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Shadow Play (1986) Kino Lorber/Scorpion Releasing: Original Release Date 5/12/2020
Directed By: Susan Shadburne
Starring: Dee Wallace, Cloris Leachman, Barry Laws, Ron Kuhlman
Writer/Director Susan Shadburne never became a household name, mostly working in direct-to-video children's romps. Shadow Play (1986) also known as Ghostwriter seems to be an outliner in her short career. A playwright named Morgan Hanna (Dee Wallace) is still dealing with the death of her fiancé Jeremy (Barry Laws) whilst also trying to get past her writers block. To unblock she decides to get away and stay at his fiancé's mother Millies (Cloris Leachman) beautiful sea side homestead. Soon she starts to get a feeling that Jeremy is still with her-in spirit anyways.
It's a shame because this a great cast that is utterly wasted on what feels like a made-for-tv melodrama. Shadow Play tries its hardest to be moody but again, this just comes off silly and like the worst kind of soap-opera offering. I think there is roots of a good story here but its sunk by a screenplay that is watered down, cliched and cheesy and not in a fun way.
Picture: Shadow Play has a new 2k transfer. The movie looks overall pretty good with a nice uptick in clarity and brightness. Grain is smoothed out and not chunky which is always welcomed, especially for transfers of titles thirty-plus years old. There are some artifacts and scratches but this is only noticeable in a few scenes.
Sound: Shadow Play has a DTS 2.0 track. Dialogue, score and sound design come through strongly. I will say that there is some unwanted background noise present but nothing that is distracting.
Extras: Includes a new Interview with Dee Wallace (22mins), Trailers and Photo Gallery