The Movie: 7.5/10
We’re gonna “Mad Max it up!” would be a phrase some of us might have used in the past 30 years to describe a certain process of adding lots of mean looking metal and gear to a vehicle in that post apocalyptic style. These movies have made an impression and last week Mr. Ascully and I decided to revisit the whole bunch of them to see if they were as we remembered all those years ago.
They were not.
I’ll speak on the first few Mad Max’s just a bit, not because they relate to this new flick, to me they are all very different, but because they deserve an honorable mention. The first one was a different beast than a lot of us will remember. I didn’t remember any of it in fact, so maybe I never saw it or watched it that closely. I liked it. The second one, while it had less of that 70’s pacing and control of telling their alternate future, it’s got a lot of action, and that guy with the feather football padded shoulders. In Thunderdome, well, it was a lot smaller than I remember, the only real guts that one had was the even bigger football shoulder pads on our Ms. Turner, and a lot of pig shit talk.
I did like them all, in their own ways, but now it’s time to move on. Mad Max Fury Road is directed by the same guy (George Miller), so there are lots of car/vehicle acrobatics. I don’t mind so much when it’s done with lots of variety and enthusiasm, which this movie has a lot of. The sand flying, the explosions, the crashes, the big set pieces of action and big scenic places we visit, it’s all a spectacle that I enjoyed a lot.
Furiosa, Charlize, Theron is my favorite part of the movie, of course. She’s intense but not theatrical. I believe she’s been through a lot of shit in her life and now she’s taking all that pain and making her move against the jerks in charge. I enjoy the fight scenes, which is not usually for me. They keep a fair pace and are not just punch punch. The dust of the sand, the sweat, the grunge and the struggle for everyone to just get to their feet between whacks makes it more interesting than most.
I would watch this movie again right now, and that’s saying something. I want to look again at the sets and the backgrounds and watch closely as the action unfolds in each big battle or chase. There’s a lot of detail that you gloss over the first time around and I think it’s worth a second or third watch. Let’s be honest, it’s not the deepest most intellectual story ever told, so I am not seeking more enlightenment or anything, just the fun of it all makes it a great movie watching experience.
Notice, I haven’t said much about Mad Max himself, you want to know why? He’s not that interesting. This could be a Furiosa movie, or just about another future world of strife and sand, but Max is a fine addition even if it’s just for the nostalgia of it all those other flicks.
- Maximum Fury Filming Fury Road (29 Minutes) – A very detailed look at the practical effects of Mad Max Fury Road. Director George Miller discusses the challenges and triumphs of story-boarding and working in extreme weather.
- Fury On 4 Wheels (23 Minutes) – A closer look at the vehicles of the film, each has a personality of it’s own and each tells a story. Production designer Colin Gibson takes us through the task of building them from scratch.
- The Road Warriors Mad Max & Furiosa (11 Minutes) – Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron talk about the challenges the movie threw at them. It’s quite obvious this movie was a difficult time for the two actors but it’s clear they are both impressed with the final product.
- The Tools Of The Wasteland (14 Minutes ) – Saw the movie in theaters and wanted to know more about that awesome Guitar guy in the film, this featurette covers him and more.
- The Five Wives So Shiny So Chrome (11 Minutes) – Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Abby Lee and Courtney Eaton talk about time spent on the film. These young ladies seem to take the roles a little too seriously but they are fun to listen to.
- Deleted Scenes (4 Minutes) – 3 deleted scenes that were best left on the cutting room floor.
- Crash & Smash (4 Minutes) – Raw footage of the car stunts from the film, this is some amazing stuff they really do not make films this way anymore.
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 7.5/10
The cover is fine with me. I mean, there are so many things in this movie that will make a great visual impact. I’m not complaining and as much as I like the movie I would have it in my house.
Audio & Video: 10/10
It would be hard to mess up a transfer of a movie that looks so spectacular and thankfully Warner have a so shiny, so chrome 1080P/AVC encode that will make your jaw turn silver. The presentation here is simply spectacular with color turned up to 11 and detail off the scale. Fury Road is full of detail from every rivet of every car to the scars on the War Boy’s faces. This is a stunning transfer that is simply flawless.
So the picture is flawless how is the audio? Also flawless using the new Dolby Atmos 7.1 codec this is one for the history books. Rumbling bass, impeccable centered dialog and all manner of surround effects make a listening experience that goes up against Transformers 4 as the greatest action soundtrack on Blu-Ray. This is easily one of my favorite films of the year and the technical aspects of this disc will make your eyes and ears water, just make sure you put a bucket under them water is scarce you know!!
Overall Score 7.5/10