing else like it.

    The Road Warrior starts as every movie should, with action. This one in the form of a chase. It soon becomes apparent that fuel is the most precious resource (not too unlike today), and gangs of insane madmen are running wild everywhere seeking control by violence and by possessing said fuel. Max soon finds himself in the middle of a fuel dispute between 2 warring factions. One who controls a fuel depot surrounded by a guarded outpost and the other, a sadistic murderous gang who'll stop at nothing to gain control of it by killing anyone and everyone who stands in their way. Eventually allied with one side, events come to a climax in the form of a spectacular multi-vehicle chase that ranks among the greatest in movie history.

    Max is a complex character. Once a former cop but now a man alone trying to survive in a desolate wasteland, still haunted by the loss of his wife and child who were brutally murdered. Struggling with moral decisions in an immoral world. A world where it's survival of the fittest. After being alone for so long, we find out if any of his old self still exists. Can he heed a call for help and work with others or will he continue to only look after himself?

    Suprisingly, the leader of a large murderous gang named Humongus is deeper than you'd expect. He's a massive monster of a man. So hideous that he has to wear a hockey mask to cover what must be a disfigured face. He's clearly leader by size and strength but also brains. Constantly trying to outwit the group who guards the precious fuel, he deviously negotiates with them over a microphone, using anything and anyone and playing on their hopes and fears to try to convince them to come out.

    The video on the Blu-Ray is outstanding. This is a very good transfer as it's light years beyond any other offering on vhs and dvd. The image is sharp, clear and mostly clean of dirt. There are more details than have ever been seen before. Whether it be by skin and clothing textures or the beat up vehicles and desert scenery. The colors look much more vivd too. Excellent overall. Unfortunately, the audio is still very front loaded. It's basically a stereo mix. The sounds, especially the motors of the cars, the dialog and sound effects are clear and sound better than they have before but I feel this movie really deserves and overhaul in the form of a real 5.1 mix. There's enough chases, gunshots and explosions, to make you imagine how good it could be with a dramatic remix. Seeing as how well it worked for 'Blade Runner', it could be done here. Overall though, it still sounds good enough to get you involved with the picture.

    This is a classic film that's lost nothing over the years. It's still fun and defintely worth a look if your curious. If your already a fan, the high def versions (which are identical) are an easy, no brainer upgrade over previous versions. Another impressive addition to your catalog.


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  • One of the greatest action/car chase films ever made!
    This is the Australian print titled Mad Max 2. The aspect ratio appears a bit wider than The Road Warrior release on DVD. The film begins with the most striking and engaging narrative ever put to celluloid and moves right into our anti-hero battling to survive an attack by the psychotics who own the highways. PQ is stunning. There is detail and color here never before seen. Best up-grade from DVD to BD picture I have ever seen! SQ is impressive as well. Great sound track, tense musical score and strong delivery by 5.1 on a very early 80's film. Directed by George Miller, this is one of the greatest action/car chase and carnage films ever made. You will be blown away by this on blu-ray and highly recommend getting this title. ...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
  • Finally, a worthy presentation of the classic film
    By far the best presentation of Road Warrior yet. The panoramic shots of the Australian outback never looked so good. The cinematography really takes advantage of widescreen, even in the action shots, so it is perfect for HD. And it is an excellent HD transfer as well. The digital surround sound is also great on my stereo system, despite what some of the other reviews said.

    I probably would have rated it 4.5 stars since there are so few extras, but I did not want to give people the impression that the movie, transfer, or presentation in HD format is not excellent by rating it just 4 stars. Without doubt this is a great HD-DVD, I would just like more on the disk....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
  • Looks FANTASTIC in HD! Better than in the theater!
    "The Road Warrior" is one of my all-time favorite action movies, and I've always been on the lookout for a decent home video presentation after I saw it on its original theatrical release.

    I've had the VHS, Laserdisc, and DVD versions, all of which were OK, but never until now have I been truly impressed.

    Almost the entire film looks absolutely perfect, with the exception of a few night scenes that exhibit grain, but I think that was on the original film.

    Although this was originally recorded in mono sound (I think), the 5.1 mix is nicely done and sounds natural, although it's not overpowering.

    And all you whippersnappers who haven't seen this, see how REAL car stunts are done. It's so much more impressive when you know it's not CGI : )

    Definitely recommend....more info
  • One of the CLASSICS of the Action genre!
    "The Road Warrior" is one of the CLASSICS of the Action genre. I used to LOVE it when the GREAT Joe Bob Briggs used to show this on "Monstervision" on TNT on Saturday nights!

