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Shining, The: Special Edition (BD)]]>
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
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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I listened to an interview with Dan Brown, author of 'The Da Vinvi Code' on NPR a few years ago. He talked about His book being made into a film. He said his book had 125 points. In the film they were reduced to 4. He wasn't upset. Movies are a different media with more limitations than print. He felt that if the audience enjoyed the film it might attract more people to read his book(s). All of that applies here.
The photography is beautiful. The music is truly creepy, The overlook hotel is perfect. Nicholson is great. Shelly Duval's performance is perfect. My first reaction all those years ago was too hasty and wrong. As horror films today go, this one is excellent.
I love this movie as much as I remember when I was young teenager lol. My friend and I stalked in her mother's house with The Shining DVD, because her mother was so against horror movies... so we had to wait for her mother to leave for work at late night, and we watched it in the dark room... we were so freaked and in terror! Even though we recovered in the morning lmao.
And now, I am so happy to watch it again!