Maiden Blu-ray Review

In 1989 Tracy Edwards leads the first all-female crew in the Whitbread Round the World Race, a grueling yachting competition that covers 33,000 miles and lasts nine months. Check out Ralph Potts’ Blu-ray review of Maiden from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The Review at a Glance:
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86

Details:

Studio and Year: Sony Pictures Classics – 2019
MPAA Rating: PG
Feature running time: 97 minutes
Genre: Documentary

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French
Written & Directed by: Alex Holmes
Music by: Samuel Sim, Rob Manning
Region Code: A,B,C

Release Date: October 1, 2019

“The Finish Line Knows No Gender”

Synopsis:

“In 1989 Tracy Edwards leads the first all-female crew in the Whitbread Round the World Race, a grueling yachting competition that covers 33,000 miles and lasts nine months.” – Sony Pictures Classics

My Take:

In 1989, the Whitbread Round 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.

I am most decidedly a fan of human-interest stories, especially those involving overcoming adversity. Maiden is just such a story. Beginning with Tracy Edwards backstory this film provides insights into her journey leading up to the 1989 Whitbread Round the World yachting race.

Maiden is a compelling documentary that in addition to telling Tracy’s story, captures thethe spirit of the Whitbread competition, including it’s all male dominance prior to the 1989 event. The film outlines the team’s selection, preparation, emotional journey, and sea-going adventures during the nine months of the race. I do not sail and, prior to this review had no knowledge of the Whitbread or the terrific story associated with this team of women.

What a remarkable group of young people they were. I was impressed with their maturity, dedication and focus as they prepared for and participated in this exciting and dangerous race. Proper training is essential as help is very far away once you are out in the middle of the ocean. This applies not only to seamanship but, care and maintenance of the vessel as well. The team must learn to rely on one another and everyone should be familiar with the other’s strengths and weaknesses. The intimate look at the building of these relationships and how this team came together during this race was inspiring.

The race itself was thrilling to watch as the team competed with many experienced sailors most of whom have competed in or won this race before. There is no question that this experience is one that proved life changing for Tracy and her crew. I really enjoyed Maiden and thought that it was engaging and extremely well done.

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Parental Guide:

The rating is for language, thematic elements, some suggestive comments and brief images of smoking.

AUDIO/VIDEO – By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

Audio: 86
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  • DSU/DTS Neural:X Rating * (non-rated element): NA

Video: 86
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Maiden comes to Blu-ray Disc from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound.

This filmed documentary is a mix of interviews, still photos and vintage footage. The new interviews/footage appears lucid, with crisp definition, natural color, stable contrast and punchy blacks. The lower resolution elements are softer while occasionally exhibiting minor artifacts that don’t rise to problematic levels. I had no real complaints with the video quality and on a whole thought that this presentation looked quite good.

The high resolution DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack has excellent dynamic range and refining detail. Dialogue is articulately reproduced through the center channel and maintains a position of prominence within the front soundstage. This isn’t an active surround mix but when applied the surround channels generate an involving atmosphere. Front and rear channel imaging is excellent as sounds and spatial cues mate perfectly with the events transpiring onscreen. All of the music featured throughout the film sounds open, airy and wonderfully detailed. I must to admit to finding this lossless audio presentation to be much better than anticipated.

Bonus Features:

  • An Evening with Maiden Q&A
  • Women Making Waves

Final Thoughts:

Maiden is an engaging look at the incredible journey of skipper Tracy Edwards and the group of young women in her crew as they prepare for and execute what would be the most challenging experience in their young lives. Each is up to and eager for the challenge and I found all of them to be an inspiration. It comes to Blu-ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring solid high definition audio/video and a fair supplemental package that includes insights from writer/director Alex Holmes and skipper Tracy Edwards. If the subject matter is of interest to you Maiden is definitely worth a look on Blu-ray.

Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

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