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The Vanishing

3.9 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews

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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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  • Includes widescreen anamorphic and full-screen versions

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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: Multiple Formats, 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:
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  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002IQLHQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,564 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Vanishing" on IMDb

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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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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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There is a blu ray limited edition out there from screen archives available. But this dvd is what most people will end up with. The movie is a remake of a great foreign film that came out a few years earlier than this one. Of course Hollywood had to have a happy ending. which that movie did not. That film was much more powerful for it's sinister end. This one has the great Jeff Bridges in it though. A master actor and that's a plus. As well as a young and excellent keifer Sutherland!. And it's not their fault that the ending was changed here. we need the watcher to show up and give us a choice of endings! The watcher is a marvel comics character that often shows parallel universe choices. Oh well. The blu ray looks much better than what we have here of course but it's much more expensive and you must go to screen archives website to get one. They also have 'man in the dark 3d' on that site and many other good movies.
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Many of the posted reviews of this film comment unfavorably on Jeff Bridge's acting. His accent is said to be peculiar and his demeanor "wooden". I think the flat personality of the character is Bridges' attempt to portray a psychotic character, who is unable to communicate with other people. I am sure he did research into the type of character he was to play. Another criticism of the film is that it is vastly inferior to the original Dutch film. Very possibly it is, but if one watches it on its own terms, it has something to offer. The story is very compelling, even with the much-maligned happy ending. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who can bring an open mind to it. There is much to like about it, including that "happy" ending. There are good performances by all the principal players and the direction and cinematography are praiseworthy.
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This is probably one of the most disturbing thrillers I have ever seen [ and my movie collection has over 1,500 titles in it ]… No, it is not more bloody than Saw… If that's what you're looking for, then keep looking. I don't want to say much in order not to ruin the experience for anybody but if you have loved ones that you would to anything to find if they disappeared, then this movie will stay in your memory forever. Great cast, amazing story, slow start for the first 20 minutes but a mind-bending finale !!! Oh and definitely not for the kids although not for the reasons that you might suspect or expect. You'll see...
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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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By Sueg on December 19, 2013
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This movie is very good. I saw it on tv years ago. Its about a man that decide to murder someone. because he wants to know what it feels like. He picks this girl that has this boyfriend. The boyfriend can do nothing, but think of what happened to her. He does everything that he can to find her, but its his present girlfriend that stops him from becoming the second victim. A great movie.
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