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You can now watch the black and white version of Mad Max: Fury Road online

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According to Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller, you still haven’t seen the “best version” of the rollicking post-apocalyptic adventure.

Dating back to the film’s release last year, Miller has said he prefers the film on black and white – and now you see what all the fuss is about with a “Black & Chrome” version available to stream on Amazon.

“The default position for everyone is to de-saturate post-apocalyptic movies," Miller told Slashfilm last year. “There’s only two ways to go, make them black and white — the best version of this movie is black and white, but people reserve that for art movies now. The other version is to really go all-out on the colour. The usual teal and orange thing? That’s all the colours we had to work with. The desert’s orange and the sky is teal, and we either could de-saturate it, or crank it up, to differentiate the movie. Plus, it can get really tiring watching this dull, de-saturated colour, unless you go all the way out and make it black and white.”

Miller also said the best version of original Mad Max movie The Road Warrior was in black and white, a “slash dupe” version given to the composer during production.

Fury Road isn’t the only film to get the black and white treatment post-release. The 2007 Stephen King adaptation The Mist was released on DVD in black and white – arguably a far better, more atmospheric version that the CGI-heavy original.

One of the most appealing aspects of Fury Road was its overblown visual style and colourful production design, so it will interesting to see if Miller’s preferred version is as thunderously brilliant.

Here's a preview of what you can expect:

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Tom Fordy is a London-based writer. He is former men's magazine editor and is now works as a lifestyle and entertainment journalist and opinionated beard for hire. His interests include the great literary works of the 20th century, New Wave European cinema and the career of Hulk Hogan. Follow Tom on Twitter: @TheTomFordy

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