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Shining (2-Disc Special Edition)

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Think of the greatest terror imaginable. A monstrous alien? A lethal epidemic? Or, as in this harrowing masterpiece from director Stanley Kubrick, is it fear of murder by someone who should love and protect you--a member of your own family? From a script he co-adapted from the Stephen King novel, Kubrick melds vivid performances, menacing settings, dreamlike tracking shots and shock after shock into a milestone of the macabre. In a signature role, Jack Nicholson ("Heeeere's Johnny!") plays Jack Torrance, who's come to the elegant, isolated Overlook Hotel as off-season caretaker with his wife (Shelley Duvall) and son (Danny Lloyd). Torrance has never been there before--or has he? The answer lies in a ghostly time warp of madness and murder.


Studio Warner
SKU 205121258
UPC 012569722101
UPC 14 00012569722101
Format DVD
Release Date 10/23/2007
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.66:1
Cast & Crew
Danny Lloyd - Actor
Diane Johnson - Screenplay
Jack Nicholson - Actor
Jan Harlan - Executive Producer
John Alcott - Cinematographer
Leslie Tomkins - Art Director
Rachel Elkind - Original Music By
Ray Lovejoy - Editor
Roy Walker - Production Designer
Scatman Crothers - Actor
Shelley Duvall - Actor
Stanley Kubrick - Screenplay
Stanley Kubrick - Director
Stanley Kubrick - Producer
Stephen King - Based On Novel By
Wendy Carlos - Original Music By
Review "Twenty-one years after its release, this adaptation of the Stephen King novel -- about a family in mortal danger while snowbound at a remote Rocky Mountain inn -- still invokes both thrills and giggles as it alternates between creeping terror and black humor. Though moments of it have fallen into camp legend -- notably Jack Nicholson's axe-wielding, wild-eyed psycho yelling, ""Here's Johnny!"" as he breaks through the bathroom door, and the child's hysterical cries of ""Redrum"" (which has even inspired a brand of liquor) -- taken as a whole, the film remains a shining example of the best that the horror genre has to offer...Few directors have ever used music as effectively as Kubrick, and here he sets the tone long before rivers of blood flow from the hotel's elevators and ghosts appear in the ballroom. Furthering the creepy feeling is the dichotomy between prosaic Overlook and its tacky '70s furnishings (a riot of orange, yellow, red, and turquoise -- Kubrick was never afraid of color) and the spectral underworld that inhabits it."
Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Stanley Kubrick's cold and frightening ""The Shining"" challenges us to decide: Who is the reliable observer? Whose idea of events can we trust? In the opening scene at a job interview, the characters seem reliable enough, although the dialogue has a formality that echoes the small talk on the space station in ""2001""...The movie is not about ghosts but about madness and the energies it sets loose in an isolated situation primed to magnify them. Jack is an alcoholic and child abuser who has reportedly not had a drink for five months but is anything but a ""recovering alcoholic""...Kubrick delivers this uncertainty in a film where the actors themselves vibrate with unease. There is one take involving Scatman Crothers that Kubrick famously repeated 160 times. Was that ""perfectionism,"" or was it a mind game designed to convince the actors they were trapped in the hotel with another madman, their director? Did Kubrick sense that their dismay would be absorbed into their performances?"
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
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Ian Nathan, Empire ...a complex world of incipient madness, spectral murder and supernatural visions...
Jack Kroll, NewsWeek The first epic horror film.
Janet Maslin, The New York Times ...never less than fascinating...may be the first movie that ever made its audience jump with a title that simply says "Tuesday."
Motion Picture Guide Kubrick is a master of the haunting visual...
Tim Dirks, The Greatest Films ...[an] intense, epic, gothic horror film masterpiece--a beautiful, stylish work...the ultimate horror film.

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