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But there is no way, within the film, to be sure with any confidence exactly what happens, or precisely how, or really why. Kubrick delivers this uncertainty in a film where the actors themselves vibrate with unease. --Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert
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Prepare to enter a ghostly time warp of madness and murder in The Shining. This thriller tells the story of Jack Torrance, a writer and unemployed teacher who signs on as winter caretaker at an isolated Colorado hotel. Hoping that the arrangement will cure his writer's block and help repair his family life, Jack settles in with his wife and son, who is soon tormented by psychic premonitions. As Jack’s writing goes nowhere and his son’s visions become more and more disturbing, the man begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac bent on scaring his family to death.
Stephen King got the idea for the original story during a family vacation at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.
Jack Nicholson ad-libbed the infamous movie line, “Heeere’s Johnny!”
Six-year-old Danny Lloyd was so protected during filming that he didn’t realize he was making a horror movie. He didn’t see the uncut version of the film until 11 years after it was made.
The snowy maze at the end of the film was made using 900 tons of salt and crushed Styrofoam.
The Shining was one of the first movies to be filmed using the Steadicam (a camera stabilizer invented by Garrett Brown).
A Modern Masterpiece of Terror
- Based on the novel by horror master Stephen King
- Directed by the visionary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick
- 142 minutes of nail-biting, eye-covering suspense
- Digitally restored and remastered
- Available on DVD and Blu-ray
Meet the Cast
Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson)
A caretaker at an old hotel, Jack is slowly but surely possessed by a supernatural force that drives him to destroy the ones he loves most.
Wendy Torrance (Shelley Duvall)
As she watches her husband become more and more deranged, Wendy is determined to do whatever it takes to save herself and her son from the madness.
Danny Torrance (Danny Lloyd)
The Torrances only child, Danny has been gifted with telepathic abilities and can sense supernatural forces. Can he use “the shining” to escape the evil?
Dick Hallorann (Scatman Crothers)
Hallorann is the head chef at the Overlook Hotel. When he first meets Danny, the man recognizes the boy’s psychic powers, because he is equally gifted.
Top Customer Reviews
Both DVDs are 'digitally restored and remastered', however the 2007 release is noticeabley brighter and more vivid. The 2001 image seems faded and dull.
This release has all the other special features of the 2001 DVD release, with the addition of optional commentary by Garrett Brown and John Baxter and three new featurettes.
This atmospheric thriller is sure to creep you out with its pacing, eery editing and cinematography (those tracking shots are highly effective), and Jack Nicholson's powerful performance as Jack Torrance. Horror films often tend to divide audiences into genre fans who follow the gore and those who laugh in the face of so-called scares, insisting their own resiliancy to cheap thrills and lamebrain plotting.
Fortunately, "The Shining" doesn't make you take sides, because its chills come from plotting and character study as much as they do from odd sights that will make you jump. It may stray from Stephen King's book and not all of it may make sense, but "The Shining" has so much going for it that you won't mind. It's a gripping and satisfying film experience, and in my opinion, one of the best films of the '80s.
This Warner DVD re-release is definitely the version to get. The fullframe presentation comes at the wishes of Kubrick and the video and audio offer significant improvement over the drab initial release. (Unfortunately, the original Mono audio track has been dropped altogether in favor of an effective 5.1 remix. They could have included both with no problem.)
In the way of extras, there is an engaging half-hour on-set documentary, filmed by Kubrick's daughter Vivian. It provides a candid experience of the film's creation, and interviews with some of the actors.Read more ›
As for the transfer of the film, it is unbelievable. While clearly not as visually stunning or breathtaking as modern day flicks, this HD DVD version of The Shining boasts a virtually flawless transfer and cleans up many of the blemishes that were present on previous VHS and DVD versions. Black levels are deep, clean, and ungrainy and the majority of the film offers a surprisingly clean look. Detail is not as strong as it could have been, but Kubrick intentionally shot this film softly. The images won't pop and shine like modern movies will, as this is an old film, but for the price of the disc you are without a doubt getting the highest quality transfer this film has ever seen.
Audio has been upgraded from a mono to a TrueHD soundtrack, but for the most part audio will be very front-heavy. Most of the peripheral speakers are used only for music, to intensify the sound of it (and it is effective).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Firstly, it is way old news that the film doesn't quite follow the book. Secondly, to say this film is garbage and is incoherent, it most certainly is not. Read morePublished 10 hours ago by MisanthropicGirl
First time watching it ever. Even though it spawned a bunch of tropes used throughout movie history post release (satirical or otherwise) I still loved it. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Quack
Haven't watched it yet but came in the thinnest cheapest dvd case I have ever seenPublished 4 days ago by Jeff
This was better than the movie. So descriptive. I didn't really understand that there were ghosts in the Hotel that they were seeing and REALLY brought to life until we saw Jack... Read morePublished 10 days ago by NICOLE S
I watch this movie probably once a year and am always finding that I see something new every time.Published 10 days ago by christopher nealis
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