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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 (236 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 (236 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005B75C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,347 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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, Amazon.com

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, Great Blu Ray Conversion 2 Jun 2008
Format:Blu-ray
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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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
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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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best it can look... 6 July 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
A note for the curious. Ever since the film was first released, THE SHINING has existed in multiple versions. The film originally ran for a little over 2h25 but a single scene in the epilogue to the film was cut by Kubrick after the opening week-end (never to be seen again). Thereafter, the film has existed in TWO distinct editions. The first is just under 2h25. It is available on R1 DVD and Video but has not (to my knowledge) ever been available in the UK on either video or DVD. The second edition is approx 1h50. It is the version released outside the US in cinemas in 1980 and is available on video and now on DVD.
The differences between the two versions are principally scenes deleted from the first half of the film although there appear to be some occasions when some shots in some scenes appear to have been re-edited using different camera angles. The majority of the deleted material either sets up in greater detail the situation or the characters or both. [This will explain why ANNE JACKSON appears on the opening credits of the 1h50 version whilst her character (a doctor who treats Danny after his first "shining" of the Overlook Hotel) does not appear at all. Her role was deleted in its entirety from the 2h25 version].
Why Kubrick made the changes (and it was Kubrick who made them), I do not know. Why there are two different versions available commercially (albeit in different marketplaces), I don't know. Should you want the 2h25 version, see Amazon.com in either their video or DVD sections.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars She called it shining (spoilers) 24 Feb 2014
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Stephen King has inspired two kinds of movie adaptations -- the ones that are brain-meltingly bad ("Dreamcatcher") and the ones that are considered quite good ("Misery," "The Shawshank Redemption").

"The Shining" is often considered to be the best adaptation of King's works ever, primarily because it was directed by Stanley Kubrick. However... it's actually a pretty terrible adaptation. A very chilling horror movie -- if excessively slow for the first four-fifths -- but it has little in common with King's story. Also, a good man turning evil is less suspenseful when he's played by Jack Nicholson.

Teacher-turned-writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) accepts a job as the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, a luxury mountain resort. He figures that since the Overlook is completely cut off by snowfall in the winter months, it would be the perfect time for him to get some writing done. His wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) is eager to stay at the overlook. but his young son Danny (Danny Lloyd) is having premonitions about the Overlook.

Why? According to the chef Dick Hallorann (Scatman Crothers), he has the "shining," which is basically any psychic abilities that the plot should demand. Unless you're an African-American man, in which case they will go on the fritz just so you can die. Movie cliches must be maintained!

At first, the Torrance family seems to be enjoying themselves -- Jack has plenty of time to write, and Wendy and Danny are able to explore the giant hotel and hedge maze. But Danny keeps seeing disturbing visions of creepy twins, "redrum" and rivers of blood. And Jack is quickly falling into the sway of the Overlook, becoming more violent and vicious towards his wife and son...
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE DEFINITIVE VERSION TO BUY - BLU RAY IMPORT
THE DEFINITIVE VERSION TO OWN - BLU RAY IMPORT

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Published 15 days ago by RogShop
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good old classic
Published 16 days ago by keith cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent
Published 17 days ago by J. R. Lyttle
5.0 out of 5 stars All around good acting rather than focus on special effects
Genuinely scary. All around good acting rather than focus on special effects. Old school. Seen 4 times, I still see things in it as for the first time.
Published 20 days ago by D Webster
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
not as fightening as I thought uit would be
Published 21 days ago by mr.brian morton
5.0 out of 5 stars A shining definition of a genuine classic
Great source material by King, superb adaptation by Kubrick, inspired casting, breathtaking cinematography, beautiful soundtrack, career-defining acting, ground-breaking camerawork... Read more
Published 24 days ago by I Love Blu-Ray me!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Been looking for this film for ages and finally found and at a bargain price too!!
Published 27 days ago by louise williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Not watch it yet cause I know it's scary ... And then some !
Published 29 days ago by Carol Mackenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
jack Nicholson at his best
Published 1 month ago by Kitty
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars
Why post another review?

Because I can.

It's a classic. The transfer to blu-ray is reasonable. It's a classic.

5 stars.
Published 1 month ago by ijape
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