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  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland, Debra Winger, Theresa Russell, Nancy Travis
  • Directors: Bob Rafelson, George Sluizer
  • Writers: Ronald Bass, Tim Krabbé, Todd Graff
  • Producers: Harold Schneider, Larry Brezner, Lauren Weissman
  • 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: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KGGJ04
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,446 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The Vanishing (1993) 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

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The Vanishing: It's not unusual for Hollywood to remake European hits. What is unusual is the director of the original getting the chance to helm the new version with an American cast, which is what happened with this film based on an intensely creepy Dutch film of the same name (both directed by George Sluizer). Kiefer Sutherland and Sandra Bullock are on vacation when, while stopped at a crowded rest area, she disappears. He devotes the next several years to discovering what happened to her, ruining his life in the process. When he does get a clue, it leads him to Jeff Bridges, who plays a bizarre and highly organized individual whose motives are almost as strange as he is. Bridges is spooky, but Sluizer ultimately is undone by Hollywood's demand for a happy ending, which makes this film affecting but far less unsettling than the original. --Marshall Fine

Black Widow: Bob Rafelson directs this dark psychological thriller about the seductive interplay between two intriguing women. Catharine (Theresa Russell) is a sultry beauty who meticulously sets her traps. Alex (Debra Winger) is a federal sleuth who just as meticulously uncovers what no one else suspects-that this femme fatale tricks wealthy men into marrying her, then kills them to inherit their fortunes. Soon Alex's obsession with the mysterious Catharine draws her deeper and deeper into danger.

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Great movie pack.
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The performances of Winger and Russell are captivating, as well as those of the relatively minor characters.
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After Sutherland meets him it looks like he will meet his fiancés same fate.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Richards on June 9, 2010
Of these two films in one package, Black Widow is the better drama. It's a mystery in the classic style. The guilt of the killer (played to the hilt by a sultry Theresa Russell) is not in question. The issue is how the investigator (Debra Winger) will catch her, after tracking her across the country. The plot is clever, the narrative moves along nicely, and the direction by veteran Bob Rafelson features some beautiful visuals, particularly after the action moves from the Pacific Northwest to Hawaii. By comparison, the Vanishing is a remake of a European film, with some differences in the plot. The events are, however, curiously implausible. Distraught after the disappearance and apparent death of his girlfriend (a then-unknown Sandra Bullock), Kiefer Sutherland makes sustained efforts to find the killer, only to fall under his spell when he finally meets the murderer in person. In sum, Black Widow works well; The Vanishing falls short.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Chang on January 27, 2008
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Claimed to be in both full and wide screen. But, not so. Either side is full screen!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nikita on January 30, 2009
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My copy DOES have the full-screen/wide-screen options and both are working fine - wish all dvd's had this choice. Two great movies, if you enjoy thrillers, at a great price!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Luster on August 19, 2007
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This is an excellent double set. Both are excellent thrillers. In "The Vanishing" while Keifer Sutherland and his fiancé Sandra Bullock are at a gas station she suddenly disappears. He believes she is kidnapped and searches relentlessly for three years before beginning another life with a new lady played by Nancy Travis. When he is about to completly give up on his previous girlfriend, the kidnapper contacts him. Beau Bridges is effective as the scientific kidnapper that is merely conducting a deadly experiament. His family life can not keep him happy enough so as a scientist he must try something against the laws of good. After Sutherland meets him it looks like he will meet his fiancés same fate. His life hangs on the fact his new girlfriend has followed him and taken the kidnappers daughter for a ride. What happens next is very suspenseful. If you enjoyed this be sure to catch "Breakdown".

In "Black Widow" Theresa Russell is effective as a woman that marries wealthy men and then disposes of them in clever ways that look like normal deaths. A detective played by Debra Winger starts suspecting the string of deaths when she finds an unusual blood test from one. She relentlessly tracks Russell but can't prove anything. When she finally trails her to Hawaii she gets overly zealous and gets to close to the next victim to be. She then gets herself into trouble with the law and thrown into jail trying to prove Russell's guilt when he is killed. How will she prove her own innocence and the Widows guilt? I recommend this DVD set. It is a good value. If you enjoyed this be sure to catch "American Gigolo".

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Simon on April 26, 2012
I will only review one of the films: Black Widow. This is one of those brilliant films which does not get as much recognition as it should. The performances of Winger and Russell are captivating, as well as those of the relatively minor characters. The setting and the dialogue also add to a flawless piece of work.

Synopsis: Winger, an ambitious federal agent, doing paperwork on a Mafia boss' death, and sick of her desk job, becomes intrigued with Ondine's Curse, a painless, nonviolent, death that occurs when sleeping. She then stumbles on a couple of similar cases where the now-wealthy widow suddenly disappears afterwards. She follows up several leads. One of them goes to Seattle, where she meets a potential victim, a good, shy, and kind wealthy newly married anthropologist. He dies soon thereafter and Winger blames herself for his death. She then follows the black widow to Hawaii to her next victim. The rest I leave up to the viewer in order not to spoil the movie further.

Both women are portrayed as being very intelligent and driven. Winger is at first obsessed with leaving her desk job and later in catching the black widow. Russell is a master (mistress?) manipulator (who could have been a chess champion), but who nonetheless is "cracked." She repeatedly states that she truly, honestly, loved all her previous husbands and her facial expressions accent her declarations. And, although calculating, she momentarily goes berserk whenever she realizes that somebody is on her trail.
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By angels63 on October 21, 2013
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I gave both films 5 stars though somewhat dated both still hold up due to fine acting. Both keep your interest thru out. My only gripe is the actress that played Sutherland's love interest was a little annoying. I believe the Vanishing was S. Bullock's first A-1film. I recommend this package.
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By Rocky on April 12, 2014
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This film is a bit dated, but really well written and acted. You will love the cast and story. I am talking about Black Widow of course. I really don't know that much about the vanishing, but bought this for Black Widow. It is a good price and I am sure you won't be sorry.
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I AM SORRY BUT I HAVE NOT HAD A CHANCE TO VIEW THIS PRODUCT THERE WERE A FEW MOVIES MISSING FROM MY
SANDRA BULLOCK COLLECTION SO I'M DOING SOME ADDITIONS AT THE MOMENT THE CUZ
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