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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Review of all versions of the movie (4K, 3D, BW)

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    Mike
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    I'll start off by saying I love the movie -- it's a fun movie with a lot of great cinematography and over-the-top action scenes. This review focuses more on the different versions of the film: Having bought the Blu-Ray, Black & Chrome set & Blu-Ray 3D previously, I wanted to see what the 4K experience was like. Blu-Ray: Looks great. Sounds great. Overall very good experience. Black & Chrome set: Definitely recommended; includes both the original blu-ray and a black & white version which is a totally different experience. Not the same as just lowering the color on your TV.. this one really "shines" (no pun intended). Even after watching the normal version several times, this felt like a totally new movie. 3D: Again, a totally unique experience that was a lot of fun. Good 3D popout and depth.. Alongside the Black and Chrome version, this is tied for my favorite version of the film. Also includes the 2D Blu-Ray. 4K: And here's where I was disappointed. I have a high-end UHD Player (Oppo 203), high-end 4K OLED (LG 65c6p) and was excited for it. Unfortunately.. it didn't deliver. In fact, parts even look worse. The film is slightly re-colored using the HDR toning (apparently this was done from the original master rather than the same as the previous releases). Beyond that, CGI becomes very noticeable (stuff that looked real in all the other versions looked very fake in this one; the fire, backgrounds and more all looked pretty bad and stood out). The film is also very noisy; apparently this was part of the original effect, but the 4K significantly enhances it and it doesn't look good. Lastly, the overall increase in sharpness isn't as significant as you would like. I will say that the first few chapters were significantly worse than the later chapters and I don't know why. Of all the versions I've watched, the 4K was the least impressive. I went in with mixed expections on what to expect (some reviews are very positive, others very poor) and unfortunately wasn't impressed.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Max is back with a bang

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    Mad Max is back with a bang. The latest George Miller film follows the tradition of his earlier manic action films following the life and times of an outcast group of dysfunctional ‘survivors’ from a post-nuclear war, global apocalypse. Let’s be honest, no one goes to a Mad Max film for the careful character development and the nuanced screenplay. In fact, Mad Max (Tom Hardy), is almost irrelevant in this film; for most of the time his identity is hidden behind a small inverted garden hand-fork, forcibly strapped to his face, as a marker of his ownership by others. Even his blood is literally being stolen by his enemies. For a more dynamic and less broken human interest we turn to the left arm amputee ‘Furiosa’ (Charlize Theron). She is still active in her world and is seeking signs of ecological survival and ‘redemption’, in this blasted landscape of utter alienation (the Namibian desert). Max merely hopes for escape and freedom. Theron carries what little plot there is, and she does this well. But Miller thinks visually and this film is an auditory and visual feast. Director/writer Miller pays a little ‘knowing’ homage to the westerns of John Ford at the beginning of the film by choosing a section of the Monument Valley skyline as a place to begin. Ford, like Miller, thought in visual terms. Plot and screenplay were usually subsidiary to sketched story-boards. In this case the story-boards preceded the script by many months The plot is silly, circular and repetitive. What makes this film so visceral and so spectacular is the sheer effort and energy put into the splendid cinematography and sound-track. Usually a review emphasises acting and directorial skill. Here we must acknowledge the extraordinary creativity of the artwork, the costumes (Jenny Beavan), the weapon experts (Simon Bethune), the stunt drivers (‘Western on Wheels’) and the vehicle-chase co-ordinators (Lauren Wild) The film is unapologetically loud and brash (a theme taken up by the audience in the cinema I visited). The scenery and the sets are breath-taking, but above all, the trucks and combat vehicles are superb. Bosch would have loved them.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    GREAT MOVIE

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    sam077
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    The Mad Max series is finally enjoying a long awaited (30 years!) return to form (or is it?). Fury Road brings our titular hero back into the spotlight where he deserves to be. This time around Mel Gibson has been replaced with fan favorite actor Tom Hardy (Inception, Warrior, The Dark Knight Rises). Not only was Hardy a perfect cast from the aesthetic standpoint (looks very much like a younger Mel Gibson in the movie) but the way he plays the character makes it feel like he's been doing it forever. 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.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Miller Ups the Ante on Action

