Shadow Strikes!, The

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Shadow Strikes!, The
Faneditor Name:
Tagline:
The Sphere of Doom Edition.
Original Movie Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1994
Original Running Time:
108
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
100
Time Cut:
10
Time Added:
2
Brief Synopsis:
This is not an aggressive fan edit, as I love about 90% of this movie and watch it often.

But I wanted to create an alternate viewing version that makes the Shadow more mysterious and darker. To this end, I have cut all direct explanations of his origin. I have made all scenes that feature the Shadow more serious, removing any or all forced humor where possible.

And of course, I have altered the video to a grainy, public domain style black and white adventure B-movie.
Intention:
I have a deep fondness for the original 1994 The Shadow. While flawed, I still think it is highly underrated. With this edit, I wanted to do two things...One, while maintaining the classic 1930s romantic comedy mystery (in particular the scenes involving Baldwin and Miller), I wanted to tone down the forced humor during the actual Shadow scenes. Restore more darkness and mystery to the character.
And two, I wanted to take advantage of the wonderful 1930s production values and the poor 4x3 dvd release, and convert the picture into Black and White.
Additional Notes:
DISCLAIMER: I don't usually do this, but I will be up front and say I am not entirely happy with the video quality of this edit. But based on the poor source material and the limits of FCE, it is what it is.... I hope viewers will be able to look past this and still have an entertaining time with this B-Movie Adventure.
Special Thanks:
Rogue-theX. He is an inspiration! He created the dvd artwork and all the posters and lobby cards. His talent is amazing.

Also, special thanks to Fan Edit and Dwight Fry for their avid interest and great suggestions.
Release Information:
DVD
Special Features
Trailer
About This Edit
Shadow Art Gallery
Cuts and Additions:
--created all new opening credits using images of the Shadow through the ages
--opening origin gone
--"heavy lifting" line cut
--bridge gunfire scene trimmed
--cement block/Shadow shooting trimmed
--Tam's comedic responses during cab ride removed
--Tam waving goodbye cut
--fireplace dream/origin
--"Why have I not heard of him" cut
--Khan in sanctum talking about where Cranston got his suit and tie
--Tam's "hey that is catchy" regarding Atomic Bomb comment
--the lab guards bickering about what to eat
--Shadow wisecracks during lab battle
--"I sense someone is coming" cut
--"oh that knife" cut
--inserted Phurba/Tulku flashback during restaurant scene
--Cranston joke when sailor jumps off building
--cut "You called" Margo finding Cranston and smiling after sphere
--trimmed psychic dream
--cut "betcha wish you were nicer to me"
--cut bomb rolling down stairs and over Margo and father
--insert flashback during the final battle
--replaced "Original Sin" with more Goldsmith
Cover art by Rogue-theX (DOWNLOAD HERE) image


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Lobby Posters by Rogue-theX (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Trailer

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9.5
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9.5(14)
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(Updated: March 13, 2022)
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9.6
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9.0
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10.0
The Shadow Strikes takes what was, unfortunately, a mediocre treatment of one of the greatest fictional characters of the early 20th century, and makes it a very engaging watch. This may be the ideal way to watch this movie!

This edit has succeeded in improving The 1994 Shadow movie by tightening up the narrative, removing most of the awful dialogue and increasing pacing into something that is a much more enjoyable film. The original cut was never going to be what The Shadow deserves. This edit polishes the film into something that even Walter B. Gibson, The Shadow's creator, would be proud of.

By transferring the film to black and white and removing a lot of the nonsensical one-liners and unneccesary attempts at humor, this edit offers a pulp-noir experience, closer to the original magazine stories. Everytime I have seen the original cut I wince in many places, and wonder what the screenwriter was thinking. In many places the film feels like the screenwriter didn't know what to write, so he put in weird dialogue and gave the audience a series of strange scenes that don't make for an engaging experience. What I think this film does is trim out nearly all of the bad bits and gives us what the film should have been. Could this edit have been in color? Sure, but that's not what the editor was going for. By making this edit feel like a movie serial, the editor has demonstrated that he understands The Shadow and understands how a pulp-noir world is supposed to work.

A very well done and thoughtful effort.

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Im a huge fan of this movie and to be able to watch it like a old school 1930s serial , was just absolutely amazing.

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9.8
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A great take on this fun, underrated, gem of a movie. The new opening sets up the main character much better. Now we only find out later in the story, appropriately through a nightmare, how disturbing the Shadow's past is. The black and white works really well, though I love the richly saturated colors of the original. The "reel changes" are a clever way to set the tone of old, worn film without forcing us to watch the entire movie that way. In all a great success.
Despite the improvements, this movie remains flawed. Much better than the clunky story of Doc Savage (1975), it falls short of nostalgia for the 1930s of The Rocketeer (1991). But for fans of The Shadow, there's no alternative (until the if-wishing-made-it-so animated feature in the style of W.M. Kaluta using Orson Welles' voice from the salvaged radio plays!).
While not a perfect replacement for the original, I find myself watching this version more often than the color original.

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7.2
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I hadn't seen the original since it was released and seeing this brought back memories.

In saying that, it was okay. I would prefer colour, and some other reviewer said something about the quality of the B&W which I agree with. It's not entirely consistent.
My feelings of nostalgia are no longer strong now as I see it for the weak movie that it really is.

Bad guy who can control minds steals building and builds bomb. okaaaay then. I could think of more cool things that I'd rather do.

This is a good fanedit, just not a good movie. Thanks for making it.

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9.9
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I saw this one in the theater and loved it right away. The movie is a solid throwback with some minor pacing flaws and a few weak jokes. BionicBob realizes this and simply makes minor cuts to make a good movie even better. I did not notice any editing flaws and the pacing has been improved and feels great. It's just a tighter and better movie now.

My only complaint is a personal one and I'm even conflicted on it: the use of black and white. BionicBob was trying to make this seem like a movie right out of the 50's so black and white works fine, but the problem is that the movie also looks great in color. The scientist being colorblind also does not work so well in black and white.

That being said, the edit is great and I highly recommend it.

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