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Great review Matt. I loved this film. Better than The Shining imo. One of the years best films.
 
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Thanks for the review, Matt. I enjoyed the novel, but have yet to see the film. I will have to pick this up once the price drops (either on disc or digital stream).
 
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I missed this in the theater but as a huge King fan and loved the book. Can’t wait until my copy arrives on Tuesday. Thanks for the review!
 
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Thanks for another fine review, Matt. I adore The Shining (always have) and this one is on my list to grab when the price dips a little. You've more than whetted my appetite for it!
 
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I downloaded the 4k digital that went on sale for $10.

I was talked into watching The Director's Cut

Little did I know it would take up most of my day at 3 hours in length. This is as maddening to sit through as was The Irishman.

That's not to say I was disappointed.

This film takes its time to open its story, letting its viewers understand exactly what is going on.

I spent the first 45 minutes or so wondering why I got myself involved in this film.

Being the Director's cut the film, I felt I was getting a substantial backstory and thus, I found myself becoming very invested with the characters.

There is not only tremendous homage given to THE SHINING, but it actually succeeds in being a better film than the original.

That's a tough act to top, but this film manages to do that.

First, it actually explains THE SHINING, a film I have never really fully understood (nor fully appreciated) until I watched this sequel.

Next, it tells its story with a very creepy set of vampire-like characters that feed off of those, like Danny Torrance, who "shine."

There has been no attempt here to do a simple knock-off of the original film. Instead, they moved the original forward in such a way that it and its legion of fans embrace one another.

While three hours is a long time to sit through this, I felt as if I had seen a better film without even knowing what had been cut from the theatrical release.

The 4k presentation is excellent.
 
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I downloaded the 4k digital that went on sale for $10.

I was talked into watching The Director's Cut

Little did I know it would take up most of my day at 3 hours in length. This is as maddening to sit through as was The Irishman.

That's not to say I was disappointed.

This film takes its time to open its story, letting its viewers understand exactly what is going on.

I spent the first 45 minutes or so wondering why I got myself involved in this film.

Being the Director's cut the film, I felt I was getting a substantial backstory and thus, I found myself becoming very invested with the characters.

There is not only tremendous homage given to THE SHINING, but it actually succeeds in being a better film than the original.

That's a tough act to top, but this film manages to do that.

First, it actually explains THE SHINING, a film I have never really fully understood (nor fully appreciated) until I watched this sequel.

Next, it tells its story with a very creepy set of vampire-like characters that feed off of those, like Danny Torrance, who "shine."

There has been no attempt here to do a simple knock-off of the original film. Instead, they moved the original forward in such a way that it and its legion of fans embrace one another.

While three hours is a long time to sit through this, I felt as if I had seen a better film without even knowing what had been cut from the theatrical release.

The 4k presentation is excellent.
Ron, just double checking. Both versions of the iTunes purchase are 4K?
 

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While I really liked Doctor Sleep, The Shining is still a better film IMO. NO contest. It's that Kubrick magic. ;)
I get that. I’m actually watching The Shining right now with my wife before I show her Dr Sleep. And my opinion remains that Dr Sleep is the better film. I love the atmosphere and performances in the Shining but it’s soo slooow.
 
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@Tino you might enjoy Kubrick’s UK cut of The Shining - it’s about 20 minutes shorter and he made the deletions after the US version opened to lukewarm reviews and business. It’s an interesting artifact in his career because unlike other films where he’s made changes after the initial release, both versions remain in print.
 
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@Tino you might enjoy Kubrick’s UK cut of The Shining - it’s about 20 minutes shorter and he made the deletions after the US version opened to lukewarm reviews and business. It’s an interesting artifact in his career because unlike other films where he’s made changes after the initial release, both versions remain in print.
HUH! I have a UK BR of The Shining, and it says it's 119 minutes, while imdb says 146 for the original. I had no idea. Haven't seen it in 20 years.
 

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HUH! I have a UK BR of The Shining, and it says it's 119 minutes, while imdb says 146 for the original. I had no idea. Haven't seen it in 20 years.
I have the UK disc as well and that sounds about right for running time. He doesn’t really cut any big plot points as far as I can remember, but everything does get trimmed down so by comparison it’s a much faster paced film.
 

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I get that. I’m actually watching The Shining right now with my wife before I show her Dr Sleep. And my opinion remains that Dr Sleep is the better film. I love the atmosphere and performances in the Shining but it’s soo slooow.
For me, the pacing is one of The Shining's greatest strengths. The slow buildup is integral to its chills.
 

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