Flashback: on 1980’s “Mad Max”

Reviewed by Mark Leonard

Alright, 1979. But since it didn’t open officially until early 1980 in North America–that’s the year I’m going with. Yes, “Mad Max” has been with us for 35 years, but there was a 30-year gap between 2015’s phenomenal “Mad Max; Fury Road”. and 1985’s “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome”. Those are the only two I experienced in actual theaters, btw. My introduction to the original film, and 1982’s “The Road Warrior”, was via late-night cable television and/or VHS tapes. Plus, I believe my recent Blu-ray revisit to the original story of Max Rockatansky included a couple of firsts for me. Never before had I viewed it in its intended aspect ratio, nor had I watched it with its original Australian dialect. You see, when American International Pictures bought the rights for U.S. distribution decades ago–they got nervous about the accents. So, they redubbed all the voices with an American Crew. Boy…

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