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Mad Max 2

original title: Mad Max II

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  • Unrated
  • Lost 1984 TV Version
Release: Jun 25, 2010 - Author: Jason - Translator: Matar - external link: IMDB
Comparison between the unrated version (British tape) and the missing American TV version from 1984.

In the middle of the 80s Mad Max 2 got edited in a special version for the TV. The first channel which aired this version was NBC, later the Australian Network 10 as well. This version is censored in nearly every scene containing violence but offers different camera angles and complete alternative scenes which are unique in this way. These scenes were re-inserted to the movie to enlarge him to its original runtime.

This way of censoring was not unusual for the American TV and it generally shows a good solution for TV channels. Instead of simply cutting anything alternative material was used so that the version was pretty viewable. Definately this version is pretty good and beside the cut scenes there is no sound cut. Because of the alternative scenes this version becomes very interessting.
The DVD is basically not officially licsensed (a bootleg) which is only offered on ebay from time to time or can be found at various privat mailorders across the world wide web.

This cut report will only deal with material which can be found (or heard) in any other version. This means:
a) Any considerable alternative takes or alternate pictures are shown with which the unrated version has been changed - no matter if it was because of censorship or different (not defined) reasons. It can be mentioned that the camera angles only differ in few degrees without showing the actual detail of the unrated which is now hidden beyond the edge of the screen. Most of these changes will not appear here.
A lot of fade effects and the turning of the camera of the TV version differ here because the movie was basically shot in the format scope. However, the details should also be available in the fullscreen version.
b) Of course, all extended takes are listed.
c) Dialogue changes are also mentioned.

The runtime is based on the unrated version. The rest of the runtime differences result from different run speed PAL-NTSC, sometimes there are slightly enlarged runtimes in the unrated version to shortened alternative takes in the TV version.
Unrated version: 1:31:07 min (1:28:47 min w/o credits)Runtime of the 1984 TV version: 1:35:41 min (1:33:15 min w/o credits)

63 Alternative scenes/pictures = no time difference
26 extended scenes = 2 min. 53 sec.
3 Dialogue changes
Intro:

0:19
The unrated version shows the original title 'Mad Max 2' while the TV version shows 'The Road Warrior'.
no time difference




Prologue:

3:08
Dialogue change
Despite the fact that the narrator is different than the one from the unrated version, some words were changed here.
Unrated:
"....ordinary men were battered and smashed. Men like Max. The warrior Max. In the roar of an engine he lost everything....and became the shell of a man. A burned out, desperate man. A man, haunted by the demons of his past. A man who wandered out into the wasteland. And is was here - in this blighted place - that he learned to live again."
TV:
"....good, brave men were battered and smashed. Men like Max ruled the highway in the name of the law. He became a lover - husband - father. In the roar of an engine he lost everything - his woman - his child - his world. He wandered out into the wasteland, and here he would learn - amid the dark wreckage, but the fire which burns in the heart of man will endure. Hope survives."
no time difference


Max examines the truck:

7:41
Alternative take
Unrated:
One can hear a scream whereas Max looks around and notices the Goon's bloody hand which comes out of the wreck.


TV:
One can hear the sound of flapping wings and the scream of birds whereas Max looks around to the street.


The unrated runs a bit longer.
5 Sec.


Max finds the plane:

9:17
Alternative take
Unrated:
In this take the camera moves above Max's car.


TV:
Here the take comes abit earlier without showing the plane, one can see him coming out of his car and closing the door.


no time difference

9:37
Alternative take
Unrated:
Max moves around the camera, this is the reason why one can see his back earlier. He moves towards the plane.


TV:
Additional take from above how Max goes towards the plane. The fading to his back view comes later when Max is close to the plane.


This cut was obviously made to prevent a view on the naked woman.
no time difference

10:35
Alternative take
Unrated: The pilot is shown longer.


TV:
Earlier fade to Max before he says "Booby-trapped".


no time difference

10:40
Alternative take
Unrated:
Slow camera panning to the pilot.


TV:
'Hard' cut to the pilot.


Therefore the pilot can be seen earlier in the TV version.
no time difference

10:51
Alternativer take
Different camera angles to prevent views on the weapon lying on the ground.
Unrated:


TV:


no time difference

11:24
Alternative take
Unrated: Take of the pilot and Max runs longer.


TV: Close up of Max’s face.


no time difference

11:32
Alternative take
Different pictures in both versions.
Unrated:


TV:


no time difference

12:11
Alternative take
Unrated: Two takes of the pilot with a knife on his throat.


