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Crook's Tour, a 1941 feature-length adventure film
Audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder
Excerpts from Francois Truffaut's 1962 audio interview with Alfred Hitchcock
Mystery Train, a video essay about Hitchcock and The Lady Vanishes
Stills gallery of behind-the-scenes photos and promotional art
PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by Geoffrey O'Brien and Charles Barr
On the DVD
This two-disc package is the second time Lady has been issued by Criterion, and features a (visually and aurally) improved transfer of the film. It retains a commentary from the earlier release, but adds tasty extras: a half-hour documentary from Leonard Leff (standard stuff, but a nice intro to Hitchcockian ideas), plus a 10-minute audio excerpt from Francois Truffaut's legendary book-length interview with Hitch. This is not only a good way to hear Hitchcock on The Lady Vanishes, it's a fascinating ringside seat at an important moment in film history. And then there's Crook's Tour, a fun 1941 feature comedy vehicle for Charters and Caldicott, the two characters played by Radford and Wayne (they'd been such a hit in The Lady Vanishes that audiences demanded more of them, leading to a long-term teaming in film and radio). All good--but Lady itself is the ride you'll be returning to again and again. --Robert Horton
This is one of Hitchcock's best films.
THE LADY VANISHES is one of Hitchcock's most thoroughly delightful films combining equal parts cheerful romance, comic wit, and thrilling suspense.
I can never make up my mind which of his films is the best and most perfect; I guess that's just impossible to say.
Modern film audiences, you know audiences who came of age in the 1960s and beyond are used to having our spies, our good side spies anyway, somewhere on the order of James Bond, at... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Alfred Johnson
It was a cute movie, pleasant but dated. It was enjoyable entertainment to fill an otherwise empty hour and a half.Published 10 days ago by Ruby
THE LADY VANISHES (Dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1938, 96 minutes) is allegedly based on the story by Ethel Lina White, but it is clear from the start what this film is, really. Read morePublished 1 month ago by E. (Harry) Hernandez
Hitchcock at his best. He weaves his storyline in and out, up and down, even removing the script from the table and leaving you, out there to hang, with your thoughts, your... Read morePublished 4 months ago by DIGITALSHOOTER