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The Shining [HD DVD] (1980)

Jack Nicholson , Shelley Duvall , Stanley Kubrick  |  R |  HD DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,494 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: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,494 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I2J0W4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,341 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Shining [HD DVD]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc One:
  • Commentary by Garrett Brown and John Baxter
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Disc Two:
  • 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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Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is less an adaptation of Stephen King's bestselling horror novel than a complete reimagining 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 movie is an existential Road Runner cartoon (his steadicam scurrying through the hotel's labyrinthine hallways), in which the cavernously empty spaces inside the Overlook mirror the emptiness in the soul of the blocked writer, who's 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 demands 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 miniseries (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

Product Description

?Heeeeere?s Johnny!? In a macabre masterpiece adapted from Stephen King?s novel, Jack Nicholson falls prey to forces haunting a snowbound mountain resort with a macabre history.

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284 of 313 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2001 DVD vs 2007 DVD October 23, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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.
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127 of 142 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heeeere's Johnny! A modern horror classic on DVD August 26, 2003
By ALF
Format:DVD
It's tough to believe that Stanley Kubrick received a Worst Director Razzie nomination for "The Shining." While "The Shining" may not be given the classic status of some of his other films like "Dr. Strangelove" and "2001", it's actually the least polarizing of this highly-praised and atypical filmmaker's work.
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.
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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film, best transfer yet! October 24, 2007
Format: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).
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147 of 167 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great family movie! October 18, 2013
By Brian
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
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?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
amazing movie
Published 1 day ago by Madison Majdecki
3.0 out of 5 stars I know that it may seem like sacrilege to some Horror Film buffs
I know that it may seem like sacrilege to some Horror Film buffs, but I really didn't care for "The Shining" in any way at all, not the direction for certain, and not Jack... Read more
Published 2 days ago by JC7071
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stay at the Overlook Hotel..
First and foremost, this is a review of the film and not the DVD in itself.

This film is an absolute masterpiece. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Dakota Alford
5.0 out of 5 stars must see
Classic movie
Published 7 days ago by Economist
5.0 out of 5 stars classic flim - makes me want to read the novel ...
classic flim - makes me want to read the novel now to see king's original idea of the characters vs. kubrick's interpretation of them
Published 8 days ago by Nathan Drag
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Nothing like the book.
Published 8 days ago by Kayla Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars A one-of-a-kind masterpiece that will always stay with you
How scary is this movie? Well, I didn't yell out in fear like people do during slasher films. But here's a quick story that sums up the kind of fear this movie elicits. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Doofenshmirtz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everything looked good thank you
Published 15 days ago by P. Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Jack Nicholson at his best in one of Stephen Kings best
Published 15 days ago by cathey anglen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
best halloween movie ever, classic
Published 16 days ago by lindsay
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