From a script he co-adapted from the Stephen King novel, master director Stanley Kubrick produces vivid performances, menacing settings, dreamlike tracking shots and shock after shock into a milestone of the macabre. In a signature role, Jack Nicholson plays Jack Torrance, who comes 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.
The picture of Jack Nicholson pushing his face through a smashed door panel must be one of the most famous film covers ever. The film itself has got to be in the best known horror top 10. Don't let this build up the film too much, because although it is a good horror film, it is not as horrific as many others and not to my mind either well scripted or well filmed. I did like some of the scenes particularly the young lad pedalling around the empty hotel the noise of the wheels on the rugs alternating with the parquet floor, and the best moment of tension is of the boy running through a snowy maze trying to cover his tracks. If I hadn't been expecting so much it would have been better.
The film is a classic no question Jack Nicholson is incredible,nobody could have played it better and the music is great too. the reason for the 3 starts is because the picture is only only about 20% better than upscaled dvd version i know the film is 30 years old but if the picture is almost the same why bring it out?
Haunting and now in high definition!
- The Shining review by Jawbreaker
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The Shining is a classic film, with great performances from Nicholson and most of all Duvall. Kubrick does horror in such a visually lavish style that he raised the benchmark for years to come. The blu ray transfer here is excellent, remarkable for a film this old. Kubrick was a stickler for detail and not cutting corners financially to ensure his standard was maintained. This means the clarity of the print is worth the price alone. The production team have gone that extra mile by including several informative documentaries, including one directed by Stanley's daughter. As a relative she had total access during filming, thereby putting together a behind-the-scenes like no other for its time. The Shining remains an atmospheric entry in the arsenal of Kubrick, all the added extras make this a superb package.