264 of 290 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2001 DVD vs 2007 DVD
I own both the 2001 and 2007 DVDs of this film. I really don't have any interest is who is 'right' with the aspect ratio argument, I compared both versions and found that you're missing some of the video image regardless of which version you buy. I took screenshots of both DVDs and overlayed them on top of each other. I found that with the 2001 release, you get the 1:33:1...
Published on October 23, 2007 by Steve
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie,Interesting extra's
The Shining is a good film by most counts and the dvd version is i must say let down badly by a second rate transfer,the sound could be better too.On the other hand the Vivian Kubrick directed 'Making Of' was a welcome delight and proved an interesting insight in to Kubrick at play.It also includes the orginal trailer which is nice..But come on!releasing bad versions...
Published on September 13, 1999
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264 of 290 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2001 DVD vs 2007 DVD,
This review is from: The Shining (Two-Disc Special Edition) (DVD)I own both the 2001 and 2007 DVDs of this film. I really don't have any interest is who is 'right' with the aspect ratio argument, I compared both versions and found that you're missing some of the video image regardless of which version you buy. I took screenshots of both DVDs and overlayed them on top of each other. I found that with the 2001 release, you get the 1:33:1 aspect ratio where the far left and right of the screen image is clipped. With the 2007 release, you get the 1.78:1 aspect ratio where the top and bottom of the screen image is clipped off. You can see what I mean by viewing the 'customer image' I posted, above. The blue border is for the 2001 release and the red border is the 2007 release.
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.
62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film, best transfer yet!,
This review is from: The Shining [HD DVD] (HD DVD)The Shining is one of the horror genre's most notable films. Made in 1980 by the late, legendary Stanley Kubrick, the film stands out as not only one of his best but probably the best Stephen King adaptation as well. Though not nearly as true to the book as the later TV-movie would be, it is undoubtedly darker, more macabre, and ultimately superior to that version. Kubrick was a genius behind the camera, giving us long, beautiful shots, allowing us to take in both the beauty and the horror of the Overlook Hotel. For those who have yet to see the movie (and honestly, who hasn't at this point?), do yourself a favor and buy it today! Disappointment is impossible.
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).
Special features are slim: the old making of documentary (with or without commentary), theatrical trailer, and a few small featurettes that delve deeper into the making of The Shining, as well Stanley Kubrick's "Visions." All pretty standard fare, all in 480i/p standard definition.
Whether you're a long time fan of the film, or new to it, this is a must-own if you own an HD DVD player and HDTV! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
123 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great family movie!,
This review is from: The Shining (Amazon Instant Video)The Shining is a wonderful story about Danny Torrance, a lovable little boy, and his family who are trapped in a haunted hotel for the winter. They soon discover that the combination of Danny's (previously hidden) psychic abilities and an ancient curse set on the hotel summons forth the ghosts of its former guests. The Torrance family quickly finds themselves face-to-face with a motley crew of hilarious and mischievous ghosts. But with the big help of Lloyd, the hotel's former barkeep, Danny's Father Jack may just figure out a way to control the chaos and become a hero in his son's eyes. Can Jack restore order to the hotel before all the ghosts destroy it?
126 of 141 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heeeere's Johnny! A modern horror classic on DVD,
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. In addition, this DVD re-release includes an audio commentary on the documentary (sort of a "making-of the making-of") by Vivian Kubrick. There's also the spooky trailer, which shows how a movie preview can perfectly pique one's interest in a film, without spoiling (or even saying) much.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic horror versus fine analysis of alcoholism,
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In the mid-seventies, "The Shining" must have been a lightning of prophecy. A rich novel, which combined fantastic storytelling, and portrayal of alcoholism and hopelessness of the young marriage - "The Shining" was an instant success. Of course it might be a flagship example of an intelligent horror novel, but there are better accounts of haunted houses out there. Second, after a third novel crossing the genre territory, King was pigeonholed as a horror writer, and thus ever after his works were ignored and ridiculed as not worth reading. I agree that half of the time his books do not deserve mentioning and fall well into usual, categories, there are volumes to which there is more than it appears at a glance. The Shining is a best example of a novel where horror is used as a starting point for good old storytelling, where the crucial element has little in common with the supernatural, and much to do with mainstream portrait of the society and ordinary individuals faced with extraordinary circumstances.
