Review: 'Mad Max Anthology' Delivers a Classic Films Series in Stunning 4K

by Sam Cohen

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday November 22, 2021

Is there anything more enduring in cinema than the image of a lone man walking around a wasteland created by humanity's greed and many excesses? The "Mad Max" series answers that question and gives pause to the beauty that still exists in the world after the apocalypse.

Although the series is helmed by George Miller, each film is different from the next in aesthetic terms, yet they're all guided by a grand sense of immediacy and storytelling through motion. Even with the image of Mel Gibson fastened to the first three movies, the entire series feels shaped by the unique voice of Miller and the many creatives that have contributed to its depiction in media.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment compiles the existing four "Mad Max" films and presents them all on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with the "Mad Max Anthology." Although the original "Mad Max" and "Mad Max: Fury Road" have had previous 4K releases, "The Road Warrior" and "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" are new to the format. Both are given 4K presentations with HDR that preserve the dusty, granular look of the films, and offers much deeper color depth than any previous editions. Plus, "The Road Warrior" and "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" get new Dolby Atmos tracks that will give any home setup a proper auditory workout.

A note of caution, though: "The Road Warrior" has a new Dolby Atmos soundtrack that reportedly changes many sound effects, and is missing some from previous audio tracks. That being said, I'm sure Warner Bros. is already developing a solution or will plan to speak on the concern soon. And, unfortunately, the 5.1 and original 2.0 audio tracks of the film included here are just fold-downs from the new mix.

Despite that one reservation, I can say for certain that this is the best that "Max Max Beyond Thunderdome" and "The Road Warrior" have ever looked at home. Film grain looks natural, and there doesn't seem to be much digital noise reduction being applied. The result is terrific presentations for both films, and the other two offering up the exact same presentations they were afforded in previous 4K editions. As for special features, we only get a brief intro by critic Leonard Maltin and an archival commentary track by Miller produced for "The Road Warrior."

If getting to see all four of the "Mad Max" films in the best fidelity possible is on your wish list, then "Mad Max Anthology" should be added to your shopping list now.

"Mad Max Anthology" is now available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Digital from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.