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Directed by William Cameron Menzies
USA
1953

 

The Maze is a 1953 atmospheric horror film in 3-D, directed by William Cameron Menzies (Invaders from Mars, Things to Come) and starring Richard Carlson (The Magnetic Monster) as Scotsman Gerald MacTeam (Carlson) who abruptly breaks off his engagement to pretty Kitty Murray (Veronica Hurst) after receiving word of his uncle's death and inheriting a mysterious castle in the Scottish Highlands. Kitty refuses to accept the broken engagement and travels with her aunt (Katherine Emery) to the castle. When they arrive, they discover that Gerald has suddenly aged and his manner has changed significantly. After a series of mysterious events occur in both the castle and the hedge maze outside, they invite a group of friends, including a doctor, to the castle, hoping they can help Gerald with whatever ails him. Menzies was known for his very dimensional style, focusing many shots in layers The Maze was his final film as production designer and director.

Posters found at the 3-D Film Archive HERE

Theatrical Release: July 2nd, 1953

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:20:23.652
Video

Disc Size: 25,376,005,536 bytes

Feature Size: 22,605,023,232 bytes

Average Bitrate: 19.86 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video  

Bitrate:
Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2095 kbps 3.0 / 48 kHz / 2095 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 3.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1558 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1558 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1561 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1561 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit) 

Subtitles None
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Kino

 

Disc Size: 25,376,005,536 bytes

Feature Size: 22,605,023,232 bytes

Average Bitrate: 19.86 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video  

 

Edition Details:
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Audio Commentary by Film Historians Tom Weaver, Bob Furmanek, Dr. Robert J. Kiss and David Schecter
• Interview with Star Veronica Hurst
• Restored three-channel stereophonic sound by Eckhard BŁttner
• Original 3-D Trailer
• Reversible Art

Blu-ray Release Date:
April 24th, 2018
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Chapters 8

 

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Firstly, this Kino Lorber Blu-ray package offers both the 3D and 2D (Standard) versions of the film, The Maze. We will only review the 2D version here although I viewed the 3D on my system and will comment on it's effectiveness.

 

NOTE: The menu offers an option for both 3-D and 2-D playback, but when this disc is viewed on a regular 2-D monitor and 2-D Blu-ray player, the 3-D version is prohibited showing this screen:

 

 

The Kino Blu-ray is advertised as "Newly Restored in 3-D by 3-D Film Archive from 4K scans by Paramount Pictures Archives!" and presents the film on a single-layered disc for the hour 20-minute feature. The bitrate is supportive. The 3-D presentation is one of the finest that I have witnessed on Blu-ray (with the exception of modern computer-animated films from Pixar). Right from the start of the film, the depth of the 3-D image is stunning. Also impressive is the lack of the dreaded crosstalk (ghosting effect where an image appears to be doubled). Crosstalk can vary from person to person, depending on many factors, but I can safely say that in my personal experience, this is the least amount of crosstalk that I have seen on 3D Blu-ray. The mise-en-scŤne of the film is only enhanced by the 3-D presentation, giving an added layer of depth. The 2D version is quite solid with consistent contrast and detail, though if you have the equipment to see this film in 3D, that is the recommended experience.

Kino has provided a restored three-channel stereophonic sound by Eckhard BŁttner. There is also the option of a 2.0 mono track. The 3.0 restoration is a welcome addition. Compared to audio tracks on other films of its age, the track stands out as clean and effective. The score is from composer Marlin Skiles (Flat Top,
Queen of Outer Space, My Gun is Quick, Dead Reckoning)and it is a good one. The orchestration of strings is highly effective given the gothic horror elements of the film. As David Schecter mentions in the commentary track, the strings remind one of Hitchcock's Psycho while being 7 years ahead of that film. There are no subtitles offered on Kino's Region 'A'-locked Blu-ray disc.

Extras include a commentary track featuring Tom Weaver, Bob Furmanek, Dr. Robert J. Kiss, and David Schecter entering at various points in the film. This is a very interesting and well-informed track starting with Weaver discussing the history of The Maze, from its original form as a novel to the 1953 film. Eventually, the other experts appear to discuss other aspects of the film, from the score to the reception of the film. Weaver also appears later to discuss the restoration process involved in bringing us this disc. This is an eye-opening (or should I say ear-opening) listen, full of fun factoids that results in a greater appreciation for the film. Highly recommend this track to anyone interested. Kino also provides a 6-minute interview with actress Veronica Hurst. Hurst discusses her experience of making The Maze.

 

This was so much fun - the best vintage 3D I've seen on Blu-ray and a wild, bizarre sci-fi horror gem. For fans of the 3D process this is essential, for everyone else it is simply warmly recommended!   

Colin Zavitz

 

 

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