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Vanishing Point [1971] [DVD]

Barry Newman , Cleavon Little , Richard C. Sarafian    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000695JO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,525 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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12 of 12 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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65 of 72 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The NTSC version has twice the octane 14 Dec 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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
Published 1 month ago by Mark Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars existential classic
what more can you say about this turbo charged gem.One of the coolest cars ever!A healthy disrespect for authority and Barry Newman in Messianic mode! Read more
Published 1 month ago by mooncat soleil
5.0 out of 5 stars vanishing point
delivered very quickly .pleased i could still get this film consider this one of the best road movies ever made . Read more
Published 1 month ago by paul lane
5.0 out of 5 stars vanishing point 1970s classic muscle car film
exactly what it says on the box,what a classic film to add to any persons film collection.will not hesitate to buy off amazon again.
Published 1 month ago by shaun salmon
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
An American 70s road movie. It is certainly interesting and well worth seeing, though it seems to be more about the car than the people.
Published 2 months ago by Commercial lawyer
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest road movie.
This is a must for car chase/road movie fans. This is the the only version you need(the full version) not like the UK cut one,better cover and some extras unlike the UK witch has... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rondo Machete
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic must have.
What the new film 'Driver' should have been. Get it and 'fear is the key' with the same actor! You will not regret it.
Published 3 months ago by Juan Carlos Mateo
5.0 out of 5 stars adrenaline pumping action
Love the film, Barry Norman's finest film, and the Dodge Challanger, awesome, the muscle car movie, a film to watch over and over
Published 4 months ago by Black Star
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish quality DVD - DO NOT BUY
I don't know whether it's because of some sort of conversion from US to UK formats to do with frame rates or something, but there is frequent jerkiness in the rendering and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bottom Inspector
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound and fury
When this movie was shown on TV, way back in the seventies. My tape recorder was placed at one end of the living room, the TV at the other end. Read more
Published 5 months ago by dedeurwaerder
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