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The Shining [DVD] [1980]
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Watching the film now having seen the high-tec advances that have been made in terms of 'special-effects' the film as good as it is, is in truth perhaps a little dated.
However for those among us that saw the film when released over '30' years ago, - 'wasn't it good'
Of course the film was among many 'gems' released in the preceding decade, many of which are suffering the inevitable re-makes ( many of which do not match the productions of those times )
This film almost certainly launched 'Jack Nicholson's' career into 'super-stardom' with his portrayal of 'Jack Torrance' who slides toward madness through the isolation he agreed to take on as caretaker during the winter closure at the remote hotel 'Overlook' ...trouble is his family were along for the ride.
Is it worth buying on this format ? ......well many of us including myself will buy 'classic's' such as this on 'blu-ray' because of the memories they hold for us, and yes it is a shame this isn't the extended-cut.
(a great upgrade nevertheless)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 20 May 2010
OK, so, you all know the film, I just thought I'd get my two pennys worth. Yes, it's the best it has looked. The picture's sharper, the colours are much bolder and it just looks far superior. If you've got the DVD, have a Blu-ray player, and have been considering upgrading, then do it. I ummed and arred over it for ages, then eventually got it.

You won't be disappointed.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2001
I have seen many of the adaptations of Stephen King's books but "The Shining" takes the biscuit, and this biscuit is chocolate covered! I read the book first and it had me quivering in my pants, and the film displays the same eerie carisma thanks to the amazing Stanley Kubrick and the talents of Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. The beautiful but somewhat freaky setting in the Rockies brings true character to this orignal horror film, bringing light to the awe inspiring description of Stephen King. The ending of the film is truely brilliant thanks to the almighty freakiness of Jack Nicholson's insane Jack Torrance. Best bit - bathroom scene. Worst bit - before they enter the hotel (goes on for ages). Basically the film is............out of this world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2011
The movie I already knew and it's even better in Full HD. The time didn't matter to make this classic still psychologically scary and fascinating. The quality of the video is amazing, as we could expect from a Blu-ray movie. I can't tell if the sound is any better than the usual, because I only have a 2.0 headphone to use. The extras are good, nothing spectacular, but the package is worth the price. Big time!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2007
If hell exists, the shining envisions it.
Bleak - this is the best word to describe this film. The weather is bleak, the setting is bleak and cavernous, the ghosts and hallucinations are chilling, devoid of feeling, manipulative, bleak.

Is Torrance simply going mad, or being influenced? What's driving him? Is it the ghosts of past events, or his own consciousness filling the void of isolation, or a bit of both?
Despite the supernatural visitations you never quite know, and this is what makes this film so chilling and unbelievably bleak - Jack could simply be a victim of his own insane consciousness.

Without ever resorting to extreme gore or shocks, Kubrick creates a vision of hell, a vision of the void that will sear itself onto your mind.
Unlike many horror flicks, this one becomes more disturbing the older you get.

A true horror, a real vision of hell. Watch it, but if you're sensitive, don't watch it too often!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
While not a faithful adaptation of King's novel, Kubrick's The Shining is certainly a classic movie, which all fans of cinema should see reagardless of genre preference.

The blu-ray transfer is simply superb.

The European cut is the one to go for - in my opinion - and to this day I don't understand why people need further scenes to explain the plot of this movie.

And yes before you ask... I have seen the US version.

Spoiler alert - the final sequence within the maze is chilling in more ways than one - watch the extras for an details on how they achieved this and other set pieces throughout this classic movie.

Certainly a disc that will gain repeated viewings in my house.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2012
On first viewing, I struggled a bit with the pace and tedium of this film, it was only on second viewing did I feel I appreciated the film more. Kubrick is a genius at creating tense and emotionally shattering scenes, and the actors are well conveyed - I mean you just have to read the trivia for this to realise how much hard work and dedication from all went into this film. So it's a bit slow in places but the overall build of tension and the finale is just so tense!

A must-see for horror fans - whilst lacking in gore, unlike other Stephen King adaptions, this makes up in sheer emotions and terror as the audience gets to the final scenes, definitely worth a watch!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2008
One of the gratest horrors i've ever seen! Showing the decaying of a mans mind, as he slowly turns on his family throughout the film. With amazing acting from Jack Nicholson, who is perfect for the role. Stanley Kubrick delivers in this heart
stopping thrill-ride.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2009
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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