The Vanishing (Criterion Collection)

Starring: Gene Bervoets Director: George Sluizer
Rating 4.3
93 ratings
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1988
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Single Side - Dual Layer - RSDL
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.66
  • Audio:
    • Mono - French/Dutch

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Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 03/21/1991
"...[A] provocative and haunting thriller....A small gem..."
New York Times - 01/25/1991
"...[Sluizer] builds a disturbing horror story....Grim fascination to the very end..."
Los Angeles Times - 10/10/1990
"...THE VANISHING succeeds the old-fashioned way: by hooking us on characters and undercurrents, seducing us into a clean, logical nightmare..."
Wall Street Journal - 04/09/2010
"[With] one of the most effective -- and deeply creepy -- endings in movie thrillerdom."

Product Description:

Three years after the mysterious abduction of his girlfriend while the two were on vacation, a man tracks down her kidnapper. The abductor, a seemingly normal professor who contacts the young man through the mail, is actually a cold-hearted clinician of terror. When her kidnapper promises to reveal the location of his lost loved one, their confrontation explodes.

Plot Synopsis:

After three years of searching for his mysteriously abducted girlfriend, a man tracks down the kidnapper who has been sending him mail, and confronts him.

Plot Keywords:

Disturbing | Killer | Mystery | Psychodrama | Suspense | Thriller

Production Notes:

  • George Sluizer directed an English-language, American-produced version of this film in 1993, starring Jeff Bridges.
  • Shown at the Montreal World Film Festival August 29, 1988.

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  • UPC: 037429161623
  • Shipping Weight: 0.22/lbs (approx)
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