Shining [1980]

With the 1957 release of Paths of Glory, Stanley Kubrick confirmed his early promise and joined the ranks of world-class filmmakers. The age of the auteur had arrived, and Kubrick was a prime candidate for inclusion in the pantheon of directors later canonized by critic Andrew Sarris in his influential book The American Cinema. Ironically, this was also the period during which Kubrick left his native soil for permanent residence in England, and from that point forward, the Kubrick mystique inflated to legendary proportions. But if Kubrick was no longer bringing himself to the world, he was certainly bringing the world to his films. From the comfort of his rural England estate and locations never far from London, Kubrick would command cinematic odysseys to isolated Colorado (in The Shining), battle-ravaged Vietnam (Full Metal Jacket), upscale New York City (Eyes Wide Shut), and, of course, Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite (in 2001: A Space Odyssey). The New Stanley Kubrick Collection includes all eight of Kubrick's films from Lolita on--a quarter-century of brilliant, challenging cinema. This second edition adds Eyes Wide Shut to the previous collection and remastered sound on five of the films plus a new anamorphic edition of 2001. Purists have complained that Kubrick's last three films have been released in full-screen format only; this was in compliance with Kubrick's wishes, and the films do not suffer unduly from full-screen formatting. This set also features a new full-length documentary made by longtime Kubrick assistant Jan Harlan, Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures. The diversity of Kubrick's work is truly astonishing, even though the director's technical precision and steely perspective on humanity may strike uninitiated viewers as cold and even misanthropic. His films almost always received mixed (and sometimes scathingly negative) reviews upon their release, only to benefit from glowing reassessment as they grew entrenched in the public consciousness. Here, in all their glory, are the collected films of a genuine master, ripe for study and appreciation for many years to come. --Jeff Shannon

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Dick Hallorann:
I can remember when I was a little boy. My grandmother and I could hold conversations entirely without ever opening our mouths. She called it "shining." And for a long time, I thought it was just the two of us that had the shine to us. Just like you probably thought you was the only one. But there are other folks, though mostly they don't know it, or don't believe it. How long have you been able to do it?... Why don't you want to talk about it?

Danny Torrance:
I'm not supposed to.

Dick Hallorann:
Who said you ain't supposed to?

Danny Torrance:
Tony.

Dick Hallorann:
Who's Tony?

Danny Torrance:
Tony is a little boy that lives in my mouth.

Dick Hallorann:
Is Tony the one that tells you things?

Danny Torrance:
Yes.

Dick Hallorann:
How does he tell you things?

Danny Torrance:
It's like I go to sleep, and he shows me things. But when I wake up, I can't remember everything.

Dick Hallorann:
Does your Mom and Dad know about Tony?

Danny Torrance:
Yes.

Dick Hallorann:
Do they know he tells you things?

Danny Torrance:
No. Tony told me never to tell 'em.

Dick Hallorann:
Has Tony ever told you anything about this place? About the Overlook Hotel?

Danny Torrance:
I don't know.

Dick Hallorann:
Now think real hard now. Think.

Danny Torrance:
Maybe he showed me something.

Dick Hallorann:
Try to think of what it was.

Danny Torrance:
Mr. Hallorann, are you scared of this place?

Dick Hallorann:
No. Scared - there's nothin' here. It's just that, you know, some places are like people. Some "shine" and some don't. I guess you could say the Overlook Hotel here has somethin' almost like "shining."

Danny Torrance:
Is there something bad here?

Dick Hallorann:
Well, you know, Doc, when something happens, you can leave a trace of itself behind. Say like, if someone burns toast. Well, maybe things that happen leave other kinds of traces behind. Not things that anyone can notice, but things that people who "shine" can see. Just like they can see things that haven't happened yet. Well, sometimes they can see things that happened a long time ago. I think a lot of things happened right here in this particular hotel over the years. And not all of 'em was good.

Danny Torrance:
What about Room 237?

Dick Hallorann:
Room 237?

Danny Torrance:
You're scared of Room 237, ain't ya?

Dick Hallorann:
No I ain't.

Danny Torrance:
Mr. Hallorann. What is in Room 237?

Dick Hallorann:
Nothin'. There ain't nothin' in Room 237. But you ain't got no business goin' in there anyway. So stay out. You understand? Stay out.

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