Retroplex Cinema: Mad Max (1979)/Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
Mad Max (1979)
Release & ReceptionMad Max would be released in Australia in 1979 and then American International Pictures handled the U.S. release with Warner Brothers distributing it throughout the rest of the world. Upon release the film was either loved or hated by critics it seemed. Some praised the action of the film while others found it incoherent and the violence disturbing. However in the end, Mad Max was a huge success. Making over $100 million world wide, it held the record for many years for cost to profit ratio considering it's low budget. Today it holds an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes and went on to spawn two sequels, the first of which we are going to talk about next!
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
Release & ReceptionThe original Mad Max never did receive a proper release in the United States due to it's distribution company in final stages of a change of ownership. Warner Brothers decided they would release Mad Max 2 in the U.S. this time around but weren't sure if anyone would go see a sequel to a movie they had not seen. They changed the title to The Road Warrior and all advertising of the film did not refer to the Max character at all. Most people didn't even know it was a sequel until they saw the film in theaters and saw the prologue at the film's beginning showing scenes from the original film. The marketing would work though and the film was a huge financial success. The critics also praised the film and it still holds a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes today. When the third film was ready for release in 1985, Warner Brothers were then comfortable with the title of Mad Max and decided it was okay to release that film as Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.
The Legacy Of Mad MaxThe dystopian and apocalyptic settings of the Mad Max film series have become a staple of futuristic films over the years. The first two Mad Max films are considered modern classics and every action film takes some influence from these movies, whether it be the car chases themselves, or the designs of the futuristic vehicles, costumes, or dystopian look of the film. The film's made Mel Gibson an international superstar and they consistently make many top 100 lists when film's are being ranked. Now 36 years later new audiences and old ones will get to rediscover the world of Mad Max when Mad Max: Fury Road hits theaters this Friday. You just can't keep a mad man down it seems! Take a look at some other Mad Max goodies and go enjoy the new film in theaters!