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The Shining [DVD] [1980]

Jack Nicholson , Shelley Duvall , Stanley Kubrick    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson
  • Directors: Stanley Kubrick
  • Writers: Stanley Kubrick, Diane Johnson, Stephen King
  • Producers: Jan Harlan, Martin Richards, Mary Lea Johnson, Robert Fryer
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Sep 2001
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005B75C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 911 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is less an adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling horror novel than a complete re-imagining of it from the inside out. In King's book, the Overlook Hotel is a haunted place that takes possession of its off-season caretaker and provokes him to murderous rage against his wife and young son. Kubrick's film is an existential Road Runner cartoon (his steadicam scurrying through the hotel's labyrinthine hallways), in which the cavernously empty spaces inside the Overlook Hotel mirror the emptiness in the soul of the blocked writer settled in for a long winter's hibernation. As many have pointed out, King's protagonist goes mad, but Kubrick's Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) is Looney Tunes from the moment we meet him--all arching eyebrows and mischievous grin. (Both Nicholson and Shelley Duvall reach new levels of hysteria in their performances, driven to extremes by the director's fanatical demand s for take after take after take.) The Shining is terrifying--but not in the way fans of the novel might expect. When it was redone as a TV mini-series (reportedly because of King's dissatisfaction with the Kubrick film), the famous topiary-animal attack (which was deemed impossible to film in 1980) was there--but the deeper horror was lost. Kubrick's The Shining gets under your skin and chills your bones; it stays with you, inhabits you, haunts you. And there's no place to hide... --Jim Emerson,

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, Great Blu Ray Conversion 2 Jun 2008
We all know it's a great film so instead of me going on about that or how average the cover looks(!), I'll talk about what you're spending the extra 's on, the Blu Ray conversion.... There have been a number of older films that have been put on to Blu Ray which, simply, have been very poor (see my review on Bullitt (another Warner title FYI)). The point of Blu Ray should be to showcase the very best in picture and audio quality that is currently available. Thankfully, this title has converted very well. The picture quality is exceptional, it makes a 28yr old film look very recent. Jack has never looked so maniacal! And again, the audio quality just brings a whole new experience to the film, adding an even darker edge than you were previously aware of.

I'd fully recommend the Blu Ray version of the film, top marks.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
After thirty two years, finally, I get to see my favourite film of all time on the silver screen. And, for the first time in Britain, it's the original 'Directors Cut' of "The Shining" that he released in the US. : To say that Kubrick was hampered is a fallacy, he repaced the film for a shorter running time and took 32 brutal minutes out for the European release, which only now has officially been seen in the UK.

Not that I haven't seen it. The Kubrick fan would have been stunned in 1993, when Central Television in the Midlands - where I was living at the time - broadcast, unannounced, the full 144 minute version of the film in the middle of the night. I was sat there at the time, goofing off in my summer holidays, jaw aghast at the new scenes I'd never seen before, that I never knew existed, that quickly became part of the fabric of my world.: no longer did the conversation end when Wendy entered the Ballroom, it carried on long past. No longer did the momentary confusion at the climax seem so brief, but became longer and more intricate. The whole film was richer and stronger and more luxariant, and it was only in 2001, with the advent of DVD, I managed to own a non-grainy, non off-air broadcast. The first DVD I bought was an unrated US import - and I bought a special hacked DVD player to watch it : a poorly transferred 4:3 DVD with the barest of transfer, and visible, noticable hairs, pops, and crackles on the print. And it still looked amazing.

Looking at the European version now, Kubricks cuts seem arbitrary, graceless, and obvious. Scenes where transitions, fades, and rich dialogue were paced are castrated. The dialogue cuts mid sentence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The shining on Blu Ray Us version 11 Jan 2010
My favourite horror film, period. Some might think it's too slow, boring, not bloody enough, but I think this is the most epic, thought provoking and memorable horror film ever. And it contains several mesmerizing cinematic scenes. Also Jack Nicholson gives a chilling, powerfull performance.
I've seen this film maybe a dozen times and I'm not bored with it.

The blu ray edition is far superior to the dvd version. Picture quality is almost perfect. Some minor flaws, but it looks very very good. The soundtrack is a bit uneven, but still good. Some background noise. Still audio is far better than on dvd. highly recommended to the fans of the film.

This is the US version of the Stanley Kubrick's the Shining and it's coded region free.I've seen the european version about ten times before I got my first taste of the Us version and I haven't looked back. This is 25min longer version and it's just a little better. Nothing really essential is left out of european version, but this being one of my favourite films, I just like to have more.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best it can look... 6 July 2009
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Assuming people are familiar with this classic film, this Blu ray transfer looks amazingly clean and fresh. Great to see older films look as good as if they were released yesterday.I much prefer this shorter directors cut (which was the original theatrical cut actually) rather than the much longer USA version that comes in at 144 minutes. I have owned the longer version but found it bloated and slow, with much reduced tension and momentum. The additional scenes would be interesting as bonus features but do not help the film at all.

This UK release of The Shining on Blu ray is the one to get.... and this shorter version was the director Stanley Kubrick's prefered version. If you've got an old dvd of this I think you'd be pleasently surprised at the difference on Blu ray. The bonus features are excellent too.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1 - the UK cut is Kubrick's preferred cut, the longer US cut contained scenes SK inserted to make the story more understandable for the US audience - although any fan would own both.

2- this blu ray has not been reframed, in-fact this the first time that we are receiving it in its correct ratio. SK composed this film in 1.85:1, within the compositions there is a safety net protected 1.33:1 area which was intended for TV broadcasts this is the version that was on the previous DVD - so that is actually the cropped butchered print.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Conversion 28 Jan 2011
The conversion of this classic to HD is really great. Its a testimony to Kubriks attention to detail that the quality is so superb. I think the quality of the original film stock makes a huge difference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars only if i could give it more than 5 stars!!!!!!!!
F***ing awesome!!!
I love this film. The story is amazing (thank Stephen King for that), the direction is incredible, the music is freaking creepy... Read more
Published 23 minutes ago by jonny
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon Prime let me down
Supposedly a great movie but Prime video let me down. It repeatedly froze and buffered for so long as to make it completely unwatchable after the first 10 minutes. Read more
Published 3 days ago by T. Miles
4.0 out of 5 stars Now a Classic Horror Movie
One of the defining roles for Jack Nicholson in this movie, together with his tour-de-force as R P MacMurphy in 'One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest'. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Mike K
2.0 out of 5 stars Let Down
This was a brilliant Stephen King book that had potential to be a film classic. Stanley Kubrick was clearly a genius. Read more
Published 6 days ago by W. R. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Jack Nicholson in no way resembles the character I imagined when reading the book. It's about time film producers considered their target audience when casting for these sort of... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Smudge fae Boddam
3.0 out of 5 stars Read the book
Book is a thousand times better and the adapted script is quite frankly a bland version of one of the most terrifying stories ever written.
Published 12 days ago by LuzPaton
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC
Published 15 days ago by Mr T L Banks
4.0 out of 5 stars It's old
Recently read the book and wanted to see what the legendary film was like. Not too much like the book but enjoyed it.
Published 28 days ago by G. Luff
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film!
As a lover of Stephen King I was impressed by this film. Although it doesn't fit the story in the book completely, some adaptations have inevitably been made for the big screen,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Emily Lister
5.0 out of 5 stars All time classic!!!!
One of the greatest movies of all time, the greatest horror movie in my opinion. The acting by Jack Nicholson is superb, one of his greatest performances ever. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ahmed El Bahja
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