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Home Video: 'Split'

Split (out now Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand and Digital HD) was the biggest surprise of the year so far until Get Out became an even more shocking breakthrough hit. Still, it's a remarkable comeback for writer/director M. Night Shyamalan, a guy who went from being the hottest director in Hollywood with movies like The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs. Split broke both a commercial and critical cold streak in spectacular fashion.


James McAvoy (X-Men, Wanted) stars as Kevin McCrumb, a troubled man with 23 personalities. At least one of those personalities kidnaps three teenage girls (Anya Taylor-Joy from The Witch, Haley Lu Richardson from The Edge of Seventeen and Jessica Sula) and locks them in a mysterious basement. Over the course of the movie, the girls meet quite a few of the personalities as they try to escape. Betty Buckley (the original Carrie, HBO's Oz) plays the therapist who believes that her multiple personality patients just may have unlocked the secrets to expanding the human brain.

It sets up like many, many other horror movies but McAvoy's performance helps the movie rise above its roots. Plus Shyamalan offers up his best twist in years and sets up an already-announced sequel that ties into one of his early (good) movies. Watch the movie before you Google anything and keep the surprise intact for yourself.

The extras include an alternate ending that isn't as good as the one the director reshot (and he explains why he reshot it in an on-screen explanation) plus some deleted scenes and a pair of documentary featurettes.

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