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Actors: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson Director: Stanley Kubrick Rating: Features: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC Running Time: 142 minutes Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Release Date: October 23, 2007 Theatrical Release Date: May 23, 1980 Studio: Warner Home Video
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?Heeeeere?s Johnny!? In a macabre masterpiece adapted from Stephen King?s novel, Jack Nicholson falls prey to forces haunting a snowbound mountain resort with a macabre history.
Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is less an adaptation of Stephen King's bestselling horror novel than a complete reimagining of it from the inside out. In King's book, the Overlook Hotel is a haunted place that takes possession of its off-season caretaker and provokes him to murderous rage against his wife and young son. Kubrick's movie is an existential Road Runner cartoon his steadicam scurrying through the hotel's labyrinthine hallways, in which the cavernously empty spaces inside the Overlook mirror the emptiness in the soul of the blocked writer, who's settled in for a long winter's hibernation. As many have pointed out, King's protagonist goes mad, but Kubrick's Jack Torrance Jack Nicholson is Looney Tunes from the moment we meet him--all arching eyebrows and mischievous grin. Both Nicholson and Shelley Duvall reach new levels of hysteria in their performances, driven to extremes by the director's fanatical demands for take after take after take. The Shining is terrifying--but not in the way fans of the novel might expect. When it was redone as a TV miniseries reportedly because of King's dissatisfaction with the Kubrick film, the famous topiary-animal attack which was deemed impossible to film in 1980 was there--but the deeper horror was lost. Kubrick's The Shining gets under your skin and chills your bones; it stays with you, inhabits you, haunts you. And there's no place to hide... --Jim Emerson