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The Shadow (Full Screen)

Alec Baldwin , John Lone , Russell Mulcahy    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
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A mixed bag that received mixed reviews when released in 1994, this lavish film works overtime to honor the spirit and style of the vintage pulp novels and radio shows that made The Shadow a household name in the 1930s and '40s. Alec Baldwin plays the Shadow, a.k.a. Lamont Cranston, who arrives in New York from his decadent life in Tibet, fully reformed and disciplined in his ability "to cloud men's minds." A crime fighter who lurks in the dark recesses of the city, the Shadow faces his most deadly challenge when Shiwan Khan (John Lone), the last surviving descendant of Genghis Khan, hatches a plot to conquer the world. The scheme involves a madman (Tim Curry), a hapless scientist (Ian McKellen), and various traps designed to catch and kill the Shadow, who must also contend with his blossoming romance with Margo Lane (Penelope Ann Miller), a slender beauty capable of a little mind play of her own. The movie's art deco production design turns out to be a scene-stealer when the plot drags, and in the title role Baldwin is never given enough good material to create a compelling character. Still, The Shadow is true to the legacy that inspired it, admirably avoiding any conspicuous compromise of its 1930s style and setting. If you can't get into the story, you're sure to be hooked by the look of the production, which is never less than dazzling. --Jeff Shannon

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For the Widescreen fans. March 28 2003
By A Customer
While I am a widescreen lover. It should be noted that The Shadow was originally filmed in FULL FRAME. The intended Aspect ratio for theater was 1:85.1 the full image was matted for theaterical release. So your not really losing any image like you normally would. This was also done with the Batman films.
While widescreen will always rule wether you lose picture or not ( Due to the fact that theaterical/Directors presentation is what matters more) it's important to let people know who would like to own this film on DVD that the issue is not that bad.
1. It's Full Frame not Pan Scaned ( Your not missing any image)
If you must have the widescreen image make your own 1:85.1 mats.
2. It probably won't be re-released by Universal any time soon.
Poor Box office and Vhs/Dvd sales are to blame. Although it would be nice to see an Universal ULTIMIT EDITION 2 disc set featuring box Matted and Full Frame versions with extras.
3. This edition is almost out of print.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
"The Shadow" was a popular radio program (before television sets were made for the home). It began on the Dectective Story Hour on July 31, 1930 as a character in the story. James La Curto was the voice 1930-31 and then Frank Readick Jr (1931-37), Orson Welles (1937-38), Bill Johnstone (1938-43), Bret Morrison in 1943, John Archer in 1944 and Bret Morrison again in 1945-54. The last radio program of "The Shadow" was broadcast December 26, 1954.
Two motion picutres were made with Rod La Rocque as "Lamont Cranston"/"The Shadow", THE SHADOW STRIKES (1937), INTERNATIONAL CRIME (1938). They also made a movie serial in 1940. In 1958, Richard Derr played the role in INVISIBLE AVENGER (1958).
In 1994, they tried to resurrect the character of "Lamont Cranston" with Alec Baldwin in "THE SHADOW" (1994). Imagine the Invisible Man and Kung Fu in the land of film noir. And oh yes, the rainy mist and full moon. While on a case searching for the chinese and there taste for opium, Lamont is captured by the "emperor". He is spared and taught mystical powers. he is now able to continue finding and fighting the crooks and keeping his own identity a secret.
Also in the cast: Johnathan Winters, John Lone, Penelope Ann Miller, Ian McKellen and Tim Curry.
No extras, no bonuses on this DVD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun from the get go Nov. 25 2007
By falcon
i thought his was a great movie all around.Alec Baldwin was a great
choice to play the The Shadow/Lamont Cranston.Penelope Ann Miller is
also good as his sometimes sidekick Margo Lane.and Peter Boyle is
hilarious as Moe Shrevnitz,the Shadow's personal taxi driver. the movie
moves along at a good pace and i never found it boring.i'm not sure,but
i think it sticks pretty close to its source material.Russel
Mulcahy(Resident Evil:Extinction)directed the movie.for me,this movie
is just all around fun from start to finish.but i also liked the look
of the film.i think they put a lot of effort into recreating the 1930's
look and atmosphere,and for the life of me,i can't figure out why it
wasn't very well received.anyway,for me The Shadow is a strong 4/5.
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2.0 out of 5 stars 4 star film 0 star DVD Jan. 28 2004
This is a truly fun film. I'm NOT an Alec Baldwin fan but for a change I found him engaging and enjoyable in this film. Not to mention he really does make an excellent Shadow. I'm not sure where one reviewer got the idea that it is not Alec when he changes into the Shadow..it most certainly is..with a false nose and make-up for goodness sakes! LOL, talk about not paying attention.
I love Penelope in this film I'd never seen her before this and I thought she was just fabulous not to mention had the best damn dresses I've ever seen!
Tim Curry was fabulous as a great scene chewing bad guy and Ian McKellon was delightful.
My favorite has to be John Lone though, a very differnt character than his tragic role as the Last Emperor..very creepy and quite entrancing always the perfect kind of bad guy. To get what they want there is always a seductiveness about them that just is so engrossing and he played this to the hilt! Fabulous.
Now if only the DVD was a decent release not some piece of junk full screen edition....
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Shadow:Unseen and underated Aug. 19 2003
By A Customer
It's a shame more people won't see this really good adaptation of the great pulp magazine hero, The Shadow. Perhaps it's low character recognition among younger viewers or the lack of sci-fi special effects, a la Star Wars, that fails to attract viewers, but it's definitely worth a look.
Mostly an adventure story with a healthy dash of mysticism, the DVD successfully captures the atmosphere of New York in the 30's and the feel of the Maxwell Grant stories. Peter Boyle and Jonathan Winters are great in their respective characters and Alec Baldwin makes a surprisingly good Lamont Cranston/The Shadow.
In fact, Lamont Cranston's alter ego of The Shadow is almost secondary. When he is seen at all, it's more of a glimpse (he is The Shadow after all) rather than a Daredevil-like in your face appearance throughout the movie. This story-telling technique makes the character much more exciting and is reminiscent of the 1950's Superman and Zorro stories. The plot first establishes the urgent need for the hero and when he finally does appear it's with a vengeance.
The plot could have been a little tighter in places. Margo Lane, the love interest and confidant of The Shadow, was a bit underdeveloped and could have been deeper but this is a minor complaint and the story still works. The oriental gentleman (I apologize for not being able to remember his name)whom The Shadow rescues in the beginning becomes an agent for The Shadow's network and although he's seen again later in the story, remains an underdeveloped element. I personally liked his character and was disappointed when he didn't figure more prominently in the plot.
But all in all these are minor weaknesses and if you liked the Phantom and the Rocketeer, you will definitely enjoy The Shadow. I only wish the movie had been more popular so there could have been a sequel.
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Most recent customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie!
Published 3 months ago by Karin Straile
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but fun to watch
Following the success of Tim Burtons Batman studios were looking for the next big comic book franchise. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Produit et livraison impeccable
Enfin, je peut revoir mes classique que je ne trouvais pas nul part ailleurs !

