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The Shadow [DVD] [1994]

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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004U0J8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,486 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?

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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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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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After MUCH research that proved fruitless, I ended up purchasing this blu-ray/DVD blindly, in the desperate hope… it had the new interviews with cast and crew which featured on its US equivalent. Aaaaaaand, despite it hardly screaming its bonus features on the back cover - IT DOES! YAY! It runs some 23 mins, plus photo gallery and trailer. Interestingly, the trailer boasts some blink-and-you'll miss-'em scenes not featured in the movie; most notably, the Shadow in full outfit sitting at communications device in the Sanctum.
Gotta hand it to this release - they've EVEN put the extras on the DVD disc, thus, sparing your frustration if you don't own a blu-ray player.
Wanting my cake and eat it, it would have been nice if this release also featured the back-in-the-day making of extras and music video of the German blu-ray, but, well, maybe we have one final release to look forward to…THE SHADOW: ULTIMATE EDITION! HA!
Or, maybe even…HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!
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The Shadow is a bit of an oddity - part of the wave of films from when studios were falling over themselves to imitate the success of Warner Brothers and Batman by licensing pretty much every other pulpy comic-book character from the 30s: The Phantom, The Rocketeer (a homage to the 30s), Dick Tracy and...

The Shadow is one of the earliest and best of these; at one point famously voiced by Orson Welles in his radio incarnation, the pulp magazines inspired Bob Kane to create Batman, and the similarities between the characters are obvious. The film is a mixed bag - Alec Baldwin oozes charm as Lamont Cranston and the film has a great art-deco look to it, mixing great old-school special effects (models, matte paintings) with a few snazzy (at the time) CGI ones. The script is fairly zippy and tongue-in-cheek, the cast is full of great character actors and moreover it's fun. The lack of any big set pieces hurts it - there's no really impressive action sequences, and the climax is a big letdown (it was rushed due to the original sequence being abandoned as an earthquake damaged the hall of mirrors set).

Mediumrare has ported over the US Shout Factory disc untouched. The transfer is the same (and it's pretty good), and the only real special feature (a 25-minute retrospective) is decent enough and features the major players.

This is a fun movie that undeservedly flopped on release and I had fond memories of seeing it at the cinema. It's been a while since I watched it and it's still just as fun.
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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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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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I had this movie on DVD for some time and wanted to upgrade to Blu-ray. I am glad that I did, I am not disappointed. The picture and sound quality is extremely good given the movie was not made in HD in the first place. I'll not tell what the movie is about except to say that it is an early take on the super hero style film and is very enjoyable.
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