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I think I have only seen the first two THIN MAN movies. I own the first three on Blu-ray.

Are all these films really good, or as most sequels tend to do, does it spiral downward?

I want to be careful how many of these I blindly purchase not knowing how good they are.
 

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I think I have only seen the first two THIN MAN movies. I own the first three on Blu-ray.

Are all these films really good, or as most sequels tend to do, does it spiral downward?

I want to be careful how many of these I blindly purchase not knowing how good they are.
I've seen them all and they all have something to recommend them especially the combination of Powell and Loy as Robert says above. Many consider Another Thin Man, the third entry, to be the best. I think The Thin Man Goes Home, the fifth entry, is the funniest. Song of the Thin Man, the final entry, is the weakest, but still has Powell, Loy and a terrific supporting cast. If you're on the fence wait for the prices to come down. As of today the Blu-ray for Another Thin Man is only $13.07 on Amazon.
 

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another great announcement, just wish that they would have went with this poster art instead

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falls in line more with the last two releases, and Myrna looks defiantly more like her real life counter part,
 

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I think I have only seen the first two THIN MAN movies. I own the first three on Blu-ray.

Are all these films really good, or as most sequels tend to do, does it spiral downward?

I want to be careful how many of these I blindly purchase not knowing how good they are.
They are all worth watching, but for me, the quality worsens after the first two, though I really like the mystery plot--taken from another Hammett short story--in "Another Thin Man" but find the pacing slack and uninspired. Everybody's taste is different, for many on this board love "Another Thin Man" and "The Thin Man Goes Home" but I don't. What I like are the peripheral characters, the MGM gloss, but the stories and the films don't hold together like the first two. They move in fits and starts. And as the films progress, the mystery element becomes perfunctory. They turn into gentle comedies. And though I love watching William Powell & Myrna Loy together, they don't have the same chemistry as in the first two films. Everything is slower, and also less funny. I know many posters will take umbrage with my opinion, but that's my take on the films. Are "Another Thin Man" & "Shadow of the Thin Man" essential purchases? I don't think so. I watch the first two every few months. But the others, while certainly worth seeing once, especially if you're a fan of MGM comedies of the 1930's & 40's, don't hold up for me. While entertaining, they're lesser films.

What I would suggest Ron is watch "Another Thin Man". "Shadow of the Thin Man" is similar, but even slower paced. But if you love "Another Thin Man",and want to watch it again, you'll probably feel the same about "Shadow of the Thin Man."
 

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I think I have only seen the first two THIN MAN movies. I own the first three on Blu-ray. Are all these films really good, or as most sequels tend to do, does it spiral downward? I want to be careful how many of these I blindly purchase not knowing how good they are.
Everyone has different tastes and your taste may not agree with someone else's so perhaps it might be best to rent the titles before purchasing. Below are my personal ranking of the films in order of enjoyment.

1. The Thin Man
2. The Thin Man Goes Home
3. Another Thin Man
4. Song Of The Thin Man
5. After The Thin Man
6. Shadow Of The Thin Man
 

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I love the first film, with it’s comedic and acting brilliance. I enjoyed all the sequels, but not enough to repurchase them on BD (I own the entire series on DVD). I’m happy to just own the first one on BD.

All that said, I’m very happy Warner is releasing these for new fans to enjoy
 

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You also have to understand that Nick and Nora are moving into and through middle age as the series crosses the years from 1934-1947. You couldn't possibly expect them to behave youthfully as they age. The mysteries are all strong but I think the clues are a little rocky in Song of the Thin Man even though it's got a GREAT cast supporting the stars, and Nick and Nora are less playful in it.
 

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I think I have only seen the first two THIN MAN movies. I own the first three on Blu-ray.

Are all these films really good, or as most sequels tend to do, does it spiral downward?

I want to be careful how many of these I blindly purchase not knowing how good they are.
All are worth your time if you like the series. I think the 1st 4 are all great movies. The 5th one is a good movie and the 6th one is a pretty good movie.
 

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Appreciate the replies. I don't think I am going to buy the entire series. I may just stop at the first three.
 

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I watched all six movies this past New Year's Eve. My brief thoughts about them are here.

Appreciate the referral to your thoughts but that link doesn't go to any specific post. I looked on the specified page and did not see your thoughts on The Thin Man series.