Mad Max: Fury Road Blu-ray review
His name is Max. His world is fire and blood. Once, he was a cop, a road warrior searching for a righteous cause. As the world fell, it was hard to tell who was crazier: him or everyone else.
It’s sometime in the future and the world has succumbed to nuclear annihilation. Max Rockantansky (Tom Hardy, who also improved on an iconic character in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES) has been kidnapped and imprisoned by a band of vicious brutes called the War Boys, who have made Max a “universal donor” for one of the ill. They are led by Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne, who portrayed The Toecutter in the original MAD MAX), a character whose hair, mask and armor will certainly inspire some complex cosplays in the coming years.
With Max chained to one of the War Boys’ vehicles, the gang sets off for Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron, Ridley Scott’s PROMETHEUS), who has escaped from Immortan Joe’s clutches along with five of his “breeders.” Of course, Max gets loose and teams with Furiosa, who is just the lady you’d want steering the wheel when fighting for your life every afternoon. From there, the “mad” and “fury” of the title are made good on.
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is a stellar actioner, a wild and fiery ride that fills the tank, puts the petal to the metal and rips through the wasteland with the intent of slaying and crushing. The movie is relentless in how many thrills it wants on the screen—it is noisy, aggressive and assaulting, all with great reason. It is directed by George Miller, who helmed the original MAD MAX trilogy, consisting of 1979’s MAD MAX, 1981’s THE ROAD WARRIOR and 1985’s MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME. (He also directed LORENZO’S OIL, a segment of THE TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE and the HAPPY FEET movies.) Miller, along with co-screenwriters Brendan McCarthy (who may be best known for his work on comic books) and Nico Lathouris (who appeared in the original MAD MAX as a mechanic), has created a violent and generally unsettling world that, while akin to those of the trilogy, has never quite been concocted. This is a land where no day is complete with dust rising and bodies falling.
It has been 30 years since Mad Max appeared on the big screen, portrayed then by Mel Gibson. This reboot serves as both an introduction and a reintroduction. While those that loved Gibson in the title role may pose a mild objection at first, there is so much to enjoy about Hardy’s presence that any initial grudge will most certainly be dropped in the dirt.
While lighter fare such as JURASSIC WORLD, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON and ANT-MAN proved to be bigger draws at the box office and toy stores, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (which still pulled in $374 million worldwide) stands as the most impressive action movie not just of the year, but perhaps the decade so far. It is the sort of movie that should be prefaced with the kinds of warnings that come with rollercoasters.
Video: 2.40:1 in 1080p with MPEG-4 AVC codec. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD looks stellar in high-definition, with details that capture the dust, blood and mayhem of the post-apocalyptic world.
Audio: English Dolby Atmos 5.1; French 5.1 Dolby Digital; Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital. Subtitles in English, French and Spanish. The audio is also without flaw, bringing the carnage right into living rooms.
Maximum Fury: Filming FURY ROAD (28:38): This featurette explores the “wall-to-wall action” of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, with looks at the storyboards, director George Miller’s intentions and the shooting of the extensive action sequences.
Mad Max: Fury on Four Wheels (22:37): The “absolutely ridiculous” vehicles found in the post-apocalyptic environment are profiled.
The Road Warriors: Max and Furiosa (11:18) looks at the characters played by Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, with both stars discussing their motivations and purpose.
The Tools of the Wasteland (14:26) goes into the various details found in the design of the sets, costumes, weapons and more.
The Five Wives: So Shiny, So Chrome (11:11): Cast members Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Abbey Lee, Zo ë Kravitz, Riley Keough and Courtney Eaton touch on their characters.
Fury Road: Crash & Smash (4:02) offers a compilation of production footage, all centered around the action sequences.
Deleted Scenes: There are three here, which can only be viewed separately. They are: I Am a Milker (0:32), Turn Every Grain of Sand (1:49) and Let’s Do It (0:59).