Search DVDBeaver

S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

1) Criterion (Spine # 133) - Region 1 - NTSC BOTTOM

2) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray TOP

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

directed by George Sluizer
Netherlands / France 19
88

 

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.

Posters

Theatrical Release: October 27th, 1988 - Netherlands

Reviews                                                                                     More Reviews                                                                           DVD Reviews

 

Comparison:

Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

1) Criterion (Spine # 133) - Region 1 - NTSC LEFT

2) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

Box Covers

Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 133 - Region 1- NTSC

Criterion Collection Spine # 133

Region 'A'  - Blu-ray

Runtime 1:46:28  1:46:23.251 
Video 1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.64 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 41,175,321,216 bytes

Feature: 31,184,259,072 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio French + Dutch (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby)  LPCM Audio Dutch 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles English, None English, None
Features

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

Keep Case
Chapters: 24

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion
 

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 41,175,321,216 bytes

Feature: 31,184,259,072 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• New interview with director George Sluizer (19:05)
• New interview with actor Johanna ter Steege (14:24)
• Trailer (1:32)
• PLUS: An essay by critic Scott Foundas

Blu-ray Release Date:
October 28th, 2014
Transparent Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 23

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: (October 2014) Criterion Region 'A' - Blu-ray: The Criterion 1080P is also 1.66:1 but shows a little less information in the bottom of the frame and a little more on top. The side edges both show more information on the DVD. The SD from over 13-years ago is darker. This Blu-ray is from a 4K digital restoration - and while 'lighter' has superior contrast and looks quite good in-motion. Skin tones are cooler and appear more realistic. The SD did have a few compression style artifacts where the Blu-ray is quite smooth with hints at appealing film texture.

Criterion stay true-to-form with linear PCM monaural track at 1152 kbps in original Dutch. There isn't much aggression but the lossless exports some depth in certain scenes. It seems to support the film very well. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked disc.

Criterion offer a new, 20-minute, interview with director George Sluizer conducted by Criterion at his home in France May 2014. The director discusses the challenges of adapting The Vanishing from its source novel, the psychology of its characters, and his approach to building suspense. There is also a new, 15-minite, interview with actor Johanna ter Steege who made her film debut as Saskia in The Vanishing which earned her the European Film Award for best supporting actress. In this interview, conducted by Criterion in June 2014, she recalls the extensive back-story she created for her character, working with director George Sluizer, and how the experience shaped her approach to acting. There is also a trailer and the package contains a liner notes booklet with an essay by critic Scott Foundas.

Chilling and often disturbing film that I haven't seen in a decade. It remains extremely impacting and an integral part of many digital libraries. Certainly a 'must-see' experience. Absolutely recommended.

 

ON THE DVD (October 2001): 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


 

DVD Menu

 

 

Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray


CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

Subtitle Sample

 

1) Criterion (Spine # 133) - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


Screen Captures

 

1) Criterion (Spine # 133) - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Criterion (Spine # 133) - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Criterion (Spine # 133) - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Criterion (Spine # 133) - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Criterion (Spine # 133) - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Criterion (Spine # 133) - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

More Blu-ray Captures

 


Box Covers

Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 133 - Region 1- NTSC

Criterion Collection Spine # 133

Region 'A'  - Blu-ray




 

Hit Counter

 

DONATIONS Keep DVDBeaver alive:

CLICK PayPal logo to donate!

Gary Tooze

 

Thank You!