TV: A shot of Max is extended.


no time difference


Max and the pilot in oberservation mode:

13:48
Alternative take
Unrated: A take of both.


TV: Single takes of both whereas the pilot is ‚cut’ into Max after a short while.


no time difference

15:21
Alternative take
Unrated: Camera panning to Max, camera remains in this take.


TV: Max can be seen after the fade, additional panning to pilot and dog.


no time difference

21:10
Alternative take
Unrated: The whole scene can be seen through binoculars. Wez is running to his bike.


TV: Again a short glimpse on the pilot.


no time difference

21:47
Alternative picture
Different pictures after Max gave back the binocular.
Unrated: One can see the pilot using the binocular.


TV: Max can be seen when he runs to the car.


no time difference


Max at the refinery:

24:10
Extended scene
TV: The boy goes to Max’s dog which sniffes his gloves with which the boy catches the boomerang. The boy throws something what looks like a ball and the dog tries to catch it.
6 Sec.



24:21
Alternative take
Unrated: Cut to the blood-smeared face of the man while Max turns around.


TV: The camera remains on Max.


no time difference

25:14
Alternative take
Unrated: The blood-smeared face can be seen.


TV: Close-up’s of friends who help the man.


no time difference

26:46
Extended scene
TV: After ‚Warrior Woman’ pulled Max out of the screen one can see Papagallo who walks towards the dead man. He touches his face whereas his mother pushes him away. Papagallo leaves the scene. Afterwards one can see a take which was also used earlier and one can see how Max’s car is pulled into the refinery.
12 Sec.




The Gang in front of the refinery:

28:04
Alternative take
Unrated: Camera panning to the ‚Warrior Woman’ to the right.


TV:
Camera panning to a wall of tires.


No time difference

28:18
Alternative take
Unrated: Panning from the gunman of the firethrower to the flame.


TV: The camera stays on the gunman.


No time difference

28:37
Alternative take
Unrated: Camera panning over various cars which are coming near. One can see the human shilds on them.


TV: Long shot from a position far away.


The unrated versions runs longer for
3 Sec.

28:49
Extended scene
TV: A take of Warrior Woman has been inserted.
4 Sec.



29:01
Extended scene
TV: Some of the defenders recognize the situation and drop their bows.
4 Sec.



29:18
Alternative take
Unrated: The camera remains on ist position.


TV: Pan shot to the right which uncovers the whole gang.


No time difference

29:27
Alternative pictures
The TV version has its picture shifted to the left so the human shields can not be seen anymore. Instead one can see the gang members.
Unrated:


TV:


No time difference

29:28
Extended scene
TV: Two identically dressed Goons get up their seats.
3 Sec.



29:59
Alternative take
Unrated: The belly punch of the human shield is shown in a close-up.


TV: The same sequence from a position far away.


No time difference

30:35
Alternative take
Unrated: Wez gives a headnut to the human shield.


TV: Take of Papagallo.


No time difference

30:42
Extended scene
TV: A take of a gang member has been inserted.
2,5 Sec.



30:56
Alternative take
Unrated: Wez moves the boomerang in his girlfriend’s head.


TV: Take of an astonished Max.


No time difference

31:08
Extended scene
TV: Two takes of gang members, who follow the fly of the boomerang, have been inserted.
2,5 Sec.



31:19
Alternative take
Unrated: The guy without fingers can be seen in a closer and farer take.


TV: The same guy can be only seen in a close take.


No time difference

31:24
Extended scene
TV: More laughing gang members are shown.
2 Sec.



31:25
Alternative pictures
Changed image detail.
Unrated:


TV:


No time difference

31:26
Extended scene
TV: Again laughing gang members.
3 Sec.



31:41
Extended scene
TV: Another take of Warrior Woman.
2,5 Sec.



31:59
Alternative take
Unrated: Humungus strangles Wez and talks to him. There are takes from the front of him as well as his head from behind.


TV: Humungus strangles Wez. The camera remains in the front position. The sentence "We all lost someone we love" has been removed from the monologue.


No time difference

32:26
Alternative take
Unrated: Humungus keeps on strangeling, Wez passes away.


TV: Take of Max.


Unrated runs longer for
1,5 Sec.

33:19
Extended scene
TV: More gang members return to their cars and start their engines. The sentence "I'm awaiting your answer - you have one whole day to decide!" has been inserted.
9 Sec.



33:36
Alternative take
Unrated: Camera remains on Max.


TV: Camera panning to the left, one of the guys from the refinery climbs over the wall.


No time difference

33:51
Extended scene
TV: One can see the gang disappear a bit longer.
6 Sec.



