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Shining (1980)

Director: Stanley Kubrick     Starring: Shelley Duvall Jack Nicholson
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Format: DVD
Sku: 212929260
UPC: 883929091614
UPC 14: 00883929091614
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's Note
Opening with spectacular aerial shots of a beautiful, mountainous landscape, Stanley Kubrick's horror classic THE SHINING sucks the viewer into his frightening tale with quiet, relaxing visuals--but the ominous soundtrack warns that all is not right at the gorgeous Overlook Hotel. Based on Stephen King's best-selling novel, the film stars Jack Nicholson at his eyebrow-raising best in his portrayal of Jack Torrance, a Vermont schoolteacher working at the Overlook as a winter caretaker. The glorious early-20th century resort only operates in warm weather because the snowy roads deny access in the colder months, so Jack brings his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), with him, as well as his young son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), who possesses some unique psychic powers. As the Torrances settle in for the long, lonely months ahead, strange, unexplainable things start occurring in the hotel--and in every scene Jack seems to be growing a little more evil and dangerous....

Cinematographer John Alcott (who also worked on BARRY LYNDON and A CLOCKWORK ORANGE) allows his Steadicam to float eerily through the deserted halls and corridors of the hotel, creating a creepy air of tension as Jack plummets into madness. Kubrick's obsessive eye for detail is prevalent throughout; the famous scene where Danny rides his toy buggy through the hotel is remarkable for Alcott's gliding camerawork and the desolate sound of the wheels alternately scraping across the hardwood and carpeted floors. Nicholson and Duvall are outstanding throughout, with both actors running the full gamut of human emotions as the film races towards a thrilling conclusion. Supplemented by an oddball cast of dead twin girls, suicidal ax-murdering ghosts, Scatman Crothers as the hotel cook, and many other weird and wonderful figures, Kubrick's film is a pulse-racing treat that is among the best in his inimitable body of work.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/31/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 142 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1980
Video UPC UPC: 00883929091614
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Shelley Duvall
Video Cast Info Scatman Crothers
Video Cast Info Jack Nicholson
Video Cast Info Danny Lloyd - Featured
Video Cast Info Diane Johnson - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Stephen King - Story
Video Cast Info Stanley Kubrick - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Stanley Kubrick - Director
Plot Summary
When Jack Torrance finds a job as a caretaker for an old abandoned hotel during the winter, he thinks of it as the perfect place to focus on his writing. Even his son's misgivings about the move don't deter him. But soon after the Torrances arrive, strange things start happening...and it looks as if the spooky hotel has a plan of its own for Jack and his family.

Memorable Quotes

"Well, you can rest assured, Mr. Ullman, that's not going to happen with me."----Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) to Stuart Ullman (Barry Nelson) when told about a previous caretaker who killed his entire family with an ax, then put a shotgun in his own mouth

"Redrum! Redrum!"----Danny Torrance (Danny Lloyd)

"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."

"You've always been the caretaker here, Mr. Torrance."----Delbert Grady (Philip Stone) to Jack

"Heeeeere's Johnny!"----Jack (ad--libbed)

"Forever, and ever, and ever..."----Grady's daughters (Lisa and Louise Burns) to Danny

"I'm not gonna hurt you. Wendy, darling, light of my life, I'm not gonna hurt you. You didn't let me finish my sentence. I said, I'm not gonna hurt you. I'm just gonna bash your brains in."----Jack to Wendy (Shelley Duvall)

Professional Reviews

"...The atmosphere of the hotel is properly menacing and glamorous..." 05/28/1980

New York Times
"...Spellbinding....Nicholson's Jack is one of his most vibrant characterizations, furiously alive in every frame and fueled by an explosive anger..." 05/23/1980 p.C8

Total Film
"THE SHINING works as a standalone masterpiece." 01/01/2004 p.134-5

"Few monsters are more frightening than the loving and trusted dad (played to tightly wound perfection by Nicholson)..." 04/01/2004 p.56

Ultimate DVD
5 stars out of 5 -- "[With] agoraphobic locations and magnificent sets....Truly unnerving to watch." 04/01/2008 p.72

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Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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