Rochester, New York’s Dryden Theater will be showing a special presentation of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining on October 22nd at 8:00pm. But what makes this presentation even more special is that it will include the original coda to the movie. The coda played in a few theaters back when the film was first released in 1980, but Kubrick went back in and edited it out. Kurbick was meticulously about editing his films and he famously (or perhaps infamously) went back and removed 19 minutes from 2001: A Space Odyssey after its original premiere.
If you want to know what’s contained in the coda, hit the jump. If you live in the New York area and want to check out this screening (and you should), The Dryden Theatre box office opens 45 minutes before a given screening. [Update: The Dryden Theatre has informed us that the movie will not include the original coda. The print being shown is the 142-minute extended U.S. version that includes footage Mr. Kubrick subsequently cut from the European release.]
The coda reportedly takes place before the final shot where Kubrick pushes in to the Overlook Hotel’s old photograph. Here’s a description of the coda via Bleeding Cool:
Firstly, there’s a little moment where some state troopers look for Jack, frozen in the ice, but don’t seem to be seeing him – for whatever reason.
Then a longer scene. It’s set in a hospital, where Ullman, the Overlook’s manager, tries to convince Wendy and Danny that nothing supernatural had happened in his hotel. He explains that Jack’s body was not recovered, and he gives Danny a tennis ball – presumably the same one that he followed into room 237.
I’ll be interested to hear how the new addition plays and if Kubrick was right to axe it from the movie.