George Miller Hints at a Black and White Version Release of Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max

by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

Mad Max: Fury Road was a critical success, the number of Top Ten lists it landed on is proof enough. I loved it (even if people did feel it landed a little low on my Best Of list) and thought it was a balls-out fun flick. When rumors surfaced of a supposed black-and-white version that director George Miller feels is superior to his theatrical version, I was intrigued.

But the home media release came and went and all we got was a slightly better than bare-bones edition without even a director’s commentary.

Thanks to an interview that Miller did with the L.A. Times though, we might get to see that version someday soon:

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.

Even though it wasn’t a huge commercial gain for Warner Bros, could the studio be waiting to see if there is profit to be made from re-releasing another version? Are they waiting to see how it does at the Oscars? Are they just blowing smoke up Miller’s ass to placate him?

I’d love to see the black-and-white version. I just revisited Fury Road this past weekend on blu-ray and loved every second of it much like I did both times I saw it in theaters. I would most certainly double dip and grab a B&W version.  It would seem like a brand new film. And commentary!! All we need included is a nice behind-the-scenes documentary that covers the trials and tribulations of bringing this film to life and I’m sure we’d have a bona fide best-selling blu-ray.

I’m definitely keeping my ear to the ground on this one. As soon as I find out when I can get my own copy I’ll make sure all of our faithful readers know as well.