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The Vanishing Shadow (Blu-ray)
by Stuart Galbraith IV

One of the more obscure serials, The Vanishing Shadow (1934) was a Universal production. As fans of such serials - typically 12-part theatrical shorts running two reels (16-20 minutes) apiece - know very well, the vast majority of sound era chapter-plays were made by three companies: Universal, Columbia, and Republic. Though the smallest of the three, Republic is generally considered to have made the best ones, while Universal is said to have made the weakest. That's true to a point, but the serial form went steadily downhill industry-wide after about 1945, until companies stopped making them altogether in 1956. The later ones were much less imaginative, relying on genre tropes and available stock footage with equal measure.

Many Republic titles have been issued through the years, on tape, DVD, and even Blu-ray, but officially-licensed Universal titles have mostly been limited to that company...Read the entire review »

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