Here’s a great forthcoming Halloween treat for horror fans! (and we wrote that without barging into your house wielding an axe.) The BFI are set to re-release Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining in UK cinemas. But it’s more interesting than that old rope. The cut being distributed is the original US edit never seen before on these shores. Cool or what? It runs for 144 minutes as opposed to the UK cut which comes in at 119 mins, so that’s a good twenty minutes and more of extra footage.
The film has been given a new digital transfer job by Warner Bros. too and apparently there’s going to be a new trailer showing off the new print ‘which does full justice to the director’s artistic vision and quest for technical perfection’. The film is being released for special Halloween previews on 31st October and then receiving a wider release on 2nd November.
This comes hot off recent events regarding a proposed ‘prequel’ to Kubrick’s film/King’s novel. Indeed, the American author wasn’t enamoured with Kubrick’s film once referring to it as a beautiful looking car without an engine.
If you click on this IMDB link you can read about the differences between the UK version and the US. This will definitely be worth a trip to the cinema to check out Kubrick’s horror classic on the big screen.
UK Release Date: 2nd November, 31st October previews