The Shining

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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.Amazon.com essential video
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 provo… More >>

The Shining

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  1. This is in Regular DVD format not in Blu-ray ,maybe its in a up converthion ,do not pay for this DVD.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. I went to rent the remake of the “Friday the 13th”, but the cashier told me to check out “The Shining” instead for some quality horror. I was skeptical but approached it with an open-mind, even though I knew it wasn’t going to be as good as the Friday the 13th remake. Boo! This movie sucked! The things in it were so random, like the bear suit guy and the blood spilling down the stairs. They didn’t even have to do with the plot. The acting was horrible, too. I was hoping Wendy would’ve been axed already so she’d finally shut up and get back in the kitchen! This movie is so un-scary that I thought I’d never be scared again. Then I saw gems like “Orgy of the Dead”, “Dead End Road”, “The Dentist” and “Turistas” and realized that good horror films do exist, just skip this Shining crap!
    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. Ain’t they beat this horse to death yet? This overblown, over-hyped, overacted, and over-distributed filmmaking debacle is now being released as a special 2-Disc Special Edition. Pardon me while I play the grand piano…

    Originally released in 1980(?), this stinker is based on the novel by Stephen King. As in most cases, the book is 50 times better–not to mention SCARIER–than this movie. A friend of mine accompanied me to the cinema to see this when it was first released. We both had such HIGH hopes: directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring Jack Nicholson–what could possibly go wrong? Fifteen minutes into the movie and we both realized MUCH had gone wrong.

    The novel was about a man’s GRADUAL descent into madness. Nicholson’s characterization of Jack Torrence was absolutely despicable from the outset. It was as if he only tolerated his wife and child. He took the job of overseer at the Overlook Hotel in Colorado because he thought it would jump-start his writing career. Once they family arrived at the hotel, I was hoping that would jump-start something. Disappointed yet again.

    Shelly Duvall plays Wendy Torrence. Her’s was the ONLY performance I thought was believable. She managed to capture confusion, horror, and pathos all at the right times. I don’t remember the cherub who played Danny, the son. The only thing I remember was how ridiculous he looked with his “talking finger.” See, Danny had the gift to “shine”–see the future; predict the future–whatever you want to call it–and in the book his imaginary friend Tony always “appeared” when something bad was going to happen. How difficult would it have been for Kubrick to simply shoot this? TOTALLY unbelievable and COMPLETELY ridiculous! And it only gets worse.

    Many have said this movie is the “scariest of all time.” Yeah, right; and these are magic beans… Kubrick, it is said, contacted King and asked him how he would feel if “he killed everyone.” I’m glad King at least balked at that. Kubrick had already bastardized most of his book, including completing overlooking the fact that it was the heating system that held that hotel together. If you let it overheat, all hell would break loose. AND he had the original hero of the book (Halloran–played here by Scatman Crothers) fly back from Miami to get hit in the chest with an axe and die.

    I’m not sure but I think the movie last about 3 days. It is rated R for retarded. So many have said that Kubrick paid so much detail to how the movie was shot. It’s a shame that’s the ONLY thing he was concerned about.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  4. I’ve never read the book, I kept hearing people say how good this movie is (scariest of all time) so I decided to do it the honor by giving it a try since I’ve been getting into good horror movies recently. I never read the book, so I had nothing to base it on. The only other movie of Kubrick’s that I remember seeing would be 2001 and that was terribly boring. The only part I liked was Hal, that scene was pretty cool.

    In short, it sucked. I knew it would suck when I looked at the counter and noticed nothing happened 45 minutes into the movie and it was going to last roughly 2 1/2 hours.

    He did a lost of showing when he should have been telling or showing what was necessary for the movie. Nothing really developed. Nothing happened for 45 minutes, then all of a sudden he’s getting mad at being interupted by his wife? What was eating at him? Was he having problems with coping with not drinking? I don’t know, there was no hint at what was going on internally with these characters whatsoever. It was all showed, nothing was told. Why? Because Kubrick had no idea of what he was either trying to show or say, he just pretended he did.

    The black guy travels all the way from another state just to get killed and provide a vehicle? That’s all the Shining was good for? What did it do for the kid besides him repeatedly saying redrum?

    This movie was terrible. I might read the book just to see if even Stephen King did it right. Maybe the audio book. I’m mad I wasted my time on this movie.

