One of the things that stands out with George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, is the use of overly vibrant colors throughout the dystopian flick. Most movies that tackle a post-apocalyptic storyline, opt for the de-saturated look. Try watching Fury Road and, uh, The Road back-to-back and you’ll see what I mean.
One thing I’ve noticed is that the default position for everyone is to de-saturate post-apocalyptic movies. There’s only two ways to go, make them black and white — the best version of this movie is black and white, but people reserve that for art movies now. The other version is to really go all-out on the color. The usual teal and orange thing? That’s all the colors we had to work with. The desert’s orange and the sky is teal, and we either could de-saturate it, or crank it up, to differentiate the movie. Plus, it can get really tiring watching this dull, de-saturated color, unless you go all the way out and make it black and white.
When you’ve watched as many post-apocalyptic movies as I have, Miller’s comments make perfect sense. There’s something stripped down and raw about a black and white film and while the over-saturated nature of Fury Road‘s visuals are one of the big reasons why the film stands out in all its cinematic glory, a bare bones version of the movie sounds very intriguing. If you agree with me on that, George Miller has some news for you.
The 70 year old director wants a black and white version of Mad Max: Fury Road to be featured on the Blu Ray:
He said that he has demanded a black and white version of Fury Road for the Blu-ray, and that version of the film will feature an option to hear just the isolated score as the only soundtrack — the purest and most stripped-down version of Fury Road you can imagine.
Still on the fence about this concept? Check out the B&W version of the Mad Max: Fury Road trailer below:
It really does feel like a completely different movie.