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Blu-ray Review: Mad Max (Collector’s Edition)
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Mad Max
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: George Miller
Screenwriter: George Miller, James McCausland
Cast: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley, Tim Burns, Roger Ward
Scream Factory
Rated R | 93 Minutes
Release Date: May 5, 2015

Directed by George Miller, 1979’s Mad Max is a dystopian Ozploitation film about Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson), a Main Force Patrol officer fighting for peace on the roads of a lawless Australia.

After a major energy crisis cripples the world’s economy, law and order gives way to complete and total anarchy. The Outback is reduced to a desolate wasteland, roamed by motorcycle gangs who scavenge the lands for fuel and terrorize the few good people left. As a result, Main Force Patrol, an out-run police force, has been created to patrol the lands to uphold the remains of law and justice.

A berserk motorcycle gang member named Nightrider (Vincent Gil) kills a rookie officer and attempts to outrun the MFP in a stolen Pursuit Special. Enter Max, who engages the deranged sicko in a high-speed chase that ends in a fiery crash.

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Shout! Factory To Release ‘UHF,’ ‘Escape From New York,’ ‘Mad Max,’ and More On Blu-ray
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A week ago I wrote a retrospective article on the 25th anniversary of “Weird Al” Yankovic‘s supremely silly cult classic UHF and ended it with these words:

The movie may one day see a release on Blu-ray and now that Yankovic’s career is hotter than ever thanks to the success of his latest album Mandatory Fun it wouldn’t be inconceivable for a company like Shout! Factory to distribute an HD edition.

I automatically assumed at the time that Shout! would pick up the license to release UHF on Blu-ray because it’s an MGM title and they typically distribute that studio’s lesser-loved catalog entries. Plus this year would be the most appropriate time for a UHF Blu because the movie celebrates its silver anniversary in 2014 and anniversaries always look good on a Blu-ray/DVD cover. But I had no idea that when Shout! announced its upcoming home video release slate over the weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con they would be including a new 25th anniversary edition of UHF among some of their better-known titles.

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‘The Expendables 3’ Leaks Early; Downloaded Almost 200,000 Times
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The theatrical release of Lionsgate’s testosterone-heavy summer action epic The Expendables 3 isn’t scheduled for another three weeks, but that hasn’t prevented the finished film from being leaked online to various torrent sites.

According to Variety the leaked copy of the Patrick Hughes-directed sequel currently in circulation was taken from a DVD screener and downloaded almost 200,000 times around the world in a 24-hour period. That number is expected to increase as the official release of the film approaches.

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‘The Expendables 3’ Officially Gets A PG-13 Rating
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It’s become sort of a tradition with Sylvester Stallone‘s epic action series The Expendables—each movie is rumored to possibly be getting a PG-13 rating, then ultimately ends up with an R when it’s all said and done. The Expendables 2 famously had Chuck Norris state that the movie would be PG-13 (because young fans shouldn’t have to hear naughty language while watching bad guys get mowed down by big f’n guns), which was confirmed by Stallone, only later to be changed to an R.

As The Expendables 3 has approached, rumors of a PG-13 rating have of course made the rounds. But now comes word that the rating is no longer a rumor, but a sad fact. According to reports, the MPAA has given the teen-friendly flick the rating due to violence, including intense sustained gun battles and fight scenes, and language.

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Watch Now: ‘The Expendables 3’ Gets An Explosive New Trailer
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Lionsgate has released an action-packed new trailer for The Expendables 3. You can watch it here below.

This preview not only gives us a gander at the large-scale action set-pieces we’ve come to expect from the franchise but also provides us with some story details. Not much though. We already knew Mel Gibson was playing the villain and was a former friend and partner of Sylvester Stallone‘s character. The good guys get an infusion of young blood. Lots of stuff blows up. Corny jokes and cliched dialogue are exchanged. Rinse, repeat, roll credits.

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