WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Road Warrior, The
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 10 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Mike Preston, Max Phipps, Vernon Wells, Emil Minty

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 4.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 13346
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 95
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1982
(LD Release Date): 06/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): George Miller
(Screenplay/Written By): Terry Hayes, George Miller & Brian Hannant
(Story): NA
(Music): Brian May
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Graham “Grace” Walker
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Norma Moriceau
(Editor): Howard Smith
(Supervising Sound Editors): Bruce Lamshed
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Byron Kennedy

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.46:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Sequel to Mad Max, this full-throttle futuristic action thriller features Gibson as the legendary lone heroic warrior who leads a nomadic life in a post-nuclear age. Not only is he haunted by the tragic memories of his family, but he is continually pitted against evil and vulgar barbarians who rape and pillage the region. Fueled by his hatred for these murderous villains, Max’s resilience surfaces in his determination to seek revenge for his family and his honor—making “Mad Max” one of the most awesome anti-heroes of all time.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture has been transferred severely off vertical center and reframed at an aspect ratio of 2.46:1 It has a natural look with some minor artifacts, but grain mars the otherwise pleasing picture attributes.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound has an aggressive surround and directional effects. Bass extension is excellent with good dynamics.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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