Unbreakable Glass Split

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Tagline:
Are they truly Broken?
The Narrative Experiment Concludes
Original Movie Title:
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Original Release Date:
2000 / 2016 / 2019
Original Running Time:
353
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
185
Time Cut:
189
Time Added:
20
Brief Synopsis:
The re-telling of the Eastrail 177 Trilogy in SPLIT UNBREAKABLE GLASS was the first part of an experiment to retool these movies with a new narrative structure to facilitate surprises, adjustments to reveals, new parallels, new opening and closings and much much more. One can be surprised again.

In what may be a fanediting first, this version takes extensive material NOT used in SPLIT UNBREAKABLE GLASS (Dr Fletcher and David's marital issues) and tells the same (or similar tale) as an alternate version of the events from a very different perspective. Over 50% of this version of events is newly repuposed and previously unused and differently structured. With a different resolution and enough left untold to permit both edits to surprise and re-reveal, UNBREAKABLE GLASS SPLIT and SPLIT UNBREAKABLE GLASS can be watched in any order and still shine a BRIGHT light on M/ Night Shyamalan's genius, patience and discipline in anchoring these characters in the real world.
Intention:
To create a more emotional telling of the Eastrail 177 trilogy with a focus on emotions rather than alter egos and to provide a different resolution to the events told in Split Unreabable Glass. This still contains many surprises, new deleted scenes and over 90 mins of material that was not used in the Split Unbreakable Glass...with a new set piece and reveal which agai, WILL surprise and thrill viewers further.
Other Sources:
- Freesounds.org
- Freefonts.com
- Score CDs from all 3 movies.
- Deleted material from all 3 blu rays
- Additional shots of Raven Hill from Glass Blu Ray featurettes
Special Thanks:
Artisdead for his relentless ability to watch and rewatch the previews with constructive (and patient) eyes.
Crow550, for opening up a platform to discuss this.
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features
The Making of Split Unbreakable Glass
https://ifdb.fanedit.org/making-of-split-unbreakable-glass-parts-1-3-a-feature-length-presentation-the/

and the parallel telling Split Unbreakable Glass

https://ifdb.fanedit.org/split-unbreakable-glass/
Editing Details:
The core of this version of events are peoples emotions and motivations, thus a more rounded understanding of the protagonists is revealed.
Cuts and Additions:
In order to not spoil the reaveals and parallels and to showcase M. Nights Genius and discipline, this is a NEW edit telling the story from a completely different perspective...as in different from Split Unbreakable Glass SUG that is.

DETAILS - NO SPOILERS
68% of Unbreakable material is newly used; this is new material not seen in SUG
100% of Split is new material not used in SUG
16 mins of new deleted scenes
The last 75 mins play out differently than in SUG and have been re-structured to facilitate this.
An hour of Glass is removed and 15 mins are new material not used in SUG
CASEY is NOT in this version nor is OLD Mrs Price
Barry is heavily featured and was not in SUG
A new central set piece
Different structure to SUG
The ending is also different...
30 mins shorter than SUG
And a few more surprises narratively and more examples of M. Nights consistency in direction
plus a post credits sequence...
Cover art by Wraith (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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User reviews

4 reviews
Overall rating
 
9.6
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.5(4)
Visual Editing
 
9.5(4)
Audio Editing
 
9.5(4)
Narrative
 
9.8(4)
Enjoyment
 
9.5(4)
Overall rating
 
10.0
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
Briefly, this is absolutely brilliant. This is why I love fan edits, the editor takes a movie or a series and makes their own vision. The editing in sight and sound are awesome from new music cues, sound effects and edits that are just unbelievable. This editor has crazy skills and incredible vision. I enjoyed the original films but this edit is insane and I could not believe the talent that went into making UGS. I could not recommend this enough or Wraith's other edit of this series. If you want to know what make fan edits so darn special watch this.

