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マッドマックス トリロジー スペシャル・バリューパック(初回限定生産/3枚組) [Blu-ray]
観てみますと出だしの文字が水色から白色になってますね。「フーテン」など字幕は同じ。画面サイズは 16 : 9 ですし画質も改善されていました。かなり良い。39年も前の映画にしては上出来です。
チャプター数が違っていて場面切り替えも異なります。DVD 23 で Blu-ray 11 。
The U.S dubbed versions do have better sound but why would you watch them like that? Select the original language and just turn up the volume.
We are introduced to Max in the first film as a family man who fears that as a law enforcement officer he is in danger of crossing a line and becoming just like those who are terrorising the highways. When asked why he's thinking of resigning to reply is " I'm starting to enjoy it". In the course of the film we learn that society is breaking down as no one cares any more and when Max's wife and child are killed it drives him to vengeance. People often call this an exploitation film, but rather interestingly does raise a major question. When there is no law what might a moral man to do? There's an economy to the way this film is made (quite literally it cost about half $1 million) but it delivers a simple but well told story with believable characters and some fantastic action sequences.
The second film picks up about 2 1/2 years later after a nuclear war and the introduction tells us that Max is 'a burnt out shell of a man'. It continues the premise of the first films with the gangs terrorising any and all they can find for a tankful of gas. Max falls in with a community that is trying to flee the chaos. At first he only has mercenary motives. He will help them if they supply him with much needed fuel. However, as the film continues and he's rescued by someone he formally captured for his own means, but later set free when those means had been accomplish, Max's humanity, which had been buried deep within him, partially surfaces. He helps the community escape, but he himself is not ready to fully embraces humanity and disappears into the wasteland once again. This is a great action packed story with fantastic stunts
The third movie is often considered the weakest, but it is in some ways it is the most interesting. Max gets involved with Auntie Entity, the female dictator of Barter town. Once again it is for mercenary motives, he needs a vehicle and fuel to continue his lone existence, she needs someone discretely killed so she can maintain a ruthless grip over her subjects. However, discovering all is not as he's been told Max's humanity surfaces and he breaks his deal and is banished into the wasteland. Here he is discovered on the verge of death by a group of children who are the survivors and descendants of a plane crash who have built up 'Cargo Cult' based on the captain of an expedition that went looking for rescue returning. Mistaking Max for their saviour they beg him to take them back to civilisation. Max's humanity really surfaces as he warns that the civilisation they long for is gone. At best, or worst as Max sees it, they will be swallowed up by Barter town. Here Max starts to take responsibility for them, urging them that what they got is by far what is best for them. Max's surfacing humanity is again confirmed when he is involved in the rescue mission for those who disbelieve his claims and set out looking for civilisation. In the end we have the requisite chase sequence after he has once again crossed swords with Auntie Enmity. Max's humanity is confirmed with a selfless act that enables others to escape and him facing an uncertain, and later a solitary future! The redemption cycle is complete.
These films made Mel Gibson a star and it's easy to see why. He gives the character real humanity (both good and bad) and is effortlessly charismatic even when he has minimal dialogue. Tina Turner makes an appearance in the third film and is really good value for money as the duplicitous Auntie Enmity, a nasty piece of work who may be through Max's sacrifice at the end of the film regains some humanity Excellent films which remind you what it was like before CGI ruled blockbusters!
The film itself is a b movie with the sound to match. A short story really with lots of road rage.
But for some reason this little movie sets the standard for HD. Simply stunning clarity of picture, that makes me weep over all the other Blu-rays I have that don’t get a print from the original film Celluloid. You can get a little distracted by looking at the clarity of the Aussie landscape, which isn’t a bad thing for this movie. Dubbed in English as well as the Aussie original soundtrack, because we poms can’t tell a wallaby from a wombat.
Mad Max looks great, very clean and colourful. The fact there is an English Dubbed mix is thanks to our friends in the States which is the only DTS-HD MASTER track on this disc. It's only mono too. The original Australian mix is only 5.1 Dolby Digital which I think is either an authoring mistake or its a policy for WB to give the Territory Language the HD preference. I used the Australian mix when I watched it. Having just had a quick look on Blu-Ray.com the Australian release has the original mix as DTS-HD MASTER and so does the American release for the film. The review on the website mentions the American dub but says the default audio is the original mix in DTS-HD MASTER. To me that says a mistake was made by the Authoring house or at WB themselves. I will likely track down an Australian version as it's region B so I can swap my discs.
Mad Max Road Warrior thankfully sports the original audio in English DTS-HD MASTER with all other languages in Dolby Digital 5.1, 2.0 mono or 1.0 mono. The picture is crisp and all the detail is there. The colours are stunning. There is plenty of depth too. My only gripe with the picture is with Overscan turned off (sometimes known as Full Pixel or Dot by Dot on some TVs) the picture doesn't quite meet the left or right of the screen. This is an authoring error but one they felt didn't need fixing or was missed in Quality Control.
If you are wondering what overscan is it allows you to see the full 1920x1080 resolution. With it on you lose about 1 inch of picture all round the frame. That's a lot of pixels you are not seeing so have a look and see if you can turn it off on your TV. If watching something in standard definition you might see things round the edge previously hidden which is why TVs overscaned the picture in the first place.
Mad Max Beyond Thunder Dome has the same video issue and Road Worrier with the small mask down either side of the picture. Thankfully though the original audio Is DTS-HD MASTER and the rest of the languages range from Dolby Digital 2.0 surround, 1.0 mono or 5.1. The picture is stunning again with ample depth, detail and colour.
