Blu-ray Review – Mad Max: Fury Road Black and Chrome Edition

Copyright Warner Bros. - 2016

Studio Synopsis: Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max (Tom Hardy) believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa (Charlize Theron). They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.

Studio: Warner Bros.
Running Time: 120 minutes
Rating: R
Number of Disks: 2

Special Features:
– (New) George Miller Introduction to the Mad Max Fury Road: Black and Chrome Edition:
Special introductory piece by George Miller describing his vision
– Maximum Fury: Filming Fury Road
– Fury on Four Wheels
– The Road Warriors: Max and Furiosa
– The Tools of the Wasteland
– The Five Wives: So Shiny, So Chrome
– Deleted Scenes
– Crash & Smash

It has been over a year since George Miller’s retro and revitalized Max thundered onto Blu-ray. Retrofitted in 2015 with amped up action, more visceral violence, and a makeup choice by Theron which speaks of bobbing for cannonballs, the brutality of Mad Max: Fury Road was met only by the beauty of its cinematic mastery. That stark cinematic beauty is once again center stage, as Mad Max: Fury Road Black and Chrome Edition gets a “pre OZ” pop of grey-scale gusto.

Admittedly, I was skeptical of such a superficial feature, with regards to the offering of a black and white version of the film. Arguably, black and white cinematic romps are typically reserved for those of a refined cinematic palette, much like fine wine connoisseurs balk at a box over a bottle. Not so with this box. Instead, Max’s black and white palette serves to plunge viewers into the otherworldly vision of Miller, turning sand dunes into unsettling landscapes and rocky terrain into rogue worlds not yet explored. And while, for some, the black and white façade of this Fury Road may well be met with only whys and rolled-eyes. Still, Miller’s epic and invigorating tale is one that should keep everyone on the edge of their seats, regardless of the color on the screen.

The special features of this edition offer the same fare as the 2015 release, save for Miller’s new introduction. And while Miller’s short visionary telling might not be enough to snare mainstream dollars, the assumption is sound that those interested in experiencing a black and white version of Miller’s masterpiece will be having a “lovely day” indeed.

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Additional Resources:
Central Cast: Tom Hardy | Charlize Theron | Nicholas Hoult | Hugh Keays-Byrne | Josh Helman | Nathan Jones | Zoë Kravitz | Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Director: George Miller
Central Writers: George Miller | Brendan McCarthy
Theatrical Release: May 15, 2015
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: December 6, 2016
Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE

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Kyle Kinder

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