MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Blu-ray Review

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Some time in the far future, after guzzline and water are scarce, lives the Road Warrior: Max.  While on the move, he is taken prisoner by Immortan Joe and his War Boys.  They use him for his blood, slowly draining him to keep a sick War Boy named Nux alive.  Meanwhile, the war rig driver Furiosa is sent on the Fury road to Gas-town and the Bullet Farm for…guzzline and bullets of course.  While on her way, she changes direction from her planned course…with something extra in her rig.  The world has gone mad and this is only the beginning.
 
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MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is directed by the incredible George Miller as he has also been the director of the entire MAD MAX series.  It stars Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky, who was played by Mel Gibson in the original trilogy and Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa, the tough as nails War Rig driver.  Hardy plays the out-of-sorts madman who lets his actions speak rather than his words.  I feel like he was an excellent choice because he has experience with acting with expression as he did in Nolan’s THE DARK KNIGHT RISES as Bane.  His stoic expression and grizzly voice round off this character.  Theron also does a spectacular job of the hardened Furiosa.  She is a character who seems loyal to Immortan Joe but has her own agenda.  She keeps her feelings deep inside but she puts out so much raw emotion in her scenes. The real standout is Nicholas Hoult as Nux.  His conviction is only overshadowed by his insanity.  He gives this role his everything from his crazy looks to even the way that he moves on screen.  I was glad to see that he wasn’t only used to promote the film but he plays a large role. 
 
Let me just say:  I love this movie.  I went to see it twice in the theaters because I was taken on such an incredible ride on the first go; I needed to do it again.  There is so much happening but in a well orchestrated fashion.  I really feel like the amount of shock value has risen almost like inflation, when talking about prices of things from long ago.  For example, the twisted world that he first brought to the screen in 1979 was completely insane for the time period.  He needed to bring that same feeling to 2015 and that’s why we ended up with such a twisted film.  And trust me, I don’t mean that in a negative way at all.  I don’t know if this film would’ve been as successful without going completely insane, with the throttle wide open.  
 
Cast
Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky
Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa
Nicholas Hoult as Nux
Hugh Keays-Byrne as Immortan Joe
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as The Splendid Angharad
Riley Keough as Capable
Zoë Kravitz as Toast the Knowing
 

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The video transfer is a beautiful 1080p AVC.  The coloring is more on the warmer side during the day and a cold blue hue at night.  The colors of the flares and flames glow on screen and look incredible.  The brilliant coloring leaps off of the screen, especially the reds.  The images are sharp and highly detailed down to each grain of sand and speck of dirt.  Not only that, but you can clearly see everything onscreen without any issues which is good because Miller added a lot of intricacies to everything.  For example, practically everyone has scarring from the harshness of surviving and wrinkles due to the lack of moisture.  Even on the weapons, you can see the weathering and distressed scratches in the paint.  There is a natural film grain to keep from the video looking overly clean and digital.  This is a remarkable transfer and Warner Bros. should be proud of the presentation.  
 

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Fortunately, whoever was on the video transfer, made sure that the audio is of the same quality.  Its a Dolby Atmos or Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mix that is one of the strongest I’ve ever experienced.  The amount of depth that is created within the sound field is so impressive.  The tiny intricacies that can be heard just shows the mix’s superiority.  For example, during the first car scene, you have the roaring engines, the music, the rattling of the vehicles, the dirt under the tires, and the echo in the empty space.  The dialogue is clear and reproduced perfectly, the treble is crisp and the bass is thunderous.  Now, when I say thunderous, I mean exactly that.  I felt like the entire room was shaking as if the vehicles were really passing by the house.  I can’t express how fantastic this mix is and, like the video, it is flawless.
 

 
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For a “standard” release, the extras included are extensive and in HD.  I’m honestly surprised and appreciative for the amount of extras there are.
 
Bonus Features:
-Maximum Fury – Filming Fury Road: This is the bonus feature that pretty much covers everything from the effects to casting and even how the movie was practically pitched by storyboards.  Its almost 30 mins long and well worth your time.
 
-Mad Max – Fury on Four Wheels: This extra focuses on the awesome vehicles for the film.  They are like separate characters and that’s how the production team saw them.
 
-The Road Warriors – Max and Furious: This clip focuses on Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron speaking about their roles in the film.  It would seem that they did a lot of things not from the norm for the film.
 
-The Tools of the Wasteland: This clips focuses on the lived in world that Miller created from scratch.  This includes weapons, costumes, and even the elaborate steering wheels for the War Boys.
 
-The Five Wives – So Shiny, So Chrome: The women who play the wives in the film discuss how they became the tight little group of rebels.
 
-Fury Road – Smash and Crash: This is a clip of raw footage before being run through post-production and adding CGI visuals.
 
-Deleted Scenes
I am a milker
Turn every grain of sand
Lets’ do it
 
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Disc Details
2-disc set – 1 Blu-ray and 1 DVD
Digital Copy
 
Running Time
120 mins
 
Edition Ratings
Rated R
 
Region Coding
Region Free
 
Video Resolution
1080p AVC MPEG-4
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
 
Audio Mixes
English Dolby Atmos
English Dolby TrueHD 7.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1
 
Subtitles
English SDH
French
Spanish
Portuguese


 
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MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is arguably one of the best Blu-ray releases of the year so far.  The movie itself is a fun thrill ride with a great story, excellent characters and stunning visuals.  The release has perfect picture and sound with a strong line-up of extras. All together, the release is like a finely tuned, gas guzzling, well-tuned machine with the throttle wide open from the time you see the chrome Warner Bros. logo to the end credits rolling.  I highly, HIGHLY recommend picking this movie up with no regrets.

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MEDIA JOURNALIST & STAFF WRITER | Michael is a fanatic about all cinema. He collects many things from movies to Steelbooks to 1/6 Scale Collectibles and vinyl collectibles. He loves pop culture, writing, reviewing films & collectibles, and journalism. Anything that is even slightly related to these things are always on his radar and most definitely a comic book nerd. He is also, of course, a Batman junkie and will chat it up about pretty much anything.