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The Shadow (Full Screen) [DTS]
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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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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.
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.
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.
An avenging force for good and a terror of the criminal underworld, the Shadow operates in New York after dark, but when Shiwan Khan—last descendent of Genghis Khan—comes to the city and plans on world domination, the Shadow must defend the Big Apple from him. When the Shadow refuses to join forces with Khan, the two battle it out with the fate of the city hanging in the balance.
This flick was my first exposure to the pulp superhero when I was younger. With loads of shadows, gothic ambience, an exciting soundtrack and a hero with the biggest cape I’d ever seen, the Shadow quickly became one of my favorites growing up. I mean, he was kind of like Batman, but had a superpower—he could get into your mind, control you, make you see things that weren’t there and thus become a “shadow.”
Alec Baldwin as Lamont Cranston totally worked. He had the cool rough voice, the playboy debonair down to a T, and had an air of mystery about him that suited the character well. Good stuff.
Action-wise, no complaints. Nothing over-the-top or extremely spectacular, but enough to get the job done. I will say those shots of the Shadow materializing and dematerializing out of view as he fights is especially cool and spooky. I mean, how do you fight what you can’t see?
The plotline was well thought out, especially because you’re dealing with a hero and villain with mental powers, which isn’t always easy to show people. It all takes place in the head, after all, so depicting the manifestation of these mental powers was well done.
This movie really had that old radio drama feel to it, which I’m sure was something the filmmakers were going for as The Shadow used to be a radio drama back in the day.Read more ›
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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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 morePublished on June 15 2013 by Lafe Fredbjornson
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 morePublished on Nov. 27 2012 by Catherine Marleau