See a Screening of a Rare, Uncut Version of 'The Shining' in New York
Back when The Shining first premiered, the standard for theatrical distribution only allowed for the film to be in a limited amount of theaters rather than the nationwide releases that are common today. This allowed director Stanley Kubrick to play around with his cut of the classic horror film shortly after it began screening in various theaters. While Kubrick had previously cut a whopping 19 minutes from 2001: A Space Odyssey before it premiered, with The Shining, he only opted to cut about four minutes from the film. Now a rare version of the film with that footage can be seen in New York next month. Details below!
Bleeding Cool has word on the screening which will take place at 8pm on October 22nd at the Dryden Theatre. Here's a description of the coda from the end of the film that will be included in this special screening:
The scenes in question come directly before the film’s climactic push-in towards the photo.
Firstly, there’s a little moment where some state troopers look for Jack, frozen in the ice, but don’t seem to be seeing him – for whatever reason.
Then a longer scene. It’s set in a hospital, where Ullman, the Overlook’s manager, tries to convince Wendy and Danny that nothing supernatural had happened in his hotel. He explains that Jack’s body was not recovered, and he gives Danny a tennis ball – presumably the same one that he followed into room 237.
Of course, if Kubrick opted to cut the sequence from the film, he likely had a good reason. SlashFilm even points out a note from Wikipedia which has Roger Ebert saying, “Kubrick was wise to remove that epilogue. It pulled one rug too many out from under the story.” However, an opportunity to see the rarely screened scenes in the context of the film itself would be quite a treat, especially on the big screen. If any readers happen to be in New York around the time of this screening, be sure to check it out since an opportunity like this may not happen again very soon.