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The Thin Man on Blu-ray

It’s hard to believe that it’s taken Warner Brothers so long to release The Thin Man on Blu-ray. So many of the studio’s classic titles are still unavailable in the format, even though they’ve gone through at least one digital restoration over the years.

As a fan of The Thin Man series, starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, I’ve been watching this title on DVD for years. The improvement in picture quality over the DVD is absolutely stunning. The opening scene, set on a snowy day, is so improved that it almost looks as if you could reach out and touch the falling snow, and all scratches and imperfections have been dutifully removed from the original celluloid.

Myrna Loy, Asta & William Powell

For those unfamiliar with the series, Powell and Loy play Nick and Nora Charles, a detecting couple so well-to-do that they seem to get involved in solving murders as a distraction from their humdrum, blue-blood life. Powell and Loy are the very definition of magic on screen, playing off each other as if they actually are a married couple. Astute fans are also able to spot instances where their chemistry resulted in improvised dialog and reactions that make them even more lovable.

With a supporting cast that includes Maureen O’Sullivan and reliable character actor Nat Pendleton, this film noir comedy is one of the very best. Hopefully, Warner Brothers will see fit to release the following four Thin Man movies in the series on Blu-ray. We’ve waited long enough!

D.P.

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