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WATCH: Oliver retro-reviews Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

March 19th, 2014 by Oliver Harper 1 Comment

Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior – we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…

Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…

The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.

“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

1981 saw the sequel to the huge hit Mad Max. The original movie was one of the most successful films ever made and continues to hold that title. Costing $400,000 to produce and making over $100 million at the box office. When it came to its distribution in the US it was picked up by a small company that was unfortunately going through financial problems so they failed to market the movie, plus they felt audiences wouldn’t understand the Aussie accents and dubbed it over. With the sequel Warner Bros was going to market the movie in the US but felt audiences wouldn’t know of the character Mad Max so they retitled the movie The Road Warrior.

Mad Max 2 has a huge following and is still regarded as one of the most influential action films of all time. Do you think the sequel is the best out of the Trilogy? let’s find out.

Oliver’s review:

Original trailer:


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Oliver Harper is, like the rest of us at FTN, a bit of a movie freak. He watches, thinks and then breaks down all the classics that were or may never have been. A big fan of 80s cinema, his trivia knowledge is phenomenal and the best part? He records great little videos to share his knowledge. Epic. Find Oliver's updates here:!/groups/370105659683174/--