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Documentary The Making of the Shining, with optional commentary by Vivian Kubrick
Three new featurettes: View from The Overlook: Crafting the Shining, The Visions of Stanley Kubrick, and Wendy Carlos, Composer
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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 ›
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Excellent acting skills of both actors. Thrilling and excellent direction of course.Published 1 day ago by Adam Ali
Boring and long as hell. I have tried several times over the years to watch the whole thing, but it's a freaking un-scary snooze fest. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Alphonsel
I wanted to see the US version. Outside of the USA, we have a shorter version (119 minutes), cut by M. Kubrick himself.Published 3 days ago by David E
Not as good as I remembered it from many years ago. Probably me - not scary at all!Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
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|The USA release is 144 minutes!||
I wish there was a way to see the first version that was released in the states that includes a scene in the hospital with Wendy, Danny and Ullman. I remember seeing the movie in the theaters with my dad, but we must have gone after Kubrick pulled the movie and cut that scene out.
Nov 5, 2009 by Ivan Samuelson | See all 5 posts
he's a biology teacher. Just google his name(Images) to see his pic of a couple of years ago.
Feb 24, 2009 by Tony Kelly | See all 3 posts
|US commentary vs UK?||
I can confirm since I bought both U.S. 144min. version on DVD , then Blu-Ray , and U.K. 119min. version on DVD that the commentary track is the same one on both
Mar 27, 2011 by Gerry | See all 5 posts
According to http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/d
Oct 20, 2007 by Raymond Benson | See all 4 posts
|Like Kubrick's version better than the 1997 longer tv version? I...||
I do like both, but I like the 1980 version better. While Stephen King is a better storyteller (imho), Stanley Kubrick is a better filmmaker (imho). In addition to that, the budget and acting talent push the 1980 version over the top. Since we're on it though, Stephen King actually initiated the... Read More
Jul 1, 2011 by P1 | See all 6 posts
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