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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (Widescreen/Full Screen)

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  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Tina Turner, Bruce Spence, Adam Cockburn, Frank Thring
  • Directors: George Miller, George Ogilvie
  • Writers: George Miller, Terry Hayes
  • Producers: George Miller, Doug Mitchell, Marcus D'Arcy, Steve Amezdroz
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: Aug. 22 1997
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790731932
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,795 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

Although Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, the third part of George Miller's post-apocalyptic Mad Max trilogy, is certainly the least of the bunch (Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is the undisputed masterpiece, and maybe the best action movie ever made), it has still got a good share of imaginative industrial-wasteland-pastiche imagery. And casting Tina Turner as Aunty Entity, the queen of Bartertown, was a masterstroke. Mel Gibson's character Max is pitted in a battle to the death against the bizarre Master Blaster in the Thunderdome, flying around on rubbery straps inside a sort of gigantic overturned colander with bloodthirsty spectators clinging to the outside. Miller's producing partner, Byron Kennedy, was killed in a helicopter crash while scouting locations for this film. Miller was devastated, only agreeing to direct the action sequences--and, somehow, you feel his heart wasn't entirely in it. --Jim Emerson

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24 2004
Format: DVD
I grew up with the mad max trilogy, and i have to say this is one of my favorite movies. Yes it does not totally fit in with the first 2, but personally its still a good movie. Mel does an excellent job as always, and i was very impressed with tina turners performance, not to mention the children being just absolutely fun and witty for their roles. Yes the last road battle was sorta a letdown compared to mm1 and 2, but mm3 had a different tone to it, more optimistic and cheerful, which i didnt seem to mind. The musical score is very nice, and overall id say pick this one up if u get mm1 and 2- but dont be expecting a dark, road rage type of film that road warrior excelled at being. I still have many questions like- why were all those children on that plane?- err did they grow up in the crack in the earth never having "the things that were worth knowin" (or whatever savanah says lol)- all in all i highly reccomend this movie.
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The Mad Max films finish their transformation from the edgy, ultra-violent first movie to this kid-friendly adventure picture with slick production values and flawless photography. The violence is toned down and the fantasy elements are played up; unfortunately, this means the post-apocalytpic kick of the second movie (just about one of the greatest action flick -- EVER!) has vanished. "Thunderdome" has some fine moments, especially the well-directed scenes with the tribes of children and the haunting images of the coda, as well a couple of good action sequences, such as the face-off in the Thunderdome arena, but it doesn't stay in your memory the way the first two films do. It is still worth seeing if you enjoyed the other movies in the series. Tina Turner's performance is certainly interesting, similar to Grace Jones turn in "Conan the Destroyer," which was made at about the same time.
Of course, if you've never seen a Mad Max films, don't start here. Go back to the first one (available in a great deluxe DVD), then work up to the best of three "Road Warrior" (available in a not so deluxe DVD), then you'll be ready for this finale -- and this DVD doesn't have much in the way of extras on it either.
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The original _Mad Max_ suffered badly from its tight budget, but _The Road Warrior_ more than made up for it. The third and final film in the trilogy is, to my tastes, almost as good.
In some respects it's superior. I like Brian May's scores, but this one (by Maurice Jarre) is better. There's a lot more action in this one too; the plot sails along swiftly and we get to see quite a bit more of the postapocalyptic world (the politico-economic constraints of which are well embodied in the iconic Bartertown). And Tina Turner (who also sings on the soundtrack) as Auntie Entity is a fine piece of casting.
Good stuff, and Mel Gibson is in top form as well. Still, it just seems to me that a bit of the wind has gone out of the sails. Maybe it's because of the untimely death of producer Byron Kennedy (to whom this film is dedicated). Maybe it's just because this film is clearly intended to be more 'mainstream' than its two predecessors. But in some respects it just doesn't quite have the Mad Max 'feel'.
At any rate, it's a very cool film and highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a good postapocalyptic thriller.
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Let me tell you two or even three words on this one, dude. I was a big fan of both MAD MAX and THE ROAD WARRIOR, coming back in the early '80ies. When I heard Miller was aimed at doing a third, unnecessary installment, despite Byron Kennedy's death (the producer and film-making genius) I was highly disappointed. My expectations were high, and I was almost sure they would have messed up with it.
Oh man, I was wrong.
BEYOND THUNDERDOME is a brilliant, refreshing, provoking movie which successfully mixed-up violence and irony, well-crafted production and rawness, a solid and philosophical plot and the most stunning stunts ever seen at that given time. It's a "millennary" visionary epic all packed into a '90 minutes movie. One unique flick where the whole is far BIGGER then the sum of its parts, despite an uneven structure. That's fantastic!
Everything is great here. From the mystical and weird children/kids bearing their culture to the unforgettable centerpiece of the movie, Bartertown. From Tina Turner as Aunty Entity, who delivers the good in what could be pointed as an "outstanding performance" to the final chase scene, an energetic, creative and wonderful homage to the gianteous car sequence we saw in THE ROAD WARRIOR.
At last, but not the least, this is MEL GIBSON's finest performance in the action/adventure genre. He had the golden chance to push his legendary character towards new horizons, and he actually did it! MAD MAX rules.
Do a favour to yourself. This movie is truly a cinematic experience, something so impossible to replicate nowdays. I suggested BT to a lot of people, and everyone enjoyed and loved the movie to death too. Don't miss it. 6 stars out of five.
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By DHX on Dec 7 2003
Format: DVD
First off, this movie can be best summed up into the following recipe:
First take all of your expectations of the first two Mad Max movies and then begin gutting them out. Clean out all the insides until you have just a shell. Next begin stuffing it with a generous helping of Gladiator and any one of Tina Turner's Hits from the 80's. Add a dash of Dune and then fully set aside. In a separate container mix a GIGANTIC helping of Hook with some Home Alone until blended. Add a bit of Throw Momma from the Train and Airplane and then carefully combine all ingredients and bake for one hour. Afterwards, lightly sprinkle with The Road Warrior and then serve chilled! This low fat meal yields just enough servings to satisfy most mainstream moviegoers. Does nothing for the connessieur, however.
This movie is best likened to the Terminator series. First one is Awesome. Second is UNREAL! Third one just doesn't seem to fit in with the others. Still it's a decent movie on it's own, just not like the other two. It's worth at least a rental for both fans and non-fans of the series. But if you're expecting that RAW, gritty, hard-edged, white line, high-revved, highway actioner like the last two. you simply will not find anything like that here. And that's the problem I have with this. This is simply too jolting from the winning formula of the first two. The first two movies were so raw in their presentation you immediately became absorbed! So simple, so primal, you coudln't help but watch. In fact you were even terrified and a bit threatened as you watched the crude violence and savage nature of the antagonists. It immersed you, entertaining your animalistic feral side! That is a true achievement in moviemaking and very few movies are able to do that! None of that can be found here though.
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