Not Rated Dir: William Cameron Menzies | Kino Video | 1h 20min
Plot: What’s it about?
The 3-D craze was big in the 1950’s. I hadn’t heard of The Maze before, so figured it’d be nice to check it out and review it. The Blu-Ray disc treats us to both the regular 2D version of the film as well as 3D, whichever you desire. My expectations were pretty strong, but I feel the film ultimately let me down as it remained pretty sluggish and free of frights throughout its short running time. I won’t begin to get into the final reveal, but admittedly it’s a bit silly. Too silly for its own good, in fact.
A marriage is abruptly broken off between Scotsman Gerald MacTeam (Richard Carlson) and Kitty Murray (Veronica Hurst). Gerald calls it off while Kitty is left in a state of confusion as to why. We learn that Gerald’s uncle has passed away and he left him a mysterious castle in the Scottish Highlands. Gerald decides to go there, but Kitty isn’t going to accept the broken engagement. She and her aunt (Katherine Emery) travel to the castle to try and see exactly what’s happening. They immediately encounter a series of strange events, and notice that Gerald is acting more than a little strange as well. They also notice the hedge maze which warns of not entering. Actually the sign simply reads “Keep Out.” The film moves at a deliberate pace, which some may either go with or be wanting a bit more from.
I wanted to enjoy The Maze, but I just couldn’t get into it. I wanted to be won over, but I didn’t find myself overly invested with the plot. It’s certainly atmospheric to a point, and the cast all do their best, but it left me wanting more. We don’t even spend much time in the actual maze either. I appreciate that the 3D isn’t blatant to the point that it takes us out of the movie, but that’s the most I’ll say. I wanted to like it, but just couldn’t.
Video: How’s it look?
We are given the option on the main menu to either view this in 2D or 3D. I opted for the former, while checking out pieces of it in 3D later. Both the images satisfy overall, especially the 3D, but there were also traces of grain on occasion as well. The image is Black & White and in 1.37:1 full-frame. I think all things considered, the film has been cleaned up quite well and will please those who seek it out.
Audio: How’s it sound?
We get a DTS 3.0 channel, restored track. I was quite satisfied with it as well. The coverage is strong across the board and there’s a nice clarity that I wasn’t expecting for a film of this age. Vocals were strong as well, but the more action heavy scenes are what stand out the most about this track.
Supplements: What are the extras?
- Audio Commentary – Tom Weaver, Bob Furmanek, Dr. Robert J. Kiss and David Schecter share a great, informative track together. Lots of ground is covered here, from the censorship to the 3D restoration. For fans of the film, the track is well worth listening to.
- Interview with Star Veronica Hurst – Pretty straight-forward, talking about casting, working with the director and a few more topics. It’s short, but informative.
- Theatrical Trailer – Presented in 3D.
The Bottom Line
I wanted to get more out of The Maze, but it just didn’t get it for me. I was mostly bored by the film, but the Blu-Ray disc is at least a quality one for those considering a purchase. For fans who’ve been waiting for this title, have at it. All others might want to skip it or rent it if you’re absolutely curious.