ActionAdventureReviewsSci-FiMad Max: Fury Road 4k Review

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.
80/100
4K Disc Released
March 1, 2016
HDR
HDR10 | Dolby Vision
Sound MIx
Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS | Dolby Atmos
Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1
IMDB Rating
8.1
Overall Score
Rating Overview
4K Picture
80%
Audio Quality
70%
Special Features
80%
Store
90%
Rating Summary
It is one of those rare and unique movies that should be in everyone's home collection. Miller made sure the movie is perfect in every direction and did an exceptional job. The 4k UHD presentation has also been amazing.

Mad max: fury road is an American-Australian venture produced by Kennedy Miller Mitchell, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, and Village Roadshow Pictures. , and it took 20 years in total for him to make this movie after the shooting had to be canceled many times. The movie was finally released in 2015 and took the world by storm. Mad Max: Fury Road won multiple critical and guild awards, and received ten Academy Award nominations. The movie ended up winning six of those awards. The movie earned almost $400 million in the box office, making it the highest grossing movie in Mad Max franchise.

Mad Max: Fury Road is considered to be one of the greatest action films of all time

Movie Review:

Many critics have called this movie the best film of 2015 and considered it as one of the greatest films of the 21st century.  Fury Road was widely praised for its direction, screenplay, action sequences, score, cinematography, and ensemble cast. The movie was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Director in the Academy Awards. Costume Design, Production Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Film Editing, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing are the categories the film ended up winning the Oscars. The director did a fantastic job in every aspect of the movie. The movie successfully grips the audience right till the end and shows a violent world. The actions sequences are like you’ve never seen before and probably never will. The simple story is told with so much attention that an audience will have no choice but to engage in it and wonder what happens next. Miller created a world of his own in the movie, where unbelievable things happen. But he took his imagination and portrayed it in the best way possible to make the audience get into it.

Scholars have also acclaimed the film on numerous fronts. Feminist critics have applauded the dominant role taken by Furiosa and the diversity of atypical female characters. It has been ranked at the top movie of the year by many reviewers and websites. The stunts have also been appreciated, and the uniqueness of it is mind-blowing. Tom Hardy played as the main character Max, and he is the vessel through which the story is explained. Hardy did a fantastic job while the rest of the cast also did their role correctly. Mad Max: Fury Road is a movie that must be watched to know what the fuss is all about. The movie should be set as the standard for every action film.

Storyline:

This was the fourth movie in the Mad Max franchise, and it is a remarkable exhibition of humanity hardly surviving on the edge of extinction. When all of the four features are viewed in sequence, this is purely another preview of a society gradually returning to greedy, animal-like instincts. At the beginning of the movie, Max Rockatansky (played by Tom Hardy) can be seen gazing out into an unresponsive desert abyss and munching on a raw mutant lizard. He declares that from now, crazy is the new ordinary in the wasteland that has been created because of the careless pillaging of Earth’s natural resources and atomic wars by humans. Right at that moment, the director catches our attention and doesn’t let go until the movie starts showing credits at the end.

An apocalyptic story begins in that desert landscape, where humanity is shattered, and everyone is fighting for the necessities of life. There are two rebels shown in the movie who might be able to restore order. Max is a man of more action and few words. He is haunted by the memory of a tragic loss he faced. And the other one is Furiosa. She is also a woman of action and who believes her route to salvation lies beyond the desert. Opposition parties are seen fighting for the necessities like water that is referred to as Aqua Cola. The chaotic and bizarre story takes unexpected turns and concludes into being a very entertaining movie. The visuals sometimes make the not satisfying to watch but surely makes it into a very thrilling ride.

The 4k UHD Blu-ray disc:

Warner Home Video presents ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray as a combo pack of two-disc with a flyer for a Digital HD Copy. The UHD disc sits comfortably opposite a Region Free, BD50 disc inside a black, eco-cutout case with a glossy slipcover in original pressing. After starting the disc, it goes directly to the main menu with full-motion clips while music is being played in the background. The subtitles that can be used to watch this movie are; English SDH, French, German SDH, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish.

Picture Quality: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Mad Max: Fury Road was shot digitally with the use of Arri Alexa cameras at a resolution of 2.8K, but it was upscaled from a 2K Digital Intermediate (DI) source. This 2K DI formed the foundation for the 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray release by Warner Brothers. The film is offered using a 3840 x 2160p transfer in the film’s correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio. The disc uses a 10-bit video depth with a Wider Color Gamut (WCG) and High Dynamic Range (HDR). It is encoded using the HEVC (H.265) codec. The increase in the amount of detail and clarity is visible clearly in the 4k UHD.

