Thin Man
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Thin Man

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Director: W.S. Van Dyke
     
 

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Woody S. Van Dyke's The Thin Man (1934) comes to DVD in fine style -- a gleaming new transfer off of a beautiful (if not perfect) source in very good sound, and with decent if not too ambitious bonus selections. The movie was out on laserdisc at least twice, but neither of those editions look as good as this new transfer, the night images of which (of which…  See more details below

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Woody S. Van Dyke's The Thin Man (1934) comes to DVD in fine style -- a gleaming new transfer off of a beautiful (if not perfect) source in very good sound, and with decent if not too ambitious bonus selections. The movie was out on laserdisc at least twice, but neither of those editions look as good as this new transfer, the night images of which (of which there are many, this being a mystery) glisten like silver sprayed on a velvety black background, while the fully lit shots reveal the texture of the fabric in the men's suits and the woman's gowns. There are small flaws in the source at various points, the last reel has some rips that have been repaired, and some of the focus isn't ideal -- and a flock of vertical scratches appear in the image at 71 minutes in, during a night scene, but generally this is about as good a presentation as the movie has received since the last time it was projected on a cinema palace-size screen, about 70 years ago. Someone spent a little time producing this disc, too, because there are 28 chapters in the 91 minute film, which is the way movies of this type and vintage should be treated. The disc opens up on the menu, which is structured very simply and offers a selection of the trailers from this and the subsequent five "Thin Man" movies, through 1947's Song Of The Thin Man (the trailer of which runs close to three minutes), all of which look to be in excellent condition and whet the appetite for the release of those movies.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A rollicking adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s bestselling detective novel, this delightful hybrid of screwball comedy and murder mystery was a critical and commercial smash; it ultimately spawned five sequels, a radio show, and a TV series. Nearly 70 years after its theatrical release, The Thin Man hasn’t lost an iota of its charm. William Powell and Myrna Loy are in peak form as Nick and Nora Charles, wealthy sophisticates whose Christmas-season visit to New York is disrupted by the disappearance of an old friend accused of murder. Nick, a former detective who gave up gumshoeing when he married heiress Nora, becomes embroiled in the search for the killer and very nearly loses his own life in the bargain. Maureen O’Sullivan, Nat Pendleton, Edward Ellis, and a young Cesar Romero are cast perfectly to type and lend admirable support, but it’s just icing on the cake: Powell and Loy effortlessly dominate the film with their breezy portrayals of these perpetually sloshed sleuths. The Frances Goodrich-Albert Hackett script brims with clever dialogue, some of it rather risqué, and director W. S. Van Dyke (San Francisco) reportedly shot the whole movie in less than three weeks, his breakneck pace resulting in loose, improvisational performances. An Academy Award nominee for Best Picture, The Thin Man is a classic '30s movie that belongs in every serious collector’s home library. The DVD includes trailers for all six Thin Man movies.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
The Thin Man works because of the chemistry between stars William Powell and Myrna Loy, and because screenwriters Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich had the good sense to transfer Dashiell Hammett's source novel to the screen without substantial alterations to the story. Planned by MGM as a lower-profile release, the film nonetheless featured first-rate talent in front of and behind the camera, including director W.S. Van Dyke, cinematographer James Wong Howe, art director Cedric Gibbons, and sound engineer Douglas Shearer. Shearer's role was of substantial importance in naturalistically capturing the casual banter of the stars and creating the film's atmosphere of sophistication and wit. The supporting cast features consistently good performances, with Maureen O'Sullivan the standout. Unlike many MGM films of the 1930s, the production design is understated, as the stars and the screenplay take center stage. Surprisingly popular at the box office, The Thin Man was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/02/2005
UPC:
0012569675681
Original Release:
1934
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:31:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Thin Man trailer gallery; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français, Español & Português (Feature Film Only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Powell Nick Charles
Myrna Loy Nora Charles
Maureen O'Sullivan Dorothy Wynant
Nat Pendleton Lt. John Guild
Minna Gombell Mimi Wynant
Porter Hall MacCaulay
Henry Wadsworth Tommy
William Henry Gilbert Wynant
Harold Huber Nunheim
Cesar Romero Chris Jorgenson
Natalie Moorhead Julia Wolf
Edward S. Brophy Joe Morelli
Edward Ellis Clyde Wynant
Cyril Thornton Tanner
Polly Bailey Actor
Arthur Belasco Actor
Ray Brown Dr. Walton
Ruth Channing Mrs. Jorgenson
Clay Clement Quinn
Nick Copeland Actor
Pat Flaherty Cop/Fighter
Douglas Fowley Actor
Kenneth Gibson Apartment Clerk
Creighton Hale Actor
Sherry Hall Taxi Driver
Edward Hearn Actor
Robert E. Homans Bill the Detective
Thomas E. Jackson Actor
John Larkin Porter
Walter Long Stutsy Burke
Fred Malatesta Headwaiter
Garry Owen Detective
Bert Roach Foster
Rolfe Sedan Actor
Gertrude Short Marion
Ben Taggart Police Captain
Phil Tead Actor
Dink Templeton Reporter
Harry Tenbrook Guest
Huey White Tefler
Leo White Waiter
Charles Williams Fight Manager