    That is where I learned all these facts about this movie! Joe Bob said that during the climactic chase that makes up the last half hour of the movie that director George Miller mounted cameras on moving vehicles for better camera shots! And NUMEROUS stunt men were nearly killed!

    The plot of the movie could NOT be more timely. The fight for gasoline! Imagine that. A world where gasoline creates a problem! Only in the movies, huh?

    I have one question: WHERE is the Two-Disc "Special Edition"?!

    "He exists now, only in my memory"...more info
  • Fun movie, good transfer with caveat
    Road Warrior is the sequel to Mad Max, though you don't need any knowledge of the first to enjoy the second as they fill you in at the beginning of the movie and honestly, the back story doesn't matter.

    Mel Gibson is Mad Max. He's a warrior in a post apocalyptic Australia, fighting for gasoline. He winds up being roped into helping a village of people that have gasoline get away from some of the nastiest guys alive.

    Not much more to say about the movie itself. Plenty of action and stuff blowing up.

    Now for the transfer to Blu Ray.

    The video is using VC-1 in 1080p as should be expected on a Blu-Ray film.

    Now for the caveats. There are some issues, mostly minor, with the video. The source material is likely at issue and not the compression used. First up is grain. There are some instances with excessive grain. There are instances of dust/dirt/scratches on the film. And in the single night scene, where Max is leaving the village to get the truck, the video quality is EXTREMELY poor. Overly grainy and lacking in detail. It's blurry and sticks out like a sore thumb for lack of a better comparison. Acceptable, but annoying as you'd hope remastering would fix this type of issue as it is so clearly a problem with the source film. Perhaps nothing better is available? I don't know.

    Next is the audio. You can watch the movie in Dolby Digital 5.1 at 640kbps or French/Spanish in Dolby Digital 2.0 at 192 kbps.

    The issue here is that there are instances where dialog is difficult to understand. Of note is when Mel is getting the gyro copter/ultra light. His "partner" is darn near indistinguishable from the background noise.

    Music, orchestral, is almost nonstop in this film. This is expected in a way, given the lack of much dialog, but it can be overpowering and it's only marginally good.

    Over all I'm happy with the transfer to BD and the movie itself. I was hoping for a near perfect transfer, but instead I receive what I'd call an 80% perfect transfer. Worth the money if you like the movie....more info
  • A Grade 'B Movie'
    When I was 12, I saw this thing so many times I can't even remember. It was my favorite movie for a long time. Prior to getting this disc for Xmas, I would say it has been 10 years since I had last watched it. And I was impressed, still. While I don't feel the same about this now as I did when I was younger, I was def. very entertained. But the look on blu ray totally blew me away!! It really does look as though it was made last year picture-wise; There were still a few cheesy things here and there(the sped-up chase footage in one part was a little obvious; the over-use of school athletic gear was amusing; one of the girls in the good guy's camp looks like Baby Spice from the Spicegirls...), but this movie was way ahead of it's time back then...One of the greatest chase scenes comes at the end! A great action movie, even after 25+ years....more info
  • A Very Dated And Laughable Action Movie!
    Sadly this movie has not stood the test of time. It looked okay in 1982 when it was first released but it is unintentionally a funny movie now. In this film we see Mel Gibson as Max "A Burned Out Shell Of A Man "(cliche ) who stumbles across a petrol refinery. The editing in this film is a joke and Max 's car gets totalled which all happens in about 3 seconds. You see the car on the road then it flips over about 3 times. This does not even happen to me after too many glasses of Chivas Regal Scotch .The only good reason to watch this film is to see the beautiful ex model turned succesful actress Virginia Hey who went on the much better things in the hit series "Farscape" ....more info
  • better than the original
    If you wanna see a high energy movie, buy road warrior. Though no special features, hopefully you buy dvds for the movie. Hadn't seen this in a while, but it somehow topped itself from what I remember. Great car chases graet explosions, and GREAT ACTION. You WILL be a Mel Gibson fan if you weren't before after watching this.

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  • Great director, cast, and script!!!
    This film is great! Its a post apocalyptic story that takes place in the dessert where only the tuff and ruthless survive. People race around on bikes, a little plane, and fast spiked out cars fighting for oil. They take whatever they can and destroy anything that comes in their path.

    Its got a perfect cast and script. It was made by a teriffic director George Miller, who puts heart into his movies. It was a low budget film so all the special effects were real and not computerized. You get to see Mel Gibson in his prime wearing a hot leather outfit before he became famous. The characters really are all perfect, especially the gay biker with the red mohawk and open chaps and the little kid with the mullet. The costumes are great. This film was one of the first of its kind. Many films had immitated it but none were as good.

