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The Shadow [DVD] [1994]

Alec Baldwin , John Lone , Russell Mulcahy    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Alec Baldwin, John Lone, Penelope Ann Miller, Peter Boyle, Ian McKellen
  • Directors: Russell Mulcahy
  • Writers: David Koepp, Walter B. Gibson
  • Producers: Louis A. Stroller, Martin Bregman, Michael Bregman, Patricia Churchill, Rolf Deyhle
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Finnish, Swedish, Turkish, Danish, Dutch
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 6 July 2009
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004U0J8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,375 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Alec Baldwin stars as Lamont Cranston, alias The Shadow, in this big screen adaptation of the popular 1930s radio series. Once a gangster himself, Cranston now uses his special powers of invisibility for the collective good, waging a war against his arch-foe, the criminal mastermind Shiwan Khan (John Lone). Kahn has kidnapped the scientist father of the beautiful Margo Lane (Penelope Ann Miller), built an atom bomb, and threatened to destroy New York City unless a large ransom is paid. Can Cranston locate Kahn's secret headquarters and defuse the bomb or is it bye-bye to the Big Apple?


Another masked avenger is reincarnated as a big budget movie. Idle playboy Lamont Cranston (Alec Baldwin), schooled in Tibetan mysticism, fights crime in late '30s New York while wearing a natty hat and false beak. He finds time to romance telepathic sweetie Margo Lane (Penelope Miller), whose crusty old scientist Dad (Ian McKellen) has just invented an atom bomb which is in danger of falling into the hands of Shiwan Khan (John Lone), conquest-happy last descendent of Genghis Khan.

Director Russell Mulcahy turns out the regulation death traps (a locked chamber filling with water, a bomb timer which ticks away during the climax) and the Shadow breezes through via nifty "invisible" effects. It evokes the conventions and charms of 1930s' pulp fiction in rather more nostalgic mode than Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, and adds little of its own attitude, although a sly camp sensibility (notably in the extremely chi-chi Tim Curry and John Lone as the villains) goes for snickering at the expense of tension. A pleasant, eye-pleasing movie but, after the super-heroic likes of Batman, The Crow and The Mask, the merely mysterious Shadow seems somewhat grandfatherly and remote. --Kim Newman

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Franchise That Should Have Been.. 23 Jun 2006
Utter God damn classic. From the rip-roaring music, to funky special effects, to the cheesy acting to the cracking idea of the whole thing itself. See it and ignore the cynical critic in you. OIt's just great to see Batman go hand in hand with Indiana Jones and actually have a film that lives up to that tag for once.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool is an understatement 6 Aug 2002
The Shadow is the most stylish superhero movie to date, easily beating Batman, although the Spiderman movie is giving the shadow a run for it's money! This movie has that old fashioned cheesy-but-in-a-good-way vibe, set in 1920's New York City, Lamont Cranston AKA Yenkow the Butcher AKA The Shadow is brilliantly yet suttly underplayed by Alec Baldwin, he must have had a blast making this movie! Penelope Ann Miller is great as always, this was the first time i saw her, she was also great in Carlito's Way. John Lone (Ricky Tan from Rush Hour 2) is a great villan, playing the last decendent of Gengis Khan attempting to take over New York, holding the city to ransom with a stolen atomic bomb! Great DTS sound on this movie if you have the electronics to hear it!!! Check it out!!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good movie 11 Dec 2003
While leading a dissipated life in Tibet, Lamont Cranston (Played by Alec Baldwin) falls under the influence of an ancient wise man (James Hong) who teaches him how to use an ancient wisdom to fight for good. Returning to the United States, Cranston takes on the role of The Shadow, a nearly magical hero who wages war on the forces of crime. But, things are about to get much harder. Shiwan Khan (John Lone), the last descendent of Genghis Khan has a plan to take over the whole world. As Shiwan Khan hash similar powers to his own, only The Shadow can hope to overcome him. [Color, created in 1994, with a running time of 1 hour, 48 minutes.]
After hearing numerous negative comments about this movie, I watched it with some trepidation. However, I must admit that I was quite pleasantly surprised. This movie is stunningly produced, with excellent scenes. The characters are interesting, even if not often believable. The action is quite gripping, but is restrained, thus keeping the movie within a PG-13 rating. With no overt sex, and restrained violence, this movie is very family-friendly. So, if you looking for a good Saturday night movie to watch, then I recommend this movie to you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Shadow 24 July 2004
I have loved this film for many years now. I first saw it when i was young and now im in my teens years and i still find it great fun to watch. Its not the most action-packed film but the story carrys you through the film nicely and i think this film is very under rated! you could do alot worse than to see this fantisy filled film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Gareth I. Davies VINE VOICE
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The Shadow knows!

