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The 1979 cult classic Mad Max is one of those films, that despite the filmmakers deciding to dub Mel Gibson’s voice in U.S. theatres, falls into that sacred category of “should never be remade,” but the release of the second Fury Road trailer complete with the 2000 Battle Royale film music equals some kind of awesome. It also makes the argument of not remaking the film a moot point. When a trailer looks and sounds this great, it is almost fait accompli that the film is going to rock socks at the cinema.
The fact that the folks who made the second Mad Max trailer used trailer music from another cult classic foreign, and controversial, film shows that someone in the marketing department, at least, knows how to package this film. The original version, which starred then an unknown and unsullied Mel Gibson, make the young Aussie actor into a star and allowed him the chance to play Max two more times. The post apocalyptic world created by George Miller and James McCausland, and an uncredited Byron Kennedy, became an icon all on its own and spawned a generation of fanboy filmmakers who paid homage to this desolate and strange world about the end of civilization.
Neil Marshall paid a seriously brilliant homage to the original Mad Max film, and others like it, with his outstanding Doomsday, with Rhona Mitra and Craig Conway fighting one another in a long Max type vehicular chase that could have been lifted from the celluloid of the first film.
Mel Gibson was catapulted into the world’s imagination by this film, although oddly not the actress who played his wife, Joanne Samuel (she was at that time the love interest in the Aussie TV soap Skyways) who stayed down under with her career. In this version of Mad Max: Fury Road the credits include some very well known names, not least of which is a practically unrecognizable Charlize Theron, and rising star Tom Hardy as Max, there seems to be no Mrs. Max however. Seeing the second trailer with its Battle Royale music soundtrack though equals enough awesome that no one will care or even think about the lack of a wife.
Hardy, in the trailer, appears to be a mixture of the first Max and the later ones in the trilogy started back in 1979. There are enough action sequences playing out to the stirring sounds of Verdi Requiem Dies Irae to make the heart race, even without blood pounding action the music is incredibly motivating just listen:
This music is pretty damned exciting all on its own containing an operatic element intermingled with the frantic rendering of clashing notes and the excitement level it all instills in the listener. Add to this pounding music the sights and sounds of battle during the action displayed on this trailer and interest in this upcoming film is intensified to the point of frustration. This particular remake of an original classic looks to be as good as if not better than its source. Although the film will need to be viewed to see if this is true.
The second Mad Max: Fury Road trailer has fused the Battle Royale music (aka Verdi Requiem) with exciting action to equal all kinds of awesome with a result of increased excitement levels for the final product. To see just how much this thunderous musical soundtrack adds to any trailer, watch the recent trailer for Fury Road, which is the first video below and then watch the one for the 2000 Japanese film Battle Royale.
By Michael Smith