Movie Review: MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE is based on the critically acclaimed young-adult saga based on author James Dashner’s best-selling book series. The movie was directed by Wes Ball from a screenplay by by T.S. Nowlin and stars Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario and Will Poulter with Giancarlo Esposito, Rosa Salazar, Barry Pepper, Katherine McNamara, Aidan Gillen, and Patricia Clarkson also starring.

In the epic conclusion to the MAZE RUNNER saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final mission. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all! Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure is the third and final entry for the dystopian science fiction action series based on the popular young adult novels. The movie follows Thomas and a small group of Gladers who go into the belly of the beast as they enter the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Their mission is to infiltrate and take down Janson so they can finally put an end to his sinister experiments on people who are immune to the virus. But getting there is half the battle!

Thomas and his friends take the fight straight to the WCKD with precision timing and perfect execution but not everything goes as planned because they do end up running into a few terrifying obstacles along the way. Not everyone makes it out alive during this final confrontation that not only features an epic showdown between Thomas and Janson but it also features some forgiveness and redemption for Teresa who was thought to have turned her back on her friends but in the end her loyalty and friendship is what helps them win the battle as well as their freedom. And yes, they do find a cure for the virus.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray and DVD discs both feature the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. This release also includes an exclusive 24-page prequel origins comic book written by screenwriter T.S. Nowlin.

Bottom line is, Maze Runner: The Death Cure was a satisfying ending to this dystopian science fiction action series even though it wasn’t the best entry of the trilogy. The movie had its production problems when Dylan O’Brien was injured on set which ended up delaying it while so he could healed up. Whenever I hear about issues like this I wonder if everything will turn out like they planned for it to in the beginning. The great story concludes this epic journey for these interesting characters but unfortunately it all felt like everything was kind of dialed in so the cast and crew could finally wrap things up and move on. Maybe I’m wrong? Still, the movie does have its exciting moments that are full of action-filled thrills and chills plus the special effects and stunts looked crazy cool. All in all, I’d say this third and final entry was a good movie and at least Wes Ball and company were able to give this franchise a pretty cool ending. Maze Runner: The Death Cure is now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) and is worth a watch.

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Run Time: 144 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 /EDA 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.39:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA 5,1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include eleven deleted/extended scenes, four featurettes that take the viewer behind-the-scenes, a gag reel, audio commentary, an image gallery, two theatrical trailers and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by Wes Ball, T.S. Nowlin, and Joe Hartwick Jr. (27:51)
  • The Final Run featurette (06:03)
  • Dystopia featurette (04:19)
  • Allies Reunited featurette (05:27)
  • A Look Back featurette (05:54)
  • Going Out on Top featurette (04:33)
  • Gag Reel (11:38)
  • Visual Effects Breakdowns and Reel with Optional Commentary (16:40)
  • Audio Commentary by Wes Ball, T.S. Nowlin and Joe Hartwick Jr.
  • Gallery (09:00)
  • Theatrical Trailers (03:27)
  • Digital Copy

 

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