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Vanishing on 7th Street (+ Digital Copy) (2011)

Hayden Christensen , John Leguizamo , Brad Anderson  |  R |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hayden Christensen, John Leguizamo, Thandie Newton
  • Directors: Brad Anderson
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004P2VQXO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,855 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Vanishing on 7th Street (+ Digital Copy)" on IMDb

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Beginning with its title--a combination of promisingly enigmatic and weirdly specific--this ambitious melding of the Left Behind series, Pitch Black, and any number of Twilight Zone episodes has creepy atmosphere to burn, but its refusal to finally turn over its cards may frustrate viewers in the mood for closure. The plot turns on an admittedly monster hook: following an unexplained mass vanishing, a handful of Detroit residents (including Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, and an uncharacteristically muted John Leguizamo) find themselves surrounded by leagues of whispering, carnivorous shadows, kept at bay only by the city's dwindling sources of light. Anthony Jaswinski's script drops tantalizing references to religious prophecies, human-made catastrophes, and real-life phenomena (including the still unexplained 16th-century disappearance of the entire Roanoke Colony), but never really seems to fix on the specifics of its particular spooky situation, leaving the audience to fill in an increasing number of blanks. That the film ultimately works as well as it does is due to director Brad Anderson, a filmmaker whose previous work (including The Machinist and the wonderfully upsetting Session 9) has displayed a firm grasp of place. Here, he outdoes himself, creating a barren, unstable metropolis with barely glimpsed slitherings in virtually every corner. If the narrative lived up to its surroundings, this could have been a small classic of the genre. As it stands, it's a case of the frame overshadowing the contents. --Andrew Wright

Product Description

VANISHING ON 7TH STREET taps into one of humankind's most primal anxieties: fear of the dark. An unexplained blackout plunges the city of Detroit into total darkness, and by the time the sun rises, only a few people remain surrounded by heaps of empty clothing, abandoned cars and lengthening shadows. A small handful of strangers that have survived the night (Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo and Jacob Latimore) each find their way to a rundown bar. With daylight beginning to disappear completely and whispering shadows surrounding the survivors, they soon discover that the enemy is the darkness itself.

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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This movie starts with an interesting premise which is immediately engaging. Unfortunately, very little happens over the next hour to draw you in. The plot and character development stall quite quickly, and the film drags. I kept watching nonetheless, expecting a big pay-off at the end, which, sadly, never came. The movie ends abruptly with a range of Christian imagery and all major questions unanswered. Frustrating all around.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Often Leaves Us in the Dark June 18, 2011
Format:DVD
This film starts with an eerie and inventive premise. It leaves a more haunting, memorable trail than most movies in the genre. But in between its first and its lasting impressions, it somewhat loses its way in the dark.

Too much goes unexplained. For example, we see John Leguizamo stranded in his darkened movie theater one minute - then we next see him lying battered and bruised in an illuminated bus stop shelter. What happened to get him there? In his commentary, Director Anderson says that there was some scripting that would have explained Leguizamo's trajectory, but a variety of constraints prevented this explanation from becoming part of the film. Actually, Anderson thought this was all to the good though - that some things were best left to the imagination. I'm not so sure about that. It seems Leguizamo's navigation of the engulfing, vanquishing night would have been one of the processes most interesting to watch. Without showing such process, the film too often ends up being just abrupt, choppy, and undeveloped.

It also has too many lapses of logic. The creeping darkness doesn't play fair. It shifts its rules of engagement, overwhelming one person, while allowing another similarly situated person to survive, at least for a while. Well, that could be an additional aspect of the evil of the darkness. It toys randomly with its victims, like a cat may or may not toy with a mouse, sheerly on a whim.

Then I had one of my common technical complaints about this film. The DVD often projected as an indecipherable smudge on my TV screen. So it ran as murky rather than sinisterly dark. There is something about the final lighting/filtering process that many modern filmmakers use that causes their movies to be a chore to watch on home TV's.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overall disappointing film & BD production May 13, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
Putting aside that this was another film with unlikeable characters doing dumb things in an unexplained end-of-humanity non-plot, I was still hoping the Blu would have some stellar extras and picture quality (with all of the darks and shadows). Unfortunately, the special features are some of the worst inclusions I have seen on a film like this, and the only thing giving this some higher marks was the 7.1 DTS.

