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The Shining (1980)

Jack Nicholson , Shelley Duvall , Stanley Kubrick  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,362 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: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2001
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,362 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005ATQJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,013 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Shining" on IMDb

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From writer Stephen King and director Stanley Kubrick comes a classic tale of madness and terror. Struggling writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), his wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and their psychic son Danny (Danny Lloyd) spend the winter overseeing a deserted resort hotel where the ghosts of the site's shocking and bloody past drive Jack slowly insane. With Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson. 142 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; "making of" documentary; theatrical trailer.

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275 of 302 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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63 of 68 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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126 of 141 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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139 of 157 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Reco's review
One of the best horror movies ever,I had to order it because as a horror fan this movie had it all except monsters, (oh" that Jack Nicholson was the monster,) and I loved the... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Reco
1.0 out of 5 stars Really??
Terrible movie. The book was really good. In the book I cared about the characters in the movie not even a little.
Published 4 days ago by retired
1.0 out of 5 stars Could Not Watch
Could Not Watch it would run 10 seconds of the film then stream for 5 minutes. The quality buttons went from 4 to 1 This continued for 6 tries and then I finally gave up. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Steven Lovotti
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
A movie I remember being terrified of as a kid and only as an adult can I truly appreciate how good this movie actually is.. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Shannon N
5.0 out of 5 stars Great old flick.
Amazon streaming in HD was perfect with no interruptions. I have 17 Mbps down link. The movie is a great Sunday night flick.
Published 8 days ago by Rt
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
It came in the expected amount of time in good condition. Disk works perfectly. Case is not broken. Love it.
Published 8 days ago by Natalie
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
As creepy now as when I first saw it over 30 years ago. Jack looks so young and Shelley is wearing bad 70's clothes. Awesome music.
Published 9 days ago by Jon B. Weiss
5.0 out of 5 stars classic King
the go-to guy for a good scary read, and sleeping with the lights on. This is a classic and a must for every King fan.
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply The Best Horror Film Ever Made!
This is simply the best horror film ever made! It really is that good. Jack Nicholson's acting is amazing! Very highly recommended!
Published 9 days ago by Brian L. Tuck
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This movie is kinda terrible. I know you should never expect a movie to do a book justice, but this didn't even come close. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Emmah
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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 K. Samuelson |  See all 5 posts
Danny Lloyd
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
119 minutes!
According to http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/direct-chair/kubrick.htm (the site has reviewed all the Special Editions!), the film is NOT cut, it's the usual 143 minutes. I can only assume they're correct since they have screen captures and review the disks completely.
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 Panthalassa |  See all 6 posts
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