Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Vanishing (1988)

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 28, 2014
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

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Johanna ter Steege and Gene Bervoets in The Vanishing.

Dutch filmmaker George Sluizer’s 1988 mystery-thriller The Vanishing is written by Tim Krabbe, who adapted his own novel.

The movie focuses on a young man (Gene Bervoets) who embarks on an obsessive search for the girlfriend who mysteriously disappeared while the couple were taking a sunny vacation trip. Now, his three-year investigation draws the attention of her abductor (Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu), a mild-mannered professor with a diabolically clinical mind.

An unorthodox love story and a truly unsettling thriller, The Vanishing unfolds with meticulous intensity, leading to an unforgettable finale that has unnerved audiences around the world.

Presented in Dutch and French with English subtitles, the Criterion Blu-ray and DVD editions contain the following features:

• New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• New interview with director George Sluizer
• New interview with actor Johanna ter Steege
• Trailer
• An essay by critic Scott Foundas


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.