Maggie appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was a bland presentation, though I suspect it replicated the source.
Sharpness looked good most of the time. Some softness hit wider shots and the many low-light scenes. Still, the majority of the flick showed fairly good clarity and accuracy. Jaggies and shimmering failed to distract, and edge haloes remained absent. The movie also lacked any source flaws and was consistently clean.
In terms of colors, Maggie went with subdued tones. Parts of the movie featured an orange flavor, but much of it was simply grayish or desaturated. The hues never stood out as memorable, but they weren’t supposed to be impressive, so they were fine for this story’s stripped palette.
Blacks could seem somewhat mushy and shadows tended to be a bit opaque. Given the darkness of the movie, this became a concern, as it left a lot of the tale tough to discern. As I noted at the start, though, I suspect the visuals reproduced the original photography. I thought the image wasn’t good enough for a high grade, but given the manner in which it replicates the filmmakers’ intentions, I also didn’t feel it deserved anything below a “B-“.
With the low-key storytelling on display, I thought the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack proved to be fine. Much of the material focused on moody atmosphere, so outside of some thunder, the mix didn’t do a lot with the five channels. Still, it opened up the setting in an acceptable manner and suited the story.
In addition, audio quality satisfied. Dialogue was natural and distinctive, without edginess or other issues. Music sounded lively and full, while effects provided good clarity. Those elements seemed accurate and boasted nice vivacity. This became a decent but unexceptional mix..
As we head to the disc’s extras, we locate an audio commentary from director Henry Hobson. He delivers a running, screen-specific look at story/character areas, music and audio, various effects, cast and performances, editing and cinematography, sets, locations and production design, and related domains.
While Hobson covers a good array of topics, he can’t make this a better than average commentary. He tends to narrate the movie at times, and the general pace of the chat seems a bit sluggish. Though we learn a reasonable amount about the movie, the track remains less than enthralling.
During the 18-minute, 14-second Making Maggie, we hear from Hobson, producers Joey Tufaro, Trevor Kaufman and Colin Bates, writer John Scott 3, and actors Arnold Schwartzenegger, Abigail Breslin and Joely Richardson. The show looks at story/characters, cast and performances, and Hobson’s impact on the production. Most of the featurette lacks much substance, as it does little more than tell us how great everything/everyone was.
Under Interviews with Cast and Crew, we get segments with Hobson (8:16), Scott (6:34), Schwarzenegger (19:48), Breslin (7:19) and Richardson (8:10). The interviews come from the same sessions used in “Making” but they manage to dig into their topics with greater depth. Skip “Making” and watch these interviews instead, as they prove to be much more informative and satisfying.
One Deleted Scene lasts two minutes, 15 seconds. It shows Wade and Caroline as they discuss the decision to send away their other kids. It gives Caroline a little more dimensionality but doesn’t do much.
The disc opens with ads for Beyond the Reach, The Forger, Dying of the Light and Reclaim. We also find the trailer for Maggie.
With its character emphasis and general lack of action, Maggie offers an unusual kind of zombie genre. However, it doesn’t seem like a satisfying effort, as it lacks the depth and meaning to make it engaging. The Blu-ray presents acceptable picture and audio along with a decent set of supplements. Maggie gets credit for its ambition but it doesn’t become an enjoyable ride.