    Mad Max has everything a film could ask for- its an action packed film with humor, romance, nudity, and horror. It is one of the few films that are actually better than the first. Its got the longest chase scene in a movie that lasts 20 minutes and you never get bored! This film remains one of my favorites and will always be a classic. ...more info
  • Looks like it was shot yesterday in HD!
    Man o Man. I guess its not important to comment on the actual significance of the story, characters, locations, and stunts as everyone already knows how sweet this film is. I will make a quick comment however on the transfer of the Road Warrior.

    I couldn't believe my eyes. If you have a HDTV you will be visually stunned. It looks like it was shot yesterday in HD format. Seriously though, this is a prime example of what blu ray can do for older films if the proper care and attention is taken during the digital transfer. That said, when i bought this blu ray, I also bought the Patriot shot roughly 20 years later, and it looked like a regular DVD. Good movie, but why didn't it look as sharp as the Road Warrior?

    I highly recommend this version of the film to anyone with a taste for quality....more info
  • 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
  • One of the greatest Road Movies ever
    The Road warrior, or to call it by its other name - Mad Max 2 is one of those very rare animals, a sequel that manages to be better than the original. Mad Max was a good film but its budgetary constraints showed. The Road Warrior takes the strengths of Mad Max and integrates them with higher production values. The result is an even better looking film than the original, packed with even more scintillating and jaw dropping stunt sequences.

    In the plot of this film, civilisation has collapsed completely. Survivors scavenge for food and fuel, ruthlessly eliminating any competition by any means that they can. Mel Gibson plays Max, a former Highway Cop, now eking out an existence in his former pursuit car - a V8 Interceptor. Cruising the blighted countryside, he searches for fuel and food, so as to survive.
    His only companion is his dog and following the events depicted in the previous film, he has become a cold, untrusting, and withdrawn loner.
    He encounters a character called the Gyro Captain (amusingly played by Bruce Spence) who pilots a mini helicopter. The Gyro Captain shows Max an oil refinery under siege by an army of thugs, sporting Mohican hair cuts. This pack is led by a psychopath called Humungous who wants the refinery and its fuel for himself. Defending the refinery are a group of ordinary people who want to flee the waste lands and set up a new life in a quiet part of the country.
    Max falls in with this group and helps them in their battle against Humungous and his cronies.

    The road sequences are stupendous and are a real white knuckle ride to sit through, especially if you have not seen the film before. There are no CGI effects in this film and what you see is all stunt work and it is brilliant. These car chases are peppered throughout the film, culminating in a massive chase involving a huge and amoured fuel tanker, pursued by scores of marauders in souped up vehicles.
    Great to watch in the cinema, this film is equally superb on a home cinema set up. Picture is bright, clear, and pin sharp. Sound is 5.1 and it is superb. Congatulations to Warner Brothers for a superb digital transfer from the Dolby Stereo of the original print to a superbly realised 5.1 dvd soundtrack. Just watch that incredible audio/visual opening sequence of the film itself to see what I mean.

    One of Mel Gibson's best performances in a film that has become a cult in its own right. See it....more info
  • LAst of the Mohicans
    I watched it. The transfer was good. Spoiler alert The road warrior wins....more info
  • You Wanna Get Out Of Here? You Talk To Me...
    Later to be known as a man of dignity, honesty, and fragility, Mel Gibson is known to most ignorant men as a pansy. However, for the select few who can actually bare the man, we always come to our senses to watch this film whenever time is on our side. Once Mel was known for his survival instincts, keen street smarts, and his signature everyman-for-himself attitude. This movie proves that in all aspects...

    Max Rockatansky is the protoganist on the verge of collapse. His wife and child were murdered by a group of bikers, only later to be almost fully exacted on by Max single handedly.. He now runs life on the highway with his faithful canine and the champion Pursuit Special Interceptor. Suffering from disillusionment, society seems all to desperate in his eyes...just as desperate as he is to stay alive in search of pertroleum. What you will find throughout the movie from here will only bring you driving plot sequences and entertaining scenes that will keep you watching the whole way through. All the action never gets old, many instance come up that will make you have that tad laugh you want to let out, and the ending chase will leave you wanting to explore scene selection the next time around.

    The best way to sit through this is with an open mind, so be aware of things that you might not see in a normal action film. Now since this is science fiction, there will be many skeptics upon stupidity and pointless aspects to this film, but hopefully you will understand the true concept about this movie and everything that fills it.

