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NEW Vanishing On 7th Street (DVD)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The one thing this film has is an abundance of spooky atmosphere. It is truly unsettling seeing an empty landscape littered with the clothes of people who vanished from within them. There is a sense of palpable terror created in the shadows and encroaching darkness. When the lights start flickering and panic sets in amongst the survivors it's genuinely scary. And that's about it, an intriguing unknown danger. I have nothing against a movie that leaves it to the audience to figure out what is happening, but this doesn't even attempt to drop a hint of reason. There are no clues to puzzle over, making it seem rather pointless. And the lack of a conclusive or even satisfying ending will leave a lot of people feeling irritated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Andre Farant TOP 500 REVIEWER
I really wanted to like this because I'm a fan of the Brad Anderson's work (he also directed the excellent Session 9 and a few episodes of Fringe--he also did The Machinist but I wasn't impressed with that one, Bale's transformation aside), but Vanishing was dull, with little tension, and poorly constructed, narratively-speaking. Seek out Session 9 instead.
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63 of 71 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Many characters vanish, followed shortly by the plot......... Feb. 26 2011
By B. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
This movie starts with an interesting premise which is immediately engaging. Unfortunately, very little happens over the next hour to draw you in. The plot and character development stall quite quickly, and the film drags. I kept watching nonetheless, expecting a big pay-off at the end, which, sadly, never came. The movie ends abruptly with a range of Christian imagery and all major questions unanswered. Frustrating all around.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Often Leaves Us in the Dark June 18 2011
By R. Schultz - Published on Amazon.com
This film starts with an eerie and inventive premise. It leaves a more haunting, memorable trail than most movies in the genre. But in between its first and its lasting impressions, it somewhat loses its way in the dark.

Too much goes unexplained. For example, we see John Leguizamo stranded in his darkened movie theater one minute - then we next see him lying battered and bruised in an illuminated bus stop shelter. What happened to get him there? In his commentary, Director Anderson says that there was some scripting that would have explained Leguizamo's trajectory, but a variety of constraints prevented this explanation from becoming part of the film. Actually, Anderson thought this was all to the good though - that some things were best left to the imagination. I'm not so sure about that. It seems Leguizamo's navigation of the engulfing, vanquishing night would have been one of the processes most interesting to watch. Without showing such process, the film too often ends up being just abrupt, choppy, and undeveloped.

It also has too many lapses of logic. The creeping darkness doesn't play fair. It shifts its rules of engagement, overwhelming one person, while allowing another similarly situated person to survive, at least for a while. Well, that could be an additional aspect of the evil of the darkness. It toys randomly with its victims, like a cat may or may not toy with a mouse, sheerly on a whim.

Then I had one of my common technical complaints about this film. The DVD often projected as an indecipherable smudge on my TV screen. So it ran as murky rather than sinisterly dark. There is something about the final lighting/filtering process that many modern filmmakers use that causes their movies to be a chore to watch on home TV's. I wish filmmakers would get back to whatever technology was used from the 1920's through the 1960's that allows their films to play as appropriately shaded rather than just obscure when run on a TV screen.

The Director's commentary doesn't add a lot to a viewer's appreciation of the film. Brad Anderson starts out sounding too much like Ben Stein, making a dreary, nasal drone of his narrative. So unless you have a lot of spare time, you can probably skip the commentary and most of the other extras, except for the interviews.

However the Director's commentary does highlight at least one telling aspect of this film and its making. Anderson talks about how apt it was to settle on Detroit as a location for the action. The City itself is perhaps the most fascinating character in the entire movie. It becomes an icon of our crumbling economy, our crumbling culture. Some of the scenes in the movie call for shots of major urban intersections shown desolate, abandoned, post-apocalyptic. Anderson said that he hardly had to clear Detroit's streets and highways of cars and people for these scenes. They are already so often eerily null. So many buildings are already hollow, echoing shells of once vital industries. These shots in and of themselves served as chilling prognostications of what can in reality befall all our cheery, oblivious bustle.

