Mad Max Trilogy Hits Blu-Ray On June 4th!

The Road Warrior - Imp Awards
Exciting news today for all of us fans of Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) and the post-apocalyptic world that Director George Miller created. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is releasing all three of the Mad Max films to Blu-Ray on June 4th, now Mad Max and the Road Warrior are already available but this will be the first time that Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome will be available on HD.

Mad Max Theatrical Trailer (1979)
I will assume that the Blu-Ray version of Mad Max will present the original Australian dialogue version and not the American dubbed version as you can hear in the trailer above.

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

No word yet on if any of the films will have special features such as commentary or perhaps a retrospective of the Mad Max trilogy. A preview of next year’s Mad Max: Fury Road would be a welcome addition to the collection though in my opinion.

From the Warner Bros. Press Release: “From the very first film, Oscar winner George Miller (Happy Feet, 2006) proved a master at creating the gritty, bleak dystopian world and staging the incredible car stunts and crashes in the era when stuntmen, not computers, achieved the effects. All three movies starred Mel Gibson, virtually unknown until after the second film, as Max Rockatansky, a highway cop traveling through the Outback in a society descending into chaos. The films started Gibson on his road to international superstardom, led to his signature Lethal Weapon series, and later two Academy Awards for his roles as producer and director of Braveheart (1995).”

The Mad Max Trilogy Blu-ray Collection will come in a limited premium tin packaging for $49.99, making a great gift for Father’s Day. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, which is making its Blu-ray debut, will also be made available as a single release along with Mad Max Road Warrior.”

[Via] IGN

Howard Scott Warshaw – Once Upon Atari

An absolute heartfelt round of applause to IGN’s Video Channel over on YouTube for posting these tantalizing bits of the documentary by Howard Scott Warshaw, the designer of Yar’s Revenge, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and of course E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600. Once Upon Atari takes us back to the “Glory Days” of the company through interviews with those programmers and visionaries that had a hand in crafting the foundation of the video games we all love playing today.

You can purchase the DVD over on Howard’s website, by following his link above. Each “episode” on the DVD is about 30 minutes long of which there are four and they’ve cut the price of this documentary to $29.99! When I receive my own copy I’ll be sure to give a more thorough review but just those little snippets on YouTube have me begging for more.

A huge thanks to Atari Age for the great pic up top!

Mortal Kombat: Freddy Krueger DLC Announcement

Yesterday in the comments on Joshua Caleb’s excellent post on Retro Remakes, our own Retroist made mention of a bit of news some of you might have missed. It is true that Frederick Charles Krueger will indeed be available for download on August 9th as a DLC fighter in the new Mortal Kombat game.

Now that the doors have been opened with Freddy Krueger how long will we have to wait until Jason Voorhees or possibly the greatest protector against demons that mankind has ever known, Ashley J. Williams, can be made available as DLC fighters as well? Probably quite some time as Freddy is owned by Warner Bros. the same company that owns the rights to Mortal Kombat and Jason and Ash are not. It would be great though to have all three characters to choose from!

Thanks to IGN for posting the video over on YouTube and Joystiq for the pic up top!