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George Miller Just Finished ‘The Best Version’ Of Mad Max: Fury Road

Way back in May of 2015, we told you that director George Miller was working on a black-and-white version of Mad Max: Fury Road. This sounded like the kind of fanciful idea directors usually discard after a few days of excitement, but it looks like Miller has followed through on his concept. Based on a new video about the Black & Chrome Edition, it’s not hard to understand why.

“I always dreamed of putting a Mad Max movie out in black-and-white,” Miller explains, fondly recalling a black-and-white print of the second Mad Max film that was prepared for scoring purposes. “I remember walking in there for the first time and seeing the first black-and-white slash dupe of Road Warrior and I thought, ‘Oh my God, that’s how the movie should have been.’ Something about black-and-white, the way it distills it, makes it a little more abstract. Something about losing some of the information of colour makes it somehow more iconic.”

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For the skeptics who think this new disc is simply the original Blu-ray with the colour removed—an adjustment you can make manually on your TV—it’s worth noting that Miller is well acquainted with the tools for digitally refining images, having directed 2006 animated blockbuster Happy Feet. On balance, it sounds like his Fury Road adjustments have had a remarkably positive impact. “Some scenes in particular play a lot better and… there’s some information that we got from colour that’s missing,” he says. “But overall, for me, it’s the best version of the movie.”

The Black & Chrome edition of Mad Max: Fury Road comes to Blu-ray on December 6. To see what Miller’s raving about, check out his introduction to the new version—complete with a few clips—below.

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