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Item Type: DVD Movie
Item Rating: R
Street Date: 09/14/04
Wide Screen: no
Director Cut: no
Special Edition: yes
Foreign Film: noSubtitles: no
Full Frame: yes
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a classic as always. The video did buffer a bit but I suspect it was due to my networkPublished 4 hours ago by Amazon Customer
The lead actress had her mouth hanging open the whole movie. The scariest part of the movie is having to watch her scary looking face with her mouth constantly hanging open. Read morePublished 15 hours ago by Cracker Jack
Not my favorite Jack Nicholson movie. I'll just put it in the OK column.Published 16 hours ago by Bookie
This is a timeless movie, it really does age. Kubrick was the perfect director to capture Stephen King's vision.Published 1 day ago by Sarah
I have seen it long ago, but I did'nt remember what a great actor Jack Nicholson is!Published 2 days ago by Georgia L. Fox
Jack Nicholson's acting was great, as always. His creepiness is 100% convincing. However, I'm still trying to figure out what the "shining" ties with the little boy's... Read morePublished 2 days ago by TNoy
As good as when I saw the original. Jack at his best with his sinister smilesPublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
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