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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Feb. 4 2014
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00DC5K1FO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,052 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Lady Vanishes, The (2012) (DVD)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 1 2014
Format: DVD
Having not seen the 1938 Alfred Hitchcock original, I have to base my evaluation of this remake on how I feel it has effectively told its story of interwar intrigue and conflict. This film is definitely a psychological thriller meant to convey an increasing sense of mental uneasiness between its main characters as the plot thickens. With most of the action contained to a train carrying a number of European refugees fleeing political unrest in the Balkans. This whole plot is cryptic and sinister from the outset. The main figure is a free-spirited, standoffish young English woman named Iris Carr who has suddenly become somewhat vulnerable in this very uneasy environment of war. Everything she does will be shrouded in mystery, right from leaving the resort under troubling circumstances to getting on the continental train to becoming inexplicably separated from another English woman who has befriended her. Iris only has her strong sense of English intuition to know that she is in deep trouble, alone against what she believes are forces bent on destroying her mentally and physically. This intricate chain of events will only confirm in her mind that she is trapped in circumstances that are spiralling out of control, with no one to turn to for help. The supporting cast of disaffected ex-pats, footloose aristocrats, self-indulging intellectuals and idealistic youth will all effectively weigh to help Carr unpack this bewildering situation that has her heading to a mental asylum if something doesn't happen quickly. While things will ultimately work out, it will take a while as the viewer is caught up in a series of bedeviling subplots as the speeding train hurls through a night of gloom and uncertainty that has all its passengers perplexed.Read more ›
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A disappearance on a luxury train in post-war Croatia... Nov. 30 2013
By janebbooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The Lady Vanishes is a 2012/2013 British drama and mystery film directed by Diarmuid Lawrence and is a co-production of the BBC (first broadcast in March 2013 on BBC One) and Masterpiece Films. Based on the 1936 novel The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White (1876-1944), it stars Selina Cadell in the key role of the disappearing Miss Froy, Tuppence Middleton as the young Iris Carr (who discovers the disappearance, but is not taken seriously), and Tom Hughes and Alex Jennings as Max Hare and the Professor, the two fellow English passengers who come to her aid.

According to Wikipedia, the film is less a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1938 film of the same name than a new interpretation of the novel, one based far more closely on it. It depicts a young and beautiful English socialite, Iris Carr, travelling by train across 1930s Europe, returning to England from Croatia. She is alarmed by the mysterious disappearance of a woman, Miss Froy, also travelling on the train. She enlists the help (initially given somewhat reluctantly) of the handsome young Max Hare, and his former Oxford Professor, who are travelling together on the train.. The setting of the remake is the luxury express passenger train from Croatia to Trieste, rather than in the original fictional country. An entire 1930s luxury passenger train interior, complete with sleeping carriages, a dining car, and a passenger bar and lounge car, were all recreated in Budapest for the production of this film adaptation.

Despite the plush and intriguing setting and excellent supporting cast, the film is marred by the casting of the unknown Tuppence Middleton as the young socialite who enlists the help of her fellow train passengers to find Miss Froy. Middleton is quite believable as a spoiled rich girl who bribes a station attendant for a last seat on the train, but she lacks the pedigree to carry the film. One could almost wish to replace her with a young Margaret Lockwood who played the part in the Hitchcock 1938 film.

The plot and characterization changes from the earlier film are dramatic. An English governess disappears, not as a clever M-16 British agent, but as a witness to a sensational European murder. The occupants of the train are skeptical observers of a rather frivolous young woman's dilemma and are almost Agatha Christie-like in their connections to the story. Miss Marple is replaced by two other nosey biddies. A handsome young man (Tom Hughes) saves the day. A beautiful and mysterious woman (Keeley Hawes) having an affair with a British lord and a frustrated minister's wife (Gemma Jones) finally ignore a sinister Baroness (Benedikte Hansen) and come to the aid of our young heroine.

It's too bad the heroine doesn't deserve much aid...

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Loved It! Perfect Sets, Costumes, Acting, Cast Sept. 1 2014
By Patty P - Published on Amazon.com
Loved It! Frankly I am mystified by those here who turned up their noses at the lead actress. I thought she played her part, exactly as written, with great skill. The whole show carried the typical Masterpiece Mystery/ Agatha Christie feel throughout, and the actress skillfully portrayed the near hysteria of feeling truly alone and in deep trouble for the first time in her life. Her confidence is shaken and she begins to question her own sanity, but is jarred into "flight or fight" mode by the determined selfish indifference of many around her and the clearly evil intent of others who have a great deal to hide.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely charming! Sept. 22 2013
By eyduck - Published on Amazon.com
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Wonderful cast, beautifully performed, fantastic direction, great attention to period sets, costume, hair, and makeup. I THOROUGHLY enjoyed. If you like the feel of BBC Mysteries and Agatha Christie, this is a winner! Can hardly wait to watch it again!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A thrilling period drama! March 6 2014
By Lady Archa - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are looking for a thrilling mystery-this is it! The search for the missing lady brings up prejudice and apathy in the witnesses and the investigators. It is a well written period mystery with all necessary period drama accoutrements!
Stylized Sept. 8 2013
By L. M. Keefer - Published on Amazon.com
This film is pleasant to watch, but didn't seem realistic. I'm happy to suspend belief, but the acting was a bit theatrical and dramatic. Stylized. Maybe it was intended to mimic older films in which they over-act with the damsel in distress kind of thing. But I might have preferred something a bit more subtle. Still, the actors are fun to watch, the scenery is beautiful and it's a pleasant little mental and visual outing. However, by the end it didn't keep my interest the way the other PBS mysteries and dramas usually do. See what you think.