34:01
Extended scene
TV: Same with Papagallo on the wall.
5 Sec.



34:05
Extended scene
TV: One of the guys from the refinery gets down from the wall.
1,5 Sec.




Negotiation of the deal:

37:47
Alternative pictures
Unrated: A take shows Papagallo and the veteran.


TV: The take shows Papagallo and his speaker.


No time difference

38:04
Alternative take
Unrated: The camera does not move during the conversation.


TV: Camera paning to the right to an old woman.


No time difference


Max return/Fight at the refinery:

46:36
Alternative take / Extended scene
Unrated: The car rams the jacked up car with the guy under it and smashes his legs.


TV: Air takes from the truck and its chasers.


The TV sequence is longer:
11 Sec.

46:41
Extended scene
TV: One can see the truck earlier.
5 Sec.



47:18
Alternative take / Extended scene
Unrated: The truck keeps on rolling down the streat, the camera paning to the air take continues..


TV: There are decent air takes of the truck, interrupted by the pilot’s astonished face. Therefore a 180° camera paning of the air take is interrupted after its first half. This occurred because the next alternative take should fit.


TV version runs longer for
21 Sec.

48:08
Alternative take
Unrated: Max’s truck rips away a tent. A naked couple can be seen.


TV: Max’s truck rips away a tent and keeps on driving (no naked couple).


No time difference

48:21
Extended scene
TV: Papagallo yells "Take your positions!" to his people. Plenty of them accept the order. Afterwards there is a long shot of the truck which is coming closer.
13 Sec.



48:35
Extended scene
TV: Papagallo yells “Open the gates!“.
1,5 Sec.



50:16
Alternative take
Unrated: Papagallo is hit by an arrow.


TV: Close-up of Papagallo’s face after being hit by an arrow.


No time difference

50:38
Alternative take
Unrated: Wez climps on a car.


TV: Wez jumps over a pipeline with a salto.


This may bet he reason for a covering of Wez’s naked bum.
No time difference


After the fight:

52:18
Alternative pictures
Different camera angles to prevent a glimpse on Papagallo’s leg.
Unrated:


TV:


No time difference

52:33
Alternative take
Unrated: Papagallo can be seen in a take from a far position. He grabs his leg with a pain-filled face. He asks for the truck’s condition.


TV: Papagallo in a closer take: he looks at his leg (can not be seen) and grimaces because of pain and asks for the truck’s condition.


Alternative images have been used to prevent a glimpse on his leg.
No time difference

53:02
Alternative pictures
Unrated: The take shows the mechanic while his helper asks him what this all is about and he answers with „24 hours“.


TV:
The take shows the mechanic’s helper while he asks him.


No time difference

53:08
Dialogue change
Unrated:
Papagallo: "They got twelve!"
TV:
Papagallo: "Tell them they got twelve!"
No time difference

53:12
Alternative take
Unrated: Camera paning from the mechanic to the helper.


TV: Hard cut to the helper.


The mechanic can be seen a bit longer in the unrated.
No time difference

53:13
Alternative take
Unrated: Papagallo grabs his leg, some people help him up.


TV: More people come to help him.


No time difference


After nightfall/torturing of the prisoners:

54:26
Alternative
Unrated: The Marauder’s burn a hostage.


TV: Here one can see pictures of hanged hostages.


No time difference.

55:26
Alternative take
Unrated: The camera moves to the guy at the bow.


TV: The camera shows the man at the bow earlier.


No time difference


Escape:

55:52
Extended scene
TV: Papagallo’s speaker gives orders and moves out of the screen while the people continue working.
5 Sec.




After Max’s accident:

1:04:28
Alternative take
Unrated: The Goon moves to the rock, Max comes visably from it. The Goon aims at him while the guy without fingers yells at Wez that the tank is full and belongs to him.


TV: The Goon walks towards the rock a bit shorter. He also aims shorter, the dialogue of the guy without fingers is shown, afterwards the goon drops his bow.


No time difference

1:05:08
Alternative take
Unrated: Take of Max’s bloody face.


TV: Max covers his face with his hands (his face can not be seen).


No time difference

1:05:28
Alternative take
Unrated:Wez moves on and yells „Let’s go!“. Take of Max’s bloody face. Wez gets in his car and drives off. Again Max’s face.


TV: Wez waves a second time while he yells „Let’s go!“, climps into his car and drives off. One can see him and another car driving off.