Livraison dans les temps, pas cher avec un emballage de qualité. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Philippe
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Transfer
The hi-def transfer of this movie looks and sounds good. The Canadian disc has bilingual packaging with the title of the movie printed twice on the spine "The Shadow" and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lafe Fredbjornson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Terrific movie. Been looking for it for a long time. Bought 2 for my sons, only problem it does not come in blue ray for one son, so kept the extra movie for myself. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Catherine Marleau
2.0 out of 5 stars It's FULL SCREEN.
Let's say the movie deserves 4 stars at least. It's beautiful and the plot stays true to the original characters. Read more
Published on March 12 2004 by Daddy Shawn
2.0 out of 5 stars "The Shadow"
A film of grandiose design with a camera that can't capture it. From beginning to end, we're constantly (and painfully) aware of the great film it might have been had it been... Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2004 by Rm31d
4.0 out of 5 stars My Shadow Review
Other movie sites panned this movie, but in my opion
it's great. The art deco look of this film is fantastic!
along with the score, the acting is first rate also. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb recreation of a superhero
Along with "The Phantom", "The Shadow" is a lavish showcase of Art Deco settings and opulent epoch recreation. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2004 by Carol H.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Shadow strikes!
Im a long time fan of the Shadow and I am very pleased with this film. As with all super hero films there have been changes made, but this film combines elements from the Shadow... Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2004 by Ripper
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