Here’s Johnny! That immortal ad-libbed line by Jack Nicholson is but one of the iconic moments in legendary director Stanley Kubrick’s classic 1980 film The Shining, an adaptation of Stephen King’s equally classic supernatural novel of the same name.
While Kubrick’s film does take some liberties with the source material, to King’s infamous annoyance, most fans still regard The Shining as one of the greatest horror films of all time, and arguably the best film to ever be based on one of King’s books.
For those who like to keep up with the latest home theater formats, The Shining is now set to make its debut on 4K Blu-Ray disc on October 1st. A normal Blu-Ray is also included. No new extras are coming, making the film’s 4k restoration the main draw.
There’s one other important thing for fans to note though. WB Shop’s listing for the disc at first said it contained Kubrick’s original 146 minute cut, presumably including the fabled original ending that was excised very early in The Shining’s theatrical run.
That ending, featuring an ambiguously evil Mr. Ullman visiting Wendy and Danny in the hospital, hasn’t ever been released on home video, leading to many excited reports. Sadly, WB has since amended its listing to clarify that the film runs its normal length.