Glass (2019) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy
Rated: PG-13/Region O/2:39/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 2
Available from Universal Studios
GLASS features “Shyamalan’s eccentric, intimately scaled superhero universe” (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times), while offering a closer look at the world of the Elijah Price, also known as Mr. Glass (Jackson), David Dunn (Willis), and Kevin Wendell Crumb (McAvoy) as they experience a series of escalating encounters as they escape from an asylum and embark on a thrilling battle of good versus evil. Producers M. Night Shyamalan, Jason Blum (Get Out, Halloween), Marc Bienstock (Before I Fall), Ashwin Rajan (Devil, The Visit) and executive producer Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity series) reunite with GLASS for “one of the most original comic book movies in recent years” (Scott Menzel, We Live Entertainment).
I don’t know if we can give credit to M. Night Shyamalan for going out of his way to plan a trilogy of films right out the gate with Unbreakable, but between that, Split, and now Glass that’s what he has done and he has done it pretty well. I’ll admit upfront in this review that I feel Glass is the lesser of the three films, but it works in a way that it takes us one more step in that “Unbreakable” universe and it gives us a conclusion, even if I kind of think another route for that conclusion could have worked out a little better. This one combines our three main characters from Unbreakable and Split being locked up together after some circumstances and a shrink trying to convince them they are crazy. Mr.Glass has a few different things in mind and David (played again by Bruce Willis) must use his powers to do right. It isn’t your typical hero movie, but these movies from M. Night Shyamalan never were meant to be typical. You get some good character development here, you get some tension, and you get some action. The movie is a very watchable movie and it’s always fun to see these older characters like David and Glass after such a long time, but the movie also does come with some flaws.
I think a lot of people probably went into this one with more of a trademark twist from a director who is basically known for that sort of thing. I also think while this movie is a good movie, it wasn’t the type of movie we thought it was going to be either. Perhaps that change is the ultimate twist when it comes to Glass. None the less, the movie is still solid but falls short of the other two films. Unbreakable is one you can look over since it’s a classic and not much compares to it, but you would have at least hoped this one would match Split, which was good but not great. All in all, this is a solid watch and as you can guess from a Universal 4K it looks pretty darn good in the format. I don’t know if this is the last time we’ll something from this universe or not, but at least director M. Night Shyamalan is still finding solid ground with his latest efforts.
– The Collection of Main Characters – A look at all the main players and how they fit in the universe created by filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan.
Kevin Wendell Crumb
The Rest of the Family
– Bringing the Team Back Together – M. Night Shyamalan is famous for working with many of the same crew from film to film. In this piece, cast and crew share personal stories of why Shyamalan’s productions feel like seeing family again.
– David Dunn vs. The Beast – An in-depth look at the animalistic face-off between David Dunn and The Beast
– Glass Decoded – M. Night Shyamalan unveils some secrets of continuity and style from across the Glass trilogy
– Breaking Glass: The Stunts – The superhuman strength of The Beast is best illustrated in the stunts. Take a behind the scenes look into the very effective methods of executing stunts in the film.
– Connecting the Glass Universe – Explore M. Night Shyamalan’s stylistic approach to the Glass trilogy and the unconventional concept of a comic book movie grounded in reality.
– M. Night Shyamalan: Behind the Lens – Cast and crew discuss Shyamalan’s dedicated and meticulous approach to storytelling.
– The Sound of Glass – Composer West Dylan Thordson elaborates on his use of string instruments to create tension and explains why recording the score on-location enhanced the tone of Glass.
– Enhancing the Spectacle – The VFX team provides details on the rewarding task of using CGI as an effective tool to intensify the narrative of Glass.
– Raven Hill Memorial – Roam the long corridors of Raven Hill Memorial Hospital and see why the cast and crew describe the eerie location as its own character in the film.
– Night Vision – A look at the early stages of Glass by examining the storyboards and their remarkable similarity to the final shots in the film.
– Alternate Opening – Introduction by director M. Night Shyamalan available (4K only)
– Deleted Scenes – Introductions by director M. Night Shyamalan available (4K only)
– A Conversation with James McAvoy and M. Night Shyamalan – Star James McAvoy and Producer/Writer/Director M. Night Shyamalan discuss the importance of originality when creating a film in this genre. (4K only)
Quality of Transfer: 98%