The Shining [Blu-ray]

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Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is less an adjustment of Stephen King's bestselling scary book than a total reimagining of it from the inside out. In King's book, the Overlook Hotel is a haunted location that acquires its off-season caretaker and provokes him to murderous rage versus his partner and young child. Kubrick's film is an existential Road Runner animation (his steadicam scurrying through the hotel's labyrinthine corridors), in which the cavernously voids inside the Overlook mirror the emptiness in the soul of the blocked writer, who's settled in for a long winter's hibernation. As numerous have explained, King's lead character freaks, but Kubrick's Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) is Looney Tunes from the minute we fulfill him-- all arching eyebrows and naughty smile. (Both Nicholson and Shelley Duvall reach brand-new levels of hysteria in their performances, driven to extremes by the director's fanatical needs for take after take after take.) The Shining is frightening-- but not in the method fans of the unique may expect. When it was redone as a TV miniseries (apparently since of King's discontentment with the Kubrick movie), the well-known topiary-animal attack (which was deemed impossible to movie in 1980) existed-- but the much deeper scary was lost. Kubrick's The Shining gets under your skin and chills your bones; it stays with you, occupies you, haunts you. And there's no location to hide ... -- Jim Emerson

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Blu-ray Blue BD Case Dolby 5.1 MLP - English Dolby Surround 5.1 - Spanish Dolby Surround 5.1 - English Dolby Surround 5.1 - French Commentary by Steadicam inventor/operator Garrett Brown and Historian John Baxter Vivian Kubrick's documentary The Making of The Shining with optional commentary 3 mesmerizing new featurettes: View from the Overlook: Crafting The Shining The Visions of Stanley Kubrick Wendy Carlos Composer Theatrical trailer

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