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The Shining Blu-ray

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Warner Bros. | 1980 | 144 min | Rated R | Oct 23, 2007

The Shining (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1 (14.68 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: LPCM 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

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Video 4.5 of 54.5
Audio 3.8 of 53.8
Extras 3.9 of 53.9
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The Shining

 (1980)

Screenshots from another edition of Stanley Kubrick Limited Edition Collection Blu-ray

Jack Torrance becomes the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel in 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, 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.

For more about The Shining and the The Shining Blu-ray release, see the The Shining Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Jack Nicholson (I), Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson, Philip Stone
Director: Stanley Kubrick

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The Shining Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Prior to the release of this BD, I owned abysmal, low-quality versions of The Shining on VHS and DVD. The color bleed and poor definition got in the way of enjoying the film, and so did the 4:3 aspect ratio, which was a problem even on Warner's 2001 DVD reissue. Finally, the studio delivers the goods on this Blu-ray version with its VC-1 encode. The picture isn't perfect, and one observes the occasional glitch. The video appears very much "cleaned up", and I suspect digital noise reduction and other processing to have played a role in the outcome. Usually I'm not fond of that kind of scrubbing, but the results here are so much better than any previous home video version of this film, that I'm willing to forego criticism. Overall, the picture is vibrant, solid, rich and highly detailed.

This improvement is apparent from the outset, as the opening credits roll over aerial footage of Colorado's rugged landscape. Watch the 1080p resolution of mountains and trees, and the contrast from the shadows of the pine trees to the white areas of snow. The picture shows good depth and definition. In fact, the detail is a revelation. Watch the wall paper patterns in the hallways of the overlook, or Jack's facial features when Kubrick pulls the camera in tight. Detail in objects, skin tones and black levels are accurate. The picture may not be perfect, but it is an enormous improvement that helps convey the power of the film and ultimately draws in the viewer as never before.



The Shining Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

I was pleasantly surprised that Warner included a lossless PCM 5.1 track on The Shining, but at 16 bit and 48 kHz (4.6 mpbs), the track is technically little better than CD quality. Granted, it seems silly to expect a high resolution, engaging multichannel mix from the original mono. The audio offers very little in the way of dynamic LFE and surround content. No one will use The Shining to show off the new speakers in their home theater system--that's for sure.

That said, the voices were well rendered and clear. Even in scenes with a great deal of bustle (which were of course rare in the film), the mix makes each individual sound clearly identifiable. One good example is the ballroom scene, which is populated with a large crowd. All manner of chatter and clinking glasses are audible, as well as the gentle music. Most of the film's music, however, features the compositions of Wendy Carlos, with a spooky, outdated synthesizer score. It sounds fairly poor, with no treble extention or rousing midrange for that matter. But what can be expected from synth music? Frankly, it reminds me of the soundtrack of Scarface. Still, it is very effective in establishing mood and the audio quality of the Blu-ray in no way hinders the film. It may even be a step up from the 2001 DVD version.



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