So this movie is overall worth watching - for its darkling premise, and for its stunning views of Detroit.
23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overall disappointing film & BD production May 13 2011
By Steve Kuehl - Published on Amazon.com
Putting aside that this was another film with unlikeable characters doing dumb things in an unexplained end-of-humanity non-plot, I was still hoping the Blu would have some stellar extras and picture quality (with all of the darks and shadows). Unfortunately, the special features are some of the worst inclusions I have seen on a film like this, and the only thing giving this some higher marks was the 7.1 DTS.

The story follows four people wallowing through their idiocies in trying to survive some unknown catastrophe that leaves a city (played by Detroit - which was a better character than everyone here) devoid of people. Some bad CGI shadows follow them around trying to gobble them up sans their clothing. I would have to say some typecasting has to occur here when you have Hayden Christiansen walking around with a hood barely showing his face for several sequences, followed by someone holding a long green glow stick baring resemblance to a certain weapon Hayden might be carrying in some other franchise. But anyway, the supplements are all in lodef and I listed all of the bad ones first:

* Alternate endings, 3 or 4 at 8:20 minutes. Please take my advice and skip these. They are no different except for one alternate camera angle and a different sunset - nothing changes from the film.
* Revealing 7th Street (making of), 7:04 minutes. Talking heads & really bad insight by the cast on the film and story.
* Creating the Mood of 7th, 7:04 minutes. They essentially took the cuts from the first one and made this longer one, but with reasons for why they chose Detroit. Which I have to say I am not sure if all of the reasoning made Detroit seem worse ("gothic", "Dead" etc.), or they just didn't realize they were saying it.
* Behind the scenes montage, 2:11 minutes. Several identical cuts from the other two quips, with no dialogue. Would be best as a workbook for the staff of the film, otherwise a complete skipper.
* HDNet Promo, 4:19 minutes (In HD). The standard trailer length plug.
* Fangoria Interviews, 2 @ 31 minutes. This was actually an insightful and thorough interview process and was better than the commentary. Thankfully, Brad takes up 22 minutes of the set and will be worth the watch for his fans. Jacob's lasts only a few minutes and the rest is clips of the film.
* Dig Copy, not disc dependent.
* Commentary, see Fangoria interview instead.

I was not impressed with the film, the bad effects that shined through on BD, or the ending being given away on the cover art (so no surprise for me, that ending sucked anyway) but I was impressed with the 7.1 - maybe only getting used by the creature sounds at various times, but a nice immersion. English and Spanish subs, region A coded. Not worthy of a purchase but maybe a renter for the Hayden fans. 1.5 stars for the film, and 1.5 for the sound and Fangoria set.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vanishing good movie Nov. 9 2012
By S. Hoben - Published on Amazon.com
This is a good creepy movie. If you like a movie with a happy ending, and answers all the questions do not view this movie. It moves along at good pace but not like an action thriller, there is also no gore. This movie to me was asking us as viewers to pay attention, like the male lead at the beginning is oblivious until he gets out into the street and finally realizes that something is wrong. We have in the movie four people,three adults one boy all wind up at a bar with the lights still on having worked out that the light keeps the things in the dark away. The characters realize that they have to get out of the city but have they left it too late. There appear to be several themes operating in this movie such as; pay attention, inaction is worse that no action, something that appears too good to be true is, know thyself, do not get caught in the past you won't move forward.
26 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Effective Horror Film Jan. 10 2011
By Ami - Published on Amazon.com
Vampires. Werewolves. Psycho killers. Clowns. It's all been done. I consider myself a connoisseur of fine horror and this, ladies and gentlemen, is fine horror. If you're expecting to jump out of your seat over cheap scares--this isn't a movie for you. Vanishing on 7th Street is something entirely different, yet moves at a fast pace and doesn't leave you wishing it would get to the point. All the actors are superb and it's refreshing to see something set in Detroit. I was thrilled as can be with this little gem and will be buying it the second it hits dvd. Until then, the rent might seem high, but if you've got the cash and a couple hours alone late at night...you should really indulge.
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