It's worth to read the book, and then see Kubrick's and King's film versions. This way, you will be able to approach the same grand story from three different angles, and none of them weak, quite to the contrary.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliantly crafted masterpiece of horror,
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"The Shining" uses the deep-rooted fears that we all have - the fear of isolation, the fear of insanity, and most of all, the feeling of helplessness that we get when we find that the father figure, the person whom we rely upon when we are frightened, is the person whom we should be frightened of. All of these are used by a film that has one primary purpose - to frighten you. And it accomplishes this purpose more effectively than any other movie I've ever seen.
As an endnote, I should say that the DVD isn't the greatest. The picture is still scratchy, and it's Kubrick, which means that we're not getting widescreen. It does have a "Making Of" film that Vivian Kubrick shot, which is great fun and perhaps a lot more revealing than the average making-of fare on DVDs. Watching Jack Nicholson say "Now I have to get into my character. Arr - axe murderer! Kill!" is great.
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some dvds are like people: some shine and some don't. This hd dvd shines. Hd dvd special features below,
This review is from: The Shining [HD DVD] (HD DVD)I personally wouldn't re buy every film that comes out on Hd-dvd especially seeing as how the prices haven't really come down. That said a film like this is an exception, I believe horror fans are some of the most die hard film fans out there, and should and will pick this one up.
For Audiophiles there is a new 5.1 track as opposed to the mono you got on the previous release. The beginning score when Jack is driving to the Overlook hotel is amazing cranked up with a Dolby digital plus track in 5.1.
The transfer on this is beautiful.
The Shining is the greatest Stephen King film adapation and is one, if not the greatest of all horror films. Also one of the greatest films for any genre and right in time for Halloween you can't go wrong.
- Audio commentary by Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown and Kubrick biographer John Baxter
- The Making of The Shining, with optional commentary by Vivian Kubrick (from the previous DVD)
- New View from The Overlook: Crafting The Shining featurette
- New The Visions of Stanley Kubrick featurette
- New Wendy Carlos, Composer featurette
-Theatrical Trailer - This was one of the most effectives and eeriest trailers I've ever seen and it was so simple.
I'll go more in depth of the special features as I watch them.
- Aspect Ratio: 1080p HD 16X9 1:85:1
- Audio: Dolby true HD: English 5.1 Dolby digital plus
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hoped for much better on DVD,
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Kubrick Masterpiece on Blu Ray,
This review is from: The Shining [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)SO exciting! This Kubrick film on Blu Ray is just superb! The music is remixed into Dolby Digital 5.1 and is just amazing. I've now seem all the Kubrick films on Blu Ray except for "Full Metal Jacket" and this is one of the very best (with "2001" being the ultimate home video ever!)
I could go on and on about the film, which has NEVER looked this good, even upon it's initial release.
Kubrick's attention to detail and the fact that this is a masterpiece of set design, cinematography and lighting. A masterpiece! The entire Overlook hotel was built inside a soundstage in England and shot with existing light. (Barry Lyndon time...hopefully that will be coming up in high def). It was all shot in England. This was the first film to use steady cam. The shots of Danny riding his tricycle through the creepy hallways of the Overlook are just about as effective as they were at Hollywood's Chinese Theatre back in 1980.
It is a stunningly superb transfer to digital and should bring a whole new generation to this incredible achievement.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Special Features,
This review is from: The Shining (Two-Disc Special Edition) (DVD)This disc will feature an enhanced audio/video track for the feature film. Other features include commentary by Garrett Brown and John Baxter. There will be the same old "Making of the Shining" documentary that was featured on the old disc, but there are also three new featurettes: View from The Overlook: Crafting the Shining, The Visions of Stanley Kubrick, and Wendy Carlos, Composer. All in all, I'd make the purchase based on the video quality and enhanced sound alone.
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