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Vanishing Point [1971] [DVD]

Barry Newman , Cleavon Little , Richard C. Sarafian    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Dean Jagger, Victoria Medlin, Paul Koslo
  • Directors: Richard C. Sarafian
  • Writers: Barry Hall, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Malcolm Hart
  • Producers: Michael Pearson, Norman Spencer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, Danish, French, Spanish, Finnish, Norwegian, German
  • Dubbed: French, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Sep 2002
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000695JO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,757 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Cult car chase movie starring Barry Newman as the enigmatic Kowalski, a lone hero who bets he can drive from Denver to San Francisco in fifteen hours. Fuelling up his white Dodge Challenger and loading up on amphetamines, he heads out to prove his point, and thanks to the on-air encouragement of blind DJ Super Soul (Cleavon Little), he soon becomes a people's hero. As his journey progresses, he meets an array of fascinating characters, including an old prospector, a faith healer, a medicine man, and a naked lady on a motorbike.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vanishing Point - A Cult Classic 16 Jan 2011
Format:DVD
I originally saw this road movie at the Odeon Cinema, Elephant & Castle, in the 1970's. It carried a 15 Certificate, and I recall that I was underage at the time, and worried that I might get sussed out by the ticket seller. The Odeon isn't there any more, but I'm glad that I was able to track down a copy of the movie!!

Its story, if there ever was one, involved Barry Newman having to deliver a Dodge Challenger from Denver to San Fransico. That doesn't really matter. It was an adrenaline rush, involving Newman driving an American muscle car as fast as possible. From out of nowehere, some bloke decides he wants to test his E-Type Jag against Newman's Dodge - as you do - and it all ends in tears for the Jag driver.

Pursued by cops, the only thing they have on Newman is speeding and careless driving!! It's a great film to put the brain in neutral, sit back with a few munchies and a few beers, and drool over the deep rumbling sound of the Challenger's V8 power unit! It was the end of the flower power era. There is a great soundtrack of blues, folk and rock 'n' roll. Oh, and Gilda Texier riding a Harley in the desert.

