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.
I did manage to see that scene (because I saw the first showing of the movie here in Los Angeles at the Village Theater in Westwood!) and i can testify that the scene was short and very simple; it didn't add much to the movie. It was simply Ullman visiting Wendy in her hospital room and telling her that, aside from the two bodies at the Overlook (Jack and Dick Halloran's) the authorities didn't find anything else amiss at the hotel. That was it.
Interestingly, I once heard Barry Nelson in person talking about that hospital scene and how it had continued on with him leaving Wendy's room and stepping into the corridor. Danny was supposedly playing at the other end of the hall. Ullman takes a ball out of his pocket and rolls it down the hallway to Danny...
If memory serves, Nelson said that was shot but never cut into the movie. It was absolutely not in that first screening the morning the movie opened, just the brief sequence in Wendy's room.
Why is one or more of the old DVD releases 142 minutes when the newest and blu-ray release are 144 minutes? What's missing from the older DVD version, or added to the newest releases? And what's the difference between the 144-minute version and the reported 146-minute original theatrical version?
hey a big surprise, i live in Zurich and we have the zurich film festival and they bring SHINING extended cut running time 168 mins. i bought my ticket already. i hope they gonna release a blu ray in a few months for this extended cut.