Produced for the Sci-fi channel to boost the theatrical release of "THE VILLAGE", "THE BURIED SECRET OF M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN" is a pseudo-documentary about the director and "buried secrets" from his past, having to do with the supernatural. We label it "pseudo" rather than a "mock-umentary" because this isn't owning up to being a spoof. It's actually trying to fool the audiences ala Welles' original broadcast of "WAR OF THE WORLDS" that what they're watching or listening to is real.
A crew assigned to interview Shyamalan around the pending release of "THE VILLAGE" can't gain any real access, so the director decides to speak to his former friends and contacts. Through these endeavors we begin to uncover "secrets" of the past. The most significant of these, supposedly deals with an incident in which he accidentally nearly drowned, experiencing a near-death experience, and of course....saw dead people!!!
Unfortunately, while this could've been a truly fun even potentially "believable" con, it's so heavy-handed that it ruins its chances early on. The payoff confrontation wherein documentary director tells Night that his films aren't fiction, they're "autobiography" is almost too embarrassing to watch.
BUENA VISTA has provided a 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. With a documentary-video atmosphere, it's surprisingly sharp. Colors are solid and the contrast is impressive throughout. There is great detail in every scene.
BUENA VISTA has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix that's also surprisingly effective. There are plenty of directional effects and a strong presence of bass. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.