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Old 08-13-2007, 04:23 AM   #1
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The Shining - Kubrick's VS television mini-series

Which adaptation of Stephen King's "The Shining" did you like better, Stanley Kubrick's or the television mini-series?

Personally I like them both on their own differing merits, but I'll get into that later.
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Old 08-13-2007, 04:29 AM   #2
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I hated the mini-series and loved the Stanley Kubrick.
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Old 08-13-2007, 05:48 AM   #3
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Kubrick's version, definitely.

The only positive about the mini-series is it seemed to be a little truer to the book...or at least they included more stuff. But I still didn't like it as well.
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Old 08-13-2007, 05:50 AM   #4
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I liked the mini-series because it was so close to the book. And, much as I love Jack Nicholson, he was at least ten years too old to play Jack Torrance - though he is real creepy in the movie.

Guess I'm the oddball, eh?
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Old 08-13-2007, 07:00 AM   #5
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The mini-series is probably much closer to the book but the Kubrick film...jeez, it's Kubrick. IMHO, the former seems more like a somewhat klutzy literal translation of a masterpiece while the latter 'reads better' though further from the original.
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Old 08-13-2007, 07:32 AM   #6
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The mini-series was watchable and stuck closer to the source material, which is always a plus for me.

As for the Kubrick version . . .

Look, casting the woman born to play Olive Oyl was, um, odd. It kind of threw me off of my feed.

Nice visuals, though.
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Obviously in the miniseries, the lady chosen to play Wendy was much closer to the book's description. Also, the boy who played Danny was an actor with a much wider range, but also older and not as cute. I liked both, but lean towards the movie.
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I liked the movie better.
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Old 08-14-2007, 03:10 AM   #9
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Film, of course. I don't know anyone who preferred the mini. For me, although it stuck close to the book, it seemed sterile and didn't scare me.
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The film is a masterpiece. But not the chopped-for-tv mess-o-rama version.
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Hands down the Kubrick version. I LOVE the red bathroom--that's sooo Kubrick It's a masterpiece and there is an alternate ending from what i've heard.

The mini-series is closer to the book but not nearly as good. And that kid who played Danny----what's up with his teeth? He looks like a rabbit..sorry but he's creepier than Jack
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The film, without a doubt.


As much as I love the book I was always a little dissatisfied with the ending. I think the ending of Kubrick's film is much better, even if Stephen King himself wasn't at all happy about it.

The film really is a masterpiece. One of the few genuinely scary films
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