funnily enough, i always go for the collection with the bonus material, only to (almost) never watch any of the actual bonus material. but on your suggestion, i thought i'd take a look.
turns out, kubrick was never one for supplementary material, never endorsing "making of" documentaries or providing commentaries so this disc has what was previously available, though only on the special edition DVDs.
i did learn some of what i already knew tho, that kubrick was a perfectionist. and he nearly drove shelly duval crazy with his insistence she redo take after take until it was perfect. some scenes took as many as 148 takes before he was happy. and nearly every scene was shot at least 30 or 40 times. many actors who worked with kubrick vowed never to do so again.
but i did google "the shining, metaphors". and most, if not all seem to suggest this somehow has something to do with native americans. it went over my head, if it was. reminds me of the time i was in high school english after reading a required book. the teacher called on me to say what i thought the book was about. so i stood up, and said...i don't know...just about a couple of guys going fly fishing...sometimes they would catch something, sometimes not...maybe it suggested that fishing was a lot like life itself. now, personally, i thought what i had said was brilliant. but the teacher looked at me scornfully and said, no, chris...did you even read the book? thats when a classmate raised his hand after me, got called on, stood up, and proclaimed that it was a tale about the plight of the black man and the white man keeping him down. WHAT? the fishing book was about THAT?
what the hell do i know about metaphors anyway?
I want to tell her that I love her a lot, but I got to get a belly full of wine.