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Fury Road Black and White Version Released in Germany

A fabled black and white cut of Mad Max Fury Road finally surfaces as part of a Blu Ray collection’s special features. Read more after the jump.

We recently wrote about a featurette that showed the difference between what Mad Max Fury Road looked like filming and the finished shiny and chrome movie. The differences went some way to demonstrating how much work went into the visual effects and cinematography of the latest Mad Max adventure. Sure, colours great, but here’s a mad idea. What if it was in black and white instead? Rumours have been floating around for a while about a black and white version of Fury Road. Fans have been desperate to see the monochrome cut of one of 2015’s most explosive releases. Turns out they may get their hands on it sooner than they think.

Screenrant is reporting that a new Blu Ray release of Mad Max Fury Road will contain the black and white version of the movie. The release, entitled the Mad Max High Octane Collection is a six disc compilation if all 4 Mad Max movies in sparkling Blu Ray quality. If you’re wondering what’s on the other two discs, it’s a shedload of extras including the suitably titled Black and Chrome cut of Fury Road. The Black and Chrome cut should be more or less the same length and footage of the original movie, but don’t worry. There are plenty of juicy extras in the collection to keep you going.

Now here’s the downside. Thus collection is currently only available in Germany. As of yet there’s no indication of releases in the UK, US or anywhere else. All we know is that Germany can get their hands on it in September 2016. However, with any luck the collection will be too popular to be limited to one country. Either that or the Black and Chrome version will make an appearance elsewhere, maybe even on its own!

The Mad Max High Octane Collection is due for release in Germany September 29th, 2016. Watch this space for all the lastest Mad Max movie news.

Who is the Guy with the Flame-Throwing Guitar in “Mad Max: Fury Road”?

It’s definitely going to be a while before people stop talking about Mad Max: Fury Road. As post apocalyptic franchises go, the film has a surprising and unrelenting bite to it, and remains fully committed to the notion that every character should be…well, committed.

Director George Miller‘s most unique filmmaking skill, other than his passion for beautifully choreographed but equally dirty action sequences, is his ability to establish characters without a dependence of any kind on heavy handed exposition or extensive dialogue. Indeed, the characters were mostly an exposition-free zone I’d you don’t count Max’s terrifying flashes of insanity. We know nothing about these survivors, and yet nothing stops us from 100% buying into their story and emotional investments. No small feat considering the board certified mental madness of it all.

With that in mind, it’s no surprise that audiences took a shine to Coma the Doof Warrior, whom you may know better as the burgess suspended onesie wearing guitar player who joins the war party to keep everyone pumped up. Despite having no official on screen origin whatsoever, he’s a big focus of the film, if only for visual purposes. So it’s only fitting that he have an origin story.

Deadline is reporting that in an interview with Movie Pilot, musician Iota who was cast as Coma opens the pickle jar on the character’s brutal past:

“I knew that George had said that Coma was found by Immortan Joe in a Cave and taken under his wing and he learned to be a musician. I kind of embellished that for myself. Basically, my story was that Coma was found with his mother’s head, after she had been killed, and he was clinging to it and Immortan Joe came and found him and Coma took her face off and made the mask out of her face, to honor her when he went to war.”

Now that’s a backstory! The only question left to answer is what that origin has to do with a red onesie? Well, Iota had an answer for that too: the costume was his idea, designed primarily to make the guitarist more visible in a world of bright oranges:

“Coma didn’t really have a costume, as such. So there was lots of trying stuff on and I remember thinking that an old farcical onesie would be good with the butt flap hanging out the back. The mask was something that was worked on and influence came from everyone. And certainly Angus Young and AC/DC was an influence.”

So there you have it, the man and the mystery come full circle. Iota has even alluded to the fact that Coma shouldn’t come back for a sequel, for fear that it would run the novelty. A reasonable suggestion indeed, although I imagine that the Mad Max sequel, currently entitled The Wasteland, will be a very different creature altogether, with a whole new mess of madd’uns giving Max grief.
Now what are you still doing sitting there? Go see Mad Max you ruddy scamps! Mad Max: Fury Road is currently in theatres.

“Mad Max: The Wasteland” Named by Miller as “Fury Road” Sequel

Soooooo, Mad Max right? It’s not many franchises that can come back to the plate after 30 years worth of delays and absolutely knock it out of the park. But you’d only have to shout Mad Max in a crowded room and wait for the Mexican wave of excited whoots to see how successful it’s been. The only problem is that now we know the film is a smash and the franchise is salvaged – critically as well as financially – no one cares about the film anymore. They only care about the potential sequel. After three decades of plot development, correction and expansion, some semblance of a followup was bound to rear it’s attention seeking head. George Miller has more or less confirmed this, revealing that two sequels were in the works before Fury Road got its groove back, including one entitled Mad Max: The Wasteland.

Screen Rant is reporting that The Wasteland is the result of an accidental universe expansion that happens when you work on a script for so long and vents get made to siphon off potential plot points. The sequel would follow on the tradition and bring the audience deeper into the madness and the monstrosities of the apocalyptic outback. We know that Tom Hardy is signed on for three Mad Max sequels, so odds are we would see the actor tuck his trousers into his socks and wade into the Wasteland.

However, this title goes against Miller’s reveal in 2010 that the sequel to Fury Road would be called Mad Max: Furiosa, presumably based on Charlize Theron‘s badass liberator. Could this change be connected to claims that Theron had a tough time on set and tensions got a little high?

Fans would definitely like to see Furiosa take on more psychos in a sequel, but would Theron be on board? While Furiosa’s fate may still hang in the balance, The Wasteland looks to be in a very strong place.

But what is The Wasteland? Given Miller’s as yet unyielding ability to craft harsh dystopia worlds, I for one am looking forward to finding out.

Nicholas Hoult goes all Gollum in “Mad Max: Fury Road” Trailer

A reboot of the classic Mel Gibson franchise Mad Max? What could go wrong? Well, a lot went wrong, which is why the property has been in limbo for so long. But now we’ve got a trailer, so we get a chance to see whether all that time and effort has paid off with Mad Max: Fury Road. Not only do we get a look at Tom Hardy being powerfully mute, but there’s also a few decent shots of Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult, both looking just manic enough to suit the post-apocalyptic…road. So here’s the trailer, fresh from Warner Bros.:

Hoult and Theron, just a couple of frak-a-doos
Hoult and Theron, just a couple of frak-a-doos

The award for Most Horrific Makeoever definitely goes to Hoult, who looks more like Gollum or Pan’s Labyrinth‘s Pale Man than a dystopian road-rager. Out of all the sci-fi reboots of past and future, Fury Road looks like it could be a very strong re-imagining, and could very well have, dare I say, a point to it. Could this be thanks to original Mad Max director George Miller working on the script and behind the scenes.

The film also stars Zoe Kravitz and Riley Keough, and is scheduled for a release on May 15th, 2015.