Every single pebble of the dusty landscape is noticeably clear from other tiny rocks. The thick clouds of dust, sand grains, grime on the skin, torn and filthy clothing all can be easily differentiated. The skin texture, rocky terrain, hill lines against magnificent skylines are purely discrete with visible sharp edges. The contrast level is high in the UHD which makes the video brighter, especially the whites. If we compared this presentation with the Blu-ray one, the blacks are amazingly deep and opaque, decorating the screen with implausible inky richness. The night shots are captured in a fantastic way and presented in the 4k UHD better than in the Blu-ray. The orange and red are more vivid and dazzling. The shadows and dark portions are better noticed in this presentation.

The downside in the UHD is that in the theatre and the Blu-ray the storms was more convincing, but in the 4k UHD it looks fake and can be easily understood as computer imagery. Other than the storms, many scenes seem more colorful, which makes it artificial and kind of cartoon-like in the 4k UHD. The 4K presentation is also hurt from a few noticeable artifacts worth mentioning. Most notably, more than a few instances of mosquito noise that can be easily seen in the blue sky. Some of the scenes in the background are distracting due to the excess addition of color. Even though there is some inconsistency in the picture quality, it is not extremely noticeable and can be skipped. Overall, the presentation is more than satisfying.

Audio Quality: 5 out of 5 stars

The audio quality deserves more than five stars if possible. It is stunning, and a movie like this needed a fantastic quality of audio. Just like the Blu-ray, Warner Bros. released the UHD with a Dolby Atmos soundtrack with a TrueHD 7.1 core. A bonus is that you don’t need a UHD setup to hear the film’s Atmos mix; it’s included on the standard Blu-ray. After adding the Atmos ‘height’ channels, the soundtrack did a fantastic job in delivering the viewers colliding vehicles, gunshots, explosions, howling winds and voices from Max’s past envelops from all directions. The rears are always active in the movie, except during the soft and intimate conversations. The action sequences are the best part of the film, and they can be felt because of the quality of the audio. The cinematic experience increases by a considerable margin with the audio presentation because even though it is a movie with lesser dialogues, the film is in no way a quiet one.

The spot effects, transitions, swirls, height effects, bass oomph, was aggressive to the perfect amount, and the Dolby Atmos Soundtrack delivered it perfectly. The audio can tell a viewer how far behind the other vehicle is because of the depth of the sound. After a car explosion, the metals can be heard individually. The audio presentation does not contain any lacking and matched perfectly with the film.

Special Features: 2.5 out of 5 stars

The collection of extras is quite good, but none of them are in the 4k UHD disc. The special features are in the second disc, the HD Blu-ray. All of the extras are also present in the regular Blu-ray disc. The content of the special features are given here in brief;

Maximum Fury (29 min) —The feature takes a look at the production, mainly the visual design, the wonderful stunt work, practical effects, endless amount of preparation, and the deliberate approach of using as little CGI as possible.

Fury on Four Wheels (23 min) — A detailed look at designing the vehicles, the thought process, and modifications that went into a few of the cars.

The Tools of the Wasteland (14 min) — Shows the creativity and production design of the dystopian world and its many embellishments.

The Road Warriors (11 min) — Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron talk about their characters. The vision of Miller and the results are shown here.

The Five Wives: So Shiny, So Chrome (11 min) — More interviews that are mainly focused on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoë Kravitz, Abbey Lee, and Courtney Eaton. They chat about their time on set preparing for their roles.

Fury Road: Crash & Smash (4 min) — A collection of unedited, unaltered raw footage of the impressive stunts performed and other pre-production tests.

Deleted Scenes ( 4 min)

 

Final Verdict:

It is one of those rare and unique movies that should be in everyone’s home collection. Miller made sure the movie is perfect in every direction and did an exceptional job. The 4k UHD presentation has also been amazing. While the video presentation lacks a few things and overdid some of the things, the audio makes up for it as it has reached the highest standard. The special features are also excellent except they did not deliver them in 4k UHD. Overall, the 4k UHD disc is worth capturing even with a few of those lacking, because only once in a generation a movie like this is made.