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The Thin Man Blu-ray Review


The cast makes “The Thin Man” worth watching.

Based off the novel by Dashiell Hammett, the first film of “The Thin Man” series revolves around the mysteries of a missing inventor (Clyde), his murdered lover (Julia), among other nefarious deeds. Despite wanting to spend time with his wife (Nora) and drink booze endlessly, retired detective Nick Charles is persuaded to investigate these matters by Clyde’s soon to be wed daughter Dorothy. His Clyde the main suspect or is one of the many other suspects behind it all? All is revealed in the end.

1934’s “The Thin Man” has become a beloved classic over the years, but I’m not as keen on it as others. From a cast perspective, it’s as good as it gets. When William Powell, Myrna Loy and the scene stealing terrier Asta are on screen together, the movie soars thanks to their wonderful interactions. Powell brings so much to the unique and amusing role of the skilled detective and drunkard Nick Charles. Likewise, Loy makes the character her own while also having fantastic on screen chemistry with Powell. These are the types of roles that you can’t imagine anyone else having.

When the trio of characters aren’t on screen, the movie suffers as the Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich scripted story feels like a pedestrian murder mystery that we have seen countless times before. Director W.S. Van Dyke also struggles to keep the family drama from bogging down the movie when the characters we want to see are not on screen.


Presentation: 1.37:1 1080p. How does it look? Expect a deeply impressive. The print is super clean and clear.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The audio is equally worthy of praise thanks to this sharp 2.0 track.

* A 1936 radio drama adaptation of “The Thin Man.”
* “The Thin Man” theatrical trailer.
* I didn’t even know there was a TV series version of “The Thin Man” starring Peter Lawford, but lo and behold it exists! After watching it, it’s pretty evident why it’s obscure. Still, you can watch an episode titled “Scene of The Crime” from 1958 here.

August 18, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , ,

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