The Shining [Special Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1980]

  • SKU: 8510113
  • Release Date: 10/23/2007
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (458 out of 465)

Special Features


  • Disc 1:
  • Commentary by steadicam inventor/operator Garrett Brown and historian John Baxter
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Disc 2:
  • 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

Synopsis


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

Cast & Crew


  • Jack Nicholson
    Jack Nicholson - Jack Torrance
  • Shelley Duvall
    Shelley Duvall - Wendy Torrance
  • Danny Lloyd
    Danny Lloyd - Danny Torrance
  • Scatman Crothers
    Scatman Crothers - Dick Hallorann
  • Barry Nelson
    Barry Nelson - Ullman



Overall customer rating

4.8
99%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A ghost story that still gives chills

    Posted
    CrimsonKing42

    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.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A frightening exploration of a dark time.

    Posted
    Steff
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    I've seen the Shining dozens of times, but still get something different out of it, at each viewing. Frightening beyond belief, because it could really happen. Surreal, because of the inconsistent oddities that occur, which could be just in Jack's (the main character) imagination, or could actually be paranormal. Because of that, I see a lot of it metaphorically. Some things aren't actually happening the way that you see them, but rather symbolize what's going on, in part what the guy's head is filled with, and partly what the family is experiencing. The screenwriter did the story differently than Stephen King did. Stephen hated that the wife was portrayed as a wet dishrag, like a helpless noodle. So did I. However, I revert to what I said before--the methaphorical take on what's happened. When you consider all and then things still don't make sense, think of it metaphorically and you'll begin to piece things together. So, while the wife may have been much stronger in reality, her behavior was symptomatic of the marital relationship. I love Stephen King, but I can understand the artistic license that the screenwriter took. Mind-blowing, and frightening. You won't be able to walk around without looking over your shoulder for awhile after seeing it.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It will stay with you forever...and ever, and ever

    Posted
    TheHighRoller5
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    As far as Kubrick's filmography on Blu-ray goes, 1980's The Shining is second to 2001: A Space Odyssey in picture quality and story. The colors on the transfer are vibrant and striking. It is only after the door to room 237 opens that the film gives off a detached, uneasy tone. Suddenly, the atmosphere- in sound as well as in picture- drops. At this instant, the viewer starts to feel like something isn't going right, like there's something more to the bigger picture, of which only Jack Torrence can see. Simply put, the film's transfer looks beautiful, and it has a sound track to match it. The extras aren't exactly 5-star material, though. The trailer is not in full high definition (although it is still eerie), and there's only so much that the featurettes can deliver. The commentary with Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown is one of the two special features that is really worth noting. The other is Vivian Kubrick's insightful mini-documentary that gives audiences that rare glimpse into the legendary's director's mindset while working on a film. My first viewing of this film was on Blu-ray, and I cannot imagine seeing it any other way, except maybe on a large theater screen. Both the execution of Kubrick's film and it's haunting performances are those that stay with you forever... and ever, and ever.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Beautiful Transfer to High Definition

    Posted
    reconredneck
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    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!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A quintessential horror milestone.

    Posted
    Andrew
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    The Shining is a film that needs no introduction - if you haven't seen this you are doing yourself and your existence a disservice. If you happen to be getting into horror cinema then hopefully this is high on your list of "to see" films. This particular edition is the first and only blu-ray version of the movie available thus far and it looks excellent - the colors are spot-on and detail is evident but not so strong as to give you an overly grainy picture. It's also worth noting that this edition shows the film in its original widescreen aspect ratio which is most welcome since the common DVD release had the picture cropped to fullscreen. All-in-all, this is the best The Shining has ever looked and I cannot recommend this release highly enough to anyone with even a passing interest in cinema at large let alone horror.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great haunted house (hotel) movie

    Posted
    prlwctd

    Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Stephen King's great novel understandably turned off some fans of the book with its deviations from its source. However, the film itself is quite a spooky and (as is the case with Kubrick) unique ride. Some have said that Shelley Duvall is all wrong as Jack's wife, but her scenes with Danny Lloyd have charm. If there is a false note in her characterization it's her lack of chemistry with Jack's Jack (!). In other words, it'd be a stretch to imagine Jack & Wendy doing anything together that would result in the birth of little Danny. Praise must also be given to the Overlook Hotel set, which ranks alongside the volcano in You Only Live Twice & the titular location in The Terminal as one of the all time great film sets (why none of these three films won the Oscar for art direction, I'll never know).

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Shining is a classic spooky fright movie.

    Posted
    John
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    This is one of Jack Nicholson's finest performances as he plays an average man who descends into madness when he takes on the role of caretaker in an out of the way hotel/resort. Once he becomes a madman, he goes so far as to hunt his wife and son, who, he has also taken to the hotele/resort. Who will survive? You will have to see the movie, if, you have never seen it before. The movie also has paranormal elements to it. I have seen this movie once before, and did not need to read any other online reviews of it. I knew what I was getting when I purchased it.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant

    Posted
    Kamahama3x
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    The Shining is one of the horror genre's most notable films. Made in 1980 by the late, legendary Stanley Kubrick, the film stands out as not only one of his best but probably the best Stephen King adaptation as well. Though not nearly as true to the book as the later TV-movie would be, it is undoubtedly darker, more macabre, and ultimately superior to that version. Kubrick was a genius behind the camera, giving us long, beautiful shots, allowing us to take in both the beauty and the horror of the Overlook Hotel. For those who have yet to see the movie (and honestly, who hasn't at this point?), do yourself a favor and buy it today! Disappointment is impossible.

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