Average movie-goers often complain of a supposed discrepancy between the average viewer and the average critic when it comes to mainstream blockbusters. However, every so often the stars do align and a film appeases both demographics almost unanimously. Last year that film was George Miller’s Max Max: Fury Road which was loved by audiences, critics and awards-bodies as it won six Academy Awards last year (more than any other film of 2015).
However, despite the success George Miller has stated in the past that the theatrical version was not his true vision. Instead he envisioned the movie in black-and-white as opposed to the gorgeous blue, orange and red landscapes we ended up with. Plus, all of the dialogue and sound-effects were muted with only Junkie XL’s music underscoring the entire thing. Hardcore fans have been clamouring for this version since George Miller teased it and today is definitely a lovely day because it’s finally been announced.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment have announced the Mad Max: High Octane Collection which features all four Max Max movies on Blu-Ray. We have Mad Max, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdone, Mad Max: Fury Road, five hours of bonus content and a new version of the latter film called Mad Max Fury Road: Black & Chrome Edition. The Blu-ray version will be priced at $79.99, while the DVD collection will have an MSRP of $54.97.
The collection will offer these special features;
- George Miller Introduction to the Mad Max Fury Road: Black And Chrome Edition–Special introductory piece by George Miller describing his vision.
- Road War—In 1982, the world was blindsided by George Miller’s masterpiece of apocalyptic destruction: The Road Warrior. For the first time ever George Miller, Terry Hayes and star Mel Gibson tell the story of the car-crushing production that redefined action cinema forever.
- Madness Of Max—The previously released Mad Max (1979) documentary is a feature-length documentary on the making of arguably the most influential movie of the past thirty years. With over forty cast-and-crew interviews, hundreds of behind-the-scenes photographs and never-before-seen film footage of the shoot, this is, without a doubt, the last word on Mad Max (1979). Interviews include: George Miller, Byron Kennedy, Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley, Roger Ward, Joanne Samuel, David Eggby, Jon Dowding and many more. From the Producers to the Bike Designers to the Traffic Stoppers, this is the story of how Mad Max was made.
However, those who are only interested in the black & white version will be able to buy a separate two-film set which contains Mad Max: Fury Road and Mad Max Fury Road: Black & Chrome Edition as well as a special introduction by Miller. It will retail at $29.98.
Both Max Max: High-Octane Collection and Mad Max Fury Road: Black & Chrome Edition will be released on December 2nd 2016.
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