There's a scene in Men in Black (1997) where the agents are marveling at some tiny alien media player contraption, and Tommy Lee Jones mumbles, "I guess I'll have to buy the 'White Album' all over again".
That is what the 4K release of The Shining (1980) amounts to: an excuse to buy a movie you probably already own for no reason except that you were under the impression it was new and improved.
If only it were.
1. 4K UHD provides stunning improvement to films that contain wide dynamic range and a great number of tiny details, such as 2001 (1968) and Apollo 13 (1995), but does little or nothing to improve a film comprised mostly of talking heads.
2. This is the first 4K disc that did not play all the way through. It froze badly enough in two places that I had to reboot the player to recover. On the third incident, I also ejected the disc, held it in light to see if it was smudged, and discovered that the lacquered side of the disc was literally transparent in those places they wanted the type to look silver. I wiped it anyway, and was able to resume the movie after the bad chapter.
3. This is the first 4K disc that during the interruptions, I tried to adjust the settings on my TV to see if I could correct the brightness and contrast, because it was awful in the Gold Room scenes. I only realized it was the morning when Jack Torrance goes nuts because until I kicked the brightness up, I wasn't aware that the scene was lit to resemble natural winter morning light.
4. The surround mix was pointless. There are no extras on the 4K disc, they had room for the original mono track.
5. There was no reason to alter the original aspect ratio. People who buy 4K versions of films are sophisticated enough to understand why letterboxing and pillarboxing are necessary to adapt the production aspect to the display aspect.
My final impression is that The Shining 4K is a "fansploitation" product developed for the express purpose of selling you the White Album all over again.
i just wish I'd have known that before I pre-ordered.