Throughout the medium’s history, a handful of Blu-rays have stood-out as exemplars of what the high-definition disks are capable of, making decades-old movies look like they were made yesterday. The Warner Bros restoration of Stanley Kubrick’s seminal horror classic “The Shining” is easily one of them.
The adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of a father suffering from writer’s block and the strange goings-on at the Overlook Hotel is included in the 50-film “Best of Warner Bros” collection in the same edition that hit the market a few years ago with the rest of Kubrick’s work. The clarity of the restoration still stands out and matches the beautiful photography of the original film.
As far as Blu-ray collections go, “The Shining” is a must-own not only because of the film’s status as a classic, but also because of the quality of the disc. This is about as good as an older film will look in high definition.
Over the course of nine days, MTV Movies Blog will be traveling through cinematic time and the nine decades of movies featured in the “Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection.” Each day, we’ll review one film from one decade of the box set and taking a look back at the history of the studio.