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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.)
  • 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 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B00DC5K1FO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,079 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Lady Vanishes, The (2012) (DVD)

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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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x99b0ad80) out of 5 stars 53 reviews
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99b72e94) out of 5 stars Loved It! Perfect Sets, Costumes, Acting, Cast Sept. 1 2014
By Patty P - Published on
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a483b4) out of 5 stars A nice movie that perhaps tries too hard... Oct. 28 2015
By Mike Billington - Published on
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The 1938 version of "The Lady Vanishes" was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and is considered one of his best films.
This latest version of this classic is, however, very different from the one you might have seen in the past. Unlike Hitchcock's film. this version is much more faithful to the novel on which it was based ("The Wheel Spins" by Ethel Lina White.) As a result, those who have seen the 1938 film will likely feel that the two movies have little in common.
Both are set on a train bearing passengers from a small Balkan country to London. During the journey an older woman who has befriended a young Englishwoman disappears. When the young woman attempts to find her she discovers that all the other passengers deny ever having seen the older lady for various reasons. In the 1938 film, the older woman is a spy for the British foreign service trying to get to England so she can relay some valuable information. In both the book and this 2013 version the older woman is a governess who has seen something that is potentially damaging to the government of the small Balkan country. She is kidnapped to prevent her from revealing what she knows about the murder of a young English intellectual.
This version is a well made period piece with some fine actors including Tuppence Middleton as the heroine - Iris Carr - and Tom Hughes as her would-be suitor Max Hare. The pace of the film is on point and the narrative, though a little choppy in some places, generally flows along without confusing the viewer. The problem, for me, with the film is that Middleton's character seems to generate little sympathy and has no real credibility with the other travelers. She is so rude and so high-handed that she is not likable enough for anyone to take her seriously. My sense is that she needed at least one redeeming feature to help me, as a viewer, see her in a more sympathetic light.
A nice movie that perhaps tries a little too hard but is still worth a look.
18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a48558) out of 5 stars A disappearance on a luxury train in post-war Croatia... Nov. 30 2013
By janebbooks - Published on
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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...

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a7e384) out of 5 stars A thrilling period drama! March 6 2014
By Lady Archa - Published on
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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!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99acb798) out of 5 stars Stylized Sept. 8 2013
By L. M. Keefer - Published on
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.