UPDATE: Apparently there was cease and desist wizardry involved and the video has since been taken down. We can only hope that George Miller’s vision makes it onto a director’s cut at some point.
Mad Max: Fury Road is known for a lot of things; the victorious returns of both Max and director George Miller, the insane cars and and stunts, and of course the color palette. George Miller actually said in a Q&A moderated by fellow filmmaker Edgar Wright that Mad Max would need to go one of two ways: over-saturated colors to differentiate the film from other post-apocalyptic epics that usually de-saturate most of their colors in order to emphasize the usual run-down, post-society drabness of the apocalypse (because when the apocalypse happens it also destroys all color, right?)
Make the film in black and white, to which he comments “but people reserve that for art movies now.”
So why do most movies dealing with the end of the world—or the end of society—often subtract color from the world? Is it to visually represent the loss of everything around the characters? Does it make you focus more on the characters and the obstacles they overcome rather than on the surroundings? Or is it simply because we don’t actually know what’s going to happen in the future, so in a visual medium we naturally focus more on the character-driven aspects of the stories and less on the destructive loss of civilization? Maybe it’s because the apocalypse has gotten boring. It is no longer good enough to simply present the apocalypse—now it’s about telling the stories that unfold afterward. How we present those stories is beginning to change because, as we see more dire situations arising around us today, the apocalypse seems less like a nightmare and more like one bad conflict away from reality.
At the time of the interview, Miller told Slashfilm he had demanded that the Blu-Ray release of Fury Road have a black and white, music only version–but that release came and went and we have no such version until now, posted under the pseudonym “Nux” to a fresh wordpress site.