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Overall rating
 
10.0
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
So how does one split glass that was once made Unbreakable? well I believe that it is through sheer force of will and creativity that the unbreakable glass can be bent splitting it’s narrative shards into multiple directions without causing the glass that contains these narrative threads to break as they instead smoothly slide and slot into place joining together to form a similar perfect cohesion present in Split Unbreakable Glass.

It is an interesting experience knowing the characters from Split Unbreakable Glass and uncovering new depths about them within this edit as such in a way Unbreakable Glass Split almost feels like a sequel to Split Unbreakable Glass though given it’s more streamlined and condensed approach it could very well be a predecessor for Split Unbreakable Glass.

I say this as it leaves questions that yield answers in said predecessor and the same applies if the viewing order is reversed as such regardless of the journey the destination will yield answers but the choice on where to start that journey will offer differing and intriguing perspectives into the world that M. Night Shyamalan created and that Wraith enhanced through the use of his non linear narrative structure but alas which is the better edit?

In terms of audience recommendation I would say that if one is looking for a more streamlined and focused experience than my recommendations go to Unbreakable Glass Split however if one is looking for an expansive experience that builds upon the mystery and world building than my recommendations go to Split Unbreakable Glass but as for me well I feel Unbreakable Glass Split has better pacing and relatability to the films main protagonist Split Unbreakable Glass has the superior narrative structure as it revolves around the greater scope of it’s world.

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Owner's reply April 29, 2022

Once more, I'm taken aback by your eloquent analogy in your review. which spins a more accurate representation of the project's intentions than mu hamfisted descriptions.

Thank once more for sharing those insighs and observations without spoilers for those who may be considering going on this journey.
W

Greatly Appreciated
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Overall rating
 
9.5
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
Of this and SUG I must say I prefered SUG. But perhaps that was partly on my viewing experience. I watched this just one day after SUG and sitting through two 3 hour plus versions of the same story so close together was a bit exhausting.

Taken by itself this is still a great edit of a trillogy down to one epic story. It's remarkable how different of a narrative Wraith was able to put together from the same source material. Highly recomended!

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(Updated: March 24, 2022)
Overall rating
 
8.7
Audio/Video Quality
 
8.0
Visual Editing
 
8.0
Audio Editing
 
8.0
Narrative
 
9.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
QUALITY

For me, Glass and Split quality ranges between 8.5 and 9. Some scenes have some visible compression, but generally the footage looks good. Unbreakable footage is noticeably softer and grainier and wavers between 7 and 8.5. Deleted scenes don't look great in contrast, but could be a lot worse - obviously these are not something the editor has much control over.


VISUAL

Some really great visual editing, particularly in terms of drawing parallels between the composition of shots and the animation for credits etc., though I do have some gripes:

1:42 - it's quite obvious here that she's talking in this shot originally because of the way her head is moving.

18:32 - framerate drops noticeably here. I would recommend using something like RIFE to slow down footage smoothly. A couple of other instances in the gallery during this scene look like frames are dropping, though it's a bit more subtle. Happens again at 20:10 and at various other points in the edit. I noted the ones that felt most jarring to me.

21:20 - dialogue seems slightly out of sync in this scene.

2:15:12 - this shot seemed a bit too quick

2:38:46 - framerate drops

Sometimes dropped framerate slo mo is used stylistically, but here I think it just comes off as jarring. It's just not an ideal way to slow down footage and it doesn't come across well.

As an aside, some of the deleted scenes looked a little stuttery or like frames were being dropped, which made me wonder if they were originally at a different framerate to the theatrical film? This would also account for the slight syncing issue i picked up on with one of them.


AUDIO

8:15 - quite a significant drop in visual quality and a noticeable shift to stereo for this scene, which i'd assume is deleted footage. Not much can be done about the visual, but since the scene is more or less just dialogue, the audio could be shifted to be chiefly centre speaker, and some ambience could be added to better integrate it into the surround track.

