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Spoorloos / The Vanishing [DVD]


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  • Actors: Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Gene Bervoets, Johanna ter Steege, Gwen Eckhaus, Bernadette Le Saché
  • Directors: George Sluizer
  • Writers: George Sluizer, Tim Krabbé
  • Producers: George Sluizer, Anne Lordon
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: Dutch, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Umbrella Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 9 April 2003
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CCKT1Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,781 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Australia released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: Dutch ( Mono ), French ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN, SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Rex and Saskia are on holiday, a young couple in love. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia disappears. Rex dedicates the next three years trying to find her. Then he receives some postcards from her abductor, who promises to reveal what has happened to Saskia. The abductor, Raymond Lemorne, is a chilling character to whom Rex is drawn by his intense desire to learn the truth behind his lover's disappearance. The truth is more sinister than he dared imagine. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: European Film Awards, Fantasporto Awards, ...The Vanishing ( Spoorloos )

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When a young Dutch husband discovers that his wife has gone missing during their return to Holland from a bicycling trip in France, he begins a three-year search that forms the basis of this unsettling psychological thriller from 1988, originally titled Spoorloos. The missing woman's whereabouts remain a mystery, but the film provides an early introduction to her abductor, a seemingly normal family man whose domestic tranquillity hides a meticulous, methodical madness. As the despondent husband advertises all over France and Holland for his missing wife, this game of cat-and-mouse escalates into a strategy of psychological horror, revealing certain facts and merely suggesting others to create an intense atmosphere of dread and anticipation. A film that Alfred Hitchcock would certainly have admired, The Vanishing leads to an unforgettable conclusion that's sure to send chills down your spine. Ironically, this film's director, George Sluizer, also made the inferior 1993 American remake starring Keifer Sutherland and Jeff Bridges. --Jeff Shannon

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brendan Ray Cyrus on 22 Jan 2009
Format: VHS Tape
A young Dutchman discovers that his girlfriend has gone missing during their holiday in France/Holland. He sets out on a three-year search that forms the basis of this unsettling psychological thriller from 1988, originally titled Spoorloos. The missing woman's whereabouts remain a mystery, but the film brilliantly gives an early introduction to her abductor- a family man whose domestic tranquility hides a madness.
This is arguably one of the most haunting, terrifying, and chilling films ever made. It is generally classified as a horror film, but it goes far beyond being a simple horror film. There are no real scares, there is no gore, but a deep, unsettling vibe that leaves you uneasy for the rest of your life whenever you think of this film. Every bit as good as the recent masterpiece The Orphanage.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 April 2000
I beg anyone who may be put off by the fact this film is in French to reconsider as it is without doubt a modern classic. The stroy line about a man obsessed with breaking human nature is first class and the acting superb, thrown in with an mesmorising ending which will leave you shaking! This is one of the rare films which can both entertain and really make you think. Truly first class.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 May 2000
I saw this film a few years ago - Channel 4 recommended it - and it lived up to their crit. Even Time Out rated it! This one of those films whereby you don't want to go up to bed on your own, especially if the stair lights are off. A really creepy film. It will keep you awake at night. Wonderful. What Nemesis is to roller-coasters, The Vanishing is to horror/suspense films. It's all in the mind ...
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By son of haggart on 6 Sep 2008
Format: DVD
This film is best viewed without reading a plot synopsis or spoilers of any sort. Don't, at any cost, watch the re-make (amazingly by the same director) with Jeff Bridges, even if like my wife you think he's cute.

Nicely paced, mesmerizing in it's build-up, it draws you in to a desperate situation where the lead characters actions are understandable and yet open him up to trouble

A great film.

Not for those of a nervous disposition, as they used to say on the beeb.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Cook on 6 Aug 2007
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Perfectly plotted and paced, expertly shot and edited and brilliantly played by the cast. Leads the audience mercilessly into an encounter with deep universal fears. The main character, the abductor, is absolutely evil and utterly likeable: intelligent, witty, loving, respectable, bumbling, eccentric, bourgeois. The film is so troubling because it deals with the presence of evil in the everyday.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Ryans Stokes VINE VOICE on 1 Sep 2007
Format: DVD
This film is so memorable that if you are ever in Europe and have to stop at a service station you get that odd sense of unease. Or at least I did having seen the film and then spending a holiday in the Netherlands visiting quite a few of these places.
It is a film that will stick in your mind whether you want to or not. And why does he take his shoes off? Watch it and see what I mean...
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