- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 42 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 24, 2013
- Originally Released: 2012
- Label: IFC Independent Film
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: The mstrmnd speaks: commentary with Kevin McLeod
- Secrets of The Shining: panel discussion from the First Annual Stanley Film Festival
- 11 deleted scenes
- The making of the music featurette
- Mondo poster design discussion with artist Aled Lewis
- Alternate trailers
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - English, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Hollywood Reporter - 01/26/2012
"[A] fanatical, sometimes hilarious analysis and deconstruction of hidden meanings to be found in [THE SHINING]..."
Total Film - 11/01/2012
4 stars out of 5 -- "Ascher has combined an affectionate parody of obsession with a tribute to the ambiguities of Stanley Kubrick's hotel horror."
Sight and Sound - 11/01/2012
"[A]t once a fascinating exercise and another selection of paths through a major cinema labyrinth."
Los Angeles Times - 12/06/2012
"[An] intriguing documentary....Each of these individuals feels, with unnerving passion, that they have discovered secrets in THE SHINING that not another living soul has seen."
New York Times - 03/29/2013
"An ode to movie love at its most deliriously unfettered, ROOM 237 is a nonfiction look at some very serious film fans who take THE SHINING, Stanley Kubrick's 1980 masterpiece, very, very seriously."
A.V. Club - 03/28/2013
"Rodney Ascher's haunting, absorbing essay-film ROOM 237 lets a handful of hardcore Kubrick-philes spin some of their theories about what they think The Shining is really about."
Rolling Stone - 03/28/2013
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Ascher's unique and unforgettable film is a tribute to movie love."
Empire - 03/28/2013
5 stars out of 5 -- "A celebration of Kubrick, THE SHINING and the thrill of watching, analyzing and loving film."
Filmmaker Rodney Ascher examines the many conspiracy theories surrounding Stanley Kubrick's controversial 1980 horror classic THE SHINING by speaking with fans of the film, and scholars who claim the director had a hidden agenda in adapting Stephen King's bestselling novel to the big screen. In-depth conversations with Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns, John Fell Ryan, and Jay Weidner (KUBRICK'S ODYSSEY) reveal a wide spectrum of theories pertaining to Kubrick's film, including speculation that it was a cinematic allegory for the slaughter of Native Americans, the Holocaust, or perhaps a cleverly-constructed confession that he was in fact the filmmaker responsible for faking the 1969 moon landing that placed the U.S. at the cutting-edge of the international space race against the former Soviet Union.
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