One of the best movies of 2015 was, without a doubt, Mad Max: Fury Road. The triumphant return of the road warrior – now played by Tom Hardy – to the big screen gained the respect and admiration of critics and audience alike, even earning multiple nominations for this year’s Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for George Miller (who also co-wrote the film).
Since its release, fans haven’t stopped praising Miller’s mastery and have been wondering if special cuts and editions will be released someday. One of the biggest requests is a silent-film version – that is, black and white and music only – which might come to a store near us in a not-so-far future.
In an interview with LA Times, George Miller addressed the rumors about a silent version of Fury Road, revealing it won’t play in theaters, but it will be included in a future version of the DVD/Blu-ray:
“Not in cinemas. 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 Warner, ‘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”
Miller went on to speak about the overwhelmingly positive reaction from general audiences and critics to the latest Mad Max installment, sharing that the thing that gets him the most is when people show him their Fury Road tattoos. He also shared that it is pleasing to him that the film had resonated with so many thanks to its thematic substance, particularly its feminist themes – something that he “knew was there [but] didn’t expect that to be picked up so potently.”
Mad Max: Fury Road was a complete experience, as it is visually outstanding and is a multi-layered story. A silent, black-and-white version would be a whole different experience – one that could give the film a bigger touch of drama, even giving way to new interpretations of its narrative’s various themes. It should be worth checking out for those reasons alone, even for those who have now seen Fury Road multiple times.
Mad Max: Fury Road is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD.
Source: LA Times