This is a very entertaining film that, like Rocketeer, failed to spark the hoped for franchise. It's got great production design values a brilliant, slightly creepy anti-hero. Maybe it was the hammy acting that turned people away. Like Rocketeer it stands up to comparison with the 'Saturday Matinee' Indiana Jones era type films. Great fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Want the Blu-ray? Read On... 29 Jan 2013
By Pantheon TOP 500 REVIEWER
I'm reviewing on the DVD because does not list the blu-ray...but there is a blu-ray out there!

I love this film. It's silly and fun with some great, over-the-top performances. Oh, and an incredible score by Jerry Goldsmith. So, because I love it, I really wanted a blu-ray.

I was really surprised to find that the only country this was released to blu-ray was Germany. I searched the 'net and finally found where I learned that there was an English DTS HD Master 5.1 audio track. I took the risk and ordered it from

I've just watched it and can honestly say that it looks great. It's not up to the standard of modern films by any standard, but it looks a million times better than my DVD version. There are moments where the image is grainy; but it's nothing to get worked up about. The audio is great too with no forced/burnt in subtitles!!! The extras are in SD, but there's a fair amount; including Taylor Dayne's excellent video for Original Sin.

All in all; an excellent release that anyone in the UK can order fine because Germany is Region B also.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
"In three days, the entire world will hear my roar, and willingly fall subject to the lost empire of Shiwan Kahn. That is a lovely tie, by the way. May I ask where you acquired it?"

One of those occasional attempts to revive a popular character from the golden age of radio as a big budget movie superhero, 1994's The Shadow was probably too forgotten by the mid-90s to have ever stood a chance at the box-office, but it's a rather decent retro-effort that works a lot better than it was ever given credit for. Instead of taking the Green Hornet route and updating its mysterious hero to the modern day, it remains a 30s period piece that keeps him in his natural environment. Probably just as well, since the character's trademark hat and cape would look even more out of place in a modern setting than they do in pre-WW2 America, while his somewhat limited powers - primarily the ability to cloud men's minds and dominate the weak-willed - probably need the distance of nostalgia for a lost age to really work. And for the most part, this really does work and rather splendidly at that as Alec Baldwin's sadistic opium dealer tries to atone for his past sins by assuming a twin identity as playboy Lamont Cranston and the crime fighting Shadow and finds himself up against John Lone's evil-and-definitely-unreformed Shiwan Khan, the last descendant of Genghis Khan, who wants to set off a prototype atom bomb in New York as the first part of his plan to create a greater empire than his illustrious ancestor...
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3.0 out of 5 stars but it didn't deserve to tank like it did
It's not exactly a forgotten gem or anything, but it didn't deserve to tank like it did. It makes almost no sense, the story is largely unmemorable and a pre-superstardom Ian... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dan
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Published 2 months ago by maggie fletcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by sudarat white
4.0 out of 5 stars A new take on a superhero
Although one for the hard core Comic Book fan it is entertaining and Baldwin plays it with just the right of menace and tongue in cheek wit to keep the plot boiling over nicely.
Published 10 months ago by ROB BIRTLEY
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this film.
Had it on VHS back in the day, finally got around to replacing it on DVD. Great cast, fun action, enjoy,
Published 10 months ago by steve broomfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Who knows what evil lies in Hollywood, that they never followed up...
I like the Orson Welles radio shows, this movie brings it to life with a light touch of humour-thanks to Alec Baldwin's portrayal...
Published 11 months ago by james dibdin
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Brilliant main song from Taylor Dayne and altogether not a bad film to watch. Excellent and prompt service. Thank you
Published 16 months ago by Colette George
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy but great
Adam Baldwin at his cheesiest best... Plot may be a little thin but the actings not bad but you really feel you've in the 1940's. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Classic
What can be said: It's a Classic.
The Shadow was one of the first hero/anti-hero movies I saw when I was a teen. And Alec Baldwin as the main character was the right choice. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jonah Kirk
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated superhero movie.
love this film, bought it on VHS by accident and glad I did. very pleased with the product itself and the movie is awesome.
Published 20 months ago by Owen
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