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(M. Night Shyamalan, 2016)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Universal Studios
Video: Universal Video
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 45,683,694,282 bytes
Feature Size: 37,195,302,912 bytes
Video Bitrate: 34.89 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase
Release date: April 18th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3408 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3408 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS Audio Spanish 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
/ DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
English (SDH), Spanish, French, none
• Alternate Ending with optional Introduction by Shyamalan
Digital Copy of Split (Subject to expiration. Go to
NBCUCodes.com for details.)
Description: Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns with an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man's fractured, gifted mind. Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has revealed 23 personalities to his psychiatrist, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him – as well as everyone around him – as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.
Unlikely as it might seem at this point in his up-and-down career, M.
Night Shyamalan proves he can still pull off a genuine surprise at the
end of his unnervingly clever new thriller, “Split.” The precise nature
of that twist will not be revealed here, though given its mind-tickling
narrative implications — to say nothing of the wildfire-like speed of
social media these days — you can probably expect the statute of
limitations on spoilers to run out faster than it did on “Bruce Willis
is dead” or “Rosebud is a sled.”
Best known as Professor Xavier in “X-Men,”
James McAvoy’s transformations are stunning, moving from one guise to
another, subtly sifting his posture, demeanor and speech patterns. With
her subtle manipulations, sad-eyed Anya Taylor-Joy fulfills the sly
promise of her breakout work in “The Witch.”
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Split arrives on Blu-ray from Universal looking pristine on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate. It's a modern film that looks flawless in HD's authentic theatrical replication. Visuals are crisp and consistent and Mike Gioulakis' cinematography adds some unique touches and creative askew close-ups. This Blu-ray 1080P has true colors, excellent contrast and plenty of depth. It looks superb.
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Audio is transferred via a strong DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround track, in the original English language, at a whopping 3408 kbps (24-bit) that significantly adds to the film suspense and tension with a rich restrained bass seething with power. There are DUBs in Spanish and French and optional DVS (Descriptive Video Service). The surround is quite potent in Split. with a few head-turning moments - if, often, decoys. West Dylan Thordson (The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, and 2009's excellent The Art of the Steal) did the effective score and it also adds flavor to the film's powerful potency via the lossless. Some may not the music of Slam Allen, Lucius, Jim Keller, Snails, and, if you can recognize, Ennio Morricone. The final music was the same used in Unbreakable. There are optional subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
No director commentary but we do get some interesting extras in the form of a brief alternate ending with optional Introduction by Shyamalan (which I won't spoil), 26-minutes of deleted scenes also with optional input by Shyamalan. The 10-minute Making of Split is standard stuff with some input from the filmmakers and cast. The Many Faces of James McAvoy spends almost 6-minutes extolling the actors varied characters in Split. The Filmmaker's Eye is a, too brief, reference to M. Night Shyamalan's style from the director himself. There are both a Digital Copy of Split and UltraViolet accessibility for those keen.
April 7th, 2017
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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