Stanley Kubrick's The Shining

(Blu-ray Disc - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Stanley Kubrick's The Shining
Jack Torrance is a writer who, along with his family, comes to the elegant, isolated Overlook Hotel. He is the off-season caretaker. Torrance has never been there before, but maybe he has. The answer lies in a ghostly time warp of madness and murder.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2007]
ISBN: 141985299X
Branch Call Number: BLU Horror SHINING
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (144 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Alternate Title: Shining


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If Stephen King’s Shining in print isn’t scary enough try it on Blu-ray. Directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring the far from a dull boy, Jack Nicholson.

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May 17, 2014
  • jazeebelle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Ahh the classic. The key to this movie is not identifying it with the book. I made that mistake years ago and hated it. When you watch it independently of the story it is such an amazing film. Yes it's slightly dated with it's 70's look but it doesn't matter. Every horror fan should watch this, and i believe every true horror fan will enjoy it.

Feb 25, 2014
  • bears1985 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

After seeing room 237 I had to revisit this classic movie and it didn't disappoint but all those wack jobs in room 237 are crazy. Must see on blue ray the picture quality and sound are great. Jack is great

Nothing Like the book at all. It was way off and the fact that the director had the movie center around Jack Torrence was a very bad choice. 1997 version written with Stephen King is a far better movie. More of the books essence and moral story line is shown. Steven Weber is amazing as Jack Torrence. It is a complete transformation from beginning to end. Rebecca De Mornay plays a less annoying Wendy. I promise watch this version and than compare movies.

Aug 18, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I must apologize to Kubrick. After having seen the abysmal EYES WIDE SHUT, I ran his name through the dirt. Only now, having seen his 1980 foray into horror, courtesy of Stephen King, do I understand why he has garnered quite a large and loyal fan base. An atmospheric horror that builds and builds until it catapults into its own madness in a thrilling climactic conclusion, it's films like THE SHINING that make the suspenseful horror-thriller genre one deserving of recognition. (Having said that, the ending is so iconic at this point, burned into everyone's psyche, that it's important to note that the rest of the film leading up to it is worth watching just as much as those last handful of minutes.) I very much enjoyed it and, for anyone patient enough for the pay-off, I would recommend THE SHINING.

Jul 30, 2013
  • dave66 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Once again, Kubrick proves that he can master any genre as he creates one of the greatest horror films of all time. He turns an above average Stephen King novel into a masterpiece by cranking the intensity and adding layer upon layer of ambiguity and discomfort without getting into King's unsubtle supernatural plot devices.(Just watch King's made for tv version of the Shining to see the difference. It is painful to watch in comparison.) Is the Overlook haunted or is Jack having a breakdown while his family reels from his inner demons? Nicholson is brilliant as is Shelley Duvall who is irritatingly naive yet sympathetic and believable in her terror. Must see movie.

Jan 03, 2013
  • میکائیل rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Haunting, immersive, and brilliant.

Nov 03, 2012
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Yawn! - Like, was this so-called "horror" movie really supposed to be scary?? Was it!? _____ In my opinion The Shining's dud-factor clearly comes from the obvious flaw in Stanley Kubrick's directorial abilities. That's right._____ Put plainly, Kubrick just did not understand the genre of horror. 'Cause if he had, then The Shining would have been a brilliant classic of modern-day horror. And it wasn't.____ It didn't help matters much that actor Jack Nicholson was cast in the lead role. Like some sort of demented comedian, Nicholson went right off the wall at near warp-speed and this, alone, spoiled the element of suspense and terror completely._____ Yes. The Shining did deliver some mighty eerie moments, but the overall effect of horror was, ultimately, a pretty dismal one._____ If you ask me I'd say that this film was one of the dullest "shinings" that I've ever seen. _____ Yep. A very forgettable film, indeed.

i want to put this movie on hold so bad bad i dont know why i can't it just wont work ... maybe i need to be an adult? i cant wait till im like 15 yrs old to watch this thing ive got things behind me... if only i could watch it now. In my free time.. All Alone.. I saw all the trailers and they didnt scare me much, but either it did or not i am not allowed to check out this movie.. i guess.. or can i use my dads' card? ;D JustKidding! :L

Dec 30, 2009
  • VinTeK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Shining presents a different kind of horror compared to modern films. There is little gore or random things popping out of nowhere; rather, it is the suspense and unsettling mood that creeps throughout the entire movie that is truly disturbing.

Classic Kubrick film.

Dec 25, 2009
  • ScorchingSun rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the book.
The movie would have been OK, except Jack Nicholson trashed it with his trademark over the board hamming.(Ryan Reynolds did similar damage in Blade 3).
I just could not take Nicholson's leers and jeers and grins seriously. Same crazy shtick he displayed in virtually all his films.

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Aug 18, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Intense surrealism permeates this film. That is where most of the horror comes from this film.

Aug 18, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: There are scenes of fully naked women coming out of a bathtub, as well as artwork of nude women. There is also a scene that implies fellatio, although it so difficult to see or construe what is happening that it may not even be noted as such.

Aug 18, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Some racial slurs and a few obscenities.


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Jul 14, 2009
  • zorg rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Jan 03, 2013
  • میکائیل rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"A masterwork from a master filmmaker, The Shining is widely (and rightly) held as one of the greatest horror movies ever made. Much more than just a ‘horror movie’, celebrated auteur Stanley Kubrick warped Stephen King’s novel into something which oozes ambiguity (the hotel was haunted in the book, here it’s less clear) – which is why it remains so fascinating to this day. Still the subject of obsessive scrutiny (see recent documentary Room 237), many aspects of the film are open to interpretation. Not least that impossibly chilling final shot. While impatient newcomers will likely find the measured pacing a tad drawn-out (and there is an argument to be made here), The Shining is a deeply intoxicating experience. Right from the eerie opening where we wind along a mountain road via helicopter point-of-view, there’s a mounting sense of elusive unease. Arriving at the Overlook hotel, a feeling of deep-rooted evil runs through every frame in mesmerising fashion. Hell, even the dizzyingly-patterned carpets are somewhat hypnotic. Of course, general audiences are familiar with the more iconic scenes (“Heeere’s Johnny!”; the spooky twins; Red Rum), and it speaks volumes that they remain affecting despite years of parody. Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall and child actor Danny Lloyd are all excellent (as well as Scatman Crothers in a handful of key scenes), but the film is ultimately Kubrick’s. Feeding Nicholson cheese sandwiches (which Jack hated) to create a sense of repulsion and apparently forcing Duvall to do 127 takes of a single scene, the master craftsman’s obsessive approach and technical mastery results in some spellbinding filmmaking (see those long tracking shots), and an unforgettable experience." --Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor


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Aug 18, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Some places are like people: some shine and some don't."

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