The Vanishing

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George Sluizer's gripping thriller The Vanishing comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. French and Dutch soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to the original theatrical trailer. Although this Criterion disc carries a high list price considering it is short on extras, the quality of the film and the widescreen transfer make it ...
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George Sluizer's gripping thriller The Vanishing comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. French and Dutch soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to the original theatrical trailer. Although this Criterion disc carries a high list price considering it is short on extras, the quality of the film and the widescreen transfer make it worth seeing.
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Special Features

New widescreen digital transfer; improved English subtitle translation
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
A thriller free of onscreen violence, George Sluizer's original Dutch-French version of The Vanishing (1988) reveals the capacity for evil lurking beneath the most banal surfaces and the dangers of wanting to know too much. Adapted by Sluizer and Tim Krabbé from Krabbé's novel The Golden Egg and set in brightly bland every day locations like a highway rest stop and a country home, the story of a woman's sudden disappearance becomes a creepily deliberate examination of both the psychologically crippling impact of her vanishing on her lover, and the criminal's unfathomable motives. Shifting point of view midway through the film with an extended flashback, the viewer seems to learn everything there is to know about the crime yet what remains unseen, and the unspoken implications of what is known, deepen the disturbing effect as well as enhance the suspense. With an ending that offers chillingly inevitable closure devoid of any uplift, The Vanishing was not released in the U.S. until 1991; critics and art house audiences, though, embraced The Vanishing's resolutely dark vision. Sluizer's 1993 American remake of The Vanishing, however, became a star vehicle for Kiefer Sutherland and Jeff Bridges executed with far less subtlety.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2001
  • UPC: 037429161623
  • Original Release: 1988
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Mono / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu Raymond Lemorne
Gene Bervoets Rex Hofman
Johanna ter Steege Saskia Wagter
Gwen Eckhaus Lieneke
Bernadette Lesache Simone Lemorne
Tania Latarjet Denise
Caroline Apperre Cashier
Mieke de Groote Belgian Tourist
Faustine Wunsche Little Girl
Lucille Glenn Gabrielle
Roger Souza Manager
Pierre Forget Farmer Laurent
Didier Rousset TV Journalist
Raphaeline Gisele Marzin
Robert Lucibello Teacher
David Bayle Lemorne (16 Years)
Doumee Lady "Prisunic"
Eric Jacquet Pump Attendant
Aziz Djahnit Pump Attendant
Linda Wise English Tourist
Ian Magilton English Tourist
Jean Grandeau German Tourist
Ghislaine Gazaix Hitchhiker
François Guizerix Cop
Technical Credits
George Sluizer Director, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter
William Abello Set Decoration/Design
Sophie Dussaud Costumes/Costume Designer
Lin Friedman Editor
François Guizerix Casting
Tim Krabbe Screenwriter
Toni Kuhn Cinematographer
Tom Kuhn Cinematographer
Anne Lordon Producer
Santiago Isidro Pin Art Director, Set Decoration/Design
Philippe Renucci Set Decoration/Design
Jeannette Snik Casting
Cor Spijk Art Director
Piotr Van Dijk Sound/Sound Designer
Hennie Vrienten Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. On the road [:10]
2. "The golden egg" [:05]
3. The gas station [:07]
4. A promise sworn [:05]
5. Missing [3:16]
6. Questions [4:15]
7. The professor & the house [:29]
8. Preparation [4:14]
9. Trial & error [2:56]
10. Rex's obsession [1:01]
11. Bois Vieux [2:56]
12. "I need to know" [2:41]
13. "An homage to the vanished" [2:12]
14. First meeting [3:36]
15. "Lemorne,Raymond" [2:09]
16. A sociopath's self-discovery [4:11]
17. Language barriers [4:07]
18. Refining his methods [1:36]
19. Spotting his target [6:11]
20. Saskia [1:42]
21. Back to the station [3:34]
22. Rex's decision [1:05]
23. The promise fulfilled [1:59]
24. Color bars [5:03]
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