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The Shining

The Stanley Kubrick Collection (2001)

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Barry Lyndon
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Dr. Strangelove: Special Edition
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Lolita
  • The Shining
  • Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures
  • The Shining is more than just another Stephen King Horror Movie. The Shining is the best Stephen King Horror Movie. Jack Nicholson stars as Jack Torrance, a former-teacher-cum-writer secluded with his wife (Shelley Duvall) and young son (Danny Lloyd) in an empty-but-sort-of-haunted skiing resort during a drastic winter. Nicholson is at the height of his powers/charisma/craziness in this 1980 film, but more important to the ranking of The Shining as the Best Ever of the 60+ Stephen King Horor Movies is Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick co-adapted and directed the picture, thereby making it a Stanley Kubrick Horror Movie and infinitely more valuable aesthetically, viscerally, and intellectually. In this clamored-for remastered June 2001 DVD edition of The Shining from Warner (replacing the disastrously shabby June 1999 release), everything has been tarted-up into top condition. The open-matte, full-frame transfer (in accordance with Kubrick's wishes) is the result of a "2000 digital remaster," and it's sharp and clear with nary a spot or defect. The Dolby Digital 5.1 remix is nearly as strong, with only a slight hiss in some scenes reminiscent of the original mono track (which is not included as an option). As on the 1999 DVD, The Shining is accompanied by a half-hour documentary shot by Kubrick's daughter Vivian. And not only has the documentary also been restored and remastered, but Vivian Kubrick has also added a commentary track. Trailer, snap-case.
    —Gregory P. Dorr

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