Blu-ray Review – Mad Max: Fury Road (WB)

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Have you heard of this tiny independent movie called Mad Max: Fury Road? Yeah, I thought so. The Mel Gibson’less sequel seemed to take over the world upon its theatrical release in May. Between people pooping their pants about how this is “the best action movie ever made” and slacktivists desperately trying to find traces of their own brand of “isms” within the film, almost everybody was talking about Fury Road. The truth is, it is a really good, entertaining movie, but not the best action movie ever made. And, tales of feminism, both from activists, as well as detractors are wildly exaggerated. So get all of that out of your head before you even press play, and you’ll probably have a hell of a time.

Mad Max: Fury Road sees director George Miller return to the post-apocalyptic wasteland he created in 1979, with Tom Hardy playing the titular character this time around, instead of Mel Gibson. Some were skeptical  at first, but I think Hardy put most of that to rest with his silent, but strong performance. Gibson couldn’t have played the role this time around, because the story called for a younger Max, and while he’s still up for almost anything, like he proved to us in Expendables 3, even Mel Gibson can’t escape time. Somewhat shocking is that, in some ways, Max is not the main character, even though his name is in the title of the movie. A new character, Imperator Furiosa, played by Charlize Theron is the main focus of the movie, in that most of the dialog and action scenes are hers, rather than Hardy’s. This decision sent some off the deep end, with both claims that this movie “pussified” the Mad Max series, and others claiming it to be the most “feminist” action movie ever made. The truth lies somewhere in the middle, but honestly, none of that even matters.

Fury Road wasn’t created as some sort of political statement, despite what some would have you believe. It was created to deliver some of the most jaw-dropping action sequences, most definitely of the year. And in that, it very much succeeds. I don’t know if I would consider it to be the overall best action movie of the year or not, however, what it does do well, it does extremely well. The pacing is brilliant, it’s an edge of your seat type of post apocalyptic road warrior, that starts strong, and only takes pause maybe one, two times total. I had a few minor complaints, such as a scene where the convoy from hell comes to a screeching halt, for character introductions and terrible decision-making, but in no way did it spoil my enjoyment of the film. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that this is the best movie I’ve ever seen, like most people who are reviewing this Blu-ray today, but I can and will tell you that this is worth every penny of the retail cost of the disc.

The Audio/video quality are top notch. This is a WB release of a brand new film, after all. No issues at all to report. The extras are awesome, and plentiful. You can find a full listing below. Click here to purchase a copy today!

Special features include:

  • 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
  • Deleted Scenes

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