    One saving grace, Jack’s performance.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  5. Stanley Kubrick has created some of the most visionary, superb titles in the movie kingdom in terms of creativity and observation. These titles are unfortunately, highly limited to Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket, and Eyes Wide Shut. This is to the extent that Kubrick has also released some not so great work, in my opinion, such as Space Odyssey: 2001 (which was completely a directing style/over quantity; no quality plot, script, entertainment, etc.) and Dr. Strangelove (I was told this was something of a “comedy”, but this was no laughing matter when you’re turning off the movie after 20 minutes of unfunny dialouge.) I believe the Shining arrives somewhere in between the quality known to be the trademark of Kubrick’s films; this is neither a great nor a shoddy Kubrick film, merely an inadequate one.

    The Shining simply does not have a plot; at least not a plot that relies upon consistency. I enjoyed the movie every bit – but it was more like I was watching a drama than an actual horror movie. Here’s some reasons why The Shining cannot work as a horror film:

    A.) First of all, it’s never a good sign when you, the observer, side with the killer in a horror movie. Make’s the movie a lot less scary, and surely more disappointing to know your hero is going to die. Sure, I might be a bit sadistic; but there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted Jack to axe down his obnoxious, compliant, brain-dead wife, and his poor acting, silly finger dumb f### talking son.

    Really now. The son is most unconvincing as an actor, but we have to blame the story, and the fingering, for that one. And the crying, screaming woman. God kill her. She’s supposed to be the victim here, but the victim hasn’t a clue. Jack screams and screams at her and she just stands there and takes through the entire movie. I would want to kill her too. Does she not have a mind of her own? Am I the one to believe she is the only person who is not out of their right mind in this movie? I have no sympathy, and apparently Jack doesn’t either.

    We are lead to a “scary” exuberant scene where the wife has a knife, and Mr. Johnny sticks his head up to the door. “Aren’t you going to kill him?” we the audience ask. We try to reason with the movie screen. “Uh miss – um…he’s going to kill you; do it now!” Apparently not. Instead she just sits there and screams like a little baby. “Don’t kill me, oh please don’t kill me.” Oh look – now he’s sticking his hand in and trying to reach for the doorknob. NOW you stab him! Wtf?!

    B.) This movie is frighteningly unscary.

    The job of a scary movie is to force the audience to identify with a key character, and then to put this character in situations that are constantly “scary” to any sort of reasonable person in effect. As I said before, I couldn’t identify with the victim, but that doesn’t mean that a movie can’t be scary. But this one is definitely not frightening.

    Take for example; the scene where the kid is sitting on the bike starring at what he knows is not there: a pair of Siamese twins. Oooooohhh. Do you know what COULD have been scary? Instead of the kid closing his eyes to find the Siamese twins have disappeared (which is what the audience wants), he could open his eyes to find that not only are the Siamese twins still there but they are standing right in front of him. Now THAT would be scary (a position the audience does not want to be put in). But nothing like that here.

    Here’s another prime example: The scene where Jack enters the bathroom to find a beautiful naked woman prime for his sexual pleasures. We, the audience, know this is just an illusion, but we don’t know how the scare will be revealed. All we see is the flesh in the mirror being torn away – unoriginal (the audience gets off unharmed). What WOULD have been scary? Face the camera in front of the woman as though the audience is looking through Jack’s eyes, and then have the woman look up with blood filled black eyes, and have her snap at the camera like a wild beast (putting the audience in a disturbing position). Now THAT would be scary.

    The only thing that is scary about this movie is the music, but the film gets carried away with playing disturbing music at every moment, even at inappropriate times. You’ll be watching two characters on the screen just talking, but the “scary” music is constantly playing to suggest we are looking through the eyes of the wife, and we are feeling as though at any second Jack could crack into a million pieces. Hell, I was feeling like Jack. Looking at her like a crybaby. “You gonna let him talk to you like that?” I was yelling. “Stop wining, and do something!”

    C.) Lastly, the plot makes no sense.

    First of all, we have this stupid kid and his so-called “shining.” He can see what happens before it happens. So why is he the one who is putting up the “redrum” sign? Makes no sense that he would take part in his own foresight. He can see the future, but he can’t stop himself, what? And what’s with the blood flying all over the place? Not scary – it’s not connected to the story. Kind of looks like red rum to me.

    Second, the painting at the end is a stupid attempt to make us all think really really hard. I tend to stop the movie before this point, and conclude that it was the director that needed to think really really hard about why this scene made absolutely no sense, and why he needed to leave it out.

    Overall, an interesting movie to debate about. So I say you check it out. But the next time you get lost in a hedge maze, I suggest you just climb up that s###.

    Rating: 3 / 5

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