Mad Dog Morgan

 (63)6.01 h 38 min197616+
Set in gold rush-era Victoria, and based on a true story, this violent, rollicking portrayal of infamous Irish outlaw Dan Morgan, a bravura performance from an intense Dennis Hopper (Easy Rider) is a classic of Australia's '70s cinema renaissance. A prospector who turns to crime and opium after failing at gold mining, Dan Morgan spends six brutal years in prison before terrorising country Victoria
Philippe Mora
Dennis HopperJack ThompsonDavid Gulpilil
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PatrickReviewed in the United States on March 28, 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
A film worth owning, a transfer to forget.
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MAD DOG MORGAN is undeniably an interesting film that with worth a watch. I'm happy with have it in my collection, technical issues notwithstanding. Troma is not known for high-quality transfers and this is no exception. My experience so far with the "Tromasterpiece Collection" had been fairly decent: REDNECK ZOMBIES looked good considering the source material and THE LAST HORROR FILM was a great pickup even though the picture was certainly lacking (especially in night scenes). I have yet to watch my copy of COMBAT SHOCK (it arrived only the other day), I have TROMA'S WAR on order and will eventually pick up CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL. At this point, I do not have high hopes for pristine reference-quality transfers. I'm watching the DVD on a blu-ray player on a 42" HDTV. This gives me the black bars on the top and bottom of the screen as opposed to all-four sides as it on a computer screen running VLC. Even with the upscaled image, the quality leaves a lot to be desired. Many DVDs I won look much better with this setup which does not bode well for this release.

What we have here is a 4:3 letterboxed image that looks rather poorly cropped. It's not the most terrible DVD I've ever seen, but it is not very good. There is choppiness throughout and a lot of fuzziness to the image. Having watched releases from companies like Blue Underground who specialize in releasing off-the-beaten-path films, I can't imagine Troma's excuse for this transfer. Having seen what people can do with HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY and the like, I know the sky is the limit. In this instance, it seems Troma put a lot of effort into the packaging and wore themselves out by the time they were supposed to upgrade the transfer for us. I will admit that I became used to the shoddy image quality once the film got going, but that does not make up for what could have been. This feels more like something I'd find on a Mill Creek collection than a standalone 2-disc rerelease. Definitely a letdown.

Audiophiles will likely cringe throughout. There are spikes for gunshots and much of the dialogue is muddled. This leads to frequent adjustments of the volume setting which is never any fun. I wouldn't mind so much if not for Troma's obstinate refusal to include subtitles on their DVDs. What year is this?

Since I bought this movie fairly cheaply used, I won't mind purchasing another copy that promises (and delivers) a real anamorphic transfer. I can't imagine it would be a loss to the distributor since Dennis Hopper seems like a reasonable selling point, no matter how unknown the film.

In conclusion: If you really need to see the film, you can watch it in terrible quality on Troma's youtube page. If you're like me and a completist, this is the best you'll get for a while. It goes for fairly cheap since it isn't OOP and I don't see another release of this in the US forthcoming. We're stuck with this, but the quality of the film itself makes it an easier pill to swallow.
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Robert C.Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
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An Australian combination between Out Law Josey Whales and Jeramiah Liver eating Johnston. Shame he didn't get his just rewards So had America revolted against the Monarchy, it is a shame Australia did not succeed in like rebuke.
RottweilerReviewed in the United States on August 20, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Epic movie with poor picture quality
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I have always enjoyed this movie because Dennis Hopper really suffers here, you can see that his drunk in most of his scenes. Wich of course adds to the reality. But above mentioned, it shows what a great actor he was.
Here he portrays Mad Dog Morgan, a crazed Irish, an outlaw. Being raped in prison and put in hard labor cutting down wood he is not in the best of moods when released to freedom. The scenes in which is is in the hard labor camps, is gruesome. You can really feel the heat, pain and agony of hard labor here.

My only issue with this Troma release if the picture quality of the main feature, its really bad. Compared to the Austrailan Umbrella release its really crappy. Troma should've done a better job here.
But there are a commentary track by Philippe Mora and a second disc with bonus like interviews with Dennis Hopper and cast.

I can recommend this movie, but not this release. The picture quality is way too bad. But the Austrailan Umbrella release is hard to find so i think you can make do with this one.

And yes, it's uncut. Prison scenes are nasty, even for a seasoned movie buff like me.

Buy it, but beware the picture quality.
Charles P.Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
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It was a very satisfying experience. I had one of the best times of my life. I used it for pure pleasure to have a good time.
Michael YatesReviewed in the United States on September 7, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Lost effort
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Could have been a good movie with a bigger budget and better lead actor. Hopper turns in another ho hum performance and he totally misses the mark at every opportunity.
Juanman Juanjar Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
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It’s defiantly a western
Bray yer mindReviewed in the United States on January 29, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
Love the film
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Love the film. Unfortunately, this version is so poor, it's not even worth returning. It shakes, is grainy and blotchy, but worst of all, this movie was beautifully filmed in anamorphic widescreen, but reduced to some dreadful standard format for this dvd. No vivid, panoramic Australian landscapes, and the characters have the tops of their heads missing a lot of the time - 'bout like the cover. Humph!
Waldo P. JohnsonReviewed in the United States on July 21, 2017
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Five Stars
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Wild and Crazy down under.
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