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    RNMartin
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    To best understand Miller's desire for Fury Road is to first know that it was done without a script (up until Warner Bros. required one). Yes, you heard me correctly. WITHOUT A SCRIPT. Miller imagined the entire film through tens of thousands of storyboards. This makes the small use of dialogue understandable and reminds us of the IMAGES he envisioned in his head. The beautiful, raw images we see brought to life throughout the film. The atmosphere and world he dreamed of for almost 20 years finally brought to us in an overwhelming fashion. You can't tell me that your lips didn't feel dry and your body didn't feel hot as they hauled through the desert. I got totally immersed in the atmosphere and it felt so original. Quite frankly, a post-apocalyptic world I actually fear. But, let's talk about something else. The action. Miller's stunts in Fury Road were unprecedented, even in the current film era of superheroes, military warfare, and badassery. Even just an hour in, you think the action can't get any better than at that moment. But it does! Every stunt trumps the last! And it's all very creative and very convincing. I highly recommend you watch the special features on the stuntwork, because it's downright insane. The stunts don't feel repetitive and they surely don't feel fake. No overdoing of strong melee combat or use of firearms. It's fast, hard-hitting, and most of all - creative. Keep that in mind when watching Mad Fax: Fury Road. You'll surprise yourself at how unexpected it can be. 4/5. Beautiful, raw, real, creative.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Terrific Blue Ray

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    Mad Max: Fury Road would stun no matter how unwieldy Warner's 1080p/AVC-encoded video presentation turned out to be. But the image doesn't falter or deviate for a second. Faithful to Miller and cinematographer John Seale's every last intention, the presentation is magnificent. The screen bleeds brilliant colors and bold primaries. Visceral reds, rusty oranges, savage yellows and stark, inky black levels, brought to life with vivid contrast and breathtaking visual punch. Detail is terrific too. Edges are razor sharp, textures are wonderfully resolved, delineation is excellent, and the finest veneer of filmic grain is present. Pore over the tattered costumes. The tumorous prosthetics. The welded steel hides of the wheeled war rigs and battle beasts. The dust. The dirt. The grime. The stubble. The scars. The wires. The bolts. The sparks. The hurtling debris. All without significant artifacting, banding, aliasing or other issues getting in the way of everything that's on display. (There are slight hints of ringing here and there, but it was present in the theatrical presentation and has nothing to do with the encode.) The Blu-ray release of Fury Road boasts one of the most striking video presentations of the year.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good value on a decent movie

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    The social agenda inserted in the plot is clumsy and awkward, and occasionally disrupts suspension of disbelief - but let's be realistic - you're already accepting a lot of suspension of disbelief with this franchise regardless of the social and political messages inserted into a movie that otherwise has a very thin plot. The visuals are spectacular, the excitement is constant - and the fact that the presence of Max is really just a vehicle to make the movie a guaranteed blockbuster success is secondary. If you're the kind to be inclined to enjoy the agenda in the subtext of the movie, it won't bother you. If you're the kind to be bothered by it, my advice is to ignore it, they did a pretty poor job at promoting that aspect, anyhow. The rest of it is a promising beginning that paints some backstory that may be interesting to see explored. As for the product itself - it is a good value. I recommend watching it, then rewatching it again with subtitles enabled so that you can understand what Max and everyone else is grunting, barely audible, under explosions, car wrecks, and screaming fire-belching guitars.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Should Be Called "Furiosa feat. Mad Max"

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    OB1Knobby
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    I had such a fun time watching this movie. My wife and daughter loved it too. It's everything you would want from a Mad Max film. Except, Max. Seriously, he had hardly any lines, the story line had really very little to do with him. Heck, even on the cover Furiosa is front and center. That being said, it's still an awesome movie. The tone was prefect. It was almost non-stop action. And when people die you feel moved. As for this presentation. I love getting Combo-Packs for under $15. Although the box doesn't say it there is a good amount of bonus content. 6 good length behind the scenes bits and 3 deleted scenes. I would have liked to hear some commentary. But it is what it is. If for some reason you've not seen this movie and aren't sure about purchasing it and are hoping my review will sway you, let me say this. If you like action, apocalyptic adventure, car chases, explosions, strong women, or engaging stories...just buy this already. If you don't like it, I'm sure you know someone that would.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Welcome back Mr. Rockatansky

