Conclusion: The Shadow is a great popcorn movie, a silly, over the top escapade that can't be taken seriously, but (and this is important) doesn't expect to be. This is pure Saturday matinee mayhem, with a mysterious hero and hyperbolic villain, and a kaleidoscope of colorful supporting characters filling out the frame. Mulcahy keeps things moving briskly, and the film has a very sleek looking production design.
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.
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.
Conclusion: The Shadow is a mid-90s diamond in the genre rough; one that's much better -- and much more fun -- than its initial critical reception and cult status suggests. How its name isn't mentioned in the same breath as Dick Tracy and The Rocketeer remains a mystery, no matter how flawed it may be. There's no mystery to Universal's Blu-ray release, though. It isn't very good, and its subpar video transfer is to blame.