« on: November 30, 2008, 01:17:12 PM »
Re: The Shining
I just bought the 2-disc special edition of The Shining and watched all the extras, watched the film with commentary and without, and have come to the realization Mike G. was right about the movie being different from the book in that the film is more psychological and less a ghost story. Mike pointed out that Jack Torrance, in the movie, has an underlying hatred of his family and killing them is not necessarily prompted by the ghosts. Actually someone interviewed in the extras pointed out how both Jack and Danny have the gift of "the shining," yet Danny uses it more as a warning whereas it feeds Jack's already psychologically embedded issues. This is a very interesting realization for me considering this is my favorite film of all time. I now look at it in a whole new light, and actually appreciate it more now. This version of the film, presented in widescreen, looks amazing, and the extras are very much worth re-buying the movie. The commentary is by one of Kubrick's cameramen on the film and we get lots of interesting insight into different shots/angles, and the other commentator adds his fascinating remarks about the movie's story itself. There's a brief interview with electronic legend Wendy Carlos talking about music she did for both Clockwork Orange and The Shining. Anyone know if the music from the opening sequence is available on CD?