No time difference

1:06:43
Here the TV offers a green color layer to censor Max’s bloody face.
Unrated:


TV:



Max the truck driver:

1:10:14
Dialogue change
Unrated:
Max: "Come on, cut the crap."
TV:
Max: "You're not so sprite yourself."
No time difference

1:10:17
Alternative pictures
Unrated: While Max holds Papagallo one can see Papagallo in a close-up.


TV: Same scene, Max can be seen.


No time difference


Hunt fort he truck:


1:14:49
Alternative take / Extended scene
Unrated: Papagallo lures away some chasers from the truck.


TV: Papagallo lures away some chasers on bikes. He keeps on driving alone, the Goons come near and keep on chasing him a while.


This sequence runs longer in the TV
6 Sec.

1:15:43
Alternative take / Extended scene
Unrated: A take of Max, which is used in the TV a bit later, and the boy.


TV: Take of the flying object.


The TV runs longer for
6 Sec.

1:16:29
Alternative take
TV: The take of Max can be seen earlier.


No time difference

1:16:29
Alternative take
Unrated: Papagallo’s speaker drops of the truck and falls on the streat with the pedestal which blazes up (slow-motion).


TV: Papagallo’s speaker drops the truck (filmed from behind).


Unrated is longer for
3,5 Sec.

1:16:52
Alternative take
Unrated: The machanic looks at his fired up hands and tries to extinguish it.


TV: The mechanic tries to extinguish the fire (his hands can not be seen).


Unrated runs longer
1 Sec.

1:17:13
Alternative take
Unrated: The mechanic lifts up his burning hands and says: "I'm allright, i'm allright!".


TV: The mechanic does not show his hands and say „I’m allright!“.


No time difference

1:17:17
Alternative take
Unrated: Wez’s arrows impact Warrior Woman (close-up). The camera moves upwards to her face.


TV: Wez can be seen longer after having shot the arrows. Warrior Women lifts up her head.


No time difference

1:17:47
Alternative take
Unrated: The Goon at the tank pulls out the arrow from his shoulder and keeps on climbing.


TV:
The same Goon keeps on climbing without pulling out the arrow.


No time difference

1:18:07
Alternative take
Unrated: Warrior Woman can still be seen in the barbwire. The mechanic tries to rescue her.


TV: The mechanic swings his legs over the pedestal and bends over to Warrior Woman. The next take has been shifted to prevent a glimpse on her face.


Unrated runs longer
0,5 Sec.

1:18:32
Alternative take
Unrated: Take of the boy and Max who looks back.


TV: Max looks out of the truck and takes a seat again.


No time difference

1:18:48
Alternative take
Unrated: Take on the Goon who was hit in the head.


TV: Take of the boy.


No time difference

1:19:18
Extended scene
TV: Takes of the flying object.
10 Sec.



1:19:45
Alternative take
Unrated: The Goon on the bike tries to hit the truck’s tires while his collegue cheers at him – unfortunately he gets into the tire and is pulled under it with his bike (several takes). Afterwards a take of the Goon who is on the side of the truck.


TV:
A short take of the Goon who jumped on the tank.


Unrated runs longer for
11 Sec.

1:20:07
Extended scene
TV: Some bikers chase Papagallo in several takes.
15 Sec.



1:20:14
Extended scene
TV: Air takes from the flying object and the chase below.
9,5 Sec.



1:20:35
Extended scene
TV: Take of the smoking pilot and another take of the object, it passes the truck.
7 Sec.



1:21:17
Alternative take
Unrated: The Goon on the truck’s door is being hit in the head and drops off.


TV: After the shot Max holds the gun a bit longer.


No time difference

1:22:25
Alternative take
From here the versions run differently.
Unrated:
Papagallo yells fort he boy who can be seen shortly. Humungus comes close the vehicle and throws his trident which hits Papagallo. His vehicle flutters around. Again one can see the boy and how Papagallo’s vehicle drifts away from the truck.


TV:
Humungus comes closer and is shown earlier with his trident. Papagallo yells to the boy, Humungus throws the trident and is shown longer. The boy is shown and Papagallo with the trident in his back.


Unrated runs longer for
5 Sec.

1:23:06
Alternative take
Unrated: The pilot shows an obscene gesture to Humungus who has been hit by him with Molotov cocktails.


TV: The pilot can be seen in the same take, without the gesture.


No time difference

1:24:03
Alternative pictures
Different camera takes in the versions.
Unrated: The front of the truck is shown.


TV: The truck’s back is shown, including chasers.


No time difference

1:25:54
Alternative take
Unrated: Goon is shown in a static take.


TV: The camera pans from right to the Goon and remains in this position.


No time difference
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