Exclusive 'Glass' Clip Shows Why M. Night Shyamalan Loves Philadelphia

M. Night Shyalaman introduced his own superhero universe through his dark, cerebral “Unbreakable Trilogy.” But a new clip from the bonus features of his latest film, Glass, is surprisingly bright and cheery as it illustrates Shyamalan’s loyalty to the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia.

On April 16, Glass, the final installment in M. Night Shyamalan’s original superhero trilogy, arrives on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray. But today, Inverse has an exclusive clip from the film’s special features.

Titled “Loyalty,” the clip is an acoustic behind the scenes tribute to Shyamalan and his love for Philadelphia, including his frequent employment of Philly-based production crews for his movies. It’s almost distractingly warm and sentimental, which amusingly contrasts with Shyamalan’s dark, cerebral tone.

Raised in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania, just a half hour’s drive outside Philly, Shyamalan has made his home city a signature in his movies. The city has been both the setting and film location of Shyamalan’s movies, including Wide Awake (1998), The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000), Lady in the Water (2006), The Happening (2008), The Visit (2015), and now Glass (2019), while rural Pennsylvania has been the locales for Signs (2002) and The Village (2004).

About the only Shyamalan movie that didn’t feature Philly was 2010’s The Last Airbender, an adaptation of the smash-hit children’s fantasy series that aired on Nickelodeon. But even that movie was shot on sound stages in Philadelphia.

Glass, which was released earlier this year to mixed reviews, combined the continuity and characters of Shyamalan’s Unbreakable starring Bruce Willis, and 2017’s Split with James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy; in a true Shyamalan twist (another signature of the director), Split was revealed as a “sequel” to Unbreakable only in the final scene, when Bruce Willis makes a surprise cameo as his character David Dunn from Unbreakable.

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Bruce Willis and Spencer Treat Clark star in 'Glass,' reprising their roles from 2000's 'Unbreakable.'

The characters of both movies collided in Glass, which functioned as a sort of “showdown” between Willis’ David Dunn, who goes by the name “The Overseer,” and “The Horde,” the name the media dubbed McAvoy’s Kevin Wendell Crumb, a powerful superhuman with dissociative identity disorder (DID). Their showdown was orchestrated by “Mr. Glass,” Samuel L. Jackson’s calculated serial killer and overly-obsessed comic book nerd.

Although critics were not kind towards Glass, the film had a loyal following of moviegoers who rated the film a favorable 73% on Rotten Tomatoes. Appropriate of Shyamalan’s love for Philly, it seems his own fans have love for Shyamalan in return.

Glass is available on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray on April 16.

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