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    I felt mixed on this at the credits. In some ways I was expecting more. As far as the action ....it had all the action in the world one could really ask for in this style of film. Its not about guns and ammo, its about vehicles and crazy vehicles doing crazy things. You can tell where they really added some coloring (especially the 'red') to the explosions. I loved to the highest degree seeing the creativity they put into making such wild vehicles. Some on monster truck tires, cars stacked upon each other, cars with 2 engines......insane. The storyline..........seemed quite simple and the dialog didn't really impress. me. I wasn't a big fan of Thunderdome but I'd say the storyline and dialog was better written and maybe more interesting than this one. But the action in Fury Road was supreme and they knew it going into it and focused on that element. I'll watch it more and let it sink in and manifest but so far I'd say its definately worth a view.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A different but great film 4 1/2 stars

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    I have been a fan of Mad Max since the 1st film came from down under and then. . . the 2nd film (The Road Warrior) was even better--a superb piece of filmmaking (and, yes, I liked Beyond Thunderdome). With Fury Road, things are the same and different. You could say that it takes place between the 2nd and 3rd film but I see this one as a new iteration of the series. We find a haunted Mad Max in an apocalyptic world that is now not as credible as the one in the Mel Gibson films, but what a ride this film is. For action fans, this is the film to have in your collection. The editing, the stunts (the film mainly relies on actual stunt work--instead of CGs--and there is a difference that can be seen) and acting are solid. Charlize Theron does not physically look ripped for the character but, boy, can she act! Waiting for the next one.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie, Good Blu Ray

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    Chester
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    Best Buy's steelbook edition of Fury Road is beautiful (the cover art, in my opinion, is much better than that used on the other editions). The picture and sound quality is all any fan of this movie could want it to be. My only disappointments are the lazy menu design (looks like they just used a generic interface and slapped on a promotional image for the background) and the middling special features offered. I feel for a standout movie like this there should be tons of special features they could have included as there's more behind the scenes to be found on Youtube than there is on this Blu Ray release. Still, this is the case with all editions of this release and not to be blamed on the steelbook edition. Clearly the studio is holding out for a later double dip with better features, which I sincerely hope will include a director's commentary.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for action and OK for Atmos

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    MHSENS
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    Not much conversation, but a lot of impressive action, and some novel ideas for the car chases. By "action" I don't mean gunplay, although there was some. Not that I love Mel Gibson, but this lead actor might have lacked the necessary charisma for the role. He was more of a man-with-no-name type of character - without being as dramatically quiet as Clint Eastwood's patented version of those characters. I was a little disappointed with the Dolby Atmos soundtrack, which was one of my main reasons for purchasing. The soundtrack was great, but I did not get much sense of sound having any height and elevation to it - which is what I like about Atmos. It was more like the extra Atmos channels were used to envelope me with sound.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The Mad Max Series Is Still Great

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    Nassen21
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    I didn't get to see Mad Max: Fury Road in theaters, but once it came out on DVD, I rented it and loved it!!! It has all the craziness of the first three in the series with a few more surprises that work! Tom Hardy makes the character of Mad Max his own, Charlize Theron's Furiosa is just a very strong character that happens to be a woman, and Nicholas Hoult's Nux really has a great character arc. The action sequences are amazing; the plot is minimal but still coherent; and the overall movie makes you feel you are in some sandy, hot, and disturbing dystopian future where the things we take for granted today are hotly contested commodities in that world. I definitely recommend this movie for anyone who wants a raucous good time!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Mad Max rocks

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    Russ
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    My first experience with Mad Max was as a grade school kid back in the 80's. So to me, Mel Gibson will always be Max. Having said that, the new incarnation of Mad Max blew me away. I first saw this feature in 1080p and thought the cinematics were great. Now having a 4k TV and watching this in 4k is even better. Details just pop from the screen and UHD makes the saturation and color pallete explode. While the movie itself has a desert theme and feel, it is a treat when you aren't just looking at sand colors. The clarity of 4k makes a lot of effects really stand out. So much so that they feel fake at times. The story is decent. Charlize is amazing. It was a treat to watch again with more detail.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Maybe the Best in the Series