I wonderful, whimsical movie, but at the end, the good guy can't win. It was the early '70's. A Cult Classic!!!
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66 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate road movie par excellence. 2 Jan 2001
Format:VHS Tape
The Chase. The Desert. The Shack. The Girl. The Roadblock. The End.
Vanishing Point is clearly the four-wheeled version of Easy Rider. It is rootless, a wide-pan journey through the empty wastes of the sparsely-populated and unknown western United States, conjuring-up a sense of no belonging anywhere, no home, no place in Life (the I-am-hopelessly-lost tyre-tracks criss-crossing in the desert) - in fact, the definition of a road movie.
Filmed in brilliant technicolour and accompanied by a terrific, atmospheric soundtrack of the free-lovin' and hirsute age: Jesus freaks and hippy chicks join for a melodic and harmonious celebration of both the concept of Freedom and the spirit of Freedom. Car-delivery driver Kowalski (Barry Newman) bets he can drive the magnificent supercharged white Dodge Challenger from Denver to San Francisco in a mere 15 hours. Instead of sleep, food and drink Kowalski swallows Bennies. These keep him going, but do these cloud his mind and judgement ...?
For Kowalski has A Past. As he evades or breaks through every police pursuit, speed trap, dragnet and roadblock, police bulletins inform the viewer that he served in the US Army with distinction in Vietnam (before the USA's main commitment 1965-71), being awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour. Then as a police officer in San Diego, where he rescued a young female suspect from assault and rape (by a brother officer) ... which cost him his badge and Dishonourable Discharge. Then as a racing driver, and a pretty darn good one, too, until his licence was revoked. And he lost his girlfriend to a surfing accident. Clearly sensitive, Kowalski is - perhaps unsurprisingly - also a deeply-troubled soul.
Whose cause is taken up by blind Black radio DJ 'Super Soul' (Cleavon Little) of KOW FM.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vanishing Point - The Ultimate Road Movie 16 Sep 2002
By A Lewis
Format:DVD
This is it! Available at last on DVD, and for the first time in Widescreen! The counterculture movie that takes on 'Easy Rider' head to head, and creates a movie that is just as fresh and exciting now as it was thirty years ago.
Barry Newman plays Kowalski, the 'Last American Hero' thundering through the deserts of the American west, pedal firmly to the metal.
Kowalski has made a bet that he can deliver a customers supercharged Dodge Challenger from Denver to San Francisco in just fifteen hours... an impossible task that is made even more unlikely by the legions of Highway Patrol officers who are determined to halt him.
A fantastic film, easily one of the finest road movies of all-time, and definitely among my top five favorite films. You won't be dissapointed with this purchase!
A funked out soundtrack and the most spectacular car chase this side of the original 'Gone in 60 Seconds'.
Thank you 20th Century Fox!
Now all we need is a release for 'Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry' :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The American road movie which sets the standard 26 Mar 2013
By DerekS
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This story combining as it does a driver with a troubled past ,a blind DJ, chasing cops an assortment of characters
encountered and a violent ending is just about as good as it gets. Cinemaphotgraphy is outstanding and this combines
with a soundtrack absolutely appropriate to the action bearing in mind this predates all the electronic effects and digital
manipulation that is now commonplace
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4.0 out of 5 stars After Easy Rider Came... 25 Sep 2014
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
..the four-wheeled version in Richard C Sarafian’s 1971 film Vanishing Point. Of course, Sarafian’s film can be read as either an existential treatise on Vietnam, civil rights, peace (CND symbols liberally plastered), the summer of love, flower power and Jesus-loving, drug-fuelled hippydom ('Drop out and join the cause’) or simply a high-octane blast for petrolheads as Barry Newman’s Vietnam vet, ex-cop, ex-racing driver Kowalski speeds from Denver, Colorado to San Francisco purportedly to deliver a white Dodge Challenger (his constant companion) but in truth on more of a spiritual journey of self-discovery. And Vanishing Point certainly provides much spectacular entertainment as our anti-hero rumbles that V8 gloriously in his attempts to outrun cops (car or helicopter-based), defying certain death repeatedly in the process (stunts courtesy of Carey Loftin – he of Bullitt and The French Connection fame).

Sarafian and cinematographer John A Alonso also created an impressive visual spectacle with lingering close-ups of the speeding muscle-car as it is pursued (frequently off-road) across the desolate desert landscapes of Colorado, Nevada and Utah – calling to my mind the likes of Monte Hellman’s Two-Lane Blacktop and Spielberg’s Duel (said director being a big fan of Sarafian’s film, apparently). Vanishing Point also scores highly on setting up Kowalski as the tale’s 'hero’, an 'innocent man’ (in the public’s eyes) being persecuted by cops – or the 'last American hero’ as described by Cleavon Little’s blind negro DJ Supersoul (who is beaten up by vengeful thugs in one of the film’s darkly satirical moments, as Bob Segarini sings Dear Jesus God in the background).

Being a 'road movie’, Sarafian’s film is episodic and narrative-(and dialogue-) light.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you have a region hack on your DVD player its worth buying this for...
Has the UK version on one side, with the extra scenes (hitchhiker) and US on the other. If you have a region hack on your DVD player its worth buying this for the extra scenes -... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unmissable classi!
Good to have a high quality version at last. A seminal piece. Where would the games industry be without it?
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Published 3 months ago by Glen Britten
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenger heaven.
Just as I remembered. All chase.
Published 3 months ago by W.E.Partington
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad actually
Better than I thought it would be. I thought it might be just a Cannonball Run sequence of car chases. There were a lot of chases, but it was a bit deeper than that. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. K. E. Varney
5.0 out of 5 stars reviewing 70s classics part 2
great film very enjoyable have watched it several times already - arrived promtly and in perfect condition would definatley order from this supplier again
Published 6 months ago by david williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars "Vanishing Point" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues Withe The 'US'...
Like most I saw the amazing “Vanishing Point” on television back in the Seventies when it already had built up a cult audience (I sought out Barry Newman films after that). Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars existential classic
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