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  • Mad Max (1980)

Starring Mel Gibson

DVD released 2002, MGM Home Entertainment

Used, Like New

  • Mad Max, Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

Starring Mel Gibson, Tina Turner

DVD released 1997, Warner Home Video

Used, Like New

  • Planet of the Apes (1967)

Starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Linda Harrison

DVD released 2001, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Used, Like New

  • Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)

Starring Paul Mantee, Victor Lundin, Adam West, and The Wooley Monkey

DVD release date not known

Used, Like New

 

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  • Mad Max

Setting Mel Gibson on a sure path to superstardom, this highly acclaimed “crazy collide-o-scope”(Newsweek) of highway mayhem “cinematically defined the postapocalyptic landscape” (TV Guide). Featuring eye-popping stunts that are “electrifying and very convincing” (Variety) and “an authentically nihilistic spirit” (The Village Voice), Mad Max is “pure cinematic poetry” (Time). In the ravaged near future, a savage motorcycle gang rules the road. Terrorizing innocent civilians while tearing up the streets, the ruthless gang laughs in the face of a police force hell-bent on stopping them. But they underestimate one officer: Max Rockatansky (Gibson). And when the bikers brutalize Max’s best friend and family, they send him into a mad frenzy that leaves him with only one thing left in the world to live for revenge!

Additional Features

MGM’s special edition restores the original Australian soundtrack (including Mel Gibson’s voice!) to the film for the first time on home video. That in itself would be enough to make this a DVD essential, but cinematographer David Eggby, special effects supervisor Chris Murray, and art director Jon Dowding look under the hood of this revved-up revenge classic in a commentary track and the featurette “Mad Max: The Film Phenomenon.” Their nuts-and-bolts comments and nostalgic stories of seat-of-the-pants stunts provide a terrific survey of low-budget action moviemaking by ambitious young filmmakers. Less essential is the rather wan Mel Gibson star portrait (apparently Gibson and director George Miller were too busy to participate in the supplements, so we make do with his acting teacher and costars) and the entertaining, if truly trivial, “Road Rants” subtitle track. –Sean Axmaker

Product details

  • Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
  • MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
  • Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
  • Director : George Miller
  • Media Format : Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Run time : 1 hour and 34 minutes
  • Release date : January 1, 2002
  • Actors : Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley, Tim Burns
  • Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
  • Producers : Bill Miller, Byron Kennedy
  • Studio : MGM (Video & DVD)
  • Writers : Byron Kennedy, George Miller, James McCausland
  • Number of discs : 1

 

  • Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome

Two men enter. One man leaves. That’s the law in Bartertown’s Thunderdome arena. But lawmaker Aunty Entity will soon add another: Don’t get Max mad!

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome stars Mel Gibson (Lethal Weapon, Maverick) for his third go-round as the title hero who takes on the barbarians of the post-nuclear future – and this time becomes the savior of a tribe of lost children. Music superstar Tina Turner steals what’s left of the screen as Aunty Entity, a power-mad dominatrix determined to use Max to tighten her stranglehold on Bartertown.

Directors George Miller and George Ogilvie deliver another rousing final apocalypse-on-wheels and one of the best movie fight scenes ever, as Max and the gladiatorial Blaster face off with maces, chainsaws, and anything not nailed down inside Thunderdome. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome: watch and you’ll agree with the soundtrack song the “We Don’t Need Another Hero.”

Although Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, the third part of George Miller’s post-apocalyptic Mad Max trilogy, is certainly the least of the bunch (Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is the undisputed masterpiece, and maybe the best action movie ever made), it has still got a good share of imaginative industrial-wasteland-pastiche imagery. And casting Tina Turner as Aunty Entity, the queen of Bartertown, was a masterstroke. Mel Gibson’s character Max is pitted in a battle to the death against the bizarre Master Blaster in the Thunderdome, flying around on rubbery straps inside a sort of gigantic overturned colander with bloodthirsty spectators clinging to the outside. Miller’s producing partner, Byron Kennedy, was killed in a helicopter crash while scouting locations for this film. Miller was devastated, only agreeing to direct the action sequences–and, somehow, you feel his heart wasn’t entirely in it. –Jim Emerson

  • Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
  • MPAA rating :  PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.38 x 0.6 inches; 4 Ounces
  • Director : George Miller, George Ogilvie
  • Media Format : Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Run time : 1 hour and 47 minutes
  • Release date : July 30, 1997
  • Actors : Mel Gibson, Tina Turner, Bruce Spence, Adam Cockburn, Frank Thring
  • Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
  • Producers : Doug Mitchell, George Miller, Marcus D’Arcy, Steve Amezdroz
  • Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Studio : Warner Home Video
  • Writers : George Miller, Terry Hayes
  • Number of discs : 1

 

  • Planet of the Apes

An astronaut goes by time warp to a future planet ruled by smart apes who keep humans as slaves. Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner.

Product details

  • Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
  • MPAA rating : PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5 x 0.75 inches; 4.8 Ounces
  • Director : Franklin J. Schaffner
  • Media Format : Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC, THX, Letterboxed
  • Run time : 1 hour and 52 minutes
  • Release date : August 21, 2001
  • Actors : Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore
  • Subtitles: : English, Spanish
  • Producers : Arthur P. Jacobs, Mort Abrahams
  • Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Studio : 20th Century Fox
  • Writers : Michael Wilson, Pierre Boulle, Rod Serling
  • Number of discs : 1

 

  • Robinson Crusoe on Mars

Special-effects wunderkind and genre master Byron Haskin (The War of the Worlds, The Outer Limits) won a place in the hearts of fantasy-film lovers everywhere with this gorgeously designed journey into the unknown. When his spaceship crash-lands on the barren wastelands of Mars, U.S. astronaut Commander “Kit” Draper (Paul Mantee) must fight for survival, with a pet monkey seemingly his only companion. But is he alone? Shot in vast Techniscope and blazing Technicolor, Robinson Crusoe on Mars is an imaginative and beloved techni-marvel of classic science fiction.

Product details

  • MPAA rating :  NR (Not Rated)
  • Director : Byron Haskin
  • Run time : 1 hour and 50 minutes
  • Actors : Paul Mantee, Victor Lundin, Adam West, The Woolly Monkey
  • Producers : Aubrey Schenck, Edwin F. Zabel
  • Writers : Daniel Defoe, Ib Melchior, John C. Higgins
  • Number of discs : 1

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Weight 0.858 lbs
Dimensions 7.5 × 5.5 × 2.25 in

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