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  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland, Nancy Travis, Sandra Bullock, Park Overall
  • Directors: George Sluizer
  • Writers: Todd Graff, Tim Krabbé
  • Producers: Larry Brezner, Lauren Weissman, Paul Schiff, Pieter Jan Brugge, Todd Graff
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002IQLHQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,820 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Vanishing" on IMDb

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  • Includes widescreen anamorphic and full-screen versions

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In this riveting, tension-filled psychological thriller, a young woman (Sandra Bullock) mysteriously disappears, sending her boyfriend Jeff (Kiefer Sutherland) on a years-long quest to find her. Not even a new love (Nancy Travis) can keep him from his obsessive search. All the while, the calculating psychopath (Jeff Bridges) who kidnapped his girlfriend stalks Jeff, ultimately taking him through the exact same steps that led to the crime. In order to find out what happened, Jeff must put his own life in the hands of this devious stranger.

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Great acting, great story.
D E S T R O Y E R 2037
Had Sluizer taken that approach once more, perhaps we could feel some sort of emotional attachment to the characters being presented to us.
Mail-order Christ
I don't understand with all the horrible and unknown movies making it to DVD these days, why a good film like this hasn't made it to DVD.
T-Lo

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Susan K. Schoonover VINE VOICE on February 16, 2008
Format: DVD
I'll start out by saying I have neither seen the Dutch film of which this is a remake or read the novel THE GOLDEN EGG that was the source material for both movies. From reading a little bit about the acclaimed Dutch film it sounds like the first half of the Hollywood version of THE VANISHING follows the original movie very closely but then the second half becomes more of a "by the numbers" Hollywood thriller with some action sequences and the requisite happy ending for the survivors.

I'm not giving any spoilers aways by saying Jeff Bridges plays the kidnapper, Barney, as we see him practicing how to snatch a woman in the opening scenes. Bridges looks the part of a Barney who on the surface is a likable if somewhat eccentric chemistry professor. For some reason the American Bridges plays the part with some type of European (I think) accent which is quite jarring when the script states Barney was born and raised in Seattle and at one point even shows his birth certificate. Kiefer Sutherland is quite good as Jeff whose life becomes an obsession filled mess after the disappearance of his girlfriend more because of a burning desire to find out what happened to her then pure devastation at her loss. Nancy Travis plays Rita, Jeff's new girlfriend, whom he meets "cute" by coming in exhausted from his search for the missing Diane to the all night diner where she works. Rita later displays amazing talents as a detective and strategist so apparently was way underemployed in her waitress gig. Sandra Bullock as the very pretty and sympathetic missing Diane is very adequate but does not have a lot of screen time.

The first half of the film creates Diane and Jeff as believable characters caught in a nightmare.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 1999
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I had seen the original before the release of this film. I think it would make an excellent case study on just how badly Hollywood can mangle real cinema. Plot is almost exactly like original except that it has a ridiculous, hoaky, happy ending that was added to the end. The other annoying change is that the eerily 'normal' family-man psycho has been substituted with an obvious greasey slime-ball 'bad guy.' If you can stand subtitles, get the original, because this is drivel in comparison.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J.C. on September 7, 2009
Format: DVD
I'll make this short and sweet. If you enjoyed "The Big Lebowski" and want to see a different but equally potent side of Jeff Bridges' acting, buy this movie. It is very suspenseful the first time around, and it is great to watch this movie over again for the comedic elements. The only shortcoming in my opinion is that the ending is too abrupt.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cowboy on the Ocean on January 7, 2006
Format: DVD
This movie starts a little slow, but builds quickly into a suspenseful thriller. Bridges does an excellent job playing a psycho and masterfully pulls off that little "thing" that just makes him creepy. Typical of an early 90s thriller, this movie is sure to entertain. If you liked "Fear" then you will like "The Vanishing" as well.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
It is interesting to read the other customer reviews and see how some can actually see this version (1993) as the better of the two or really any good at all. I was not aware of the 1988 version and cought this version (1993) on television and thought it was mildly interesting. Then I watched the 1988 Dutch/French version and was really sorry that I had even seen the 1993 version first. It totally ruins the interesting way the story weaves -- and the way the 1993 version ends is just so perfectly Hollywood, it makes me want to lose it. Whereas, the 1988 version ends perfectly cold. I would like to know why in the world Sluzier would re-make his own great movie and make it into a bad Hollywood film?!?!?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 5, 2005
Format: DVD
NB - Once again Amazon have thoughtlessly contrived to combine the reviews for two different fims on the same page. This review refers to the US remake.

George Sluizer's original Dutch-French version of The Vanishing (aka The Man Who Wanted to Know) offers one of European cinema's most quietly disturbingly anonymous and everyday sociopaths, feeling his way one step at a time towards murder. If you've seen that version, you probably still can't get the final revelation out of your head, but the film had plenty more to offer than that, playing with chronology, subverting the usual cliches of its 'Lady Vanishes' plot (the hero wants to know what happened to his missing lover far more than he wants her to be alive) and throwing in some excellent characterization. I can only assume that for this 1993 US remake Sluizer was so determined that no-one else was going to get the chance to ruin his film when he was perfectly capable of doing it himself, but few people could have anticipated how comprehensively he trashes his own work. His career never recovered.

Chief culprit is an astonishing performance by Jeff Bridges that has been overthought through in every detail to a truly disastrous level. A friend who produced one of his earliest movies noted that Bridges was a great instinctive actor as long as you stopped him thinking about what he was doing, and this film is the proof of the pudding. Every movement is overly mechanical in its precision, making him look like a rusty clockwork toy, while his voice is a bizarre mixture of Tootsie, Latka Gravas from Taxi and a Dalek who have all been taking elocution lessons from Dok-tah E-ville. No banality of evil here, just a looney walking around with an invisible sign over his head saying "Please. Let. Me. Kill. You. Thank you. For your.
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