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The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan
The Buried Secret of M Night Shyamalan
Actors: Billy Arrowood, Adrien Brody, Deepak Chopra, Johnny Depp, Callum Greene
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Documentary
PG     2005     2hr 4min

Through revealing interviews with M. Night Shyamalan's childhood friends and neighbors, Academy AwardŽ-nominated filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn (Best Feature Documentary, MY ARCHITECT: A SON'S JOURNEY, 2003; MY FATHER'S GARDEN) ...  more »


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Actors: Billy Arrowood, Adrien Brody, Deepak Chopra, Johnny Depp, Callum Greene
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Science Fiction, Documentary
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Touchstone
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 01/11/2005
Original Release Date: 07/18/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 07/18/2004
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 2hr 4min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Don't even bother!!
R. Williams | portland, OR United States | 12/28/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this 'documentary' when it originally aired on Sci-Fi Channel as a special promo for the movie Village. It's not a documentary in any sense of the word, it's a 'mystery' that attempts to put a mystical spin on the life of filmmaker Shyamalan. What it is, is a lousy TV special that is overly long and is a bad Blair Witch-like ripoff.

There is very little screen time with Shyamalan, and what is there is mostly garbage. None of this is really about Shyamalan. It's completely fictional. If the people being interviewed in here are really Shyamalan's friends and not actors I would be surprised. Don't even bother with this DVD."
Not what I thought
C. LAGARDE | Philadephia Pa, USA | 01/03/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I received this DVD thinking it was a true documentary. Unfortunately I didn't read the amazon reviews, or i would have known that this is a fictional work and not a documentary at all. If you want to know more about M. Night, DO NOT GET THIS. I thought this entire production was cheezy and very predictable. I felt i wasted my time watching this. If M. Night had a hand in creating this, it was only to put his face in it and receive royalties from sales. It sucks. Period."
Entertaining, documentary or not
Amanda Chu | Taiwan | 10/13/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Yes it is very likely a promo for the upcoming Night's film at the time. It is nevertheless good entertainment. Scarier than all of Night's films. If Night had been the real director of the documentary, I would say it was the best work he had done as a horror film director. The sketched portrait of "Henry", Night's supposed ghost friend, was really disturbing and haunted me for a very long time. Again, it is good entertainment, if you don't get too hung up on whether it is fiction disguised as a documentary and that it was the means to get more publicity for Night."
Fascinating, but not how you'd think
Rex Macaroe | Andover | 06/23/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I first saw this on Sci Fi and regrettably took it seriously. I found what the filmmaker came up with interesting but farfetched.

I did, however, really enjoy watching the events play out. Even as a work of fiction and a mockumentary it holds up, keeping you on edge.

But thing that most took me in was just how merciless the filmmaker in it was. He uncovers deep secrets about Night's past, things that he had no business digging up. Night's reluctance to discuss his drowning would've been understandable given how traumatizing it would've been. On top of that, he put it on national television!

What truly interested me was waiting to see how far he would go for the sake of the film.

The film left me wanting answers but feeling guilty for doing so. Is it worth damaging a man's emotional stability to study the nature of the universe? In this I would've said no, but I enjoyed confronting the issue via a film that takes the opposition."