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Commentary by steadicam inventor/operator Garrett Brown and Historian John Baxter
Vivian Kubrick's documentary The Making of the Shining with optional commentary
3 mesmerizing new featurettes- view from the Overlook: Crafting the Shining, the visions of Stanley Kubrick and Wendy Carlos, composer
The Shining "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" -- or, rather, a homicidal boy in Stanley Kubrick's eerie 1980 adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel. With wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and psychic son Danny (Danny Lloyd) in tow, frustrated writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes a job as the winter caretaker at the opulently ominous, mountain-locked Overlook Hotel so that he can write in peace. Before the Overlook is vacated for the Torrances, the manager (Barry Nelson) informs Jack that a previous caretaker went crazy and slaughtered his family; Jack thinks it's no problem, but Danny's "shining" hints otherwise. Settling into their routine, Danny cruises through the empty corridors on his Big Wheel and plays in the topiary maze with Wendy, while Jack sets up shop in a cavernous lounge with strict orders not to be disturbed. Danny's alter ego, "Tony," however, starts warning of "redrum" as Danny is plagued by more blood-soaked visions of the past, and a blocked Jack starts visiting the hotel bar for a few visions of his own. Frightened by her husband's behavior and Danny's visit to the forbidding Room 237, Wendy soon discovers what Jack has really been doing in his study all day, and what the hotel has done to Jack. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi
Posted by: Jory from: Seattle, WA on
I had no idea this film could look so good. This blu ray is one of the most impressive transfers, mainly due to the look of all previous DVD transfers. It was always so grainy and dull. Now for the first time the colors of the hotel and the blood are vibrant. I am so impressed by this transfer of Stanley Kubrick's shocking masterpiece of Stephen King's The Shining.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
A Beautiful Transfer to High Definition
Posted by: reconredneck from: Atlanta on
I am Impressed ! I never thought for a moment that a 28 year old film, could be transfered over to high definition with this much clarity. At times it's startling to see the amount of definition, which includes exceptional depth with color looking like this film was just shot! Okay enuff Kudo's. To the audio.
They have included a Multichannel PCM/Digital Dolby 5.1 soundtrack which is a step up from the normal offerings. Granted most of the action comes from the center, with music being played through the satellites and occasionally some discrete effects. All in all its a good mix, but a bit flat on the frequency scales, but hey! This film is almost 3 decades old..
Extras: 30 minute documentary, and the usual optional audio commentary.
I will say this much, even if you have this title on Dvd, its still worth the upgrade to Blu-ray. Believe me when I tell you, this version is a revelation thats has to be seen to be believed.
Wow! Shelley Duvall has teeth the size of Chiclets!
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
one of the horror classics of the 70's-80's era'
Posted by: LoveofTennis from: on
well alot of people know this is a classic horror movie and now its been revamed for bluray , the picture quality is excellent and you can really tell so much more detial than just a regular dvd copy , the sound quality is good even thow its not amazing what do you expect from such an old film that been put onto bluray
aside everything, the shining is a great film for fans and alo people who havnt yet seen it , very scary even to todays standards and the acting is top notch
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Excellent movie that never gets old
Posted by: Ron130 from: Madison, WI on
Creepy, but not too much. It gets you and gets you good. Lines like: "I don't wanna hurt you, I just wanna bash your brains" are timeless in my opinion and awesome.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
A ghost story that still gives chills
Posted by: CrimsonKing42 from: on
The Shining is a horror film the likes of which we will never see again. It is not reliant upon bogeyman-in-the-closet scares to get its effect, nor on a body count or "who's next" attitude. Rather, master filmmaker Stanley Kubrick gets us most by making us wait. We wait as young Danny rides his big-wheel tricycle around the hotel. We wait as Jack slowly goes insane, and we wait for the inevitable consequences.
This is the story of Jack Torrance and his wife and son, Wendy and Danny, who are winter caretakers for the Overlook Hotel in Colorado. The Hotel is very isolated, not only because of its location on a mountain, but because when heavy snows hit, there is essentially no way for them to get to town. In this setting, Jack's mind begins to deteriorate. However, as he meets strange figures such as Lloyd the bartender and Delbert Grady the butler, who shares a name with the previous caretaker who mudrered HIS family, the question arises: is this mere madness? Or is there a supernatural element involved?
This film is no less eerie and atmospheric than it was upon its initial release, and certainly this new DVD release does not hinder it in any way. The picture and sound are beautiful, and Kubrick's starkly contrasted colors are totally intact. Kubrick originally shot the film in a 1.37:1 aspect ration, in which the top and bottom of the picture are meant to be masked off for the theatrical run to create widescreen, but on TV it will be the standard 1.33:1. It is presented on this DVD as 1.85:1, which is the format of widescreen TVs. This is a good DVD set, complete with the previously-released production documentary by Kubrick's daughter Vivian and some new featurettes. If you're a fan of this film, or if you have yet to see it, be sure to pick it up.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Very good movie.
Posted by: Moose from: Los Angeles on
I enjoy reading sci-fi, fantasy and horror; and, I enjoy reading Steven King. However, not all books make it to movies in one piece. This is when you'll see on the screen: "Based on a book by Steven King," or whomever. "The Shining" is a movie based on a Steven King book. I thought that the book was very well written and frightening; however, a lot of Steven King's book didn't make it to the screen; but, the movie was good in its own right.
If you have never read Steven King's book, this movie will be excellent (5 out of 5 stars); however, if you have read Steven King's book, the movie will be good (3 out of 5 stars).
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
fantasic film and presented very well. A must have
Posted by: bladeford from: azusa, ca on
This is a great blu ray and an excellent choice for any Kubrick fans.
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Disc doesn't play
Posted by: newff from: Clinton Twp., Mi on
It is my own fault that I did not play the disc to verify that there was nothing wrong with the disc, but I didn't.
1 out of 9 found this review helpful.
"All work and no play..."
Posted by: Batmanny from: El Centro, CA on
Great horror classic where Jack Nicholson gives not only one of the best in his career but would go on to create one of the best horror villains of all time!
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
The Shining Blu-ray Review
Posted by: BrodieBruce from: on
Crazy flick. Beyond terrifying. One of the best horror films ever made, even 30 years later.