This is another fantastic achievement in combining films! While I did prefer UGS, was a really fun companion piece. I almost didn't watch it because both are so long, but right from the first 10 minutes I knew I was going to finish it. "Wraith, you genius, you got me!"
The more separated narratives when compared to UGS work really well, and I liked following the narratives through the timeline. What I think this movie lacks is Kevin's psychiatrist. She works really really well as a counterpoint to Dr Ellie Staple, and really develops Kevin in UGS the way that this movie develops Mr Glass.
Both movies are ludicrously complicated and the thought behind them must be staggering, and then to execute with such artistic skill really rounds out the entire package.
Another excellent excellent film from an editing legend!
Another great and monumental work by Wraith. I would not go into the edit technicalities because, as always, they are top notch. The opening credits are a work of art.
Regarding narrative, I must say I've watched the alternative more recent edit by Wraith and preferred that. This older edit follows more closely the original narrative of Split/Glass, with a strong focus on secondary characters (the mother, the son, the kidnapped girl), whereas the newer edit mostly removed them to focus on the main characters' psyche and self-discovery. I found the latter to be more in line with the Unbreakable narrative, which I preferred. I also found the newer edit more original because it is also more divergent with the last two movies' tone, which I think has a lot of merit. This is the only reason to rate this edit a sightly below the newer one. Probably, if I've watched them in cronological order, I would have rated both as a 10 : )
Anyway both edits complement each other quite well and use a significant amount of different footage so watching both in any order is highly recommended!
Took me a while but I finally watched this. VERY impressive. Not only did the editor make these 3 films work as a single movie but also made it a very enjoyable experience. It's a bit tiring to watch because of its long runtime but it didn't feel too slow at any point. The audio editing is basically flawless and the visual editing is very competent (a lot of fade to blacks though, but maybe there was no other way).
The back and forth between the scenes from Unbreakable and Split works well to build anticipation for when these characters finally meet and after that it's basically a better version of Glass. Unbreakable and Split were already good movies but Glass was very disappointing when I first watched it. This edit improves it greatly, although it still couldn't make the ending good (but that says more about how awful the original ending was).
Overall, it's quite the achievement. Might become my default of watching the trilogy if I want to watch it all the way through
Good quality, especially the Split and Glass footage.
Very impressive intercutting throughout. I noticed some things but that's inevitable given the source material. A lot of fade to blacks, but I'm unsure if there's a better way of moving between timelines. The A/V editing is a major selling point here as it allows for the narrative rearrangement.
The story being told is essentially the same as the original trilogy but in an integrated manner, with the Split and Unbreakable stories being told in parallel during the first half, followed by Glass in the second half, but with a lot of jumping back and forth between the three films throughout. A major reveal from Unbreakable is pushed towards the end of Glass which keeps things interesting. Having seen the originals, I was able to easily keep track of the narrative. I believe someone unfamiliar with the work would also be able to understand the narrative fairly well, especially if you pay attention, so it certainly succeeds in that aspect. I do think adding a halfway mark at around the 1hr 45 mins, when the film transitions from the Split/Unbreakable arc to the Glass arc would be beneficial, as 3hr 30 mins is too long for a feature film in one sitting.
I did enjoy watching this. Personally, I think Unbreakable is the strongest of the trilogy, and those parts of the edit remain the strongest. Note that the tone of this edit matches more with the franticness of Split & Glass rather than the solemn reflection of Unbreakable. It keeps a good pace despite a long runtime so it's not a hard watch.
All in all, great job by Wraith. Split Unbreakable Glass, whilst ultimately following the same plot, gives a unique spin on these films, and is definitely worth a watch for those who enjoyed the originals.
The was a great way to examine the trilogy, it was edited flawlessly and the intro and outro sequences were exceptionally well done, but I think Unbreakable in particular suffered from the amount cut. It might be spoiled by the fact that it's a contender for my favourite movie of all time, but it's greatest strength is the slow build up to a complete understanding, which is removed by making it only one third of the movie. Split is also lessened in my opinion, not because of losing anything important, just because I feel the events of the movie happen to quickly. Glass is the only part I can say is improved. It definitely feels better as a final act than as a movie in itself, and I prefer Mr. Glass to be the one to release the videos, though it makes the supporting characters feel a little less important, especially since their roles are cut down in the previous parts.
While the way the edit is arranged does well to highlight the thematic and narrative connections between moments in these movies, from what I could tell it doesn't create these connections. They all still exist in the original movies, they're just presented more plainly here.
While this is a fun way to watch the movies, it's nowhere near an improvement. It couldn't replace them in my eyes.