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Directed by W.S. Van Dyke
USA 1934

 

Nick and Nora Charles cordially invite you to bring your own alibi to The Thin Man, the jaunty whodunit that made William Powell and Myrna Loy the champagne elite of sleuthing. Bantering in the boudoir, enjoying walks with beloved dog Asta or matching each other highball for highball and clue for clue, they combined screwball romance with mystery. The resulting triumph nabbed four Academy Award® nominations (including Best Picture) and spawned five sequels. Credit W.S. "Woody" Van Dyke for recognizing that Powell and Loy were ideal together and for getting the studio's okay by promising to shoot this splendid adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's novel in three weeks. He took 12 days. They didn't call him "One-Take Woody" for nothing.

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Filmed on what MGM considered a B-picture budget and schedule (14 days, which at Universal or Columbia would have been considered extravagant) The Thin Man proved to be "sleeper," spawning a popular film, radio and television series. Contrary to popular belief, the title does not refer to star William Powell, but to Edward Ellis, playing the mean-spirited inventor who sets the plot in motion. The recently divorced Ellis discovers that his new girl friend (Natalie Moorhead) has stolen $50,000 and is carrying on with other men. Not long afterward, he disappears. Anxious to locate her father, Ellis' daughter Maureen O'Sullivan goes to private detective Nick Charles (William Powell) for help. Having just married the lovely and wealthy Nora (Myrna Loy), Nick has no desire to return to sleuthing, but the thrill-seeking Nora eagerly talks him into taking O'Sullivan's case. Shortly thereafter, Ellis' lady friend is murdered; so far as police detective Nat Pendleton is concerned, the still-missing Ellis is the guilty party. Nick is unsatisfied with this deduction, and with the help of his wire terrier Asta he manages to uncover several vital clues--including a decomposed corpse. At a fancy dinner party, between cocktails and the first course, Nick solves the mystery and exposes a hidden murderer. The story itself, lifted almost verbatim by scenarists Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich from the Dashiell Hammett novel on which The Thin Man is based, hardly matters. The film's strong suit is the witty repartee between Nick and Nora Charles, who managed to behave like saucily illicit lovers throughout the film even though they're married. The chemistry between William Powell and Myrna Loy would be adroitly exploited by MGM in several subsequent films, including five additional Thin Man mysteries produced between 1936 and 1948.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: May 25th, 1934

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Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC Warner Archive - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:30:18          1:30:52.655  
Video 1.33 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.22 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 34,367,370,529 bytes

Feature: 26,553,151,488 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Audio English (Dolby Digital mono)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1983 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1983 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, None English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Studios

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Cast and Crew  text info screens
• Theatrical Trailers of the 6 Thin man films.

DVD Release Date: Initial Release - October 1st, 2002 / Boxset : August 2nd, 2005

Snapper Case
Chapters: 24

Release Information:
Studio:
Warner Archive

 

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 34,367,370,529 bytes

Feature: 26,553,151,488 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

The Thin Man TV Series: Scnee of the Crime (1958) (25:48 - SD)
Lux Radio Theater Broadcast (1936) (58:21)
Theatrical Trailer (3:18)


Blu-ray Release Date:
July 30th, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 29

 

 

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ADDITION: Warner Archive Blu-ray (August 2019): Fans rejoice that Warner Archive have transferred W.S. Van Dyke's The Thin Man to Blu-ray. It looks significantly superior to the single-layered SD with up to 7X the bitrate. The visuals are brighter show a shade more information in the frame (of the left side) and some pleasing depth. The contrast is well-layered. It looks film-like in-motion.

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On their Blu-ray, Warner Archive use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. It is another advancement in the film's charming dialogue and score by Dr. William Axt (Madame DuBarry) sounding consistent, clear and carrying some depth. Warner Archive offer optional English subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Warner Archive Blu-ray include a 25-minute episode of The Thin Man TV Series from 1958 entitled Scene of the Crime in SD starring Peter Lawford and Phyllis Kirk. There is also an hour long Lux Radio Theater Broadcast from 1936 of The Thin Man with Loy, Powell and 18 other players. Lastly is a trailer.

Fans, of course, want the entire series on Blu-ray (including After the Thin Man, Another Thin Man, Shadow of the Thin Man, The Thin Man Goes Home, and Song of the Thin Man.) It's a film who's charm never seems to fade and a great addition to the Blu-ray library. A strong recommendation! 

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ON THE DVD: The transfer is not really up to Warner's recent output. It has not been improved since its initial 2002 digital release and is dark and hazy with a fair amount of damages and dirt showing up. The yellow subtitles are a dead giveaway that this was not a more recent Warner reconstruction. The film is 70 years old so the audio has some crackling in it. None of this is atrocious and will stop true 'Nick and Nora' fans from enjoying the film in this DVD package but it is certainly not reaching their recent commitment level. Extras are very weak with only the text screen bios and trailers for all 6 Thin Man films! out of

Gary Tooze

 


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