'Mad Max: Fury Road' [Blu ray + DVD + Digital HD]
(Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, et al / Blu ray + DVD / R / 2015 / Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
Overview: A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in post apocalyptic Australia in search for her homeland with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max; who is anything but happy.
Blu ray Verdict: "My name is Max. My world is fire and blood. Once, I was a cop. A road warrior searching for a righteous cause. As the world fell, each of us in our own way was broken. It was hard to know who was more crazy ... me ... or everyone else." These are the first words "spoken" in this completely pulsating movie. Narrated by Max Rockatansky (Hardy), they set the scene perfectly for the colorful, well orchestrated bouts of unbelievable, theatrical carnage to unfold before our very eyes!
But, let's get this straight from the start: this character isn't the "Mad Max" that you grew up with aka Mel Gibson. He doesn't have a dog, he doesn't eat dog food; in fact, he doesn't seem to eat anything! Nobody in the film ever eats anything. Nor are people clamoring for gasoline, they all just seem to have it! That said, let us get into what to expect from our new "hero". After a rip-roaring opening chase sequence, Max is held captive in the Citadel, the city where the ruthlessly totalitarian leader "Joe" is ruling over.
The grotesquely brutal lord maintains tight grip of every valuable resouces across the land. This brings the entire populace crippling under his control. As for Max, he becomes merely a blood bag for Nux (Nick Hoult) one of Joe's War Boys, who is a fatal devout to the cause of their fascist leader, who has promised them the glory of getting into Valhalla, the promised land.
Everything in this cinematic behemoth screams grandeur, even the feverish chase, even the darkness itself seems to spur relentlessly from the ruthless violence. Miller has molded a world where darkness is an escape from the stream of clichés and retreads, surging into the cinemas, today. It's a visual feast, but surprisingly, with sense. It's explosive in every unimaginable ways, but it's not devoid of a human story, which in this case, is propelled by stellar performances from incredible actors on the movie's payroll.
Tom Hardy is utterly capable as the main hero, but the emotional spine of the narrative mostly runs on Theron's character. At some point, there would be a sense that Max isn't the only one playing under the spotlight, as it gets evident Furiosa is equally as massive as his role is. Hardy here is singularly stunning, playing his role with utmost credibility as he is required. His mission transcends past his emotional torments and he's never pulled himself free from the ghosts if his past. Same can be said with Furiosa, who is not only running from Joe because she wants to get herself free from his cut throat grip, but also to bring every woman into safety, back to freedom where they belong.
Amid these sanity-grabbing action sequences, though, is an emotional streak that keeps Max and Furiousa's humanity alive. This prompts them to survival, into carrying out their similar humane causes, clinging tightly to their only mission even if they get hurled into the barbaric hostilities of their dystopian society. This turns the movie into something visceral, cathartic in some ways that probably only a small fraction of the audience could understand. It will not be enough to merit this achievement with merely a splurge of superlatives. This needs to be experienced, felt, and forever cherished. Watch 'Mad Max: Fury Road' for yourself today and be drawn into a world that you should be so grateful to never have to experience "live" for yourself! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
- Maximum Fury: Filming Fury Road
- Mad Max: Fury on Four Wheels
- The Road Warriors: Max and Furiosa
- The Tools of the Wasteland
- The Five Wives: So Shiny, So Chrome
- Fury Road: Crash & Smash
- I Am A Milker
- Turn Every Grain Of Sand!
- Let's Do This
“Mad Max: Fury Road” will be available on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and 2-disc DVD for $28.98. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray; and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition.
Blu-ray 3D Combo and Blu-ray Combo Pack include Digital HD with UltraViolet. Fans can also own “Mad Max: Fury Road” on Digital HD via purchase from digital retailers.
'Mad Max: Fury Road' Trailer