We’ve been waiting a long time for Mad Max: Fury Road, and while it is finally on the way (I still feel like there’s a good chance I might die before I actually get to see it), we still have seven months to wait. But in the meantime, we should do what we can to prepare ourselves mentally for George Miller’s upcoming return to the post apocalyptic wastes. For most of us, that will probably entail watching the entire existing trilogy at least a couple of times, but if you don’t have the time for that right now, this new tribute video should give you a fix that will tide you over for the time being. In addition to that, there’s an awesome fan made poster for Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior for you to gawk at.
You and I aren’t the first people to notice some striking thematic and aesthetic similarities between the Mad Max movies and the spaghetti westerns of the 1960s, and this video drives that point home. Cutting together clips from all three movies—Mad Mad, The Road Warrior, and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome—and setting it all to Ennio Morircone’s haunting “Man With a Harmonica” from Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West, this has never been so clear, and we wind up with this video, appropriately titled The Man We Called Max.
But with Max on everyone’s mind, this is far from the only tribute you’ll run across out there. Another one is this poster from artist Chris Weston celebrating The Road Warrior, because the sequels never seem to get as much love as the original, which is a damn shame, especially in this particular case (as much as I love Thunderdome, it is obviously the weak link in the chain).
Again, if the spaghetti western connection wasn’t clear enough (at one point in Thunderdome, Max is introduced as the “Man With No Name”), Weston also recently did this fantastic poster for The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
While Fury Road doesn’t open until May 15 2015, and it will likely be a while before we start seeing too much from the long awaited film, we’ve still got this hype reel that dropped at San Diego Comic-Con back in July. And while it’s not much, it’s pretty damn spectacular. We’ve heard the film is essentially just one long chase scene, and that is something we can totally get behind, especially if it’s as badass as the footage you see here. And here’s another awesome poster, just for the hell of it.