The Lady Vanishes
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This classic mystery, and one of Hitchcock's greatest films, manages to combine humor with a genuine sense of menace - not to mention a curiously amusing collection of characters. The film is set into motion when a seemingly innocuous old woman, Miss Froy, disappears while on board a train bound for England. An acquaintance, Iris, becomes concerned and sets out to find her. What follows is a series of ingenious twists and turns finally steaming toward a suspenseful denouement. The film was extremely popular in the US and laid the tracks for the great British director's illustrious Hollywood career.
Includes an introduction by Tony Curtis and a bonus clip of the original theatrical
trailer for Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt." Digitally mastered from the best
available sources for the highest quality possible.
MENU languages: English / Spanish / Chinese / Japanese
Subtitles: Spanish / Chinese / Japanese
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- Introduction by 'Tony Curtis
- Bonus footage
- The menus are available in English, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese
Top Customer Reviews
I can think of no higher tribute to Hitchcock than the fact that so many recent hit films are virtual remakes of his classic gems. DISTURBIA is REAR WINDOW recast with modern teens, and the 2005 Jodie Foster thriller, FLIGHTPLAN, was an unofficial remake of THE LADY VANISHES with an airliner standing in for the train--right down to the famous "fingerprint on the window." Why do modern filmmakers keep imitating the Master's films? See for yourself. This new, 2-disc reissue from Criterion has a lot of extras and a newly remastered print of the film itself. It's a must for fans and newcomers alike. Highly Recommended.
Let me add that the four-star rating is for the DVD as a whole. None of the films are presented at four-star quality (The Lady Vanishes is maybe three-and-a-half), but the fact that you get three movies instead of one or two bumps the score from average to slightly-above.
The Man Who Knew Too Much is the oldest of the three movies and its print and sound quality are the most deteriorated. Nevertheless, the symphony scene and the final gunfight retain their suspensefulness. The movie holds its own against the 1956 remake; Leslie Banks is no Jimmy Stewart, but at least Edna Best doesn't sing.
Secret Agent features a young John Gielgud, only a year or two out of short pants, I'm sure. Peter Lorre steals the show here, however, as an assassin or curious nationality. Of the three, I felt this was the least Hitchcockian in comparison with his later - and greater - work. It works on a psychological level, like his very-early Blackmail, rather than building the suspense of the other two films on this DVD or terror of Psycho or The Birds. The "self-translating" cypher notes are a nice effect; the spinning bowls and train crash are nice attempts at special effects that fall a little short of the mark.
The Lady Vanishes is the most recent of these films, and sports the best sound and picture.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fairly simple concept for a film, but very interesting to watch. Not on the level of Rear Window. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
You could hardly make out what they were saying even though it was HD. Too bad because this version is a great movie. Read morePublished 2 months ago by meikol
I love this movie, but the copy was not very good. Still like it thoughPublished 3 months ago by L. Smith
Great movie with fairly decent quality despite its age. For old movie fans and Hitchcock fans alike.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Lady Vanishes is arguably Hitchcock's finest early work alongside The 39 Steps which is still one of best films to date. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Garrett
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