(aka 'No Ordinary Man" or "M. Night Shyamalan's Project')

directed by M. Night Shyamalan
USA 2000

Arguably Shyamalan's most complete work to date although I felt that many critics didn't get its subtleties, or were expecting something totally different (most likely the case). With a zealous approach to camera angles, obtuse shots of depth of frame, Shyamalan gives a virtual clinic in directing a main-stream Hollywood production. His shots are attentive and yet subtle.  Repetitious use of positioning through doors, between bus seats and distant conversations start to identify his unique and coherent style. As far as representational of a comic book narrative, it ranks along with the X-Men films as a textbook example of transforming the conceptual attributes of the static animation to the large screen.

 

Bruce Willis (again working with Shyamalan after The Sixth Sense) plays David Dunn. He is a security guard who is having trouble in his marriage. His miraculous lone survival of a tragic train wreck and eventual meeting with Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) cause David to have some suspicions about his abnormally gifted health and survival. This is akin to a comic book origin tale, but with strongly realistic overtones. David is an 'everyman' and the viewer can't help but think how they might react to the self- knowledge that he has recently obtained. How would your children react, would you shield  it from your spouse?, how it effects your choice of his profession all become prevalent points of self-inquiry. It all works to so very well, pieces together like a Hitchcock film with the puzzle having only one manner of fitting together. It's unusual pace and lack of action sequences make it not for all tastes, but I was very impressed finding it a brilliant and gifted work from a future auteur who, I predict, will be working for the next 30 years making great cinema.  out of      

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: November 14th, 2000

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DVD Review: Touchstone Video (2 disc) - Region 1 - NTSC

This DVD is included in the list of Top 100 DVDs of all time.

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Distribution Touchstone Video - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 1:46:28 
Video 2.37:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.37 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS) , DUB: French (Dolby Digital 5.1) ,Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1) 
Subtitles English (hearing impaired), None
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Release Information:
Studio: Touchstone Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.37:1

Edition Details:

• Behind the scenes of "Unbreakable" Featurette
• Seven Deleted Scenes with director's introduction
• Comic Book and Superheroes Documentary
• Train Station Sequence with Multi-Angle Feature & Sound Mix
• An Excerpt From a Childhood Film of M. Night Shyamalan
• Booklet

DVD Release Date: February 3rd, 2004

4 fold-out digi-pak in slipcase
Chapters: 28

 

Comments:

Some minor shimmering and contrast flickering (frame shifts) are about my only complaints with this DVD. It is actually quite strong with solid audio and a 2nd discs of extras worthy of being termed "overkill". Yellow subtitles are tacky, contrast is very good and I didn't notice excess edge enhancement (although there is some).

I see some nice film grain. A nice package design for a great film. Must have in the collection as far as I am concerned.  out of           

Gary W. Tooze



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