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George Miller teases a black & white cut of Mad Max: Fury Road on Blu-ray

05.26.2015

Collectively, we here at JoBlo.com have watched MAD MAX: FURY ROAD over thirty times. The sheer badassery on display in George Miller's epic is beyond words and can only be demonstrated by repeat viewings. That being said, I can say with certainty that every one of us is going to purchase a copy of the film when it is released on Blu-ray. So, with the promise of deleted scenes and other features guaranteed to be on the disc, there is another special feature I am excited to see.

George Miller discussed a black and white version of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD that he glimpsed during post-production of the film. Here's what he had to say about it to SlashFilm.

We spent a lot of time in DI (digital intermediate), and we had a very fine colorist, Eric Whipp. One thing I’ve noticed is that the default position for everyone is to de-saturate post-apocalyptic movies. There’s only two ways to go, make them black and white — the best version of this movie is black and white, but people reserve that for art movies now. The other version is to really go all-out on the color. The usual teal and orange thing? That’s all the colors we had to work with. The desert’s orange and the sky is teal, and we either could de-saturate it, or crank it up, to differentiate the movie. Plus, it can get really tiring watching this dull, de-saturated color, unless you go all the way out and make it black and white.

Miller went on to say the he has demanded the black and white cut of the movie be on the MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Blu-ray along with the option to listen to only the score with no other soundtrack. This would essentially make MAD MAX: FURY ROAD a silent film but one so epic in scope that it would be an explosion for the senses. Frank Darabont did something similar when he released THE MIST on home video which completely changed the aesthetic of the film and harkened back to a different generation of filmmaking. The SlashFilm article comes with a mock-up of the MAD MAX: FURY ROAD trailer in black and white which gives you a sense of what the film may look like. Interestingly, it feels almost like a different movie.

Whatever features come packaged on the Blu-ray for MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, I encourage everyone to head to the theater and see this visual masterpiece on the big screen while you can. With so many summer movies still headed our way, it is possible the general audiences will miss the chance to see this unique cinematic achievement the way it was intended to be seen.

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12:09PM on 05/27/2015
Frankly with it in black and white that beginning sequence takes on a keystone cops type vibe. Obviously that scene at certain points was speed up, intentionally I am sure, to show Max's manic state, but when you add black and white to it, its looks like a Buster Keaton routine. (maybe also intentional)

But on the other hand the no soundtrack thing would be interesting, as I really noticed how the lack of sound added to the power of some of the imagery. George cut the soundtrack at several
Frankly with it in black and white that beginning sequence takes on a keystone cops type vibe. Obviously that scene at certain points was speed up, intentionally I am sure, to show Max's manic state, but when you add black and white to it, its looks like a Buster Keaton routine. (maybe also intentional)

But on the other hand the no soundtrack thing would be interesting, as I really noticed how the lack of sound added to the power of some of the imagery. George cut the soundtrack at several points so its only a small step to go that one bit farther. Plus it would give more gravity to the approaching forces.

Black and white, not so much, no soundtrack yes.

I have seen it twice so far, would eagerly watch it again, takes more than a few viewings to experience it all. Second time around was much more emotionally charged, as you had seen some of the action already and could pick up your jaw.

First movie I have seen twice in the theaters since Return of the King.

Did not even both to see Furious 7. If you want real balls to the wall car action, with real vehicles, not candy ass cars that can't drive over a speed bump, check out Fury Road!
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8:19AM on 05/27/2015
It's a cool bonus feature. Nice contrasty black and white with just music and no dialogue - could be a pretty interesting viewing experience. If you're getting the regular movie as well what's to complain about?
It's a cool bonus feature. Nice contrasty black and white with just music and no dialogue - could be a pretty interesting viewing experience. If you're getting the regular movie as well what's to complain about?
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12:02AM on 05/27/2015
Stick a piece of orange cellophane on the projector lens and we're back to the original.
Stick a piece of orange cellophane on the projector lens and we're back to the original.
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10:59PM on 05/26/2015

I liked that.

It has more emotion in black and white. Did he say he would do a different cut at the same time?
It has more emotion in black and white. Did he say he would do a different cut at the same time?
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8:58PM on 05/26/2015
Could be cool I guess, but am not sure it would be effective for a film and/or genre like this. Horror movies, yes. This, maybe not so much.

But I've seen the movie twice and it was even better the second time around. By far the best film this year (thus far).
Could be cool I guess, but am not sure it would be effective for a film and/or genre like this. Horror movies, yes. This, maybe not so much.

But I've seen the movie twice and it was even better the second time around. By far the best film this year (thus far).
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7:08PM on 05/26/2015

Not sold on B/W

Sorry, but I'm not buying into this B&W release. I LOVED the movie, including the color and color tone.
I'm not as easily convinced (or fooled) like the other posters. I don't see how B&W format brings anything to this film other than being a gimmick
Sorry, but I'm not buying into this B&W release. I LOVED the movie, including the color and color tone.
I'm not as easily convinced (or fooled) like the other posters. I don't see how B&W format brings anything to this film other than being a gimmick
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7:05PM on 05/26/2015
Meh. Looks better in color.
Meh. Looks better in color.
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5:02PM on 05/26/2015
A new wave of film making is on the horizon. One that is fully digital and the technical, almost archaic side of film stock thrown away almost whole cloth. We will see a new generation that does not have that baggage or learning curve and the cost of admission be creativity. Filmmakers who have grown up on the Valencia filter and Instagram.
It is neither a good thing or bad thing in and of itself. It is change, which is overall is a good thing.
A new wave of film making is on the horizon. One that is fully digital and the technical, almost archaic side of film stock thrown away almost whole cloth. We will see a new generation that does not have that baggage or learning curve and the cost of admission be creativity. Filmmakers who have grown up on the Valencia filter and Instagram.
It is neither a good thing or bad thing in and of itself. It is change, which is overall is a good thing.
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4:50PM on 05/26/2015

Yes!

After being disappointed with Fuious 7 and Age of Ultron I went in not trying to be too excited. What I saw was not only the best film of 2015 but one of the best films in years! Delivered in every possible way and the B&W version will just an incredible experience to what is already an incredibly great film!!
After being disappointed with Fuious 7 and Age of Ultron I went in not trying to be too excited. What I saw was not only the best film of 2015 but one of the best films in years! Delivered in every possible way and the B&W version will just an incredible experience to what is already an incredibly great film!!
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4:35PM on 05/26/2015
This is the first time I've watched the trailer since seeing the film in theaters. Count me as wanting to watch it again.
This is the first time I've watched the trailer since seeing the film in theaters. Count me as wanting to watch it again.
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4:16PM on 05/26/2015
I saw the movie today at the cinema. Totally jaw dropping experience. 10/10

Can't wait to see it again on Blu-ray
I saw the movie today at the cinema. Totally jaw dropping experience. 10/10

Can't wait to see it again on Blu-ray
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3:50PM on 05/26/2015

Sick

The B&W trailer makes me want to go watch it again. I saw it in 3-d and 2-d. The 3-d got a it blurry.

Fantastic movie.
The B&W trailer makes me want to go watch it again. I saw it in 3-d and 2-d. The 3-d got a it blurry.

Fantastic movie.
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3:27PM on 05/26/2015
This is one of the few movie going experiences I want to see every which way. So far I saw 2 D twice and would like to see 3 D and at the good 'ol fashioned drive in. The B/W version and score only intrigues me and can't wait to own this bad boy....
This is one of the few movie going experiences I want to see every which way. So far I saw 2 D twice and would like to see 3 D and at the good 'ol fashioned drive in. The B/W version and score only intrigues me and can't wait to own this bad boy....
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