The Complete Thin Man Collection (R2) in September

Warner Home Video have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of The Complete Thin Man Collection for 19th September 2005 priced at £44.99. Have a wonderful crime with Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) in the complete series of screwball romantic comedy mysteries with the world's most debonair detective team.

The Thin Man films in this series delighted movie audiences over the course of thirteen years. Featured in the collection, in addition to the original The Thin Man, are the DVD debuts of the other five classic films: After the Thin Man, Another Thin Man, Shadow of the Thin Man, The Thin Man Goes Home and Song of the Thin Man. Available exclusively with the box will be a seventh bonus disc entitled Alias Nick & Nora, including two insightful documentaries, William Powell: A True Gentleman and Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home to. All titles are digitally remastered and the DVDs are further enhanced with classic comedy, mystery and musical shorts and much more.

The Thin Man (1934)
The character of 'the thin man' actually makes an appearance only in this initial installment. Young Dorothy Wynant (Maureen O'Sullivan) enlists the help of amateur sleuth Nick Charles when her inventor father (called 'the thin man' when his lean physique is exaggerated as an elongated shadow in one scene) appears to be a major suspect in a murder case. Nick's blue-blood wife Nora wants him on the case so that she can experience some of the excitement herself. However, working-class Nick is reluctant to get involved until he sees that police Lt. Guild is coming to the wrong conclusions.

DVD special features include:

  • The Thin Man Trailer Gallery

After The Thin Man (1936)
Having had their Christmas holidays in New York interrupted by a murder mystery, the couple is looking forward to a quiet New Year's Eve at home. Unfortunately, they arrive home to find a house full of uninvited guests, there to welcome the couple back home. And there's another mystery brewing: Nora's cousin's philandering husband has gone missing, and scandal threatens her stuffy, socialite family. Nick could care less. He has no use for his holier-than-thou in-laws. Nora is concerned - and more than a little thrilled at the prospect of another adventure.

DVD special features include:
  • Robert Benchley Comedy Short How to Be a Detective
  • The Early Bird and The Worm Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer

Another Thin Man (1939)
This film introduces the Charles' baby, Nick, Jr. Adapted from Dashiell Hammett's "The Farewell Murder," the mystery begins when the Charles family arrives for a weekend with a Long Island industrialist who fears someone wants to kill him; and, sure enough, his fears come true. Nick is among the suspects, Asta scrams with what may be the murder weapon and Nora sneaks off to a nightclub to ferret out a clue. The series' usual trademark delightful elements are plentiful.

DVD special features include:
  • Musical Short Love on Tap
  • The Bookworm MGM Cartoon
  • Theatrical Trailer

Shadow of The Thin Man (1941)
Nick and Nora are at their wise-cracking best as they investigate murder and racketeering at a local race-track. Planning a day at the races, they arrive in time to investigate the murder of a jockey that leads to the killing of a shady newspaper reporter. Shadow of the Thin Man offers a superior supporting cast including Barry Nelson, Sam Levene, a very young Donna Reed and a remarkable performance by noted stage actress and acting coach Stella Adler, seldom seen on screen.

DVD special features include:
  • Vintage Shorts The Tell-Tale Heart and The Goose Goes South
  • Theatrical Trailer

The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)
Nick and Nora return to Nick's home to spend time with his family. Dad isn't proud of his son because Nick didn't become a doctor like him. Nora thinks Nick solving a case will earn Dad's respect so she says Nick's there to solve a case. Will one appear? Will Nick solve it? There's an extra dose of humor in this movie which includes supporting performances from Lucile Watson and Harry Davenport as the parents, Gloria DeHaven as a drama queen, Leon Ames as a mysterious art collector and Anne Revere as the town's crazy woman.

DVD special features include:
  • Robert Benchley Comedy Shorts Why Daddy? And Screwball Squirrel
  • Theatrical Trailer

The Song of The Thin Man (1947)
Murder and all that jazz! In the sixth and final film, Nick and Nora sleuth a jazz-world slaying after boarding a gambling ship where a band leader has been murdered. Nick is drinking again after being forced to abstain from alcohol during his last case and the couple are accompanied by Nick, Jr. (an 11-year-old Dean Stockwell). Keenan Wynn, Jayne Meadows and Gloria Grahame are featured.

DVD special features include:
  • Passing Parade Short A Really Important Person
  • Slap Happy Lion
  • Theatrical Trailer

ALIAS NICK & NORA: The Thin Man Collection Bonus Disc DVD
Alias Nick & Nora features two insightful documentaries, William Powell: A True Gentleman and Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home to. True Gentleman reveals the personal charm and humor that made Powell such an attractive romantic lead, handling beautiful women, bullets and bon mots with equal aplomb. In Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home to critic/filmmaker Richard Schickel creates and Kathleen Turner narrates a glowing salute to the dazzling, chime-voiced Loy, tracing via clips and commentary her passage from screen exotic to delightful sleuth/socialite and reigning queen of Hollywood, with a special a nod to her admirable work on behalf of UNESCO.

DVD special features include:
  • The Thin Man TV episode I Loathe You, Darling starring Peter Lawford and Phyllis Kirk

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