- Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
- M. Night Shyamalan
- M. Night Shyamalan, Jason Blum, Marc Bienstock
- James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula
Whenever you think M. Night Shyamalan, the first thing that comes to mind is “twist ending”. Just like whenever you think about Michael Bay…it’s “pyrotechnics” or explosions. Shyamalan has never failed to deliver when it comes to twist endings, but one thing that he has not been consistent on as of late has been his ability to produce coherent…consistent stories. This has changed (we hope consistently) with his latest romp into the world of the supernatural with Split..starring Professor X…aka James McAvoy. But I’m not here to fawn over the film itself – no phatmammasboy did that already. No, I’m here today to talk about the DVD. So let’s get into that.
The alternate ending for Split is severely lacking in any sort of coherence or sense of “would it have even worked?” Add to that Shyamalan’s senseless rambling about how it could have made the film feel somehow worse than it had already turned out…I am left puzzled. It made absolutely no sense to me, either within the context of what he said or without.
The deleted scenes hardly bring any sort of real value to the DVD. It just shows a cut plot thread for the therapist that was clearly cut because it brought no value to the film whatsoever. I don’t feel enriched by these scenes in the least.
The Making of Split- Filmmakers, cast, and crew discuss what attracted them to the project and how they were able to bring such a unique premise to life.
Now we get to the meat of the extra features. The meticulous research and motivation behind the film really shine through in this documentary as well as the one featuring James McAvoy.
The Many Faces of James McAvoy- A look at how James McAvoy approached the challenge of playing so many different identities.
As mentioned above. The behind the scenes segments of this film are of real value here. James McAvoy’s acting ability is specifically highlighted in this feature and one cannot help but marvel at the robust range this guy has.
The Filmmaker’s Eye: M. Night Shyamalan – Director and writer M. Night Shyamalan has a singular, big-picture vision of his projects. Producers, cast, and crew discuss how Night’s process gives them the freedom to execute their roles to the fullest.
Shyamalan as a person and as a director may have the vision and the skill to put a masterpiece like this together, but I feel that he doesn’t have the ability to bring across what goes on in his mind as well as he would like to think. This is clearly apparent in his commentary throughout the DVD as well as in this feature. One of the less impressive extra features on the disc.
All in all, the Split DVD is and isn’t great value for money. If you enjoyed the film and you like to see the processes by which it was made, check out the two behind the scenes segments. Skip the rest. Simple as that.
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