M. Night Shyamalan's Glass finally brings the Unbreakable trilogy to a close after nearly twenty years. Promising a long-awaited showdown that pits James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, and Bruce Willis, some may be underwhelmed by the clash while others feel satisfied by the conclusion. The superhero thriller dukes it out on the front lawn of Blu-ray with a gorgeous video, a highly-satisfying Dolby Atmos track, and a nice set of bonus features, making the overall package Recommended.
You can read our full thoughts on M. Night Shyamalan's Glass in our review of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray HERE.
Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray
Universal Studios Home Entertainment brings M. Night Shyamalan's Glass to Blu-ray as a two-disc combo pack with a code for a Digital Copy. The Region Free, BD50 disc sits comfortably opposite a DVD-9, and both come inside a blue, eco-elite case with a glossy, embossed slipcover. After several skippable trailers, viewers are taken to Universal's standard menu screen with the usual options on the left, full-motion clips and music.
Glass battles across the front lawn of Blu-ray with a beastly and marvelous 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode.
Faithful to the stylized photography of its predecessors, the freshly-minted digital transfer breaks free of its confines with a deliberately drab and somber palette, making much of the action and conversations fall on the lower end of the grayscale. Primaries are nonetheless accurately-rendered and full-bodied. Meanwhile, secondary colors are, for the most part, limited outside of the hues specifically linked to our three protagonists, which are purple, yellow and green. This makes for an interesting watch as various pigments associated with those colors are in full display, with Mr. Glass and The Horde being complementary pairs while The Overseer's tertiary green clashes.
Likewise, contrast is noticeably restrained to create a drearily grayish and overcast atmosphere, making whites appear decidedly lifeless and drab looking yet clean and crisp. Black levels, on the other hand, are inky rich and true, providing the 2.39:1 image with deep midnight shadows and a cinematic quality. The rest of the HD video shows excellent, well-defined lines in buildings and city streets, exposing the smallest imperfections along the walls and hallways of the hospital. The stitching and threading in clothing are razor-sharp, and facial complexions appear healthy with outstanding lifelike textures that reveal the tiniest negligible blemish.
However, a few instances of faint aliasing along the sharpest edges and mild softness keep this presentation from achieving perfection. (HD Video Rating: 92/100)
Universal presents Glass on Blu-ray with the same Dolby Atmos mix found on the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. You can read that full review HERE, but here's the short version:
With clear voices, a robust lower-end, a spacious sound field, and a very satisfying usage of height channels, Glass boasts a muscular and impressive Dolby Atmos sound mix. It is a bit front-heavy at times, more nuanced than the typical superhero flick, and we might have liked to see more surround sound placement, but overall this is a strong mix. (Dolby Atmos audio rating: 90/100)
After nearly twenty years, M. Night Shyamalan finally brings his original superhero trilogy, which began with Unbreakable, to a close in Glass, bringing James McAvoy from Split, Samuel L. Jackson, and Bruce Willis together for a long-awaited showdown. Although that aforementioned clash may not be the sort of visually thrilling spectacular that will appease expectations or compare to other superhero flicks, the final chapter is nonetheless a satisfying conclusion that falls perfectly in line with the themes of its predecessors.
Ordinary people with extraordinary abilities duke it out on the front lawn of Blu-ray with a gorgeous video presentation and a highly-satisfying Dolby Atmos soundtrack. Featuring a decent set of bonuses, the overall package is recommended and makes a nice addition to the library.