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PostSubject: Best way to get Mad Max 1 & 2 on laserdisc   Tue Apr 26, 2011 12:31 pm

POSTED BY HIPPIEDALEK

The title says it all really, I'm looking to get Mad Max 1 & 2 on laserdisc but am unsure what the best versions are.

For Mad Max I'd be looking for widescreen with the original Australian soundtrack (why did the yanks have to dub it?)

For Mad Max 2 I'd like to get hold of the unrated version in widescreen.

I've looked through lddb and it seems the only way to get Mad Max in widescreen with the Aussie soundtrack is to buy the Japanese widescreen trilogy boxset. However the version of Mad Max 2 that comes with the boxset is the R-Rated version that has been cut. I also can't seem to find any on lddb that explicitly state they are the unrated version. On top of that I'm not really that fussed about owning Mad Max 3.

So I'm appealing to you guys who all have a lot more experience with collecting laserdiscs than I do (having only been collecting for a few months) an may even own versions of the films I'm looking for.

Any advice would be great,

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PostSubject: Re: Best way to get Mad Max 1 & 2 on laserdisc   Sat May 21, 2011 10:57 am

Hi, sorry, only just noticed this post even though it's a few weeks old now.

I have the first two Mad Max films on laserdisc. Not sure if these are the versions you're after, but they're both excellent editions.

http://i26.servimg.com/u/f26/16/36/38/76/mad_ma10.jpg

http://i26.servimg.com/u/f26/16/36/38/76/mad_ma11.jpg

MAD MAX is the Orion Home Video version (93 minutes) in Widescreen and mono soundtrack. It was issued in 1993 and is R rated. I'm not sure if it's the original Aussie soundtrack. I guess not as it's a joint AIP and Filmways Company release. AIP often put their own music scores to 'foreign' titles they distributed. Don't really think that an Oz picture should count as foreign , but you know what these Yanks are!

As for the sequel, the LD I have is under the title THE ROAD WARRIOR. Here's the lddb details:

http://www.lddb.com/laserdisc/05667/13346/Mad-Max-2:-The-Road-Warrior-(1981)

This is from Warner Home Video, in full widescreen (2.35:1 as was the first film), Dolby Surround Stereo, and plays for 95 minutes. There's nothing to say whether it's uncut or not. You'd have to check running times with other versions.
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PostSubject: Re: Best way to get Mad Max 1 & 2 on laserdisc   Wed Jun 01, 2011 5:46 am

Cheers for the info, sorry it took me so long to repy.

laserkb wrote:

MAD MAX is the Orion Home Video version (93 minutes) in Widescreen and mono soundtrack. It was issued in 1993 and is R rated. I'm not sure if it's the original Aussie soundtrack. I guess not as it's a joint AIP and Filmways Company release. AIP often put their own music scores to 'foreign' titles they distributed. Don't really think that an Oz picture should count as foreign , but you know what these Yanks are!

It's not the music that the AIP dubbed, it was the dialogue! The didn't think the Yanks would be able to understand the Aussies speaking plain English.

I think the version you have is http://www.lddb.com/laserdisc/05411/ID2594OR/Mad-Max-(1979) in which case it must be dubbed.

I've looked through lddb and none of them confirm that they have the Aussie dailogue but these ones are possible candidates:

http://www.lddb.com/laserdisc/42046/08JL-61170/Mad-Max-(1979) - Pan and Scan, not 100% sure it has the Aussie dialog as it doesn't say, but it's a Japanese release with English soundtrack and Japanese subtitles, why would they bother using the dubbed version if they were subtitling it anyway?

http://www.lddb.com/laserdisc/29191/NJEL-11170/Mad-Max-(1979) - Same as above

http://www.lddb.com/laserdisc/00192/ML-9/Mad-Max:-Widescreen-Collection - Same as above but widescreen

http://www.lddb.com/laserdisc/41092/VL4030/Mad-Max-(1979) - Pan and Scan, US release so I would assume dubbed

I thought the Widescreen collection said it did have the Aussie soundtrack but I must have been mistaken.
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