MAIDEN Blu-ray Review

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In 1989, the Whitbread Around the World Race was considered to be the most dangerous sailing competition on earth. When 26-year-old Tracy Edwards wanted to participate, she was met with resistance and sexism – no team would take her. Left with no other choice, she started an all-female crew, one who would not only take on the vast and foreboding ocean, but also the doubts and attacks from her male competitors and press. In this incredible true story, watch Edwards and her crew attempt to turn the impossible into reality as they take on fifty-foot waves, icebergs and all of the dangers of the great and powerful sea. MAIDEN is a stunning, emotional film that is “a cause for celebration”! (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) – Sony Synopsis

This is a documentary that shows the spirit and determination of people who just want things to be equal. She was put down due to both her age and gender at the end of the 80’s. This was only two years before there was a shift in gender equality with what happened to Anita Hill.

VIDEO QUALITY:

The video is a 1080p AVC presentation that is loaded with footage from the news and of the competition. It has been cleaned up some to go into the Blu-ray but it all has to do with the source material. The other portions that are filmed in HD have a clean look being filmed more recently.

AUDIO QUALITY:

The audio is a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. The audio isn’t anything sensational but this makes sense being a documentary. Like the video, the audio from the vintage footage has been cleaned up but not completely Remastered. The newer audio is clean and prioritized to the center channel.

SUPPLEMENTS & PACKAGING

-Women Making Waves: This is a look at the making of the film including the interviews from the people involved looking back.

-An Evening with MAIDEN: This is a sit-down with Director Alex Holmes, Producer Victoria Gregory, and Maiden Skipper Tracy Edwards. It is moderated by Moderator Briana Dekeyser.

-Theatrical Trailer

-Previews

Disc Details
1 Blu-ray Disc

Running Time
97 mins

Edition Ratings
PG

Region Coding
Region A

Video Resolution
1080p AVC MPEG-4
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio Mixes
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles
English
English SDH
French

THE BOTTOM LINE:

MAIDEN is a well made documentary and, even though I’m not into sailing, makes for an entertaining story. The quality of the audio and video makes sense being that the source material is a few decades old. I would recommend picking this up if you’re into documentaries.

About the author

MEDIA JOURNALIST | Michael is a fanatic about all cinema old and new. He collects anything from 1:6 Scale Collectibles and vinyl collectibles to movies and Steelbooks. He loves pop culture, writing, reviewing films & collectibles, and journalism. An avid Batman, The Joker and anything comics junkie, he will also chat it up about pretty much anything. Go ahead and ask...