COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'The Shadow' Blu-ray Collector’s Edition Review

Created: 02/20/2014 9:10 AM By: Aaron Chalich

Photo courtesy of Shout Factory
Photo courtesy of Shout Factory

It has been years since I’ve seen “The Shadow.”  I actually saw it when it was released in the theaters back in 1994, and I really thought it was pretty good.

I just received a review copy of Shout Factory’s “The Shadow” Blu-ray Collector’s Edition.

“The Shadow” was directed by Russell Mulcahy and has a huge all-star cast that includes, Alec Baldwin, Penelope Ann Miller, Tim Curry, Ian McKellen, Peter Boyle, and Jonathan Winters. 

“The Shadow” is based on the comic strip character that was created by Walter B. Gibson in 1931. 

I really thought the story was pretty good, and I thought the acting was amazing.

“The Shadow” is about an American who is a drug lord name Lamont Cranston (Alec Baldwin) in Tibet.  He is abducted by a group of servants and is brought to a holy man.  He is told that he will now fight for good and is taught how to cloud people’s minds with hypnosis and to make them not be able to see him.

Lamont goes to New York and becomes a crime fighter known as “The Shadow.”  Whenever The Shadow rescues someone he tells them that they now must help him fight crime and he recruits them.  He gives his agents a secret message that they must say so they will know who is an agent of The Shadow.

Lamont meets a woman named Margot (Penelope Ann Miller) who has the ability to read minds.

A new crime lord surfaces name Shiwan Khan who is one of the descendants of Genghis Kahn.  Shiwan discovers a new metal that could be used to create a very dangerous atomic bomb.  Shiwan kidnaps Margot’s father (Ian McKellen) because he is a nuclear scientist and forces him to create the bomb.

Now “The Shadow” must try and rescue Margot’s father and to stop Shiwan from creating the atomic bomb.

“The Shadow” is full of action and it is a great superhero movie.

The film looks great in 1080p high definition and sounds amazing.

The special features that are included on “The Shadow” are very entertaining and include:
 - 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.
 - Theatrical Trailer
 - Photo Gallery

I felt that the interviews with the cast and people involved with making “The Shadow was great.  It was fun to hear the stories behind the scenes and what it took to make it.

I really enjoyed Shout Factory’s “The Shadow” a lot.  I thought the story was good and that after all of these years, it still holds up really well and doesn’t feel dated.  The special effects looked great and it was just a fun movie to watch.  I would highly recommend that you check out “The Shadow” if you are looking for a fun, action packed superhero film.

“The Shadow” is rated PG-13 for Fantasy Action & Violence

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Aaron Chalich is a entertainment columnist.