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Watch The Trailer For “The Road Warrior” Re-Cut To Look More Like “Fury Road”

Turns out, the Mad Max movies have always looked like that.

The trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the more intense and frenetic things that Hollywood has put on our screens in recent years. Quick-cuts and loud noises are de rigueur for trailers these days, of course, but the imagery contained in George Miller’s return to his iconic franchise goes a few deep cuts beyond the explosions and people getting punched that we’re used to in blockbuster trailers these days. But as this re-cut trailer for The Road Warrior from 190 Proof Entertainment demonstrates, the actual visual identity of Mad Max hasn’t really changed in three-plus decades.

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The original trailer for 1983’s second installment in the post-apocalyptic franchise was a big slice of slow-paced, “In A World” goodness that makes the film look hilariously dated if you watch it now. But recut in the fast-paced Fury Road style, The Road Warrior looks like something else–namely, an entirely consistent vision of a grim future fit only for road warriors with colorful hair and flamboyant-yet-grim accessories. Granted, back in 1983, nobody had started calling director George Miller “mastermind” (he hadn’t even made Babe 2: Pig In The City yet!), and it’s similarly unlikely that 1983’s audiences would have known what to do with a trailer as flashy and thrilling as the recut Road Warrior–but for today’s audiences, it’s proof that Mad Max has always been a singular, frenetic vision.

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Dan Solomon lives in Austin with his wife and his dog. He's written about music for MTV and Spin, sports for Sports Illustrated, and pop culture for Vulture and the AV Club

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