Alas, WARNER BROS. has released one of their titles, that's justifiably considered a "classic." "THE ROAD WARRIOR" is a great film that transcends the action genre. It's evident at the start of this brilliant film, that we're in for an unusual film, as the narrator begins to tell his tale with the kind of foreshadowing of an epic as Ishmael had done at the beginning of "MOBY DICK."
"THE ROAD WARRIOR" is also one of those few sequels that's infinitely superior to its predecessor and the sequel that follows it. Director George Miller weaves together a future apocalyptic tale wherein gas is as scarce and valuable as water in a desert. Scattered communities of survivors do battle with villainous hordes of eccentric, violent gangs, and Max, the "Road Warrior" is an unwitting hero, bent on saving the community he's most recently been a part of. "THE ROAD WARRIOR" holds up perfectly 25 years after its debut and should do just as well in another 25 years! It's just that good!
WARNER BROS. has provided a 1080p/VC-1 transfer with 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Colors are richer than ever and it's never looked this good since its original theatrical presentation. The production design is elaborate and visually arresting, so the incredible level of detail and color saturation is all the more impressive. Even in the darkest scenes, contrast is flawless! Thankfully, WARNER BROS. has really done the visual presentation of "THE ROAD WARRIOR" well!
WARNER BROS. has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. While it's more active than the last dvd presentation, and surrounds kick in effectively at key moments, it's still disappointing to find that WARNER BROS. has never been able to present the mix with the same level of fidelity as this reviewer recalls in its initial theatrical debut! A perfect example of this is early on when a villain injured by an arrow in his arm, lets out a gigantic, extended scream. In theaters, this was a staggering moment of dynamic proportion. On dvd and even on Blu-ray, it's nothing remarkable.
WARNER BROS has provided a terrific commentary with the director and director of cinematography. It's great! The theatrical trailer is also included.