IFC Films releases the next documentary in its IFC Films Midnight series next month. Room 237 will be released on double-disc DVD and Blu-ray on September 24th, the same day that Doctor Sleep will be released. Doctor Sleep is the long-awaited follow-up to author Stephen King’s hugely popular horror novel, The Shining. The upcoming novel follows a now grown up Danny Torrance as he uses his “shining” as he works with elderly patients at a nursing home.
Most people know that The Shining was adapted for the big screen with famed director Stanley Kubrick at the helm. What some might not know is King’s opinion of Kubrick’s take on his novel. For those that don’t, King was never pleased by the treatment, thus leading him to helming an adaptation of his own for the small screen. Now thanks to IFC Films, audiences will get a deeper look at Kubrick’s adaptation of King’s novel, and the hotel that would be the inspiration for the hotel in the movie.
Directed by Rodney Ascher, Room 237 attempts to decode the hidden meanings, symbols, and theories that viewers believe are strewn throughout the movie through first-hand interviews with a variety of figures. The alleged meanings, symbols and theories were developed by audiences, scholars, and critics alike and have lived on since the movie’s original debut over three decades ago. The new documentary was named an Official Selection at the 2012 Sundance, Cannes, and Toronto film festivals. It took home the Best Director Prize at the Fantastic Fest. Its upcoming double-disc DVD and Blu-ray presentation comes with a handful of special features, listed below.
* “The mastermind Speaks: Commentary with Kevin McLeod.” McLeod is a key figure in the online examination of Kubrick’s film.
* “Secrets of The Shining,” an hour-long panel discussion from the first Stanley Film Festival, an event at Colorado’s historic Stanley Hotel, which inspired one-time guest Stephen King to write his novel.
* 11 Deleted Scenes
* The Making of the Music Featurette
* Mondo Poster Design Discussion with Artist Aled Lewis
Room 237 will be available on double-disc DVD and Blu-ray September 24th for an MSRP of $27.98 and $29.98 respectively. More information on Room 237 and other releases from IFC Films is available online at http://www.facebook.com/IFCFilmsOfficial and http://www.IFCFilms.com.
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