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    If you've seen the first 3 Mad Max films, you'll probably love this film. It takes Thunderdome and dumps gasoline and money all over it, but with the vision and control of the same director. It is somehow tasteful, even though every shot from every scene on its own may look like an affront to the word tasteful. This is 95% chase-scene and definitely the craziest one I've ever scene. The movie is an exceptional example of how good special effects can be, especially when combining digital and practical so well that it is hard to tell them apart within the film. And Tom Hardy does not let down the character of Max. Good job, George Miller. As far as the visual/sound transfer: no problems.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING ACTION... Great plot

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    LeSuiteDeShakir
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    This movie is action packed from start to finish. If you're looking for a movie that will challenge that new 4K UHD TV and that new Home Theater sound system, look no further. I can now really say I'm a Mad Max fan, despite not knowing anything about the previous movies (other than Mel Gibson being the lead) before watching this film. And I'm looking forward to the possibilities of the franchise. The plot is very intriguing and will have you leaning toward the screen trying to figure out what comes next. I also admired that fact that they threw a few curve balls (it kept me guessing). This movie is definitely worth the purchase in Blu-Ray! Sorry... I'm not one for spoilers. But if you get it, you won't regret it.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The next and best mad max movie

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    Its not every day you see a film that not only supplies the action we all want but also and practical Stunt works that each actor had to painstakingly go thru. Mad max is a movie that even though the story is paper thin...its the characters that make this movie work; Max is now the somewhat silent protagonist but thats okay its still his show even though Furiosa (played awesomely by Charlize Theron) takes up the majority of the story this movie plays out in some of the most intense scenes i've seen in a movie. There are some inconsistencies like a sudden change to max's past. But all in all much like the last three movies this one is another high mark on George miller's record...go see this film!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A new Max, but still Mad

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    Anybody who has seen the original films knows Mel Gibson portrayal of Mad Max could not be matched. However, this sequel/remake has a good main cast, writing and action. I think Tom Hardy played Max perfectly. He honored Gibson's performance while making it his own. The movie itself is non-stop action. Special effects were great and the details of the imagry even better. The story has several elements The Road Warrior and Beyond Thunderdome, but is its own film. Also, the villains are great additions to the Mad Max mythos. It may not be an Oscar winning type movie, but its not intended to be. Overall its a great popcorn movie. If you like action and explosions you will like this movie.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Like a car chase staged as ballet

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    The movie starts bat-stuff crazy and only gets crazier from there, only stopping to take a welcome breather in a few spots. The refreshing use of practical effects for most of the car combat gives the action sequences (which is most of the film, frankly) a more raw and dangerous feeling watching actors in actual peril instead of aping their reactions in front of a green wall. The underlying pro-equality message is a nice relief to the unrelenting sidelining of female characters or the reliance on the "damsel in distress," tropes all-too-common in action films in general. I recommend the 3D version if you have the means to watch it. The storm sequence alone is worth it.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, but not as good as Road Warrior

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    The overall premise was interesting, and the stunts and action scenes (while few) were wild. The big problem I had was that the movie still took place within Max's lifetime, maybe 20-30 years after the apocalypse, but the cultural aspects shown in the movie would take generations to develop. The giant water storage facility and hydroponics would likely have taken 100-200 years to develop in such a world. While some small cult religions can develop in a matter of years, the extent of the ones depicted are multi-generational. It would have been better if they scrapped the Max character altogether and just made it seem like it really was 100 or 200 years later.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An intense post apocalyptic joy ride

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    This is the rare reboot that is arguably better than the source material. Though it helps that the original creator is responsible. Somehow it transcends the typical chase movie and creates characters that you feel empathy with. But the real gem in this film is the chase. And what a chase it is. While most films have a chase scene or two, pretty much the entire run time is in one way or another a chase through the desert with plenty explosions to keep you riveted. The fact that most of the effects are practical also helps ground the film. A kick ars (apparently a$s is inappropriate language) performance by Charlize Theron is just icing on the cake.

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