(aka 'L'Homme qui voulait savoir" or "Spoorloos")

directed by George Sluizer
Netherlands / France 19


  A young man begins an obsessive search for his girlfriend after she mysteriously disappears during their sunny vacation getaway. His three-year investigation draws the attention of her abductor, a seemingly mild-mannered professor who, in truth, harbors a diabolically clinical and calculating mind. When the kidnapper contacts the man and promises to reveal his lover’s fate, The Vanishing unfolds with intense precision, culminating in a genuinely chilling finale that has unnerved audiences around the world.


Theatrical Release: October 27th, 1988 - Netherlands

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Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 133 - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 1:46:28 
Video 1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.64 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio French + Dutch (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion Collection

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.66:1

Edition Details:

• Trailer (1:34)
• 6-page Liner Notes with essay by Kim Newman 

DVD Release Date: September 18th, 2001

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Chapters: 24




I like to consider this part of the renaissance of Criterion. Their first 23 issues were not taken from HD source, and their next 100 or so, many of which are excellent, did not establish consistency of product (a few clunkers were thrown in both in title and image quality). But from about this issue (#133) onwards I began to buy 'blind'... with confidence that I would most typically get a solid Film/DVD package. I can't recall a total disappointment since.

The Vanishing's 1.66 anamorphic image is very good. It has moments of looking quite thin but sharpness and decent color and contrast are always there. Black levels are exceptional. Subtitles are top-notch. No extras (aside from the trailer and typically professional liner notes) keeps this at the lower price point. This is one film that will stay with you for years... and years. "Haunting" would be appropriate. out of  

Gary W. Tooze


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