M Night Shyamalan has made some of the worst films of all time, by anyone's standard, but there can be little doubt that "THE SIXTH SENSE" is a rare and great film. To begin with, it allows Bruce Willis to demonstrate real acting ability, even more than he did in "PULP FICTION." The film also marks the incredible acting debut of Haley Joel Osment, and it's arguably the best "male" acting debut of the past four decades. (Reese Witherspoon) is in line for the best "female" acting debut in "MAN IN THE MOON."
The plot revolves around a young boy haunted(literally)by his ability to see dead people all around him, visiting without warning. When a psychiatrist(Willis) takes on the young boy's case, he eventually believes his patient is telling the truth about his visions, and startling events unfold.
While those who've already seen the film might think that once its surprise ending is known, it means the film isn't worth seeing again, so why bother, or even consider it for an addition to their blu-ray library. While those who've never seen it should tell past viewers to shut up and not reveal "anything" about the film, it still holds plenty of entertainment weight for those who've seen it already. Shyamalan is far less heavy-handed here than in all of his other films and there are truly brilliantly written scenes. Skip to the last two chapters and watch the scene wherein the boy decides to "communicate" with his mother at the time of a traffic accident, and it's hard not to be choked up by the eloquence of the spoken words between the boy and his mother. "THE SIXTH SENSE" is a brilliant film, and holds up again and again and again.
BUENA VISTA has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. While scenes vary in terms of color strength and softness, remarkably, the detail is always amazing! Color levels are intentionally restrained at times, but the film's cold atmosphere is served well by this detail.
BUENA VISTA has provided a PCM 5.1 mix. Shyamalan has paid exquisite attention to detail in terms of the sound mix for this film. Much in the same way that Bob Zemeckis managed to do (at least with the beginning of the miserable film, "CONTACT")Shyamalan makes great use of silence for the film's atmosphere. The PCM mix balances moments of silence with sudden, powerful discrete effects for a great, sustaining impact. These effects are perfectly balanced with the restrained film score and dialogue as well. "THE SIXTH SENSE" on blu-ray proves that a mix doesn't have to be aggressive to be great.
BUENA VISTA has included several featurettes, deleted/extended scenes and an extended ending.