The original $300,000 Mad Max is one of the most 'copied' movies done...of a post-apocalyptic broken society....often imitated never bettered.
The Hollywoodification [new word] of 2 and 3 were 'unfortunate', particularly when the first was such an iconic 'classic'.
As many of the critics have commented...Fury Road is likely to be a 'new classic' in the series.
It's somewhere between pathetic and unfortunate that the US release of the original was both censored AND dubbed over with American voices. Quaintly even in Australia the first DVD version available contained both the RIGHT version...and the awful US ver.
If you're wondering what was cut...it was essentially the last scene where Max gives the guy the hacksaw and suggests it will be faster to hack through his leg than the handcuffs....