Films fans slept on Doctor Sleep. Even with relatively positive reviews and DNA from both Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick, the film has grossed barely over $70 million (£53.8 million) worldwide. Ouch. And yet, writer and director Mike Flanagan believes in it – to the point that the film’s getting an extra-long cut when it comes home.
As he should! The movie is great, expertly blending Stephen King’s original version of The Shining and its sequel with the popular Stanley Kubrick movie version of that story – which the film will presumably build on with this new, three-hour director’s cut including in Doctor Sleep’s home release next month, giving audiences more Ewan McGregor, more Rebecca Ferguson and probably more creepy Shining stuff. We don’t know what’s in it, we’re just guessing that’s a safe assumption to make as to what’s in the added 28 or so minutes.
Here’s a trailer for the release, as posted on Flanagan’s Twitter. Beware, the trailer has some minor spoilers in it – but if you haven’t seen the movie yet, those spoilers are only going to make you want to see the movie more.
— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) December 19, 2019
Twitter is also where Flanagan confirmed the 180-minute 'Director’s Cut' along with this very informative cover art for the 4K release.
Doctor Sleep comes to digital on January 21st and Blu-ray February 4th. If you missed it in cinemas (and odds are you did), we urge you to check it out. It’s quite good! Really, who couldn’t use some extended sleep in their lives? Doctor’s orders.
All images: Warner Bros.