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The Lady Vanishes


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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DC5K1FO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,776 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A stunning new adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1930s thriller sees a beautiful, spoiled young woman risk her life to solve the mysterious disappearance of a woman on a train. Iris Carr (Tuppence Middleton, Spies of Warsaw) is travelling across Europe by train when she unwittingly becomes embroiled in a sinister Balkan plot. Feeling disorientated after a fall, Iris is befriended by Miss Froy, an elderly English woman sharing her carriage. But when she wakes up from a short sleep, Miss Froy has vanished without a trace. As fellow passengers claim the lady never existed, Iris fights to discover what actually happened – and prove that she’s not going crazy. Or is she?

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Very clean, crisp production.
Sunny Peace
It really left me longing to watch the original version, just to get the taste out of my mouth, so to speak.
3in1
This is a very well acted mystery with beautiful scenery, costumes, and settings!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By janebbooks on November 30, 2013
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The Lady Vanishes is a 2012/2013 British drama and mystery film directed by Diarmuid Lawrence and is a co-production of the BBC (first broadcast in March 2013 on BBC One) and Masterpiece Films. Based on the 1936 novel The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White (1876-1944), it stars Selina Cadell in the key role of the disappearing Miss Froy, Tuppence Middleton as the young Iris Carr (who discovers the disappearance, but is not taken seriously), and Tom Hughes and Alex Jennings as Max Hare and the Professor, the two fellow English passengers who come to her aid.

According to Wikipedia, the film is less a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1938 film of the same name than a new interpretation of the novel, one based far more closely on it. It depicts a young and beautiful English socialite, Iris Carr, travelling by train across 1930s Europe, returning to England from Croatia. She is alarmed by the mysterious disappearance of a woman, Miss Froy, also travelling on the train. She enlists the help (initially given somewhat reluctantly) of the handsome young Max Hare, and his former Oxford Professor, who are travelling together on the train.. The setting of the remake is the luxury express passenger train from Croatia to Trieste, rather than in the original fictional country. An entire 1930s luxury passenger train interior, complete with sleeping carriages, a dining car, and a passenger bar and lounge car, were all recreated in Budapest for the production of this film adaptation.

Despite the plush and intriguing setting and excellent supporting cast, the film is marred by the casting of the unknown Tuppence Middleton as the young socialite who enlists the help of her fellow train passengers to find Miss Froy.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By eyduck on September 22, 2013
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Wonderful cast, beautifully performed, fantastic direction, great attention to period sets, costume, hair, and makeup. I THOROUGHLY enjoyed. If you like the feel of BBC Mysteries and Agatha Christie, this is a winner! Can hardly wait to watch it again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patty P on September 1, 2014
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Loved It! Frankly I am mystified by those here who turned up their noses at the lead actress. I thought she played her part, exactly as written, with great skill. The whole show carried the typical Masterpiece Mystery/ Agatha Christie feel throughout, and the actress skillfully portrayed the near hysteria of feeling truly alone and in deep trouble for the first time in her life. Her confidence is shaken and she begins to question her own sanity, but is jarred into "flight or fight" mode by the determined selfish indifference of many around her and the clearly evil intent of others who have a great deal to hide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lady Archa on March 6, 2014
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If you are looking for a thrilling mystery-this is it! The search for the missing lady brings up prejudice and apathy in the witnesses and the investigators. It is a well written period mystery with all necessary period drama accoutrements!
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Well done. . .
Seasoned actors, I became lost in their characters easily; thoughtful directing, the focus was the story and the characters' experience dramatizing the story; on reflection after the show, we realized the setting was as minimal as it gets! We never even noticed during the unfolding of the story. Very clean, crisp production. My spouse's comment: "It was fun!"
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This film is pleasant to watch, but didn't seem realistic. I'm happy to suspend belief, but the acting was a bit theatrical and dramatic. Stylized. Maybe it was intended to mimic older films in which they over-act with the damsel in distress kind of thing. But I might have preferred something a bit more subtle. Still, the actors are fun to watch, the scenery is beautiful and it's a pleasant little mental and visual outing. However, by the end it didn't keep my interest the way the other PBS mysteries and dramas usually do. See what you think.
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"The Lady Vanishes" (1938) is one of my favorite Alfred Hitchcock films, and I can't imagine why anyone would attempt a remake, but this version produced for television by the BBC and Masterpiece Films is not as bad as I expected. I might have preferred an updated, modern version incorporating 21st century Balkan politics and high speed rail trains, but the filmmakers preferred the romanticism and exoticism of pre-War Europe. This film is supposedly based more closely on the 1936 novel "The Wheel Spins" by Ethel Lina White than the Hitchcock film was. I've not read the book, so I cannot comment on the adaptation, but the BBC film lacks the comedic elements of Hitchcock's film. It's a straight dramatic thriller.

Iris Carr (Tuppence Middleton) is young English socialite vacationing in the Balkans with a group of friends. She decides to depart early and is able to bribe a ticket agent for a seat on a sold-out train but finds herself unconscious and then disoriented at the train station shortly after and manages to catch her train with difficulty. Iris is seated in a compartment with a Baroness (Benedikte Hansen) and her family and Miss Winifred Froy (Selina Cadell), a middle-aged Englishwoman who was employed by the Baroness' brother. Miss Froy is very friendly toward Iris, but, as she is still suffering from a throbbing headache following the incident at the train station, Iris avoids Miss Froy's chatter and falls asleep. When she wakes, she finds that Miss Froy and her baggage are gone. When Iris inquires as to where they went, everyone in the compartment denies that Miss Froy ever existed.

This film gets off to a rocky start. Iris Carr is not likeable. She's a brat. There is a superfluous scene of Iris' minor mishaps while hiking in the mountains.
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