Admirers of black and white cinematography will have a real feast for the eyes come December 6th, when Mad Max: Fury Road – Black and Chrome Edition, is certain to mutate audience's tear ducts into salivary glands.
The theatrical cut of Fury Road and the Black and Chrome Edition will be included in a two film collection. Additionally, Black and Chrome Edition will be a part of the Mad Max: High-Octane Collection, which is comprised of every Mad Max film to date.
Switching gears, the special features for the High-Octane Collection are as follows:
- George Miller’s introduction to the Black and Chrome Edition.
- Road War: George Miller, Terry Hayes, and Mel Gibson discuss the production of The Road Warrior.
- Madness of Max: A full-length documentary about the making of Mad Max (1979). This feature was a bonus DVD with last year’s Mad Max: Anthology release. Presumably, that is still the case this time around, so don’t expect to see it in high-definition.
- Whether or not the other special features from the Anthology have transferred over to the High-Octane Collection is unclear. Of course, if the High-Octane Collection simply re-packages the previous discs, it is reasonable to assume those special features will make the move. We’ll have to wait and see.
- The Two Film Collection will also include the introduction to the Black and Chrome Edition.
- There was no mention of Mad Max: Fury Road 3D for either of the new releases, but a 4K UHD disc of Fury Road can be found in the High-Octane Collection.
The 4K UHD disc sounds like a sweet bonus, but there are a few things to know about Mad Max in 4K before committing to a purchase.
In his review from earlier this year, Michael Reuben had this to say about the UHD disc for Fury Road:
“The UHD image, up-sourced from the 2K digital intermediate, was undeniably impressive.”
In other words, despite a noticeable boost in visual quality, the UHD disc does not feature a genuine 4K transfer of the film.
According to RealOrFake4K, the original Mad Max (1979), has a genuine 4K Scan heading to UHD Blu-ray on September 27th. Blu-Ray.com lists it as a French release, with no listing for a North American counterpart. I did a search on Amazon.fr but came up empty. Whether it is still coming out in France is a mystery. Since there was no mention of a 4K disc of Mad Max (1979) for the High-Octane Collection, it is likely the version included will be the standard 2K version. If you want all of the films in 4K, this release isn’t for you.
MSRP for the High-Octane Collection on Blu-ray is $79.99, while the DVD is set at $54.97.
MSRP for the Two Film Collection on Blu-ray is $29.98.