Filmmaking is, if nothing else, a collaborative process. Even filmmakers with reputations of an auteur have to answer to the folks who pay for their budget. Case in point - director George Miller wanted to create Mad Max: Fury Road as a black-and-white film, but Warner Brothers put the kibosh on that idea. Miller then went the opposite direction, with a supersaturated vision that took the orange and teal aesthetic to all new levels, but he always had a mind to treat audiences with his original vision someday.
With the "Black and Chrome" edition of the film hitting Blu-Ray in Germany in September, it was clear there was a good chance that North American audiences would also see the new version. It now looks like we're not going to have to wait much longer.
Via ComingSoon.net, we now have an official release date for the Mad Max: Black and Chrome two-film, DVD and Blu-Ray collection. It will be hitting U.S. retail shelves on December 6th, 2016, just in time for the holidays. In addition to the two versions of the film, the two-disc set will include a "special introductory piece by George Miller describing his vision."
Alongside the single release, Warner Bros is releasing a new compilation set of all four Mad Max films (including the "Black & Chrome" Edition) with the moniker Mad Max High-Octane Collection.
In addition to Mad Max (1979), Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981), Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) (4K-Ultra HD and UV Digital versions included), the collection will include the following, special features:
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.
Hopefully, these collections will give fans of Mr. Rockatansky's film's something to enjoy whilst daydreaming about the possibility of a follow-up to Fury Road. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on Mad Max as they hit!
Mad Max: Black & Chrome and the Mad Max High Octane Collection will be available in DVD and Blu-Ray formats on December 6th, 2016