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Mad Max: Fury Road (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD)
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The distributor of this film has decided to hold back two separate versions of Fury Road, promised by director Miller, to be included here and confirmed by him as having been completed in time for this release, because they want more of our money. The plan is to hold back these versions, including the increasingly popular Black and White version, which is spectacular, for inclusion on a later release of this film. The second or third edition of this film will be one of Warner's ever expanding line-up of complete releases that only come out after the company has made endless money on an initial, pathetic offering with missing features and exclusions galore.
This film is glorious, make no mistake, but this release is shameful. If you love Fury Road and can't wait to see it again, I don't blame you for having to run out and buy it, but, if you can make yourself wait for it, I advise that you do so. Within a year they'll be talking about the full release (that this should have been) and you'll be able to purchase Fury Road with all the special features and alternate versions you were meant to have on this incomplete edition, though it is possible they'll hold that version until closer to the release of the first sequel to this reboot series. (Basically, think of this as another X-Men Days Of Future Past, if that had been a good movie with a second version actually worth seeing, and the alternate versions are like the Rogue Cut, if the Rogue Cut hadn't been a joke and you'll get the picture on this double dipping scheme they've got going over at Warner.)
Good luck in making your choice. I've decided to wait for the full release and, if there is any delay, grab a cheap copy of this in a Walmart bargain bin.
The supporting cast was anything but lost in this one. In fact many people will say they stole the show (mostly because of Hardy's more limited role). Theron turns in an excellent performance as the Imperator Furiosa and raises the bar of the female hero almost to the levels of Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley from the Alien movies. Nicholas Hoult (Google him) plays someone that hardly resembles him or anything else he's done and does a great job making you feel conflicted about his character Nux.
Chaotic and brutal, those are the two most defining words to describe this movie. The action in this film is so intense and so constant the minutes in between scenes where it slows down (albeit with an uneasy tension) are just enough for you to catch your breath. Don't be fooled by the extravagantly improbable scenes. Most of which you see in this film was ACTUALLY done (not CGI). Many, if not all of the race scenes are all done with professional drivers and stunt people, making the movie just that much more incredible
George Miller (who also directed the first 3 movies) returns to re-create his dry and desolate world and fill it with vile villains and heroic heroes.
This is Mad Max for the new era.
1) A warlord named Joe keeps hundreds of people as slaves.
2) One of his deputies decides to escape with some of those slaves.
3) If they're caught, the slaves will be raped, the deputy will be tortured, and everything will end badly for everyone we care about.
4) They need to not get caught.
That's enough movie for you, right? The stakes are high if you have any imagination, because every single visual tells you just how bad Furiosa et al will catch it if Joe gets his hands on them again. The effects are superb-- all practical-- and the pacing keeps your attention. Sometimes the sudden dialogue bursts are jarring, but the nonverbal acting from just about everyone is on point.
All of the above is what makes Fury Road a good action movie. What I found particularly satisfying, however, was the movie's handling of its female characters and their capabilities. When writers try to write a "strong woman" they tend to fall into one of two traps: she's grating and overeager, but not ultimately that capable; or, she's a kung-fu waif who beats up men four times her size while looking pretty. The women in Fury Road are not these things. They're much realer. I hate when writers think that, to make women cool, they must make us essentially magical creatures who win fights through the power of disbelief suspension. Fury Road's female characters lose fistfights, but they win the day by jumping to fight in every other way that they can.
...oh yeah, and Max is in there.Read more ›
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The original Mad Max was much better. I am shocked that this one won Oscar, it doesn't worth watching, total disappointment.Published 7 hours ago by Tahsin D.
Such a good movie. The plot isn't deep, but just a good enjoyable film.Published 11 hours ago by Adam Welch
If you haven't watched this yet, what are you waiting for? Non stop action that moves along at a quick pace and ends too quickly. A worthy addition to the Mad Max saga.Published 18 hours ago by Donnie Gibson
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