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The Shadow (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] (1994)

Alec Baldwin , John Lone , Russell Mulcahy  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alec Baldwin, John Lone, Penelope Ann Miller, Peter Boyle, Ian McKellen
  • Directors: Russell Mulcahy
  • Format: Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Collector's Edition, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: February 25, 2014
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FM4S5O2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,800 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

New interviews with Director Russell Mulcahy, Alec Baldwin, Penelope Ann Miller,Production Designer Joseph Nemec, III., Director Of Photography Stephen H. Burum and Writer David Koepp

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Editorial Reviews

Alec Baldwin stars as the legendary crime-fighting superhero in The Shadow, ’a spellbinding runaway entertainment ride’ (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!

Featuring an all-star cast Penelope Ann Miller (Carlito’s Way), John Lone (The Last Emperor), Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) and Ian McKellen (X-Men).

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52 of 55 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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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good movie, Questionable DVD May 27, 2005
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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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Movie 5 stars, Aspect Ratio and Transfer: 1 star. September 24, 2006
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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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11 of 11 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
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good movie hampered by limited DVD conversion June 10, 2000
I really liked the movie, even when it got too thin in the script department. The production was slick and maintained my interest during the whole movie. It is relatively short, and would be good at a party. Just don't expect the script quality of a Tim Burton's Batman movie.
The downside is that the DVD conversion was not that good. For example, I noticed that the French version had better visual quality than the English version, like during the intro, when the title "The Shadow" appears. I think this DVD is a direct-from-VHS copy. Not the best of all methods!
The features are quite limited. It is not even widescreen. No extra footage...
Frankly, you are better of buying the VHS version of this movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars great treatment of a fun film
The quality of this print is very good. It is well worth the money. If you are a fan of the movie, this is the version to get.
Published 1 day ago by B. Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome...
great movie, would suggest it to anyone that has not seen it.

the movie may not be for everyone, but you should see it once to find out!
Published 8 days ago by SamHain
5.0 out of 5 stars Alec Baldwin is The Shadow
Better than it gets credit for, this movie adaptation of The Shadow is fun and campy but never loses its soul to silliness. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Richard Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun within the Genre
Better than most and perhaps a model for action/adventure films that followed! Has a satisfying Shadow development and continued link. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Basil H Minnich
5.0 out of 5 stars Shout Factory Comes Through With This Remastered Blu-Ray
I'm not gonna talk about the movie. Either you like it or you don't. The Shout Factory Remastered Blu-Ray has a far superior picture and audio quality than the Universal one. Read more
Published 11 days ago by D Town
4.0 out of 5 stars How the Shadow and Popeye Are the Same (and What Does This Have To Do...
If you like the 1994 film version of the Shadow,

all you need to know is that Shout! Factory has released a beautiful print of it on Blu-ray. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Don McGregor
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes it is dated, probably 50 plus years as the Shadow was a Radio...
Alec Baldwin tried his best to keep this movie going but aside from the special effects it was really difficult to follow. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Who cares
4.0 out of 5 stars An unappreciated classic
An unappreciated classic. Campy when camp was still in style and superhero that is not all hero but different than the rest of the lot. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Joseph R. Norman
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Better Pulp Adaptations
If you were a fan of Raiders of the Lost Ark, it was pretty slim pickings out there in the 1990's. Between Mulcahy's The Shadow and 1996's The Phantom, you have a pair of... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Michael Heagle
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Fun
This is a vastly underrated film. The look is art deco GORGEOUS, the story is 1930's pulp, the acting good, and the story is excellent. Most importantly, it's FUN! Read more
Published 27 days ago by Olan Loy Knight Jr.
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