- Actors: Alec Baldwin, John Lone, Ian McKellen, Jonathan Winters, Penelope Ann Miller
- Directors: Russell Mulcahy
- Format: Collector's Edition, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region A/1
- Number of discs: 1
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- Studio: Shout Factory
- Release Date: Feb. 25 2014
- Run Time: 108 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 98 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00FM4S5O2
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,027 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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The Shadow (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
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Donning his sweeping black cape and disguise, The Shadow (Alec Baldwin) takes on his most dangerous nemesis yet: the last descendant of the great Genghis Khan whose weapon of choice is an atomic bomb. With the fate of humanity hanging in the balance, they square off for a spectacular battle in a dazzling mixture of mind-blowing special effects, humor and a dose of the macabre that will hold you spellbound!
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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I always thought they had a really creepy feel to them, and this movie captures that feeling perfectly.
I love the way the main character morphs his appearance when he takes on his Shadow persona. The story, production values and acting were all first rate. Overall the movie is very enjoyable.
What evil lurks in the hearts of men?
The Shadow knows.......
It's not a game changer, but it's got its charms in the rights places. A tortured hero, excellent production design, luxurious recreation of the era, very 90s special effects, cartoony acting, but all of this is part of the ingredients for one nice exploration of The Shadow. And Jerry Goldsmith's score is definitely a wonder for the ears.
It's a pity it didn't take as much, because more movies would have been nice with some of the same casting.
As such, this isn't much of a collector's edition. There are only a few 20-30 minutes worth of interviews, a still gallery and a trailer. No behind the scenes footage or proper making of, although this is the most "complete" edition on the market yet.
It's a fun adventure that doesn't take itself to seriously..a pulpy mix of darkness and comedy.
The movie was made at a time when CGI was being introduced into film. While the majority of the movie relied on tradition film techniques, the CGI effects it did use now look a little dated. I don't think this impacts the movie too much as most of the CGI was used in a minimal way.
I was a bit disappointed with the amount of extra content included in this "Collector's Edition". In some ways it feels like a discount bin DVD copy. Extra features are a documentary, a photo gallery and movie trailer. The documentary was a pretty decent one (over 20 minutes long) that included retrospective views from both cast and crew.
This was the first movie that I purchased from Shout Factory, who release prints of movies in limited quantities. The Shadow is a film that has not had a lot of reprints and to the best of my knowledge there is only one other bluray version out there (supposedly inferior in video quality) which makes this a bit of a rarity. I purchased this movie for less than $20 which I felt was worth it to obtain a copy of a movie I enjoyed that is in limited supply. Shortly thereafter the cost of the movie shot up to $40 which I don't feel is justified for what you get.
I guess it's best to get Shout Factory movies when the price is low as it will eventually jump up in price!
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