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Shining conspiracy documentary set for release


Siren Visual has confirmed it will be releasing the much talked about Room 237. The documentary takes in several different critical interpretations by critics and film fans on the cryptic and mysterious meanings behind Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Adapted from Stephen King's bestseller, The Shining which starred Jack Nicholson as a frustrated writer who agrees to become a caretaker for an out of season and remote hotel, confused many critics upon its release in 1980. But over time the film has garnered a following among cineastes across the world. Directed by Rodney Ascher Room 237, premiered at the Director's Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, screened at Sundance and has been called an event in immersion criticism by Chuck Klosterman in Grantland who raves "it's the best nonfiction film I've seen all year." In the New York Times Manohla Dargis praised the movie as "an ode to movie love at its most deliriously unfettered."

Named for the haunted room in the Overlook Hotel Danny is warned to avoid, Room 237, is executed in nine segments with the more interesting theories taking in Native American genocide, the Holocaust and the staging of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Siren releases Room 237 on a 2-disc DVD January 8. It will come with an exclusive Overlook keytag gift and a plethora extras including The Mastermind Speaks, a feature length commentary with Kevin McLeod, Secrets of the Shining, a panel discussion from the first annual Stanley Film Festival, 11 Deleted Scenes, Mondo Poster Design, Making of the Music and supplementary material unique for the Australian and New Zealand territories, The Seventh Art interview with director Rodney Ascher & producer Tim Kirk.