The story starts to wayen as the trilogy goes on and I hate it when one of the films has to appeal to a wider audience moving away from the darkness of the original but it's still a great trilogy and I'm glad I have this tin version.
The greatest post apocalypse movie in Mad Max 2 of all time, surrounded by the impressive, slightly less futuristic first movie and the disappointing third movie. No Fury Road as this was before that release.
Not really into the whole petrol can packaging gimmick but neither does it bother me. My only real beef is the lack of extras on any of the discs - the second movie alone cries out for a special edition so I have to deduct one star for that
Mad Max 5 stars
Mad Max 2 5 stars
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome 3 stars (for the visuals but not enough action, violence or car chases - missed opportunity)
that's the best part of this triple collection: for reasons unknown (to me), the first movie was dubbed in American English, and this was the version that became wider spread. In this Box, with the first film, there is also the original australian audio version included.
The first and the second film are both awsome, though produced on a very low budget. Shot in New South Wales in the south-east of australia, you often don't know by instant where the story takes place.
It's a very dark dystopian vision of the future, showing a tumbling-down civilisation with gangs and madmen looting the highways.
Max (the young, good-looking and still unspoiled Mel Gibson), a highway police officer (which in this movie is called "Main Force Patrol") and his collegues are desperatly trying to push thru law and order. Incidently, they kill an escaped mnurderer, "the nightrider", whose friends try now to avenge his death by killing policemen. Max' s happy-go-lucky friend Goose dies, which encourages Max to quit his job. However, when going on vacation, Max's wife Jessie and his son Sprog run into the same gang, and both get killed in front of Max's eyes. He, now having lost everything dear to him, plans revenge on them. He steals a police car ("one of the last V8s") and now hunts the gang members thru the australian outback, murdering one after another brutally.
Mel Gibson's performance is great, very authentic, often described as "underplaying his role" by other critics. Him playing this burned-out man seems almost terrifyingly close to reality, and he also adds depth to Max's character. That's being portraied when he gives his reason for quitting the job "I'm afraid, this violence out there, day after day, I'm beginning to enjoy it. That's no more me, and only my police badge identifies me as the good one." However, though trying to escape from it, he can't escape his destiny.
The second Mad Max movie, "The Road Warrior" ist far less complex. Taking place about 3 years after the first plot, there is almost no civilisation left. The whole country is deserted, everything is destroied and burned down. There is almost no more gasoline (odd, australians don't say petrol?) left, finding (and fighting for) it is the reason of everyone's existing. Max, travelling thru the country with his strange V8-police car and his dog called "Dog" searches for fuel. It is mysterious to my what else he 's doing beside of that, maybe he distracts himself from his pain by going on busy. He runs into an autogyro pilot, who tells him of a place, a refinery where there would be tons of fuel. He takes the pilot with him, and finds the place, only discovering that a huge gang is also trying to get into the refinery. Being smart, Max succeeds and gets in there, making deal: they would give him as much fuel as he could carry, if he gets them a truck that could pull the tank trailer containing the fuel. In the end, they manage all manage to escape (after a very bad fight).
The second film is less complex than the first one, but still very good. It perfectly displays this post-apocalyptic atmosphere, being so close to reality that it was giving me goose-bumples.
Mad Max may be the first pre-post apocalytic movie. It has a slower pace, but wonderful character moments and a fantastic build to a spectacular revenge fuelled finale.
Mad Max 2- or The Road Warrior, is a superior sequel that builds wonderfully on the vibe of the original. It's amazingly huge scale is pared down to an excellent intimate tale that delivers all the car carnage and truck explosions it's predecessor promised.
Beyond Thunderdome loses the personal storytelling and is a victim of its large budget Hollywood makeover. Overall though, as a Trilogy it's well worth the asking price. Extras are scarce, but audio and visual quality are stupendous across the set. With reboot/ sequel: Mad Max: Fury Road due soon, this set will no doubt receive a lavish special edition treatment. But as a place holder, & im the event Fury Road sucks, this is a bargain! Mad Max 1 & 2 contain both their original Australian dialogue, & the horrible US overdub. Part 2- Road Warrior, also comes with a commentary from writer/ director- George Miller.
Not much point reviewing the actual films, as if you want this on Blu Ray you're probably a big fan anyway but don't buy this trilogy expecting any extras. Apart from a commentary and trailers there's nothing. Disappointing that they couldn't put something together really, hence the 4 stars.
Growing up all I wanted to do was watch things blow up on the big screen- and as an adult with a Bluray player this set delivers. Triple the action, double the pleasure, one man at the helm: Mad Max.
As this trilogy's new revamping suggests (fury road)- a post apocalyptic love story of gasoline and barbaric human nature is not escaping the lime light anytime soon. A post nuclear ravaged vacation highlight the undertones of a world gone mad robed in suggestive bondage leather and an age when monster trucks ruled the entertainment industry's prop department.
From start to finish, you won't be disappointed, and if you are- write Tina Turner a letter, because if her performance doesn't sweeten the deal, then maybe the world you live in isn't one you're ready to leave.
Mad Max: well beyond the thunderdome, and into the world you never thought one man could rule. This landslide of road ravaged rage erupts with all or nothing stunts and a plot line so uniquely generic, that 15 minute bathroom break can't subtract the turbo charged endings.
Buy it now. Be the man your father wished you would be.