Mad Max is one of those films we'll forever remember for its assistance in launching Mel Gibson's career -- as well as a really crazy movie franchise unlike anything we had ever seen -- but it's hard not to watch the film and feel like it's missing something. Director George Miller has gone on record plenty of times admitting it'd be a much different movie if they had a higher budget, and the two Mad Max sequels reflect that -- they're very different movies. The original Mad Max is sort of like a tense psychological thriller, whereas the next two are these crazy postapocalyptic action flicks.
There's still much to love about Mad Max, but when it first debuted in the U.S. back in 1979 there were changes and parts missing, in addition to a new audio track which dubbed over the actors' Aussie accents because, ya know, we Americans can't handle that sort of thing. The 2002 special edition DVD finally included the original uncut version, but with various versions floating around (including one that cut out some of the violence and bloodshed), many of you probably never watched Mad Max as it was originally intended.
That said, our friends over at Cinephilia & Beyond have unearthed the entire original cut online, and you can watch it below.
The original uncut Australian version of the classic — Mad Max (1979). Mad Max as pure cinema. Not dubbed and not cut by five minutes. You will actually hear Mel’s voice and the rest of the cast with glories accents, not the horrible out of sync dub. And this contains all the extra blood and guts missing from the U.S. prints. If you’re a ‘Mad’ fan, you owe it to yourself to see this neo–classic. (NOTE: For educational purposes only)
George Miller is currently prepping his next Mad Max movie, titled Mad Max: Fury Road, starring Tom Hardy in the lead role. It's due out sometime in 2014, and here's what Hardy looks like in the film.
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