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The Shadow (1994)

Alec Baldwin , Penelope Ann Miller , Russell Mulcahy  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Alec Baldwin, Penelope Ann Miller, John Lone, Tim Curry, Peter Boyle
  • Directors: Russell Mulcahy
  • Writers: David Koepp
  • Producers: Martin Bregman, Willi Baer, Michael S. Bregman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 19, 1997
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 078321958X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,787 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Shadow" on IMDb

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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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Alec Baldwin stars with Penelope Ann Miller as the legendary crime-fighting superhero in "The wittiest action-adventure since Indiana Jones!" (NBC News). Donning his sweeping black cape and disguise, The Shadow 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!

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moody Fun To Tickle Your Psyche October 3, 2000
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
...though how in the (blank) could Universal have released this on DVD and NOT done WIDESCREEN? The DTS transfer is as crisp and clear as you'd ever want, but this is a movie of astounding visual scope that cries out for a widescreen version. (I have this movie on VHS, DVD, and Dolby Digital Laserdisc, and the DDLD is by far the best of the three, because it's widescreen and the DD is amazingly crisp for LD.)
Still, though, there's a lot to like about this movie: Alec Baldwin is dead-on perfect as Lamont Cranston and his darker side, The Shadow; Baldwin can go from charming to chilling with one flex of his facial muscles, and that ability is nicely on display here, even if The Shadow is buried under a hat and cloak and heavy makeup. Penelope Ann Miller looks gorgeous as Margo Lane, the blonde bombshell with a brain to match, but isn't challenged much by the material. John Lone chews up scenery as Shiwan Khan, last descendent of Genghis Khan and darker reflection of The Shadow's edgy goodness. The art deco sets are terrific; the music is rich and moody; the visual scope of 1933 New York City is breathtaking.
I recommend this one with qualifications: If/when a widescreen version comes out, get it instead of the other DVD or VHS versions. But the movie itself is well worth seeing, particularly if you're an old-time radio fan.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good movie, Questionable DVD May 27, 2005
Format:DVD
I saw the movie in the theater and enjoyed it very much! The ending was a bit abrupt but the ride was great. Baldwin played the part just right and the whole world of The Shadow was very well done. The only problem I have with the DVD is that, to my knowledge, it has never been released in wide screen format. How Universal could release such a good movie in pan-and-scan only is a mystery. Even the DTS version isn't in wide screen! Aside from that, I think this movie would be a pleasent suprise to sci-fi fans.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Movie 5 stars, Aspect Ratio and Transfer: 1 star. September 24, 2006
By BL
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is probably my choice for "most underrated movie" ever.

I love the premise, characters, casting, and especially the score. It will be old news to Batman Begins fans, due to similarities in origin (rich man loses his identity in Asia to return a transformed crime-fighting force)... but keep in mind, this movie came out a decade earlier, and the Shadow is older than the Batman in general. Also, Cranston (a.k.a. the Shadow) is darker than Batman.

Baldwin is great as the gravelly-voiced Shadow, but belts out a good maniacal laugh when he needs too. You can't stop looking at the Shadow. Penelope Ann Miller also turns in a very good performance, as does John Lone as the villain.

The DOWNSIDE to this disc is that it very much lacks in transfer and aspect ratio. It's presented in 4:3 (1.33: 1), for boxy old TV... a real letdown for a great film. The transfer is also very poor... dirt and scratches appear obviously in the opening titles.

Still, it is very much worth seeing - a lot of fun and an absolute MUST for anyone who enjoyed Batman, but it will not live up to your system if you have a top of the line audio/visual setup.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great movie that's even more enjoyable with DTS sound. September 1, 2000
Format:DVD
The Shadow is a crimefighter that uses his ability to "cloud" minds to confuse and strike fear into criminals (his chrome .45s help him out with his crime fighting efforts as well). He also uses his ability to recruit the victims of the crimes, so they can help him with his crime-fighting efforts. I thought this movie was written well and had excellent sets and special effects. The casting in this movie was done well. Alec Baldwin was perfect as the Shadow and Penelope Ann Miller was perfect as the love interest who had her own powers of persuasion. I think the critics were a little tough on their reviews of this one, paying more attention to the art deco styling than the plot.
I decided to purchase the DTS sound version of the movie since I remeber the movie having great sound effects that were muted in the VHS version. To my surprise, the sound in the DTS version was actually BETTER than in the movie theater. You can hear the Shadow's laugh circle around the room, like you're actually there. The movie gets five stars. The DVD as a whole gets 4 stars because I felt that the movie would be even better if it was in the original widescreen format. At the time this DVD was made, the DTS encoding took up most of the avalable space so there were no extras on this. Unfortunately, Universal has not made any announcements to re-realease this now that DVDs can hold more information.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
As with all the films that I reviewed, I also have this movie in my collection. Based upon the popular pulp novels, radio series, motion pictures, and movie serials,this feature is a FABULOUS entry in the genre of super-hero films. Russell Mulcahy does an excellent job of directing. Alec Baldwin gives a TERRIFIC representation of the character made popular in the 1930s radio show by the voice of the late, great Orson Welles. Penelope Ann Miller is a swell "MARGOT LANE". The special effects are extraordinary. One time famous comedian Johnathan Winters, on his comeback trail, appears as the uncle of "LAMONT CRANSTON". He also had a cameo in the film "THE FLINTSTONES". I recommend to fans of adventure films, to buy "THE SHADOW" and add it to their movie library.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Penelope Miller and Jonathan Winters were great. I also wish they had...
This movie does remain true to the suspense of the 1930s serials. Alec Baldwin, Penelope Miller and Jonathan Winters were great. Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Lawrence M. McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Who knows fun? The Shadow knows!
Not the greatest movie you've ever seen but it's two hours of great mindless fun. Alec Baldwin is good as Lamont Cranston. Picture quality is very good.
Published 2 days ago by David Ellefson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great trip down memory lane
Great trip down memory lane. Better than I remember it.
Published 21 days ago by TexasPaul
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorites
Published 24 days ago by Anne, Tx
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Spence
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like this movie
Published 1 month ago by donald isley
4.0 out of 5 stars Used to be a radio great!
I enjoyed this movie on VCS, now I am forced to move to DVD. Decent price for a fun movie. Alec Baldwin is more entertaining than I expected and the script is decent, though I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephen Ruback
3.0 out of 5 stars The Shadow knows...that I liked this movie!
What can I say? This is a fun, period piece set in the 1930's. Does this movie have its flaws? Most definitely. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zombob
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie!
I have always loved this movie. It's a lot darker than most that I have in my collection but it holds to the original story line well.
Published 1 month ago by energymama
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I just love this movie! It is kind of steam punk.
Published 1 month ago by Gerald Jones
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Where's The Shadow on Blu Ray??
I know! At this point I would even take a special edition on regular DVD.
You'd think that with the recent popularity of superhero movies this would get the upgrade. :(
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