When it was first released theatrically in the US, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining ran 146-minutes, but it’s the 144-minute cut that has been available on home video. According to IMDb, “Kubrick cut the 2 minute coda from the end of the film” three weeks into its theatrical release, meaning the original 146-minute cut hasn’t been seen since way back in 1980.
Wikipedia details that 2-minute coda: “The scene shows Wendy in a bed talking with Mr. Ullman who explains that Jack’s body could not be found; he then gives Danny a yellow tennis ball, presumably the same one that Jack was throwing around the hotel. This scene was subsequently physically cut out of prints by projectionists and sent back to the studio by order of Warner Bros., the film’s distributor. This cut the film’s running time to 144 minutes.”
Now the reason we bring this up is because the official WB Shop lists the just-announced 4K Ultra HD release of The Shining at 146-minutes, rather than the expected 144-minutes:
“The 4K remastering is of Kubrick’s original 146 minute version of the film which premiered in the United States on May 23rd, 1980.”
Unless the information is incorrect, this suggests that the 4K Ultra HD release will include the 2-minute coda Kubrick cut from the end of the film, never-before-seen on home video!
The release will also include the previously released special features.
Kubrick’s horror masterpiece will hit 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital on October 1.