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(aka 'M. Night Shyamalan's The Village" or "The Woods")

directed by M. Night Shyamalan
USA
2004

 

  There are a couple of things that I really like about this release. Firstly, I love it when great films are immediately snuffed out by critics - it is often an indication that there is something subversive that they don't appreciate. Secondly, I rated M. Night Shyamalan very highly before this film came out - and now have been gleeful to bump him up to a whole new category of directorial grasp and expression. "The Village" also written by Shyamalan has incredible depth of construction. Its political connotations can be read with great obviousness - an isolated community exists where truisms of the world are suppressed by their leaders, hidden to the oblivious inhabitants. The citizens are manipulated by fear, constantly worried that their boundary could be breached by an unknown evil. Topical? Can this relate to our everyday existence? - I would think so. But then again, it doesn't have to. It remains to be appreciated for many other reasons. It is the subtleties that improve the viewing enjoyment. Aside from adequate performances, none that I can divulge without possibly ruining the story.

 

To be honest, the film has purposeful slow pacing. It markets itself to an entire different audience than it should. So many will be quite disappointed that they are not seeing a "Blair Witch" horror imitation. Instead we have a revealing story incubating truths, love, morality, suspense and keen political nuances. Totally unforgettable. Yes, I'll say it: a masterpiece.out of

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: July 26th, 2004 - Brooklyn, New York

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DVD Review: Buena Vista / Touchstone - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Buena Vista / Touchstone - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 1:47:36
Video 1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.57 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) , DUB French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Buena Vista / Touchstone

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Deleted Scenes with director's introduction (10:52)
• "Deconstructing The Village" - a look at the making of the film (24:57)
• "Bryce's Diary" (4:57)
• A special M. Night Shyamalan home movie (3:06)
• Production photo gallery

DVD Release Date: January 11th, 2005

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Chapters: 24

 

 

Comments:

Decent DVD. Decent, if at times unremarkable, soft image quality - minor evidence of edge enhancement. I suspect it is very accurate in regards to the film colors. Solid 5.1 track - accurate, if awful, yellow subtitles and a slew of extra features. This is a great film folks. Buy this DVD even if you saw it at the theater - it gets better with repeat viewing. out of    

Gary W. Tooze

 





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