Monday, October 26, 2015

1980 - THE SHINING, on Blu Ray

The Shining looks great on my Blu Ray disc.  The cinematography by John Alcott really comes to life.  Say what you want about this film but Stanley Kubrick's meticulous direction and Jack Nicholson's larger than life performance make watching this film an enjoyable experience if you can call watching a horror film an enjoyable experience I guess.

There was a lot of criticism regarding Kubrick letting Nicholson go over the top so early in the film but Nicholson's performance is very impressive.  Shelley Duvall is also very good and the little kid isn't bad either.

Since I first saw The Shining on it's initial release I was somewhat lukewarm to it but I would have to say the film while no masterpiece like 2001: A Space Odyssey is a very good film.  On a technical level the film is a very impressive piece of craftsmanship.

Nicholson and Kubrick on the set
144 minutes.

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