Universal has revealed the Blu-ray and Digital release dates for Glass, along with the various special features and deleted scenes from the film. Glass, of course, is the finale to to M. Night Shyamalan's so-called Eastrail 177 Trilogy, which began with Unbreakable in 2000 and unexpectedly continued 17 years later in Split. Unbreakable starred Bruce Willis as David Dunn, a seemingly regular security guard who becomes the lone survivor of a horrific train crash, prompting Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) - a comic book aficionado with extremely brittle bones - to speculate that he's a real-life superhero. The film was a modest success overall, but wasn't lucrative enough to immediately get a trilogy green-lit like Shyamalan wanted.
Still, Unbreakable became a cult success in the years that followed, before Shymalan pulled one of his best twists yet with Split. The 2017 horror-thriller was marketed as being a standalone film about Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), a man with Dissociative Identity Disorder who kidnaps three young women to participate in some kind of bizarre ritual. However, the film's ending revealed that Split was really based in the Unbreakable universe and set the stage for a showdown between David and Kevin in a future movie. Thanks to Split's critical and commercial success, that film ultimately took on the form of Glass and hit theaters this past January.
Glass, as you may've heard, got a mixed to negative reception from critics and was a commercial disappointment compared to Split, but still made $241 million at the global box office against a $20 million budget (which is a pretty terrific profit, percentage-wise). The film definitely has it supporters too, and they'll be pleased to learn that Glass is scheduled to arrive on Digital on Tuesday, April 2, before hitting Blu-ray two weeks later on April 16. Universal has also revealed the full list of bonus features that will be exclusive to Glass in different home video formats, including 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, Digital, and DVD. You can read through them, below.
BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY & DIGITAL
- The Collection of Main Characters - A look at all the main players and how they fit in the universe created by filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan.
- David Dunn
- Elijah Price
- Kevin Wendell Crumb
- The Rest of the Family
- Bringing the Team Back Together - M. Night Shyamalan is famous for working with many of the same crew from film to film. In this piece, cast and crew share personal stories of why Shyamalan's productions feel like seeing family again.
- David Dunn vs. The Beast - An in-depth look at the animalistic face-off between David Dunn and The Beast
- Glass Decoded - M. Night Shyamalan unveils some secrets of continuity and style from across the Glass trilogy
- Breaking Glass: The Stunts - The superhuman strength of The Beast is best illustrated in the stunts. Take a behind the scenes look into the very effective methods of executing stunts in the film.
- Connecting the Glass Universe - Explore M. Night Shyamalan's stylistic approach to the Glass trilogy and the unconventional concept of a comic book movie grounded in reality.
- M. Night Shyamalan: Behind the Lens - Cast and crew discuss Shyamalan's dedicated and meticulous approach to storytelling.
- The Sound of Glass - Composer West Dylan Thordson elaborates on his use of string instruments to create tension, and explains why recording the score on-location enhanced the tone of Glass.
- Enhancing the Spectacle - The VFX team provides details on the rewarding task of using CGI as an effective tool to intensify the narrative of Glass.
- Raven Hill Memorial - Roam the long corridors of Raven Hill Memorial Hospital and see why the cast and crew describe the eerie location as its own character in the film.
- Night Vision - A look at the early stages of Glass by examining the storyboards and their remarkable similarity to the final shots in the film.
BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY, DIGITAL AND DVD
- Alternate Opening - Introduction by director M. Night Shyamalan available
- Deleted Scenes - Introductions by director M. Night Shyamalan available
- David Alone at Bar
- Patricia Talks to Cheerleaders
- David Encounters Pierce
- Casey in Art Class
- Dr. Staple Explains Machine
- Mrs. Price in Waiting Room
- Mrs. Price Talks to Elijah
- Dr. Staple Drinks Tea
- Pierce Checks Elijah's Room
- Mrs. Price Tells Elijah About Surgery
- David Submits to Dr. Staple
- Patients Worship The Beast
- A Conversation with James McAvoy and M. Night Shyamalan - Star James McAvoy and Producer/Writer/Director M. Night Shyamalan discuss the importance of originality when creating a film in this genre.
Story-wise, Glass followed David as he hunted Kevin down, only to land the pair of them in the same institution for the criminally insane where Elijah had been living since the events of Unbreakable (which concluded by revealing that Elijah, aka "Mr. Glass", had been responsible for causing the Eastrail 177 crash and similarly horrific accidents in his efforts to find someone like David). Generally speaking, critics and moviegoers applauded the sequel for its efforts to tie the themes and narratives of Unbreakable and Split together, but took issue with its multiple plot twists and a third act that many found to be sloppily executed. Other criticisms were aimed at the movie's attempt to deconstruct both the superhero genre and how the comic book tentpole landscape has dramatically changed since Unbreakable hit theaters nearly twenty years ago. Meanwhile, those on the opposite side of the fence were kinder to the film and felt that its fascinating themes and ambitious storytelling outweighed its flaws in execution.
The range in opinions about Glass aside, Shyamalan's films are known for being loaded with cool home video features and that will once again be the case here, as these lists illustrate. There's something immensely personal about the storyteller's work in general and these features are a testament to just that, as they highlight the sheer amount of thought and planning that he puts into each and every aspect of his movies (regardless of whether you feel they work or not). It'll also be interesting to see what Shyamalan cut from the film - like the "David Alone at Bar" deleted scene, which was featured in the trailers for Glass - and gauge whether he made the right call, or if these scenes would've arguably benefited his trilogy finale.