Maze appears in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a satisfactory presentation.
Overall sharpness seemed solid. A couple of wide shots looked a smidgen soft, but those were the exception to the rule, as the majority of the shows were accurate and detailed.
No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I noticed no edge haloes. Source flaws were absent, as the episodes looked consistently clean.
Maze gave us a palette that focused on amber and teal, with an emphasis on the blue-green elements. Within those parameters, the hues were fine.
Blacks seemed fairly deep and dark, though they could come across as crushed at times. Shadows showed good smoothness and clarity. Though nothing stellar, I felt fairly happy with the image.
As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Maze, it lacked a ton of ambition. The soundfield focused on music and ambience, though it opened up on occasion.
For instance, violent scenes became a little more involving. Nothing especially memorable occurred, though.
Audio quality was fine. Speech seemed natural and concise, without edginess or other issues.
Music offered good clarity and range, and effects worked well enough. They didn’t have much to do, but they appeared reasonably accurate. All of this ended up as a perfectly satisfactory soundtrack for this sort of series.
One annoyance: Maze comes with “forced” subtitles, so you can’t watch the movie without text at the bottom of the screen. I get that some might find the Irish accents tough to discern, but why not simply offer subtitles as an option? The accents aren’t that thick, so it becomes a distraction to see the onscreen text as a constant companion.
A few extras appear, and we find an audio commentary from writer/director Stephen Burke. He presents a running, screen-specific look at the historical events connected to the film, sets and locations, editing, music, cast and performances, and related topics.
Burke starts awkwardly, as he appears to read a lot of the early information he provides, and this lends a stiff tone to the track. He seems to go more “free-form” before long, though, and that helps add a little spark to the proceedings. He goes silent a bit too often, but Burke still brings a reasonably informative view of the film.
We also get Burke’s 1997 short film 81. It runs 29 minutes, five seconds and presents a view of a 1981 hunger strike from the POV of a French TV crew.
Though 81 attempts to emulate a documentary, some iffy acting makes it less than convincing. Still, it gives us a clever take on the topic and that allows it to become reasonably interesting.
The disc opens with ads for Goldstone and Tanna. No trailer for Maze appears here.
Shouldn’t a movie about a massive prison escape manage a high level of drama? Yup, but unfortunately, Maze becomes a largely dull experience. The Blu-ray brings perfectly adequate picture and audio as well as a few bonus materials. Maze lacks the intrigue it needs to succeed.