YA novel adaptations are a dime a dozen, since Harry Potter struck box office gold back in 2001 and running a full decade (Before of course the new trilogy coming out in November 2016) which has since been tried by Hollywood to start new franchises without any luck most of the time with films such as The Host, The Golden Compass and more failing to earn those box office ducats and much critical success, Twilight and The Hunger Games have come the closest earning back billions for Lionsgate/Summit and even Divergent earning some nice notice though considered a huge ripoff (Book and film) of The Hunger Games. Fox decided to upstart their own franchise in 2014 with The Maze Runner, to surprising critical notices and even more surprising earnings at the box office. It wasn't exactly a huge breath of fresh air, though it had enough ideas to keep things interesting and well-paced with good acting and nice direction by first timer Wes Ball. One year later (Can't we have breaks of two years to help prevent fatigue?) the sequel was released to mediocre notices and lesser success in the US, though still a huge hit worldwide and a promised sequel coming 16 months later vs. the usual year spacing, to help prevent tiredness and hopefully get a better movie in the process. The story takes place directly after the first, with the Gladers escaping the Maze and being led into the hands of the WCKD. Thought to be a sanctuary, they slowly realize they are trapped in a prison and decide to escape into The Scorch where there are creatures called Cranks after them but also a true sanctuary beyond the Scorch. So of course, the film was admittedly written to not follow the novel and along with the slight rushed feeling and you can feel it not being as good as the first film. Wes Ball gives us a slow opening where the kids enter the WCKD, but things do pick up once they escape and must face past civilizations of decades past, the acting is fairly good as well with the main stars and older supporting cast acquitting themselves nicely, the special effects looking nice for a moderately budgeted film (The first film was shot for $35 million and this one about $65 million). I just hope the third film doesn't split into two and stays closer to the source material than the this film, but all in all a good time and totally recommended. The BluRay PQ/AQ is of course reference quality, with the digitally sourced photography looking excellent with deep colors, sharp details that show every facet of clothes, skin and the environment, and just looks demo-worthy. The sound is also amazing and only the 4K bluray or an IMAX showing would best the home formats. Extras are just as numerous as the first film, starting with the audio commentary with Wes Ball, TS Nawlin, and two other film crew members, a detailed documentary called Secrets of the Scorch (A series of featurettes that go in depth of the making-of this film), a series of "confessions" from the character Jansen, Visual Effects Breakdown with commentary by Wes Ball, a 15(!) minute gag reel, deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary, photo galleries and the trailer complete the on disc extras. There is also the DVD with a few of the extras from the BluRay, a Digital HD copy and a nice comic book that follows the first one included with the first film. All in all, a very awesome set worth full price, even if the film isn't quite up to par of the first, but the terrific PQ/AQ, numerous extras make it easier to bite the bullet or wait until it hits the $10 mark, as I did. It is soooo worth it and totally recommended.