Shining

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Stanley Kubrick's The Shining

Stanley Kubrick's The Shining
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The Shining Description
Theatrical release: May 23, 1980.
Filmed at EMI Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, England, and at the Timberline Lodge in Mount Hood, Oregon.
The shoot lasted from May 1978 through April 1979.
Estimated budget: $10-15 million.

Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick clashed over the production of THE SHINING. One surreal anecdote records a telephone call from Kubrick to King in the wee hours of the morning in which the director asked the author, "Do you believe in God?" Upon answering yes, Kubrick responded, "I thought so," and hung up. For years King railed against the film but said he came to appreciate the psychological style of horror that Kubrick was mining. A television miniseries based on the novel follows the original story much more faithfully--the screenplay for the miniseries was written by King himself.

The topiary from the book was too difficult to reproduce, so the hedge maze was created in its place.

The ominous snow was actually a mixture of Styrofoam and salt.

The use of the Steadicam, invented by camera operator Garrett Brown, was revolutionary in its ability to get moving shots never before possible.

Cowriters Kubrick and Diane Johnson read works by Sigmund Freud and Bruno Bettelheim to prepare for the psychological nature of THE SHINING.

Of horror films, Kubrick said, "I think the unconscious appeal of a ghost story, for instance, lies in its promise of immortality. If you can be frightened by a ghost story, then you must accept the probability that supernatural beings exist. If they do, then there is more than just oblivion waiting beyond the grave."

The interior of the Overlook Hotel was actually a huge set built in a British studio.

Philip Stone also appeared in Kubrick's BARRY LYNDON and A CLOCKWORK ORANGE; Joe Turkel also appeared in Kubrick's THE KILLING and PATHS OF GLORY.

The film was originally shown with a final hospital scene, but Kubrick quickly edited it out five days after the release, sending editors on bicycles to the theaters to cut the scene.

The Timberline Lodge in Mount Hood, Oregon, served as the Overlook in exterior shots.

In the book, room 217 holds some evil secrets; the room number was changed to 237 for the movie because there is no room 237 at the Timberline Lodge--and the owners felt that no one again would have ever stayed in room 217 after they'd seen the movie.

The book that Wendy Torrance is reading in the beginning of the film is J.D. Salinger's THE CATCHER IN THE RYE--which deals with mental instability and the urge to save a child.

The documentary MAKING "THE SHINING" was directed by Vivian Kubrick--Stanley Kubrick's daughter--who, among other things, followed around Jack Nicholson as he prepared for the "Here's Johnny!" scene and interviewed the actors.

In the film Dick Halloran (Scatman Crothers) describes the shining as the special ability to see the past and the future.

Shelley Duvall described her time making the picture as "tumultuous"; she was in and out of ill health, partially because of the stress of the role and being away from home for so long. Despite several flare-ups with Kubrick, she was wholly satisfied with the final film, and she said she learned more from Kubrick during this shoot than she learned in all her other films.

About his detail and technical proficiency Kubrick has said, "Eisenstein does it with cuts. Max Ophuls does it with fluid movements. Chaplin is all content and little form. Nobody could have shot a film in a more pedestrian way than Chaplin. Nobody could have paid less attention to story than Eisenstein. ALEXANDER NEVSKY is, after all, a pretty dopey story. POTEMKIN is built around a heavy propaganda story. But both are great filmmakers."

When Jack Torrance finds a job as a caretaker for an old abandoned hotel during the winter, he thinks of it as the perfect place to focus on his writing. Even his son's misgivings about the move don't deter him. But soon after the Torrances arrive, strange things start happening...and it looks as if the spooky hotel has a plan of its own for Jack and his family.

"Well, you can rest assured, Mr. Ullman, that's not going to happen with me."--Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) to Stuart Ullman (Barry Nelson) when told about a previous caretaker who killed his entire family with an ax, then put a shotgun in his own mouth

"Redrum! Redrum!"--Danny Torrance (Danny Lloyd)

"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."

"You've always been the caretaker here, Mr. Torrance."--Delbert Grady (Philip Stone) to Jack

"Heeeeere's Johnny!"--Jack (ad-libbed)

"Forever, and ever, and ever..."--Grady's daughters (Lisa and Louise Burns) to Danny

"I'm not gonna hurt you. Wendy, darling, light of my life, I'm not gonna hurt you. You didn't let me finish my sentence. I said, I'm not gonna hurt you. I'm just gonna bash your brains in."--Jack to Wendy (Shelley Duvall)

"...The atmosphere of the hotel is properly menacing and glamorous..."

Opening with spectacular aerial shots of a beautiful, mountainous landscape, Stanley Kubrick's horror classic THE SHINING, based on Stephen King's best-selling novel, sucks the viewer into his frightening tale with quiet, relaxing visuals--but the ominous soundtrack warns that all is not right at the gorgeous Overlook Hotel. Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson at his eyebrow-raising best), a Vermont schoolteacher, accepts a job as the winter caretaker of the glorious early-20th-century resort that operates only in warm weather because the snowy roads deny access in the colder months. Jack brings his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), with him, as well as his young son, Danny (Danny Lloyd)--who brings with him a little boy named Tony who lives in his mouth. As the Torrances settle in for the long, lonely months ahead, strange, unexplainable things start occurring in the hotel--and in every scene Jack seems to be growing a little more evil and dangerous....

With superb camerawork (the Steadicam follows the evil through narrow hallways and ornate rooms), extraordinary sound detail (the scene in which Danny rides his Big Wheel across the Overlook's hardwood and carpeted floors is an aural classic), and a terrifying score (based on the work of Béla Bartók), THE SHINING is an unforgettable masterpiece, a psychological supernatural thriller featuring outstanding performances from Nicholson and Duvall--and a cast of dead twin girls and suicidal ax-murdering ghosts, among other bloodcurdling figures.

"...Spellbinding....Nicholson's Jack is one of his most vibrant characterizations, furiously alive in every frame and fueled by an explosive anger..."

 

DVD Features:
Region 1
Snap Case
Full Frame -
1.33
Single Side - Dual Layer
Audio:
Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Additional Release Material:
Trailers -
1. Original Theatrical Trailer
Making-of -
1. THE MAKING OF THE SHINING - Vivian Kubrick - Director
Interactive Features:
Interactive Menus
Scene Access

 

Stephen King's The Shining

Stephen King's The Shining Description
A made-for-TV mini-series based on the classic Stephen King horror novel, STEPHEN KING'S THE SHINING is a tense psychodrama about a man named Jack (Steven Weber) whom accepts a caretaker job at a winter resort, relocates his wife (Rebecca De Mornay) and child there, and subsequently goes completely insane. Jack, already in a slumbering state of depression, seems to be taken over by supernatural beings within the resort, leading him to threaten the lives of his family. More of a literal adaptation than the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film.

 

DVD Features:
Region 1
Digi-Pack
2-Disc Set
Widescreen Anamorphic -
1.85
Audio:
Dolby Digital 2.0 - English

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