Rather unfairly, M. Night Shyamalan has been getting belted for every film after the magnificent “Sixth Sense.” Sure, that was a masterpiece, but “Unbreakable”, “Signs” and now “The Village” are certainly better than most other films released around them.
“THE VILLAGE” is deceptive, in that it intentionally fools the audience in ways that audiences don’t like to be fooled. It implies there are going to be monsters or something of the supernatural plaguing a small, desolate village sometime in the past. But, the “surprise” ending reveals something much less than a supernatural explanation. It isn’t possible to delve into the plot without giving too much away. The cast is terrific, the pacing, albeit slow, never bores the viewer.
BUENA VISTA has also done a magnificent job with this transfer.
The original 1.85:1 aspect ratio is intact, with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are intentionally restrained for most of the film, but it’s a solid transfer and colors are well represented. There is great detail in the dark scenes, of which there are many.
BUENA VISTA has included a Dolby Digital 5.1 EX mix. It’s flawless! This is demonstration quality! Surrounds and music are well delegated for maximum effect throughout the film. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
BUENA VISTA has also included a bevy of extras. The documentary included here is excellent, offering great behind-the-scenes moments.
“M. Night’s Home Movies” offers a look at the director’s very early work and while primitive in comparison to his professional films, it should inspire would-be directors.