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Laserdisc Title: "THE VANISHING"
Edition: Special Widescreen Edition (Single Disc)
Directed By: George Sluizer
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland, Nancy Travis, Sandra Bullock
Special Features: ------
Production / Year: 1993 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Running Time: 109 Minutes / Color
Audio Format: Digital Sound, Dolby Surround, Stereo, CX Encoded
Video Format: LTBX, NTSC, CLV (Extended Play)
Miscellaneous Features: Rated R, Closed Captioned
Distributed By: FoxVideo, Inc.
Catalog / Spine Number: 1997-85
Disc (s): Excellent - Hardly noticeable to very minor hairline surface swirls, if any (Japan Pressing)
Jacket: Excellent - Normal shelf wear, few creases, light scuffs, slightly worn-out corners or edges but no obvious signs of spines splitting
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.
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.
The Vanishing is the kind of movie that leaves you feeling completely helpless at the end of the day. You can plan for almost anything in life but you can not plan for the emotional devastation of stopping into a gas station and watching a loved one go into the gas station and never come out. Kiefer and Sandra play a couple on vacation and stop for some snacks at an ordinary gas station. She never comes out. WOW. Simple but terrifying. He leaves no stone unturned searching for her. He goes on tv,puts pictures up everywhere and it all leads him to no conclusion. His best hope is that she just left him and is living somewhere better now.
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