The story follows four people wallowing through their idiocies in trying to survive some unknown catastrophe that leaves a city (played by Detroit - which was a better character than everyone here) devoid of people. Some bad CGI shadows follow them around trying to gobble them up sans their clothing. I would have to say some typecasting has to occur here when you have Hayden Christiansen walking around with a hood barely showing his face for several sequences, followed by someone holding a long green glow stick baring resemblance to a certain weapon Hayden might be carrying in some other franchise. But anyway, the supplements are all in lodef and I listed all of the bad ones first:

* Alternate endings, 3 or 4 at 8:20 minutes. Please take my advice and skip these. They are no different except for one alternate camera angle and a different sunset - nothing changes from the film.
* Revealing 7th Street (making of), 7:04 minutes. Talking heads & really bad insight by the cast on the film and story.
* Creating the Mood of 7th, 7:04 minutes. They essentially took the cuts from the first one and made this longer one, but with reasons for why they chose Detroit. Which I have to say I am not sure if all of the reasoning made Detroit seem worse ("gothic", "Dead" etc.), or they just didn't realize they were saying it.
* Behind the scenes montage, 2:11 minutes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vanishing good movie November 9, 2012
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This is a good creepy movie. If you like a movie with a happy ending, and answers all the questions do not view this movie. It moves along at good pace but not like an action thriller, there is also no gore. This movie to me was asking us as viewers to pay attention, like the male lead at the beginning is oblivious until he gets out into the street and finally realizes that something is wrong. We have in the movie four people,three adults one boy all wind up at a bar with the lights still on having worked out that the light keeps the things in the dark away. The characters realize that they have to get out of the city but have they left it too late. There appear to be several themes operating in this movie such as; pay attention, inaction is worse that no action, something that appears too good to be true is, know thyself, do not get caught in the past you won't move forward.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars SHADOW PUPPETS May 31, 2011
Format:DVD
VANISHING ON 7TH STREET is a dark, dreary look at what transpires after an enigmatic catastophic event that has unexplicably resulted in the vanishing of all forms of life--and not just on 7th street.
As expected, there are five survivors: a young TV anchorman, a distraught mother, a teenage boy whose vanished mom runs the cafe where most of the action occurs, a lonely movie projectionist and a mysterious little girl. And lots of menacing shadows and whispering voices. Early on, we're given hints of the lost colony of Roanoke; "dark matter" and the approach of a strange storm. Are any of these responsible for the vanishing? We don't really find out--that lack of resolution annoys me--I'd like SOME kind of resolution.
Director Brad Anderson (THE MACHINIST, SESSION 9) evinces some minor atmospheric chills but not much true terror. The cast is adequate: Hayden Christensen is a stalwart hero; Thandie Newton is strong as the mother; Jacob Latimore is a fresh change from the usual badass streetwise teen, but John Leguizamo's surprisingly good in his low-level performance. Similar territory is covered in the lamentable THE HAPPENING, but at least they offered "SOMETHING" as a reason for the occurrences, albeit pretty lame.
Ultimately, the movie never catches fire and seems longer than it is.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Premise, Bad Movie
As another reviewer noted, first the people vanish-then the plot. A good idea for a story that should have generated a genuinely creepy movie fails utterly. Read more
Published 10 hours ago by Teresa A.
1.0 out of 5 stars fast forward most of it
was not what i thought it was from the description overall poor acting and terrible lighting was its downfall not worth watching
Published 23 hours ago by julie
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
The story was pretty original. The acting was good, and the suspense level was good. You couldn't tell what was going to happen next. Read more
Published 1 day ago by James W. Jones Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars scary fun
I was looking for a scary movie the other night, when I came upon this one. I had never heard of it before, but then I do not spend much time looking at movies as I am always... Read more
Published 4 days ago by T. Wrage
3.0 out of 5 stars The kind of movie NPR would like
Not too bad; moody slow-burn rather than actually scary, with no likable or even interesting characters. The concept might be enough to save it, but YMMV. [...]
Published 6 days ago by James Milles
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not hold my attention
I did not care for this movie. Found I had to restart a couple of times to just get through it, would not watch again.
Published 7 days ago by pamela Crane
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok movie
The movie was good, but I hated how it ended. It really had a good premise, and good actors, but it ended very flat. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Ingrid A. Gotchel
3.0 out of 5 stars Review
It was okay probably because i tried watching it sometime before .
Tried this time to see if it could get me interested .
Published 12 days ago by stephrodark
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
People disappear when they get enveloped by the "darkness" after "the lights go out". We don't know why, but we never find out either. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Ferd Berfel
4.0 out of 5 stars worth watching
I was pleasantry surprised by how good this movie was.
suspenseful and well written.I have already recommended it to my friends.
Published 13 days ago by jeff johansen
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