14:31 - I can't remember if this is in the original or not, but something sounds off with this audio transition. It's possibly because even though it transitions to having the TV in the background, the cut is made in the middle of a piece of dialogue that isn't resumed in the following shot.

14:55 - woman types but the sound vanishes due to a crossfade. Transition itself is smooth, it just seems odd that we no longer hear her typing.

30:48 - audio pop

1:25:28 - "is someone there"? sounds added, chiefly because of how loud and dry it is.

1:29:43 - audio pop

1:35:00ish - here the audio of Anya Joy's character saying "Kevin Wendell Crumb" is used in a scene with the therapist. I honestly couldn't tell if it was meant to be a trippy touch/reference to something or if Wraith was trying to sell the line as the voice of the therapist, but either way it threw me off and I think the edit would be better off without it.

2:06:00 - audio pop

2:37:10 - it sounds like two scores start to clash here as another fades in. I'm not sure if it's intentional, as it seems to go on for a while? But it's highly dissonant. I guess it could be in the original movie, but it came across a bit odd to me.

2:47:46 - there are two audio pops here. Happens for a few seconds.

3:03:24 - very obvious crossfade between scores here


There were other audio pops, but I didn't want to keep pausing to note them all and some were pretty quiet. I noted down the loudest ones. I'd assume most of them are a random occurrence, though sometimes they can be caused by bits of audio that haven't been faded at the end (doesn't necessarily register on timeline playback, but can cause problems on render).


NARRATIVE

UGS is very well paced and the more quiet/contemplative/cerebral take on the material suits the lengthy 3-hour runtime better (and being 30 minutes shorter than SUG is also welcome). I enjoyed this a lot and I think it works much better than SUG overall. One of my criticisms of SUG was that the Split narrative felt too present and a little out of place with everything else, but here the material is reversed and things work much better; here the audience are kept more in the dark, with things chiefly from Kevin's therapist's perspective (which also lends itself more naturally as something to cut between footage from other films) - the Split footage alone would make for a great short edit. I also loved what was done with the station scene. Very creative. There are a few moments around this point where the narratives get properly intertwined and some really nice visual parallels are made.

Towards the end, Glass again becomes the dominant footage but it feels like a very natural transition. Things play out similarly to SUG, but the perspective is shifted slightly and the ending makes an interesting suggestion for interpretation. I won't spoil it, but Wraith knows what I mean. Somehow I think the ending (last scene before credits) made the lack of foreshadowing for the organisation a bit more palatable. In general, that aspect seems toned down compared to SUG and yet seemed to work better for me (or maybe it's just growing on me).

Great work, Wraith! IMO, SUG walked so UGS could run ;)

Couple of small things:

- In spite of being well paced, I do thing it would be POSSIBLE to split this into two parts or - failing that - place a small interval. I think something like this would be valued. I found I had to watch it in two parts anyway, and the fade out around 1:40ish made for a great halfway point, since it concludes significant chunks of the split and unbreakable narrative and transitions more into the second act of glass.

- The post-credits scene felt like it undercut the suggestion brought by the closing scene, personally. Equally, maybe I read more into the implication of that final scene than Wraith intended? :P


ENJOYMENT

Enjoyment is mainly marred by the visual issues; the majority of audio things are quite subtle, though the pops could be distracting. Overall, I enjoyed this massively and feel that this is several steps up from SUG (not that SUG isn't good, just that this feels to me like a much more natural fit for the material). Generally really satisfying narratively, lots of nice parallels. Although I did pick up on some audio things, the majority of stuff across 3 hours is obviously very well executed. My biggest qualm is probably to do with the inconsistent framerate. It's a pet peeve of mine and really takes me out of the edit.

Knowing Wraith I'm sure a version 2 will surface, but either way: highly recommended!

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Owner's reply March 26, 2022

Thank you so much for your kind words and constructive comments (with timestamps).

I will take out the polish and apply vigorously...
V2 will follow in due course.
Thanks.
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