|All that's missing is the Christmas Tree!|
|Wherefore art thou, Mrs. Froy?|
|Perhaps I'm not the ONLY lady who "vanishes"!|
There is no Theatrical Trailer to be found anywhere on this two disc set. Of course, not being an American film, it is entirely possible that one may not exist.
|Stop looking! There's NO Theatrical Trailer!|
It’s from The Criterion Collection: Read all about who they are and what they do so well! They originated the COMMENTARY TRACK, and set the standards for Extra Features for cryin’ out loud! Every DVD enthusiast has something to thank them for!
|Pick out as many as you can, folks!|
Menus: The Main Menu is done in a nice orange color, similar to the packaging. Vague images of passing scenery are dimly filtered through the bright orange color. The ongoing sound of the traveling train is pervasive in the background, with no jarring whistle sounds. It is just the clacking of the train itself in an endless loop, which becomes oddly relaxing and tension building at the same time.
|Clickety-Clack! Clickety-Clack! You'll never want your money back!|
Subtitles: Are easy to read, in white lettering over the Black & White picture images – and you may very well need them to best understand all of the quickly-spoken British dialogue.
Joe’s Note: Can’t speak for the first two – but I sure recognized the bit that turned up in VOYAGE! In fact, I was surprised to find that
I can’t discuss it in any detail without spoiling a key element of “The Lady Vanishes”, but I will say that the VOYAGE episode (“Escape from Venice”) was written by Charles Bennett – who was a screenwriter for, and associate of, Alfred Hitchcock.
|Well... That's another fine mess, etc. etc.|
"Mystery Train: Alfred Hitchcock and The Lady Vanishes": Hosted by Leonard Leff: (Runs 33:29)
- Leff reveals the location of the Hitchcock Cameo, for those who missed it. I’ll offer no spoilers on this.
- “The Lady Vanishes” is a key component of what is known as the early Hitchcock “Thriller Sextet” which includes: “The Man Who Knew Too Much”, “The 39 Steps”, “Secret Agent”, “Sabotage”, “Young and Innocent”, and “The Lady Vanishes”.
|We're part of a SEXTET... Imagine that!|
- “The Lady Vanishes” was filmed using only one rail coach to represent an entire train. The rest were transparencies and miniatures.
- Leff describes “The Hitchcock Formula”: A man, a woman, an urbane villain, and “The McGuffin”.
- “The McGuffin” is defined as something important to the characters – not us. “The McGuffin” sets in motion the chase, and the chase generates the suspense.
|I'll have the "McGuffin Extra Value Meal" -- and Super-Size the drink!|
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|Click to ENLARGE to see the title illustration cartoons.|
Among the cast is frequent American television guest star Abraham Sofaer (Star Trek TOS, Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel, Kolchak the Night Stalker, and many more) as a Arab conspiring with the Nazis. Hitchcock had no involvement with this film.
Enclosed Booklet: 20 pages (!) plus wrap-around cover, commemorating “The Lady Vanishes”.