Welcome to the inaugural edition of Bearded Blu-Ray Reviews!! Grab a chair, get your comb and oils ready and let’s get this show on the road!!
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) is George Millers’triumphant (and I MEAN TRI-UMPH-ANT!) return to the world of the Road Warrior. Tom Hardy steps in to the role of Max Rockatansky, a role made famous by Mel Gibson with complete ease (and a series of brooding grunts). Charlize Theron literally and figuratively takes the wheel as Imperator Furiosa, who pretty much runs the show. The rebootquel (yep, I said it.) SLAMMED its’ way on to blu-ray recently, and HOLY BABY JESUS, this thing nearly rocked my beard right off!! Check out my review and rating system below:
- 0- BABY FACE (You are just THE WORST!)
- 1- 5 O’clock shadow (you’re on the right track!)
- 2- Mustache (come on, you can do better! What are you a porn star?!)
- 3- Goatee (you’re getting there, keep it up! Seriously, keep going nobody wants to see that!)
- 4- Mutton Chops (Whoa, look at you big man! You’re almost there!)
- 5- BEARD!!(The pinnacle, you’ve reached the top! CHEERS TO YOU!!!)
(Stills taken on I-phone 6. Not indicative of quality)
If ever there were a TRUE reference quality blu-ray, Fury Road definitely has to be it. Completely faithful to Miller and cinematographer John Seale's every single shot, the presentation is fucking phenomenal. Beautiful, bold blue’s pop off the screen, the dirty, grimy oranges hit you right in the face like a storm, and the mucky, sandy tans bleed in all of the right places. You can see EVERY bit of stubble, every monstrous prosthetic, every detail as it was meant to be presented. Warner Bros’ blu encodes are usually pretty top notch anyway, but couple that with the glorious (and SO SHINY and SO CHROME!) look of Fury Road, and you’ve got a disc on your hands that you’re going to want to pop in OVER AND OVER again (I know, I’ve watched it twice since I bought it!)! You will WEAR THIS DISC OUT!!
Not enough good things can be said about the picture quality, and EVEN MORE not enough can be said about the audio on this one! The Blu-ray release of Fury Road boasts a tremendously thundering Dolby Atmos mix -- core: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 surround -- and it sounds every Iota (get it?!) as good as you’d expect it to. The engines ROAR, bullets sound like they’re flying right past your head. The soundtrack by Junkie XL comes to life in such an immersive way; you’d think the Doof Warrior was right behind you blasting out his metal riffs! And through all of the mayhem and explosions, the dialogue (however much of it there may or may not be) is never lost. The grunts of Max, the chants of the War Boys, it’s all crystal clear and glorious as hell.
Fury Road contains a pretty solid selection of bonus material, including a few interesting, lengthy making of featurettes (Maximum Fury: Filming Fury Road, Fury on Four Wheels, The Road Warriors: Max and Furiosa, The Tools of the Wasteland, The Five Wives: So Shiny, So Chrome, Crash & Smash) and a handful of deleted scenes, all of which serve no real purpose, so it’s easy to see why all three were left on the cutting room floor. Surprisingly, and disappointingly absent from the special features is a commentary of ANY kind (let’s be real who WOULDN’T want to hear George Miller gush over this puppy for 2 hours!) I’m sure Warner Bros is holding back on some stuff for a holy shit deluxe Fury Road edition somewhere down the line, because who doesn’t love a good double dip?! If you’re a sucker for some behind the scenes goodness like I am, Mad Max: Fury Road should keep your pretty satisfied.
Mad Max: Fury Road is still firmly sitting atop my top movies of 2015 list. It’s incredible, it’s bold, it’s loud, it’s action packed… It’s an experience to say the very least. My beard was better and more glorious after each viewing of this beauty! The movie is not for everyone, nor was it ever meant to be. The blu-ray disc, for die-hards and average home theatre fans alike, DEMANDS to be purchased. Seriously, you’re only doing yourself a disservice if you don’t at least RENT this beautiful masterpiece. I’d be hard pressed to find a list of best of 2015 where the technical merits alone DON’T land this movie a spot near the top of the list.
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