‘Doctor Sleep’ Review: ‘The Shining’ Sequel You Didn’t Know You Needed

Many people, including myself, consider Stanley Kubrick’s version of The Shining to be a classic horror movie. Therefore, a sequel seemed ill-advised and unnecessary, at best, and a disaster-in-the-making, at worst. But, I decided to give this movie a chance and tried to view it with an open mind. After all, Mike Flanagan, the director of Doctor Sleep, has slowly built up a solid resume of horror projects.  Oculus, Hush, and Gerald’s Game were all lean, effective movies. More importantly, Flanagan’s sprawling miniseries remake of The Haunting of Hill House illustrated his ability to tackle and reimagine a beloved film classic.

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Ewan McGregor Hints At Healing Of ‘The Shining’ Rift With ‘Doctor Sleep’

For years, I had no idea why, after absolutely loving Different Seasons, another Stephen King book reading experience would never (at least to this day) happen. That answer was found from a Ewan McGregor sound bite from the Doctor Sleep premiere, and it’s featured in the following post.

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Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Collection Blu-Ray Set For December

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Collection, a 10-disc Blu-ray set that includes new Kubrick material, on December 2. Along with eight of the director’s films (Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut), the collection also features the new documentary “Kubrick Remembered”, which captures intimate moments from the reclusive artist’s life.

Retailing at $199, Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Colleciton also contains the new to Blu-ray documentaries Stanley Kubrick in Focus, Once Upon a Time . . . ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and the documentaries Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures and O’ Lucky Malcolm!

Steven Spielberg, William Friedkin, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Soderbergh are among the directors interviewed in Stanley Kubrick in Focus, as they elaborate on how Kubrick influenced their filmmaking.

Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Collection (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Collection (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)

Last but definitely not least, the set also comes with a 78-page hardcover book which contains film archive photographs taken from Kubrick’s body of work.