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DVD Talk reviews for Thursday, November 21st, 2019

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The Shining (4K Ultra HD) (Blu-ray)
by William Harrison

THE FILM:

What is there to say about Stanley Kubrick's masterful adaptation of Stephen King's novel that has not already been said? Not much, but the release of The Shining on 4K Ultra HD presents an opportunity to heap more praise on the psychological horror film that author King inexplicably does not like. This cold, slow-burning thriller offers ample symbolism, hypnotic tracking shots and a timeless performance from lead Jack Nicholson. Memorable phrases like "REDRUM!" and "Here's Johnny" are now part of the American lexicon, and the film is widely considered one of the best horror films ever made. I agree with that acclamation, and was thrilled to see Warner Brothers was releasing the title on the latest format. Fans of the film will be delighted with this glorious 4K disc, and this is certainly as close to the theatrical presentation as has ever been available fo...Read the entire review »

 

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Good Omens (Blu-ray)
by Oktay Ege Kozak

The Miniseries:

I love absurdist existential humor that bluntly yet gently proposes that maybe we're taking the cosmic machinations of life, the universe, and everything a bit too seriously. If we can clearly observe that many of our leaders and systems are run by buffoons who scarcely know what they're doing, is it that much of a stretch that the universe and various possible metaphysical forms of divine order might be a bit of a joke? The masters of this tone, Richard Adams and Terry Pratchett, suppose a gigantic and all-powerful cosmic existence that's far beyond our reach as mere mortals bound to our insignificant little blue planet, but nonetheless suffers from the same lack of order and meaning we contend with every second of every day.

Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy and Pratchett's Discworld series create massive sci-fi and fantasy worlds, respectivel...Read the entire review »

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