    Anyways, this is a exemplary masterpiece in every way possible for a film. This is Mel the way he wanted to be portrayed in the beginning...raw, tough, and in your face. He makes sure you understand what kind of hell he has been through, and this movie is a veteran example of such reality. I highly recommend adding this to the library which you have forged, as it only reigns as an essential piece in film history. If you already purchased it before, give it another round. Only classics are worthy of so......more info
  • The Road to Nowhere
    In a world that has been destroyed by War Max(Mel Gibson) is on his own. The sequel to Max Max starts off when a small intro for those who are unfamiliar with the story. The setting is Post Apocalyptic Australia. The dry, barren landscape makes the perfect home for this world of destruction.

    The story begins with action and the pace doesn't let up from there. Max is being chased by a group of violent road pirates. Out to steal the most valuable resource in this new world, fuel. Fuel becomes scarce as people still use vehicles in this barren landscape. Max has been toughened by the War and then losing his wife and child. This toughness makes him able to take on these bandits.

    On Max's journey he meets a comrade who at the threat of dying is more willing to show him the way to a fuel refinery. The refinery is the most valuable commodity in this world. It then becomes Max's toughness that gains the trust of the people who live in the refinery as they are threatened by the large group of road pirates. Most of the story continues in this direction and the action is never lacking.

    The Blu-ray version of this movie is beautiful. The picture is excellent and the sound has been greatly improved which make this movie even more enjoyable. The extras that are included are rather limited. You get an intro, the theatrical trailer, and commentary. Thankfully the movie looks great so that is more than worth it.

    If you love action and good fast paced movies The Road Warrior is excellent. This movie set the pace for the action genre. There is little dialogue and all the stunts are real. In the age of digital effects this movie is a breath of fresh air. Mel Gibson shows the world why he is such a great action star and this movie shows why it doesn't take an incredible budget to make a great movie....more info
  • Amazing Sequel and Superb Film Making!
    MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR has to be one of the most intense action films ever produced. There's very little I might add to this already popular movie. Both fans and critics are unanimous in their praise for what is the BEST chapter of the MAD MAX trilogy. Having this said, it's also EXTREMELY sad to see the kind of DVD treatment this highly innovative film has received. Unlike the special edition of the MAD MAX DVD, this one is austere at best: a "passable" dolby 5.1 mix and subtitles. That's it. Picture quality is only mildly "acceptable" (dark scenes are highly pixelated and hard to understand!). No director's commentary, no behind the scenes, no nothing. For a movie that's being praised as a LANDMARK in science fiction and billed as influential as STAR WARS, the DVD that's available is a crying shame. Why has nobody ever bothered to release a special edition is beyond my reckoning. We see so much "trash" being released as a "special edition" and yet we still have to wait for a defenitive DVD of MAD MAX 2. My review, as you might have guessed, is about this most criminal offense. I's rate MAD MAX 2 with an 11 (yep, it's a VERY entertaining movie) but the DVD truly stinks.

    Let's hope Mr. Miller comes to his senses and releases a worthy DVD package for the film he will most likely be remembered BY!...more info
  • What can I say? This movie is flawlessly a masterpiece!!
    This movie has capitvated me since I was in the fifth grade as a kid. My buddy and I saw it edited on TV and had to see the real deal.
    The muscle cars, the heroic character of Max, the setting, action, all makes for a real genre of movie that had never before been viewed....
    The Max character develops so much in this movie unlike the stupid Thunderdome. Mad Max, which I love, didn't show us the depth of Max that Road Warrior reveals. He is a bitter person, an angry person, a loner. But by the end of the movie, his humanity drips out as does his heroic spirit. He gets railroaded pretty bad in the movie, which often happens to heroes.
    The chase scene at the beginning of the movie blew me away, the camera angle coming down on the Ford flying down the highway. I'll never forget the first time they showed it and then you see that white stripe in the middle of the road flying 100 mph at you. Wez, the insane mowhawk lunatic pursuing Max (played by Vernon Wells, no, not the baseball player, another actor lol) is truly perfect for the part. The chase scenes are perfect, the acting is great, etc.
    I really love the atmosphere of the survivors trapped inside the oil refinery. It's very clostrophobic, nerve-wracking, and affective.
    This movie set the standard for the modern day action film in so many ways. It was an instant classic with me...still is. Buy it!...more info
  • I'm sure it was a great movie in 1982...
    There no question this movie was a good one during the '80's period, but sadly its not during are present time of 2006. As I was watching it, it seem to be to simplely made as a movie, and I guess at this time CG graphics were not widely used. That can be a good thing and bad thing. Some of the stunts in the movie were ok. I'm sure if they remade this movie again, it would be a well rounded movie. If you like these kinds of movie, go ahead and add this one to your collection, if not, I suggest renting this one...
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