The Shadow (1994)

"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?".

The Shadow
from 1994 was the first big budget Hollywood attempt to make a film about the classic pulp anti-hero. Did they succeed? We investigate. The film was directed by Russell Mulcahy, written by David Koepp, based on the work of Walter B. Gibson, and produced by Martin Bregman.

On this track we cover:

- Creating a modern retro action adventure
- The origin of The Shadow
- The pulps and the radioplays
- Visual effects
- The utter implausibility of being able to cloud men's minds.
- And David talks about Alec Baldwin's hair


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Participants: David Bjerre and Dennis Rosenfeld.
Day of recording: December 8th, 2011.
Version: German Bluray version, Netflix, or Fullscreen NTSC DVD.
Movie runtime: 1.47.25.


Tibet matte painting by Matte World.

Green screen Alec Baldwin in front of a model hut and model mountain in this Matte World shot.

The horrible painted backdrop.

Matte painting by Illusion Arts.

Aaaaw! I saw her first!

The split-focus shot.

The spectacular Illusion Arts matte painting, using the same street set twice.

Early CGI face by R/Greenberg Associates.

9 out of 10 megalomaniacs now recommend smoking.

You wouldn't like me when I'm William.


Cinefantastique, No. 25, vol. 4 (August 1994)
- Article by Mark A. Altman
- Additional text by George Zebrowski, Tim Prokop, and Dan Scapperotti

Cinefex, No. 60 (December 1994), article by Mark Cotta Vaz
Starlog, Issue #205 (August 1994), article by Will Murray
Starburst, Issue #195 (November 1994), article by Alan Jones

Walter B. Gibson and The Shadow, by Thomas J Shimeld
The Shadow Scrapbook, by Walter B Gibson
The Shadow novelization, by James Luceno

The Pulps.
- A complete list of stories. Link.
- Reviews of the stories. Link.


Bluray special features.

The radioplays. Link 1. Link 2.

The Shadow Strikes (1937). Download.

International Crime (1938). Download.


Shadow Fan Site. Link.

IMDb. Link.

Wikipedia. Link.


  1. Hej DobbeltD

    Jeg fik genset én af mine Guilty Pleasures i The Shadow med jeres kommentarspor i ørene.

    Thumbs up til dette kommentarspor. Det var langt mere teknisk end jeg havde forventet og selvom jeg før har betvivlet jeres engelskkundskaber blev jeg meget imponeret denne gang og jeg trækker min kritik tilbage.

    Mange tak for en yderst kompetent gennemgang af filmens visuelle udtryk og effekter. Ind i mellem bevæger i jer lidt bort med gennemgangen af pulp-genren men det er helt fint.

    I blever bedre for hver gang. Keep up the good work.

  2. Hej Søren

    Sådan der! En gensyn med Shadow kan aldrig gå helt galt.

    Tusind tak for roserne! Det varmer virkelig!