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The Shining (Blu-ray)

Released on 15 April 2013

Featuring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall & Danny Lloyd

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 18 years & over

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Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel up in the secluded mountains of Colorado. Jack, being a family man, takes his wife and son to the hotel to keep him company throughout the long and isolated nights. During their stay strange things occur when Jack's son Danny sees gruesome images powered by a force called The Shining and Jack is heavily affected by this. Along with writer's block and the demons of the hotel haunting him Jack has a complete mental breakdown and the situation takes a sinister turn for the worse.
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 Gimme the bat Wendy!

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What can be said about Kubrick's take on Stephen King's novella that hasn't been said already. I feel a review of the movie is not really necessary, I'm sure all prospective buyers will have seen it before numerous times.

Suffice to say that Nicholson is superb, the powerful imagery is wonderfully framed and the score is perfectly deranged. A 5/5 bonafide classic.

The transfer................

Warner Brothers have granted the movie with a VC-1 encoded, 1.85:1 framed 1080p transfer onto a 50GB Blu-ray disc of exceptional quality.

This is well worthy of a DVD upgrade and is one of the catalogue classics that benefits greatly from the increased resolution and depth that HD can offer. It makes the whole viewing experience all the more engrossing and captivating. Nicholson's performance seems all the more frightening.

The increased definition over standard def versions is easily noticed when you look at fabrics and foreground objects. Fine facial detail can seen clearly. Kubrick's love of the symmetrical was used here more than any other picture and the increased resolution on edges and outlines showcases this perfectly. The powerful imagery on display seems all the more immediate in 1080p.

Colours appear much more vibrant without seeming over saturated, reds especially pop nicely with wonderful contrasting. Skin tones are accurate and lifelike. The blacks are inky and strong with only one or two moments which are prone to crush.

The transfer retains a fine layer of filmic grain although I do feel that DNR has been utilised on occasion, the grain field is ultra-fine and is never obtrusive however. Edge enhancement has been kept to a minimum but we are not subjected to lashings of edge halos everywhere.

I also detected a couple of moments of shimmer but remember seeing this on standard def versions so I feel this is more attributable to the source elements rather than the transfer itself. We do not suffer any compression artefacts either.

This is by far the best this film has ever looked and highly recommend the upgrade from DVD.

Film 5/5 Transfer 4/5

 Gimme the bat Wendy!

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What can be said about Kubrick's take on Stephen King's novella that hasn't been said already. I feel a review of the movie is not really necessary, I'm sure all prospective buyers will have seen it before numerous times.

Suffice to say that Nicholson is superb, the powerful imagery is wonderfully framed and the score is perfectly deranged. A 5/5 bonafide classic.

The transfer................

Warner Brothers have granted the movie with a VC-1 encoded, 1.85:1 framed 1080p transfer onto a 50GB Blu-ray disc of exceptional quality.

This is well worthy of a DVD upgrade and is one of the catalogue classics that benefits greatly from the increased resolution and depth that HD can offer. It makes the whole viewing experience all the more engrossing and captivating. Nicholson's performance seems all the more frightening.

The increased definition over standard def versions is easily noticed when you look at fabrics and foreground objects. Fine facial detail can seen clearly. Kubrick's love of the symmetrical was used here more than any other picture and the increased resolution on edges and outlines showcases this perfectly. The powerful imagery on display seems all the more immediate in 1080p.

Colours appear much more vibrant without seeming over saturated, reds especially pop nicely with wonderful contrasting. Skin tones are accurate and lifelike. The blacks are inky and strong with only one or two moments which are prone to crush.

The transfer retains a fine layer of filmic grain although I do feel that DNR has been utilised on occasion, the grain field is ultra-fine and is never obtrusive however. Edge enhancement has been kept to a minimum but we are not subjected to lashings of edge halos everywhere.

I also detected a couple of moments of shimmer but remember seeing this on standard def versions so I feel this is more attributable to the source elements rather than the transfer itself. We do not suffer any compression artefacts either.

This is by far the best this film has ever looked and highly recommend the upgrade from DVD.

Film 5/5 Transfer 4/5

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ActorsJack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson & Philip Stone
DirectorStanley Kubrick
Certificate18 years and over
Year1980
LanguagesEnglish