In 2015, “Mad Max: Fury Road” revved into theaters and transported a whole new generation of fans to George Miller’s desolate dystopian wasteland. It’s one of the best films of the last decade and one of the greatest action films of all time, rightfully winning six Oscars and earning four more nominations.
But long before Tom Hardy took the reins, Miller laid the foundation of the post-apocalyptic world in three action-packed films starring Mel Gibson as Max. From 1979 to 1985, Miller released “Mad Max,” “The Road Warrior” and “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.” Now, thanks to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, all four films are getting the 4K Ultra HD treatment in the new “Mad Max Anthology” collection.
Arriving in a four-disc set, the “Mad Max Anthology” marks the first time “The Road Warrior” and “Beyond Thunderdome” will appear on 4K Ultra HD, and each film will be available individually as well.
When it comes time to decide whether or not to purchase the anthology, don’t count on any bonus features to sway the needle – the only ones included are previously-released extras from “The Road Warrior,” and they aren’t particularly extensive.
Let’s take a look.
Special Features on 4K Ultra HD and Digital
- Introduction by Leonard Maltin – Renowned film critic Leonard Maltin introduces the film and delivers background information on the decision to greenlight the “Mad Max” sequel.
- Commentary by Director George Miller and Cinematographer Dean Semler – Watch the film alongside its creators to hear in-depth analysis of the filmmaking process.
- Road War: The Making of Road Warrior – This nearly 50-minute documentary-style extra explores the creative process behind expanding the universe in “The Road Warrior.”
Zach Goins is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association based in Raleigh, N.C. Zach co-founded Inside The Film Room in 2018 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the website and co-host of the podcast. Zach also serves as a film critic for CLTure.org.