DVD Features: Deleted scenes; Night's first alien film; M. Night Shyamalan takes you on a journey of filmmaking in an exclusive, six-part documentary exploring Signs from the birth of the idea, to writing the script, to building the sets, to realizing the creature and other effects, to the scoring and innovative marketing of the film; Storyboards: multi-angle feature; Widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; THX-certified; French language track.
Well-directed by M. Night Shyamalan, this story of one man's faith and convictions is sometimes slow moving and without the "surprise" endings of his "The Sixth Sense" and "Unbreakable," is somewhat disappointing. It's well acted particularly by Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix (as his brother) and Rory Culkin and Abigail Breslin as his children. Fans of the director, the stars, and science-fiction will probably love it, but it's not recommended for the MEN IN BLACK crowd who want to see violence, action and explosions, although there is some. It occasionally borrows from earlier alien-invasion films for inspiration such as "War of the Worlds" and Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "ET." Although it often feels manipulative, SIGNS will hold your interest, and when the scene calls for creepy chills, films don't come much chillier than this one.