Excerpt: One of the more forgotten adventure films of the 90′s, The Shadow stars Alec Baldwin as the title character (A.K.A. Lamont Cranston). He is battling a descendant of Genghis Khan known as Shiwan Khan (John Lone). He is building an atomic bomb with plans of world domination. The film begins in Tibet after the first World War and there’s an admittedly convoluted back-story. It takes a little while, but we eventually flash forward to 1930′s New York.
Summary: Long before such things were as fashionable as they are today, The Shadow was a multimedia enterprise. Radio, pulp novels, comic books, film—The Shadow knew all of those in relatively short order from his perhaps inauspicious debut as a mere narrator of a detective series on a 1930s radio show. When The Shadow finally got his own show in the late 1930s none other than Orson Welles voicing wealthy man about town Lamont Cranston, whose secret identity was The Shadow.
Conclusion: Shout! Factory brings The Shadow to Blu-ray with great audio, a solid transfer and a decent featurette that looks back on the movie's history. The movie itself remains a lot of fun, an ultra-pulpy story with style to spare, a great performance by Alec Baldwin and a really talented supporting cast. Recommended. Ian lives in NYC with his wife where he writes for DVD Talk, runs Rock! Shock! Pop! . He likes NYC a lot, even if it is expensive and loud. What Do You Think?
Conclusion: Who knows if this new release of 'The Shadow' is worth adding to your home library? I know… and it certainly is. In addition to the transfer being a big improvement over Universal's lackluster Blu-ray release, viewers get a nice (albeit short) new featurette with brand-new interviews with the cast and crew.
Summary: Who knows what what joys lurk in the depths of superhero cult classics? The Shadow knows! There's so much fun to be had with director Russell Mulcahy and screenwriter David Koepp's late-camp era adaptation of the 1930s pulp novels and radio drama of the same name that it's almost criminal. Alec Baldwin as a reformed opium kingpin who's transformed into a mystically super-powered New York vigilante?