Just a few months after the film’s theatrical release last year, Mad Max: Fury Road director,George Miller, revealed that the best version of the film was actually a black and white one, with almost no dialogue and basically just music and the footage working together to create a better, apocalyptic feel. As you can probably imagine, as most things do with Fury Road, the news was received with rapt attention, and the film’s fans practically demanded that Warner Bros. release the alternate cut on the film’s blu ray.
Unfortunately, the alternate cut was not included on any of the film’s release platforms, leading many to wonder if they’d ever get to see the B&W version or not. Rest easy though friends, it looks like George Miller has got your back.
While speaking with the L.A. Times recently, Miller revealed that the alternate version does exist still, and will be included with a release of Fury Road… at least, at some point:
“The best version of Road Warrior was what we called a “slash dupe,” a cheap, black-and-white version of the movie for the composer. Something about it seemed more authentic and elemental. So I asked Eric Whipp, the [Fury Road] colorist, “Can I see some scenes in black and white with quite a bit of contrast?” They looked great. So I said to the guys at Warners, “Can we put a black-and-white version on the DVD?” There wasn’t enough room. [It’ll end up] on another version with commentary and other features.”
This should come as welcome news considering the somewhat disappointing blu ray release that Fury Road received. After all of the legendary set stories and the interesting filmmaking process behind it, the lack of a behind-the-scenes documentary or special feature on the blu ray was a major let down (to say the least), and the absence of the B&W cut was just like pouring salt in a fresh wound.
There’s no telling how long it will be until this specific version of the film is released by Warner Bros., but they’ve gotten pretty good when it comes to continuously rolling out alternate blu ray and DVD releases for their titles over the years, so hopefully there won’t be too long of a wait before fans get the blu ray version of Mad Max: Fury Road that the film deserves, packed to the brim with the kind of special features and commentaries we’ve been waiting for.
Mad Max: Fury Road is out on Blu Ray and DVD now.
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