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Vanishing Point [1971] [DVD]


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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000695JO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,183 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

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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4.4 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bentley on 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 By MarmiteMan on 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 By A Lewis on 16 Sep 2002
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 By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Dec 2007
Format: DVD
Easy Rider may have somehow become the defining film of its day, heralding a plethora of clichéd road moves, but I'll stick with Vanishing Point. It may have been the inspiration for Smokey and the Bandit, which added jokes, beer and a happy ending to the equation, but four decades on it's aged much better than Hopper's drug-fuelled road trip thanks to a combination of great visuals and some great car stunts. On the debit side there's some very unfortunate gay stereotyping in one sequence and the Charlotte Rampling scene from the UK version (which, ironically, can now only be found on the US DVD) does unfortunately slow the picture down to a dead stop at exactly the wrong time, but as speed-fuelled nihilism goes it's still a great ride.

While the UK DVD only includes the trailer and the shorter American cut of the film, the Region 1 NTSC DVD is a much better proposition, including both the 98-minute US cut, the 105-minute UK cut, an audio commentary by director Richard C. Sarafian, trailer and two TV spots.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray
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). And I’ve been lusting after it on the new format for years.

But the 2009 American BLU RAY issue on Image Entertainment is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on our machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' (which few are). And it looked to stay that way for ages…

However Fox has lined up a bunch of BLU RAYS in Steelbooks for issue in May 2014 – and “Vanishing Point” is among them (“Big”, “Speed”, “Legend” and the original of “The Day The Earth Stood Still” are some of the others).

So finally we're going to get to see it on this side of the pond. And about bloody time too!
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