This brilliant movie aired on television
a few years ago and I remember being riveted to the screen for the entire
airing of it. The Shining is based on the novel of the same name by the master
of horror, Stephen King. This teleplay was also done by Stephen King.
might remember the original movie of the Shining where the chief protagonist
was played by Jack Nicholson. In my opinion, this version of the story is far
superior to that one, however with the extra time it has been given along with
the advancements in technology, it is to be expected.
is a gift, like a 6th sense of sorts and it has been bestowed with
great power upon young Danny Torrance. He and his family are to spend the
winter caretaking a hotel called the Overlook that unbeknownst to the Torrance
family is filled with the ghosts of scandal and murder that have happened at
the hotel for decades. Little Danny is walking straight into a nightmare as he
can see things that have happened in the past and future by “seeing” a type of
psychic resonance as it were. The concentration of evil at the Overlook is
such that it can manifest itself physically and soon the family is in great
danger. Add to that the fact that Danny’s father Jack, is a recovering
alcoholic who is on the verge of drinking again and you have a surefire recipe
I’ve read the
book a number of times and seen this movie before, but even so it still sent
shivers up my spine and made me jump in my seat. Every part in the movie is
played to perfection, making the entire scenario very believable in the
supernatural sense of the word.
of this movie was very well done and from what I could see there was very
little in the way of mpeg artifacts or low level noise. Sound was mixed well
and certainly helped the creepy factor raise the ante a notch. I can say that
the entire experience made for a very compelling watch as you see the evil
spirit of the hotel work it’s evil on Jack Torrance as he slowly loses his
battle against the bottle.
Further to the overall quality of the
presentation of this feature was the simple abundance of extras featured on
the third disc. Whilst to look at the extras listed it may not seem like many,
the audio commentary and additional scenes are worth the purchase alone.
Stephen King himself takes part in the commentary and he is so animated about
the whole project that it makes for a fascinating listen. The additional
scenes also manage to add insight and some would have been nice if they had
actually been included. Commentary on these additional scenes does explain
their omission though.
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