Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Holiday Gift Guide: Maze Runner Trilogy Gift Set

Does anyone actually remember seeing any advertisements for 2014's The Maze Runner?

I for one don't recall seeing one advertisement for the film or for the two sequels (The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure). I wasn't aware of the franchise, which is based on the Young Adult book series by James Dashner, until recently. Yeah, I know, I must be living under a rock or something.

The Maze Runner Trilogy is now available on a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital + Limited Edition Bandana Gift Set from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The Maze Runner is set in a futurist dystopian world where a teenager named Thomas (played by Dylan O'Brien) wakes up inside an underground elevator that takes him to the grassy area known as the  "Glade," which is surrounded by stone walls. There are man other teenage males there, who have formed a society. Once a month, the elevator will come up with food, supplies, and a new boy. The only way to escape the Glade is through a mysterious maze that is guarded by creatures.

The Scorch Trials picks up directly after the end of The Maze Runner, where Thomas and the other Glade survivors find themselves on the run from the WCKD, an government organization who wants to experiment on them. To survive, they must travel though the city ruins and locate the Right Arm, a small resistance army.

The Death Cure concludes the trilogy with Thomas, Newt (played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster), and Frypan (played by Dexter Darden) searching for a way to get through the walls of the Last City, so they can rescue their friend Minho (played by Ki Hong Lee), who is being experimented on by WCKD.

Special Features on the set include:

The Maze Runner
  • Audio Commentary by Director Wes Ball and Co-Screenwriter T.S. Nowlin
  • Deleted Scenes Optional Commentary by Wes Ball
  • Navigating the Maze: The Making of The Maze Runner Documentary
  • The Chuck Diaries 
  • Gag Reel
  • Visual Effects Reel
  • Ruin Short Film
  • Still Galleries and Storyboards

The Scorch Trials
  • Audio Commentary by Director Wes Ball, Screenwriter T.S. Nowlin, Producer Joe Hartwick Jr. and Film Editor Don Zimmerman
  • Janson's Report-CLASSIFIED Debriefing Videos
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional Commentary
  • Secrets of the Scorch 6-Part Documentary
  • Gag Reel
  • Visual Effects Reel
  • Concept Art and Storyboard

The Death Cure
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Unlocking the Cure
    • The Final Run
    • Dystopia: The Completed World
    • Allies Reunited
    • A Look Back: The Director's Journey
  • Going Out on Top
  • Visual Effects Breakdowns
  • Visual Effects Reel
  • Gag Reel
  • Audio Commentary by Wes Ball, T.S. Nowlin and Joe Hartwick Jr.
  • Gallery

Final Thoughts

The Maze Runner Trilogy is so much better than The Hunger Games films and the unfinished The Divergent Series movies. It has a beginning, middle and end to the story. I'm glad the producers didn't want to stretch The Death Cure into two films.

The video and sound quality on the Blu-ray discs are excellent. There are plenty of special features to keep you entertained.

Overall, I had a blast watching The Maze Runner Trilogy. The movies are well-made with great acting, incredible special effects, and amazing action scenes. The Limited Edition Gift Set would make a great gift this holiday season for any movie lover or for fans of The Maze Runner books.

*Note : I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. 
All opinions are my own.

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