Geekery: ‘Fury Road’ Black & Chrome Edition


The B&W director’s cut we’ve all been waiting for is streaming now!

Last week George Miller introduced what he calls “the best version” of Fury Road.

The film has been fully re-graded for this edition, not just desaturated. Here’s a preview…

Mad Max: Fury Road: Black & Chrome edition is now streaming on Amazon – rent the HD version for $6 or buy it for $20.

There are two different physical editions coming out on December 6th:

Blood and Chrome Edition is a two disc set the theatrical release and Black & Chrome cut. $30 for Blu-ray

Mad Max High-Octane Collection includes Mad Max (1979), The Road Warrior (1982), and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) — along with a movie-length documentary on the saga and a making-of featurette on The Road Warrior. $55 for DVD; $80 for Blu-ray

  • surfpenguin

    This is one of those things that are in the ‘something I never knew I always wanted’ category…

    • Xodis

      B/W worked wonders for the Walking Dead, so its a nice surprise to see it in Mad Max.

    • Richard Mitchell

      I agree, never knew I wanted a black and white edition of Fury Road, now I don’t know how I could watch it any other way.

  • Alienerd the unbannable

    On a similar theme, I want to see a film where a single director and camera team have shot all the footage, then that raw footage is handed over to different editing teams so that in the end you have the same base film shot once, but then interpreted and published in a number of different styles. Would be interesting to see (for me anyway) how different directors, editors and whoever else is involved all interpret the same material.

    • Ciaphas Cain

      That would be awesome.

    • euansmith

      Just watch the Suicide Squad; the first half is edited by a completely different team to the second half 😉

  • Mike X

    I don’t understand why anyone would want this…

    • Parthis

      Three reasons;
      – It’s a good film
      – Black and white is dramatic
      – It was the directors intended vision, the studio feared it

      • MechBattler

        It’s very fitting for the tone and feel of the post apocalyptic world.
        Analyzing slightly deeper, the black and white could also be interpreted as a metaphor for the theme of the movie and the world they’re in – You survive or you die. There is no in-between. It’s literally a black and white world. No morals, no right, no wrong, only life or death. At the very least, that’s what Max epitomizes.

      • Mike X

        I just don’t see the big fuss. I own the Blu-Ray, and it was pretty good. But making it B&W seems pointless. I could have just literally made the movie B&W using my video editing software if I wanted to see the film this way instead.

  • No Body

    Couldn’t one just pop regular fury road into there computer and just turn down the saturation to get grey scale?

    • Morgrim

      You will get /a/ greyscale, but due to the way colours are processed it’s going to be more ‘samey’ tones, with many scenes either being washed out or overly dark. By regrading it you can correct those issues and get a better range of tones.

  • Alpharius

    So color at 0% saturation and higher contrast? Okay…