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The Vanishing [Blu-ray]
(George Sluizer, 1993)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Video: Twilight Time
Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player) Limited to 3,000 Copies!
Disc Size: 33,354,584,496 bytes
Feature Size: 33,159,806,976 bytes
Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October, 2014
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3012 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3012 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1823 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1823 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2981 kbps 5.0 / 48 kHz / 2981
kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps
• English (SDH), None
• Theatrical Trailer (2:24)
• Isolated Score
• Liner notes by Julie Kirgo
Description: Director George Sluizer’s The Vanishing (1993)—the American remake of his own widely hailed Dutch film, Spoorloos (1988)—is an intensely creepy thriller about the mysterious disappearance of a young woman (Sandra Bullock) from an all-too-ordinary roadside service area. Over the next few years, her increasingly desperate boyfriend (Kiefer Sutherland) searches for her obsessively, unaware that her sociopath abductor (Jeff Bridges, giving a weird, brilliantly insinuating performance) is watching him—and waiting to make contact. Featuring a subtle yet terrifying score by the incomparable Jerry Goldsmith, available on this Twilight Time release as an isolated track.
THE VANISHING is based on a superb 1988 Dutch thriller
released in the US in 1990. While the original was a rather cerebral
exercise in suspense, the American version has predictably been given a
more visceral dimension. The new version is more simplistic, but still
works on its own level.
THE VANISHING is a horrific tale of two men and their internal
struggles: one emotionally devestated by his girlfriend's sudden and
inexplicable disappearance and the other a seemingly normal, intelligent
human who can't stop himself from wondering if he's capable of
committing cold-blooded murder. The latter's success sends Sutherland's
character into a tailspin of depression that spurs his obsessive search
to discover the truth.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Twilight Time bring to Blu-ray George Sluizer's 2nd 'kick at the can' for The Vanishing. It looks very strong - tight lines, authentic colors, depth and an overall crisp image. Standard for them - this is dual-layered with a very high bitrate.The visuals are bright and clean looking akin to a brand-new film. The Blu-ray is impressive with no major flaws - it gave me a solid 1080P presentation.
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Twilight Time give the option for a DTS-HD Master in either surround or a second option for 2.0 channel. It sounds quite good with the 5.1 having some sneaky separations. Jerry Goldsmith (Seconds, Hoosiers, The Blue Max, Breakheart Pass) does another impressive score and it builds tension and suspense throughout. There is some perceived buoyancy and the music is a definite mood enhancer. There are optional English subtitles (sample above) and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE. It is limited to 3,000 copies.
Only a theatrical trailer, and, of course, as on most Twilight Time releases - you can access the isolated film score track. There are some liner notes with an essay by Julie Kirgo.
October 18th, 2014
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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