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Another Thin Man Blu-ray Review

“Another Thin Man” is an improvement over “After The Thin Man.”

In the third entry in the Thin Man series, Nick and Nora are taking a NY trip with Asta and a new member of the family- their infant son Nick Jr. Of course, their vacation plans go south yet again as they are called upon by a Long Island businessman/associate (Colonel MacFay). MacFay is fearing for his life and believes a former employee (Phil Church) is threatening his life over money. When MacFay winds up dead, all signs point to Church, but could someone else be responsible? Is someone else going to be targeted too? The “retired” Nick goes back on the job to get to the bottom of things.

1939’s “Another Thin Man” is very much in line with the rest of the series. Nick and Nora don’t get any peace, there’s a whodunit murder mystery, Nick gets roped back into an investigation, etc. If you love the formula of this franchise and are a sucker for murder mysteries, you’ll eat this up. The one big difference here with director W.S. Van Dyke’s film is that there is a new character with the son of Nick and Nora. Unfortunately, writer Anita Loos doesn’t explore the parenthood angle much which is a missed opportunity to be sure. There’s barely any son antics (although there are many babies with the baby party). The movie tends to be at its best when it focuses on the humor. The visual gags (including the hilarious opening sequence baggage bit), Nick’s one liners, the Asta scenes, and some weird characters liven things up.

As per usual, William Powell and Myrna Loy are dynamite together. Their chemistry continues to grow with each movie and the characters seem to feel like second nature to them by this point. It’s no wonder this became a six film series. 

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.37:1 1080p. How does it look? Expect a crystal clear hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This is a satisfactory 2.0 track. No more, no less.


Extras:
* “Another Thin Man” theatrical trailer
* An MGM cartoon titled “The Bookworm.”
* A short musical film titled “Love On Tap.”

April 12, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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