While the moviegoing world celebrated the brilliance of Mad Max: Fury Road (opens in new tab)last year, its director George Miller was raving about a version of the movie audiences still have yet to see: the black and chrome edition. This black-and-white print is Miller's preferred way of watching the movie, and after a year of teasing, it's headed to home video.
Over on Amazon Germany a listing for new box set, 'Mad Max: High Octane Collection' has surfaced. (opens in new tab) The six-disc set includes all four Mad Max movies, and counts the Black and Chrome edition of Fury Road as one of its bonus features. For a quick taster of what to expect, check out our monochromatic take on the trailer:
The black and white version was a happy accident that came about during post-production, when the sound and music crews were given a high-contrast workprint without color. It was this stark print, with the music added on top, that struck Miller as "very, very powerful. (opens in new tab)" He opted out of pushing for a theatrical release, despite rumors (opens in new tab), believing that the studio wouldn't sanction it.
Fans hoped this cut might appear on the first Blu-ray to hit shelves, and when it didn't Miller added that Warner Bros. may hold it back for release at a later date. Now we know that date - at least for Germany - is September 29, 2016. But what about the rest of the world? According to The Wrap (opens in new tab)'s sources, a "similar version" of the boxset is in the works for the US with no fixed release date or specs confirmed at the moment.
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