Since “Mad Max: Fury Road” was released last year and garnered widespread critical acclaim, there has been talk about a black-and-white edition of the film that director George Miller describes as the best version of the film. The first Blu-ray disc was supposed to contain this version, but it wasn’t present when the details were announced. But now, a “Chrome” edition of the film will soon be released on Blu-ray that contains Miller’s black-and-white version of the film. Watch a clip below featuring Miller explain why he prefers this version.
In the clip, Miller discusses how he dreamed of releasing a “Mad Max’ film in black and white ever since “Road Warrior” in 1981. He describes seeing a cheap version of the color print when Brian May was composing the score on the soundstage and thinking that’s how the movie should have been released. “”Something about black and white, the way it distills it, makes it a little bit more abstract. Something about losing some of the information of color make it somehow more iconic,” he says.
Miller admits that some scenes in the black-and-white “Fury Road” edition play a lot better than in color and there are others where some information is clearly missing. “But overall, for me,” he says, “it’s the best version of the movie. It’d be interesting to see if you agree.”
The “Chrome” edition of the film will receive a special theatrical release at the 2016 SpectreFest in Los Angeles on November 1. This version of the film will be available on Blu-ray in two editions on December 6: the two-disc “Black & Chrome” edition that will contain the original theatrical cut of “Fury Road” and the new black-and-white one; and the eight-disc “High Octane” edition that contains all four films in the series and the B&W cut as well.