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UK Released DVD/Blu-Ray item. It MAY NOT play on regular US DVD/Blu-Ray player. You may need a multi-region US DVD/Blu-Ray player to play this item. Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is less an adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling horror novel than a complete re-imagining 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 film is an existential Road Runner cartoon (his steadicam scurrying through the hotel's labyrinthine hallways), in which the cavernously empty spaces inside the Overlook Hotel mirror the emptiness in the soul of the blocked writer 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 demand s 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 mini-series (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, Amazon.com
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This movie is a great adaptation of the original material. Yes there are differences between the two, but that's not bad. Yes Stephen King hates this movie, but that's for another time to talk about. No this movie is not an admission of guilt as the internet may want you to believe, but that's for you to decide.
This movie opens following the yellow VW bug of Jack Torrance as he is heading to the Overlook Hotel for his interview. And that is as far as I'm going with what this movie is about. Because honestly that's not why you are reading this.
This is a great Stanley Kubrick movie. It has the suspense and thrills you would expect from one of his movies. It stays as close to the source material as it needed to to make this iconic film. From the hedge maze to the tiny person that lives in Danny's finger, there some obvious changes made.
Overall I really like this movie. I believe that it has stood the test of time and still presents itself as the suspense filled movie that Kubrick set out to make. There are fun little nods to this movie in the strangest places like Toy Story. Yes I said Toy Story. Don't believe me? Do a quick Google search and you'll see just what I'm talking about. I would definitely recommend this movie. The Shining
As a fan of Stephen King's novel, I can certainly understand that he wasn't pleased with the changes Kubrick made to the story and some significant details, but in many cases the changes make the film better. This movie is a must for horror fans, a begrudging must see for King fans, and a classic of American cinema.
Great transfer. Very informative audio commentary. Packed with lots of great extras. A must purchase!!!!!!!!!!