Mad Max: Fury Road (Blu-ray review)

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George Miller, you crazy director you. The man brought us the action-packed Mad Max trilogy starring Mel Gibson, and he also did family-friendly films like Babe: Pig in the City and Happy Feet. I know, it’s crazy. Now after directing films where penguins are dancing with their feet, Miller returns to the post-apocalyptic wasteland in Mad Max: Fury Road.

The film stars Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky, who gets kidnapped by the War Boys. He gets pulled into a chase involving Immortan Joe, ruler of the Citadel, and his War Boys against Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) and her rebellious group. The rebels will have to fight for their freedom before the evil warlord captures them.

Mad Max: Fury Road is easily one of my favorite Mad Max films to date. Miller takes everything we enjoyed about the previous films and pumped out one hell of a ride. The car chases feel real and the action is intense. There is rarely a dull moment, since the film has you on the move. Even though Max’s name is in the main title, it’s Theron as Furiosa who shines as the tough as nails but emotional rebel.

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Video

This is one mighty fine transfer. Presented in 1080p, the Wasteland never looked better. From the dirt spreading to the cars exploding, your eyes are in for a treat. There are many details to admire, including the details on the vehicles, the scars from the War Boys, the Citadel and its many gears, and Immortan Joe’s mask and suit. The one scene to top off all the other beautiful scenes is the sandstorm chase. Watch as cars explode on impact, sand gets everywhere, and giant tornadoes rip everything to shreds. Show this scene off to your friends, and they’ll be amazed. The colors are very vibrant, with a golden hue being dominant throughout.

Video Rating: 5/5 Atoms

NR 5 Atoms - A

Audio

The movie is presented in Dolby Atmos. While my receiver isn’t upgraded to encode it, the track still packs a lot of punch. The music gets you pumped, and the sound of explosions, gunfire, bad guys falling and melee hits gives your speakers a nice workout. The dialogue is clear and centered, and the ambient sounds balance the rest of the noise.

Audio Rating: 5/5 Atoms

NR 5 Atoms - A

Extras

The Blu-ray has quite a few special features.

  • Maximum Fury: Filming Fury Road (28:38) – The special feature talks about the film’s layout, action sequences, and the importance of storyboards.
  • Mad Max: Fury on Four Wheels (22:37) – This feature is all about the cars, and the cast and crew discuss the look of the vehicles and how the designs came to be.
  • The Road Warriors: Max and Furiosa (11:18) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and George Miller talk about the personalities of Max and Furiosa. Hardy also talks about meeting Mel.
  • The Tools of the Wasteland (14:26) – This feature covers the props from the film including the skulls on the vehicles, the guitar from the guitar War Boy, and beauty can come from the Wasteland.
  • The Five Wives: So Shiny, So Chrome (11:11): This one covers the five wives of Immortan Joe and includes interviews from the actresses.

There are three deleted scenes. The first one has a beggar pleading to come up to where Immortan Joe lives, the second one shows what happened to a certain character and Immortan Joe rallying up the War Boys, and the third features Max and the gang getting ready to proceed.

It’s missing a commentary track, but the other features should be sufficient in getting your behind-the-scenes fix.

Extras Rating: 4/5 Atoms

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Final Reaction

Mad Max: Fury Road not only is a great demo piece for your home theater, but the action and characters will take you on a wild ride. Charlize Theron plays a strong character that you’ll empathize with, and Tom Hardy, in his own way, is able to give us a flawed antihero with a troubled past that can compete with Mel Gibson’s performance. You won’t be disappointed.

Final Rating: 4.5/5 Atoms

NR 4_5 Atoms - A-

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