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Lady Vanishes [DVD] [1979] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Herbert Lom , Arthur Lowe    DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Herbert Lom, Arthur Lowe, Elliott Gould
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Enhanced, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: 16 July 2013
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,794 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Whenever you remake a classic film especially one with the Hitchcock name attached to it, there are bound to be a number of unfair comparisons which is what happened when this film was originally released in 1980 (the same fate befell Don Sharp's 1978 remake of another Hitchcock film, THE 39 STEPS). Cybill Shepherd had yet to appear in MOONLIGHTING (the white dress she wore in this film got her the job) and her career was still suffering from what Peter Bogdanovich did to it. Elliot Gould was reaching the end of his career as a marquee name so both were ideal fodder for dissatisfied critics. They may not have been the ideal casting choices but they work well together in the screwball comedy approach that screenwriter George Axelrod (THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH) adopted. Then there is Angela Lansbury who is simply perfect as Miss Froy. Throw in Herbert Lom, Arthur Lowe and Ian Carmichael as Chalders and Caldicott and Douglas Slocombe's gorgeous Austrian photography and you have a very enjoyable 2 hours.

As indicated in the title of the review, I referred to the film as being ill-fated as indeed it was. Not only was it unfairly compared to the Hitchcock original and was the last feature film of Cybill Shepherd's for many years, but it bombed at the box office big time and turned out to be the last film produced by Michael Carreras and Hammer Films which went into receivership while the film was in release. While it's certainly no masterpiece, the 1979 THE LADY VANISHES deserves better treatment than it has received so far. Just check out the other reviews and see how much people have enjoyed it when they finally got a chance to see it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming thriller 2 Mar 2005
By Darren Harrison VINE VOICE
Of course I prefer the original version of this story but this movie is made highly enjoyable and entertaining due to the presence of so many famous faces from British and American television. Witness the two cricket fans - who can watch this scene and not think about the two actors in their familiar DAD'S ARMY roles?
Cybill Shepherd would later go on to much success in the show MOONLIGHTING and of course Angela Lansbury eventually found worldwide fame for her turn as the female sleuth in MURDER SHE WROTE. Here Lansbury plays a nanny turned spy who is attempting to get back to Britain with some vital information.
Set in pre-WWII Germany this movie chronicles the trip of Cybill Shepherds character back to the UK to be reunited with her fiance. On the train she befriends a Ms. Froy and another American (played by Elliott Gould). However, things go awry when Ms. Froy seemingly vanishes into thin air and nobody on the train seems to have any memory of her. Is Shepherds character losing her marbles - Gould certainly seems to think so...that is until he spots something out of the train window for a fleeting second.
Its a superb story and very satisfying. I really enjoy this charming thriller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight enjoyable fluff 1 April 2011
Hideously panned by critics and Hitchcock aficionados, yet at its heart is a desire to return to those far-away adventure movies, the like of which they don't make any more. Of course the original is the best, however if you have not seen Hitchcock's celebrated thriller, you'll find this version an enjoyable romp in its own right. The lead actors are easy to warm to and spark off well with each other - Cybill Shepherd gives it her all as the irrepressible dizzy blonde, and Elliot Gould enjoys his character's "good guy out of his depth" appeal, willing to give it a go against the dastardly Nazis.

While it is not stuffed with thrills-and spills it has it's moments (a moving train thick with intrigue is always a winner with me anyhow), and the producers give this film a real chance by choosing to film it all on location in the wide-open vistas of Europe, dressed with breathtaking scenery and sparkling daylight - if you turn down the colour - yep, watch the move B/W for a few minutes - it's obvious that the photographer (Douglas Slocombe) has lit each scene with a nod to the great lighting techniques of the past, and suddenly the nostalgic feel springs to life as if you're watching a lost B/W movie from yesteryear.

Unlike many of today's "superior" thrillers, you can hear every word of dialogue and your head isn't left spinning with "bad-direction nausea" at the final credits. There's a lot to be said for old-fashioned film-making.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Angela Lansbury's best 21 July 2003
The film is loosley based on the book by Ethel Lina White. It has a fantastic cast including Angela Lansbury and Elliot Gould. The scenery is fantastic as it was shot entirely in central Europe. With surprises around every bend this is a classic, however the original is better.
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