Almost immediately after Mad Max: Fury Road hit theaters, news of an original black-and-white version of the film began to spread. For a while it was rumored that said version would make its way to audiences on the Blu-Ray release of the film, and was even promised to come by director George Miller himself. But upon the initial home release of the film, said black-and-white cut was nowhere to be found.
Around the same time, the film started to gain actual awards buzz, and went on to win more Oscars than any other film last year. Paired with its near unanimous critical accolades and almost instant fan appreciation, Fury Road’s status as a modern blockbuster classic was etched in stone pretty damn fast. So, like all classics, the double dip was an inevitable and obvious fate, and one that no one should be surprised by at all.
In fact, the moment I saw that the Blu-Ray released last year would NOT have the black-and-white edition, I knew instantly we would be getting a “Ultimate” or “Deluxe” or “Totally Tubular” edition somewhere down the line, ala the Gravity double dip that included the much buzzed about “silent” version of the film. Not one to disappoint, Warner Bros. officially unveiled the “Black and Chrome” version of Fury Road earlier today which, yes, includes the fabled Black and White version of the film. Here’s the box art for the “new” release:
Also announced for release this fall is a compilation of “all” four Mad Max films, dubbed the “High Octane Collection.” That will be a great set to have, until Mad Max 5 comes out and instantly makes it a useless piece of shit. But hey, think of it this way: in some way, all your Blu-Rays/DVDs/VHS’s are useless pieces of shit, destined to become outdated in less than five years time when a newer, “better” version of the film gets released.
Except my copy of Oliver and Company on VHS, of course. That’s still golden.