After being in production for what felt like an eternity Mad Max: Fury Road‘s promotional campaign is revving its engines hardcore for release next summer. The latest film in director George Miller‘s post-apocalyptic action saga has in recent days had a teaser poster and four character posters unveiled to the world. Yesterday Miller came to the San Diego Comic-Con for a panel in the fabled Hall H to present the first footage from Fury Road and what the gathered masses saw brought down the house.
Today the Comic-Con trailer for Fury Road has been made available to be watched by all courtesy of Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow, albeit in a slightly shorter form but in shiny high-definition. You can watch it here below.
A loner dressed in dusty black leather, his rusted hulk of a badass automotive war machine, and the assembled forces of wasteland evil looming in the distance…what more could you possibly require of a first poster for next year’s Mad Max: Fury Road?
The fourth film in Australian filmmaker George Miller‘s imaginative, highly influential post-apocalyptic action franchise has been in the works since the days when original star Mel Gibson was still a viable screen leading man without a hint of scandal about him. Now that British star-on-the-rise Tom Hardy has replaced Gibson in the iconic role of monosyllabic wanderer Max Rockatansky, Fury Road is finally rolling at full speed and looks to have a huge presence at this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con. Ahead of the Con Warner Brothers has released the first poster for Fury Road, which shows little but promises much.
Jet Li’s Fearless Blu-ray Edition
Directed by Ronny Yu
Starring Jet Li, Nakamura Shidou, Sun Li, Dong Yong, Nathan Jones
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Release Date: December 9, 2008
Jet Li was planning to stop making martial art movies after the filming of Fearless. He didn’t stick to that plan, but had he done so he would have gone out on an extremely high note.
Fearless tells the story of the life of Huo Yuanjia (played by Li), though it takes some major liberties for dramatic effect. In real life, Huo had many children and grandchildren, not a single daughter, and he was not the only person responsible for the forming of the Chin Woo Athletic Association. Also, humorously, the film greatly embellishes the facts around the fight between Huo and a boxer named O’Brien (Nathan Jones). In reality, there was never any fight, O’Brien simply left town after a dispute over the rules of the match. I don’t imagine that would make a great sequence in a martial art film though, so it’s safe to say the film was “inspired by” Huo’s life rather than a factual account of it.
The Blu-Ray edition holds three versions of the film: theatrical, unrated, and director’s cut. I can count on one hand the number of director’s cuts that are significantly different from the original film. Fearless is one of those films and the director’s cut is a significant improvement over the theatrical version. Running 40 minutes (yes, you read that correctly, 40 minutes) longer that original version, director Ronny Yu found a lot more story to tell, with none of it seeming gratuitous.