Aug 222021

Shadow of the Thin Man, the fourth in the series, debuts on Blu-ray courtesy of the Warner Archive Collection receiving a new video restoration and stars William Powell and Myrna Loy and is out August 17th.



Shadow of the Thin Man
— Warner Archive Collection —

Genre(s): Crime, Comedy
Warner Archive | NR – 97 min. – $21.99 | August 17, 2021

Date Published: 08/22/2021 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Maj. W.S. Van Dyke II
Writer(s): Irving Brecher and Harry Kurnitz (screenplay)
Cast: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Barry Nelson, Donna Reed, Sam Levene, Alan Baxter

Features: Short Film
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono)
Video: 1080p/Full Frame 1.37
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 31.24 GB
Total Bitrate: 38.80 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C



In San Francisco, retired Detective Nick Charles (WILLIAM POWELL) and his attractive wife, Nora (MYRNA LOY), learn from police Lt. Abrams (SAM LEVENE) of the murder of a race jockey, but Nick refuses to get involved. Approached later by athletics commission head Maj. Jason Scully (HENRY O’NEILL) and reporter Paul Clarke (BARRY NELSON), Nick still declines to investigate. When another reporter is murdered and Paul is arrested, Nick gives way to Nora’s plea and sets out to solve the murders.



The only features included is a Vintage Short “The Tell-Tale Heart”, Classic Cartoon “The Goose Goes South” and the Theatrical Trailer.


VIDEO – 4¾/5, AUDIO – 4/5

Warner Bros. releases Shadow of the Thin Man onto Blu-ray via their Archive Collection line. No real surprise as the majority of these, especially older films, this one looks fantastic. Detail is sharp and well defined, the black and white picture has good contrast, and there were no obvious signs of aliasing, artifacting or other flaws.

The normal DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track is more than serviceable for a film like this, meaning one that is 99% dialogue and as such, the chatter comes across with nice clarity and no discernible hissing or pops. It might go unnoticed by some but considering the film is 70+ years old, it’s pretty impressive.




Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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