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NEW Vanishing Point - Vanishing Point (Blu-ray)

4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 70's Drive In Cult Classic May 30 2004
Fast action, terrific photography, great period atmosphere, colorful characters and a first-rate rock soundtrack add up to a true drive-in classic that retains its "cult classic" reputation even after more than 30 years.
This DVD includes BOTH the 97-minute U.S. print typically seen on cable and video AND the 105-minute U.K. version which includes a couple of flashbacks featuring Charlotte Rampling that for some reason were completely excised for U.S. release. The excised scenes add just a tad more insight into Kowalski's character; while not essential to the whole plot (such as it is), these scenes ARE interesting and definitely will be appreciated by hardcore fans of the film. Kudos to 20th Century Fox for making available both versions. Being a real fan of the era that this movie was shot in, it's a kick to hear director Richard C. Sarafian's commentary track. Highly recommended!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than a car chase movie July 11 2004
This movie held me spellbound the first time I saw it and is still capable of this after countless viewings. This is more than just a car chase movie, it actually has depth and a story to tell. The scenery of the great American West is also first rate and the soundtrack never fails to set the mood.
The story of the main character, an auto delivery driver named Kowalski unfolds as he takes delivery of a white '70 Dodge Challenger which is as he puts it `souped up to 160' and proceeds to drive it from Denver to San Francisco. His plan, however is to do this in 15 hours to win a bet. As Kowalski makes his journey his life is revealed to us through flashbacks and recollections which are usually triggered by what is currently happening to him in real time. Through these the viewer learns that despite his apparent lawless behavior, Kowalski is a man of good character.
It is this good character, sense of duty and strong moral code that led to Kowalski's fallout with the establishment. He had been a decorated war hero and was honorably discharged from the military. A few years later, he was a decorated policeman. However, when he saw his police partner behaving in an unsavory fashion, he reacted. His reward was to be dishonorably discharged from the police force. This ultimately led Kowalski down the path to where we are introduced to him.
One of the big things that drew me into this movie is that it doesn't hand you the explanations on a silver platter. Instead it allows you to think about it and draw your own conclusions long after you've seen it. Some reviewers on IMDB have already done a great job of touching on the philosophies of freedom and individualism prevalent in this movie, so I won't waste the time trying to top those.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kowalski throws in the clutch March 25 2004
Anti-hero Kowalski has had an eventful and troubled life as a Vietnam vet, policeman, motorcycle racer, and off-track racer. He is now reduced to the more mundane job of a car delivery driver. In his latest assignment - delivering a car from Colorado to California - he starts down a path of self-destruction for no apparent reason. The car, a supercharged Dodge Challenger with no equal, has given him the chance to begin his journey out of society and into the abyss.
He outruns the police in several states, brooding all the way over his past, and digs himself deeper and deeper into trouble with the law. He also meets a variety of characters along the way. His exploits are reported by a funky DJ and he becomes a counterculture hero.
Although Kowalski seems to drift through life with no purpose, like the protagonist in "The Stranger," he never loses his humanity. This is evident when he encounters a total jerk in a Jaguar who taunts him and engages him in a drag race. After the Jaguar driver runs off the road and crashes, Kowalski runs back to see if he is alright, putting himself at risk of being caught by the police, who are in pursuit and not far off.
The movie ages well. The early 70's images don't come off as corny, but rather as a clear snapshot of the time, much like "Saturday Night Fever" gives a snapshot of the late 70's. This is not just another car chase movie with fruit stands being knocked over. It's a thoroughly enjoyable tale of existentialism and defiance that reflects the tensions of the period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vanishing Point March 24 2004
By H. Row
If you were a teenager in 1971, you probably saw this from the backseat of your VW bug. Windows steamed up, rainy friday night. Boone's Farm bottles hidden discreetly (next to the seat inside the driver door). Well now the video and audio are caught up to today's standard and the movie even comes closed captioned for us Jensen / Craig stereo owners playing Hair of the Dog full tilt! Remember...? "Now you're messin with a ..."
When you're 15 or 16, it just makes sense that a grown up, like ex-cop Kowalski wants to drive a supercharged Dodge from Denver, Colorado to San Francisco in 15 hours. The powers that be have done a great job restoring both visual and audio to this film. The late Cleavon Little runs a very close second to the car as the take over star. You get to see Delaney, Bonnie (Bramlett) & Friends including Big Mama Thornton. And let's not forget the naked blond babe in the desert.
Anyway I just was not getting the right memories sitting in my comfortable living room watching this classic so if you're missing the good old days, try this: Get some friends to help carry the big screen tv set and dvd player into the garage. Get your kids old swing set and place it between you and the screen. Put up those yellow bug light spot lights just to the right or left of where the screen is. Park your car at the bottom of the drive way. Run a bad sounding speaker out to one of the side windows. Remove one windshield wiper. Turn on sprinkler system so it simulates a heavy drizzle. About 30 minutes of the movie, run into the house and tear up a $20 bill. Bring back popcorn, nachos, cokes for the kids, cups of ice for the grown ups (still only a quarter each.) Forget napkins, and going to restroom. And go back and enjoy the movie!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 8 days ago by JAMES KING
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of car chases!
It was a movie from my teen years, It NEVER comes on TV so yes I am very happy with it.
Published 22 days ago by Trucker101
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
hard to find movie
Published 1 month ago by beemerman
5.0 out of 5 stars good price.
fantastic show.
Published 2 months ago by RAY RICHARDSON
5.0 out of 5 stars le must des musts. ravis a l, os ...
le must des musts . ravis a l,os.
Published 2 months ago by claude
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say a '71 Challenger and a Bad Ass Hero behind the wheel...
Very good script and well acted (Vehicle) for Barry Newman
Published 2 months ago by Chales V. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy
Vanishing Point !!Very happy good picture great movie !! The coping of this pic was good ,the sound quality was good too!!
Published 8 months ago by Barry
1.0 out of 5 stars Region A/1
Make sure you check the region for where you live, this dvd is region A/ 1 doesn't work in my blue ray machine.What a wast of money !!!!!!!!
Published 9 months ago by Arthur Wilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Greart Show
Barry Newman does a great job on this movie, it was an exciting movie.The police chases were exciting and funny at times
Published 9 months ago by Maureen Stevens
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought this version on a review...
Save some $ DON'T get the purple "Vanishing Point - Dvd [Import anglais]."

I just received this today. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Douglas
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