Maggie’s Plan appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. The movie came with a good but not great transfer.
Sharpness looked mostly positive. A little softness cropped up during occasional shots, but the majority of the film was fairly accurate and distinctive. I witnessed no shimmering or jaggies, and edge haloes remained absent. As expected, the film lacked any print flaws.
In terms of palette, Plan went with a mix of orange, teal and amber. It didn’t overwhelm us with these choices, but they dominated. Within the stylistic choices, the hues seemed fine. Blacks were deep and tight, and shadows looked smooth and clear. Although the image didn’t dazzle, it seemed satisfactory.
The movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack suited the story. This meant the soundscape accentuated general atmosphere and not much else. Outside of street sequences, I couldn’t detect much that added particular dimensionality. The elements brought a little breadth but not much.
Audio quality appeared good. Speech seemed distinctive and concise, without roughness or brittleness. Music was warm and full, and effects came across as accurate. This ended up as a serviceable mix for a character tale.
A few extras fill out the disc, and we find an audio commentary from writer/director Rebecca Miller. She offers a running, screen-specific look at story/character areas, cast and performances, locations and production design, music, editing and camerawork, influences, and connected areas.
Miller creates a pretty good commentary. She covers a nice array of topics and does so with enthusiasm. Despite the occasional lull, this turns into a strong discussion of the film.
A featurette called Controlling Fate runs 15 minutes, 52 seconds and offers info from Miller, producers Rachel Horovitz and Damon Cardasis, and actors Julianne Moore, Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, and Maya Rudolph.
We learn about story/characters, cast and performances, costumes, cinematography and visual design, and inspirations. Some of the info repeats from Miller’s commentary, but “Fate” still offers a fairly efficient overview.
Next we get a Sundance Q&A. This 11-minute, 29-second reel includes Miller, Gerwig, Cardasis and actor Travis Fimmel. They discuss Miller’s approach to the project, story/characters, cast and performances, challenges during the shoot, and other topics. The Q&A seems a bit scattershot but it offers a few good thoughts.
Finally, the disc provides Outtakes. The compilation fills seven minutes, 21 seconds and shows unused footage of toddler actor Ida Rohatyn as well as improvised dialogue between Maya Rudolph and Bill Hader. Both provide entertainment.
The disc opens with ads for I Saw the Light, The Bronze, The Meddler, Dark Horse and Miles Ahead. We also get the trailer for Plan.
Despite a solid cast, Maggie’s Plan proves too feeble for its own good. The movie saddles the viewer with an unsteady narrative and annoying characters. The Blu-ray provides generally positive picture and audio as well as a few useful supplements. I wanted to like the film but found it largely unappealing.