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Vanishing on 7th Street (+ Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]
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77 of 87 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2011
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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 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. I wish filmmakers would get back to whatever technology was used from the 1920's through the 1960's that allows their films to play as appropriately shaded rather than just obscure when run on a TV screen.

The Director's commentary doesn't add a lot to a viewer's appreciation of the film. Brad Anderson starts out sounding too much like Ben Stein, making a dreary, nasal drone of his narrative. So unless you have a lot of spare time, you can probably skip the commentary and most of the other extras, except for the interviews.

However the Director's commentary does highlight at least one telling aspect of this film and its making. Anderson talks about how apt it was to settle on Detroit as a location for the action. The City itself is perhaps the most fascinating character in the entire movie. It becomes an icon of our crumbling economy, our crumbling culture. Some of the scenes in the movie call for shots of major urban intersections shown desolate, abandoned, post-apocalyptic. Anderson said that he hardly had to clear Detroit's streets and highways of cars and people for these scenes. They are already so often eerily null. So many buildings are already hollow, echoing shells of once vital industries. These shots in and of themselves served as chilling prognostications of what can in reality befall all our cheery, oblivious bustle.

So this movie is overall worth watching - for its darkling premise, and for its stunning views of Detroit.
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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. Several identical cuts from the other two quips, with no dialogue. Would be best as a workbook for the staff of the film, otherwise a complete skipper.
* HDNet Promo, 4:19 minutes (In HD). The standard trailer length plug.
* Fangoria Interviews, 2 @ 31 minutes. This was actually an insightful and thorough interview process and was better than the commentary. Thankfully, Brad takes up 22 minutes of the set and will be worth the watch for his fans. Jacob's lasts only a few minutes and the rest is clips of the film.
* Dig Copy, not disc dependent.
* Commentary, see Fangoria interview instead.

I was not impressed with the film, the bad effects that shined through on BD, or the ending being given away on the cover art (so no surprise for me, that ending sucked anyway) but I was impressed with the 7.1 - maybe only getting used by the creature sounds at various times, but a nice immersion. English and Spanish subs, region A coded. Not worthy of a purchase but maybe a renter for the Hayden fans. 1.5 stars for the film, and 1.5 for the sound and Fangoria set.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
What were the shadow people?
Where did the shadow people come from?
What did the shadow people want?
Why were the shadow people taking everyone?
Why did they take Paul just to throw him out under that light?
What the hell is Croatoa?
Where did the shadow people take the others? Are they dead? Moved to another dimension?
How were they able to control the times the sun rises and sets?

Just frustrating and disappointing!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
The plot revolves around a group of people that end up dying without a purpose or finding out the cause of the problem. It begins as suspense, oscillates towards mystic events and concludes with non-sense. Without giving too many details I can say that the story is about shadows and darkness that take over a city and nobody knows why or where it comes from. No one solves it, no one defeats it, no one prevails over it. So what's the point to seat and watch people disappear?

Fairly good cast but the director's vision was unclear.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
We have seen a lot of monsters over the past decades, and our expectations are that they better be scary--scarier than the previous evil beings we have met in other scary movies. This one wasn't scary, it was annoying like the co-worker who tells war stories while you're trying to hustle the new girl from France. It starts off in a movie theater and you think this is going to be good but all of the promise disappears as soon as the first monster appears. I can't fault the actors, because they were decent--especially the young black dude at the diner but they had a bad script and no amount of hard work was going to change that. So, I blame the writer and whoever decided it was a filmworthy (sponge worthy) story. The director tried valiantly to get the story across--and did so--but it still reeked. Scary movies need to scare us. You remember in Alien when the two idiots went looking for the kitty and they found a real monster, well the characters in this flick would walk into the back of a dark room and the monster would annoy them to death. Plot? Not so much. I don't think the idea that to escape a monster, you have to leave a city holds water because monsters are pretty mobile. Also, there were things that just didn't make sense. Why would one vehicle be running with its lights on and all of the rest dead as hammers? Why would one diner (with its own generator) be lit up like a Christmas tree while all of the other buildings with emergency generators were dark. I must admit, I stopped watching after about 35 minutes because I had to watch some paint dry. Save your time and scrape the mud off your shoes or something.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
First 15 minutes were engaging then the rest of the movie just deflated like a balloon. Lots of questions, no answers, stupid actions by the characters, I fought to the end only to find myself frustrated by the whole thing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
This had the makings of a good movie. A decent cast of reasonably talented actors. A good over-all premise.

Unfortunately, we know what happened to the lost colonies of Roanoke. "Croatans" were native tribesmen. Roanoke settlers were found married into multiple neighboring tribes. And the gray-eyed American Indians found in that region which claimed to be descendants OF the colony... Yeah. Not a mystery.

Then there's the fact that they never actually go behind the bunker door in the basement. Why not?

And then the ending. "Oh, look, two children, and a horse".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
No real character development. No real explanation of what is causing the event to happen. Watching this movie was a waste of time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2013
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
The movie had so much promise only to be undone by irrational behaviour of the characters and plot contrivances impacted by the writer. There are some genuinely creepy moments like the one with Hayden's character at the News Station hallway. If only there were more moments like those and a stronger focus on building up the tension and a better setting than the rundown bar.
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