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The Lady Vanishes

(DVD - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Travelers on a trans-European train are put up in a hotel for the night due to bad weather. Shortly after the journey begins in the morning, people begin to disappear. Bonus features include commentary; documentary; essays; and more.
Statement of Responsibility: directed by Alfred Hitchcock ; screenplay, Sydney Gilliatt and Frank Launder ; a Gainsborough picture ; [producer, Edward Black]
Title: The lady vanishes
[videorecording]
Publisher: [United States] : Criterion Collection, c2007
Edition: Special ed
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (96 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (19 p. ; 19 cm.)
Notes: Title from container
Based on the story: The wheel spins / by Ethel Lina White
Originally released as motion picture in 1938
Special features: New, restored high-definition digital transfer; audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder; Crook's tour, a 1941 feature-length Charters and Caldicott adventure, available for the first time on home video, starring Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne reprising their beloved The lady vanishes roles; excerpts from François Truffaut's legendary 1962 audio interview with Alfred Hitchcock; Mystery train, a new video essay about Hitchcock and The lady vanishes by Hitchcock scholar Leonard Leff; stills gallery of behind-the-scenes photos and promotional art; plus: new essays by critic Geoffrey O'Brien and Hitchcock scholar Charles Barr
Contents: Disc one. The film
disc two. The supplements
Credits: Director of photography, Jack Cox; editor, R.E. Dearing; musical director, Louis Levy.
Performers: Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas, Dame May Whitty, Cecil Parker, Linden Travers, Naunton Wayne, Basil Radford, Mary Clare, Emile Boreo, Googie Withers, Sally Stewart, Philip Leaver, Zelma Vas Dias, Catherine Lacy, Josephine Wilson, Charles Oliver, Kathleen Tremaine.
Summary: Travelers on a trans-European train are put up in a hotel for the night due to bad weather. Shortly after the journey begins in the morning, people begin to disappear. Bonus features include commentary; documentary; essays; and more.
Audience: Not rated
System Details: DVD, region 1, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital mono; NTSC
Other Language: Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Subject Headings: Railroad travel Europe Drama Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Genre/Form: Feature films
Spy films
Fiction films
Foreign films
Spy films
Suspense films
Feature films
Topical Term: Railroad travel
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Publisher No: CC1663D
ISBN: 9781604650006
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE L
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Aug 04, 2014
  • SillyNilly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Love this film! The characters and humour make this a must see for classic movie buffs. Audio commentary was very insightful.

Jun 17, 2014
  • LibraryUser53 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

For the mystery connoisseur, the puzzle solver, the train lover, one of the best movies ever made. And even just for the entertainment, very fun to watch. Excepting a few of the minor roles, excellent acting all around. The clues are everywhere, hiding in plain sight; but recognizing them for what they are, well, that's another matter altogether. Released in politically charged 1938 Europe. If you watch carefully, you'll see some thinly veiled political statements from the writers and director. Some of the bonus materials -- excepting the short film "Crooks Tour", don't bother with that --- are well worth the time. The audio commentary, the excerpts from the Hitchcock/Truffaut interview, and the "Mystery Train" segment are especially interesting. The film is closed captioned, but not the other material. Highly recommended.

May 31, 2014
  • Reynold_Nugter rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was good, but I think Hitchcock's later American productions are superior. In all fairness though, he was hampered by budget. If you want to know more about the film, I recommend a second go-around with the commentary on.

May 01, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Be prepared to be surprised and captivated. Viewers were taken for a ride literally when a kind older lady disappeared on a train ride between a fictitious Eastern European country and London. Caption available via AV port instead of HDMI port for the main feature but not for the bonus film on disc 2.

No captions for the hearing impaired

Jul 16, 2012
  • btmslt rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A gripping tale; howver, I'm not sure about the beginning which seems to long from what it adds to the film.

Apr 11, 2012
  • ausnos rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Despite it being done in my grandparent's time, I rather enjoyed this film. It had characters that you really cared about and a good mystery to it! Anyone who like Hitchcock (and retro films) will appreciate this film!

Jan 28, 2012
  • ThelmaPickles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What a gem! This was the last film Hitchcock made in Britain before immigrating to America. It features all of the hallmarks of his best films - a capitivating and intelligent melange of humor, romance and suspense. This DVD is from Criterion and features a very good commentary track as well as audio of Hitchcock from his famous interview with Truffaut. A delight for cinephiles everywhere.

Mar 30, 2010
  • missy2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A great romantic pairing of Redgrave and Lockwood. Hitchcock's American films could never quite touch the masterful ambiance of his earlier works, such as this one.

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Nov 18, 2011
  • imartin rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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May 03, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Woman: Why should you imagine I am telling a lie?
Man: Apart from the fact that you barely remember what the woman looked like, perhaps you could explain why six persons should lie? I can't.
Woman: Unless one person's lying and the others are backing her up. In which case it's her word against mine. As I'm English and you're English and this concerns an English woman … it's your duty to believe me.
Man: Do not confuse patriotism with prejudice. Besides your insinuation is absurd.
What motive would the Baroness have for lying?

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