- by Jeff Beck
Mad Max High Octane Collection Comes to Blu-ray/DVD on December 6th
It was only a matter of time, but at long last, Warner Bros. has officially announced the "Mad Max High Octane Collection," which will contain all four films in the popular "Mad Max" series ("Mad Max," "The Road Warrior," "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," and "Mad Max: Fury Road"). The set is due to be released on December 6th.
In addition to the four films, the set will come with five hours of bonus features, along with the long-awaited "Black & Chrome" edition of "Mad Max: Fury Road" (a black and white cut of the film).
The special features in their entirety are as follows:
High Octane Collection Special Features and Additions:
NEW! *Fury Road “Black & Chrome” Edition - Witness the surreal black and white version of mastermind George Miller’s Fury Road.
NEW! *George Miller Introduction to the Mad Max Fury Road: Black and Chrome Edition - Special introductory piece by George Miller describing his vision.
NEW! Road War - In 1982, the world was blindsided by George Miller’s masterpiece of apocalyptic destruction: The Road Warrior. For the first time ever George Miller, Terry Hayes and star Mel Gibson tell the story of the car-crushing production that redefined action cinema forever.
Madness of Max - The previously released Mad Max (1979) documentary is a feature-length documentary on the making of arguably the most influential movie of the past thirty years. With over forty cast-and-crew interviews, hundreds of behind-the-scenes photographs and never-before-seen film footage of the shoot, this is, without a doubt, the last word on Mad Max (1979). Interviews include: George Miller, Byron Kennedy, Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley, Roger Ward, Joanne Samuel, David Eggby, Jon Dowding and many more. From the Producers to the Bike Designers to the Traffic Stoppers, this is the story of how Mad Max was made.
Mad Max: Fury Road Two Film Collection Special Features and Additions:
NEW! *George Miller Introduction to the Mad Max Fury Road: Black and Chrome Edition – Special introductory piece by George Miller describing his vision.
All-in-all, it looks like they could have done a little better with the special features, as there don't seem to be any pertaining to "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," and merely an introduction and black & white cut for "Fury Road." One would think they would at least include the previously-released extras, but the press release does not indicate this. However, at least you get two intriguing-sounding "Making ofs" for the first two films. Meanwhile, for those who are simply interested in finally obtaining the "Black & Chrome" edition, it will also be available as a separate item together with the original color version of the film.
That release date again is December 6th, so if you are one of the franchise's millions of fans, be sure to make a note of it.
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