That Black-and-White Version of Mad Max: Fury Road Is Finally Getting Released (UPDATED)

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Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller probably didn’t realize the avalanche of discussion he set off when he first mentioned a black-and-white version of his award-winning film. We’ve chronicled the mystery behind this version of the film in the past, but now it seems like it’s actually happening.

Empire Online found an Amazon listing for an upcoming German, six-disc Mad Max collection called the “High Octane Collection.” Part of the set is a “Fury Road ‘Black and Chrome’ Edition—The surreal black and white film version of Fury Road of the brilliant George Miller.” “Black and Chrome” is what fans were referring to the edition as last year.

That’s the good news. The bad news is A) As of now, this is just a German release and B) Warner Bros. Home Video said “We have not announced anything and are not ready to announce anything regarding this. This was only announced in Germany.” So whether or not the entire world will be able to enjoy this version in the near future is still up in the air.


The High Octane Mad Max box set will be released, in Germany, September 29. Here’s the link.

[Empire Online via Birth Movies Death]

Update 7/11/16: Updated with Warner Bros. Home Video comment

Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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Ka Mai - New and Improved

Was this cut actually filmed in black and white? Because you can’t just convert a movie filmed in color to black and white and expect to get the same result as filming an actual black and white movie. Lighting and contrast are very different. I can’t imagine it was actually filmed in black and white, so have they done any kind of post-processing to at least try to mimic the aesthetics of an actual black and white movie?