Technical Credits
W.S. Van Dyke Director
William Axt Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Frances Goodrich Screenwriter
Albert Hackett Screenwriter
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
Robert J. Kern Editor
Hunt Stromberg Producer
David Townsend Art Director
Dolly Tree Costumes/Costume Designer
Edwin B. Willis Art Director
Dashiell Hammett Source Author

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [:51]
2. Wedding Plans [3:43]
3. Missing Bonds [2:29]
4. Julia and Her Men [3:32]
5. Nick Tends Bar [2:33]
6. Nora Catches Up [2:37]
7. Word of Wynant [5:02]
8. Woman Murdered [3:56]
9. Piece of Evidence [3:02]
10. Join the Party [3:32]
11. Family Gathering [4:57]
12. Such Lovely People [1:25]
13. Morelli Drops In [3:58]
14. In Nora's Drawers [3:21]
15. Shooting Gallery [2:14]
16. Nick Has a Hunch [2:46]
17. Suspect Update [2:05]
18. Nunheim Talks Too Much [4:28]
19. Evidence To Light [4:09]
20. Wynant's Shop [4:47]
21. The Drop on Tanner [3:24]
22. The Net for Wynant [3:41]
23. Suspects Party [3:04]
24. The Guests Arrive [4:09]
25. Serving Nuts and Fish [3:12]
26. Nick Makes Sense [3:19]
27. There's Your Murderer [2:17]
28. Two Happy Couples [2:02]

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The Thin Man 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was excellent. Very funny and unpredictable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is absolutely hilarious! the lines are witty and Myrna loy and william powell are fantastic in this mystery caper that is all about drinking martinis and having fun. it is in a class of its own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful movie! William Powell is one of the best actors of his time, especially in a comedy. Pairing him with the beautiful Myrna Loy, makes the movie perfect. They just don't make movie stars like they used to. Watch the movie, it's fantastic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
While the time was the 1930s, the humor is ageless. The clothes, customs, chicanery, and comedy are to long for.Clever and entertaining from start to finish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love all the Thin Man movies - can watch them over and over. Powell and Loy are wonderful together. Why aren't all 6 released together as a boxed set? They deserve to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Thin Man may be the best-crafted mystery comedy of all time, filled with clever rapid fire one-liners, and a well developed plotline. William Powell and Myrna Loy are perfectly cast as the wisecracking and often inebriated couple, detective Nick Charles and wife, Nora. The first of a long run of sequels, which have yet to be released on DVD, The Thin Man deserves all the 5 Star praise it receives.
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