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Vanishing Point [WS] [Blu-ray] [1971]

  • SKU: 9222691
  • Release Date: 02/24/2009
  • Rating: R
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (115 out of 119)

    Special Features


    • Includes both U.S. and U.K. Movie Versions
    • Interactive 1970 Dodge Challenger
    • Built for Speed: A Look Back at Vanishing Point featurette
    • Virtual Dashboard
    • Commentary by Director Richard C. Sarafian
    • Vanishing Point Trivia Challenge
    • Cars, Cops and Culture '70s Trivia Track
    • 0A-5599 Featurette
    • Super Soul Me Featurette
    • Theatrical Trailer & TV Spots
    • Enhanced for D-Box Motion Control Systems

    Synopsis


    Vanishing Point
    Richard Sarafian directed this minimalist chase film, starring Barry Newman as ex-marine, ex-race car driver and cop named Kowalski. He drives into Denver to deliver a car and pick up another vehicle to drive to San Francisco. To make the fifteen-hour drive to San Francisco bearable he pops a load of pep pills and drives off. Almost immediately, he is told to pull over by the police, but Kowalski refuses to stop. Ignoring the cops, a police chase ensues. Egging Kowalski on is a blind black disc jockey, Super Soul (Cleavon Little), who announces his comings and goings on his local radio show, praising Kowalski to the skies as "the last American to whom speed means freedom of the soul." Super Soul's hype makes Kowalski a media sensation and Kowalski fans mount up -- as do the police cars chasing him -- as he races against time to deliver both the car and himself to his San Francisco destination. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Barry Newman
      Barry Newman - Kowalski
    • Cleavon Little
      Cleavon Little - Super Soul
    • Dean Jagger
      Dean Jagger - Prospector
    • Victoria Medlin
      Victoria Medlin - Vera
    • Paul Koslo
      Paul Koslo - Young Cop



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 119 reviews

    97%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic Car Chase Film

      Posted
      gracedsteak465
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      Vanishing Point is perhaps one of the best car chase films to ever grace the big screen. The premise was simple, Kowalski decides to deliver a white Dodge Challenger from Colorado to California under 15 Hours and thus ensues a lengthy car chase. There's not a lot of character development for the character of Kowalski. We see some flashbacks about his past and that's about it. The movie is more about the beauty of the west, they mythology of it and to me personally a love letter to an iconic car. If you love cars, and movies involving cars then it doesn't get better than this. The film ws even the basis of Audioslave's Show me how to live music video.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A cult classic

      Posted
      potatobaron
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      This is the film that "Deathproof" is a homage to. This is THE FILM that people reference when they discuss car chase films if they are proficient in what they are discussing. Although this is not what I would call a family film, if you like the pure adrenaline of car chase films, this is one of the progenitors of the genre. A must-buy for the gearhead and car-chase fanatic, there is some muddied waters about the spiritual meaning of the film that one could argue lessens the impact of the film as a whole, the main point of the film is that the main character has gotten bored of the rat-race of life, and does the only thing that still has meaning to him, drives. Either way, this is a great film that requires some context to understand, and defines cult classic.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Classic fare for those who like late 60's cars

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      JRoto
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      This is a mediocre movie that is a classic for any gear head. Even though the plot is weak and this movie did not have any standout actors in it, any car guy will look past that because of what this movie depicts: a high speed run from Denver to San Francisco in a 1970 Dodge Challenger. This movie was remade in 1997 with Viggo Mortensen as the lead character, but this original version is still the better movie. I purchased this to have this movie on BluRay, and the transfer to 1080 resolution was done well for this disc. It does not appear that the original movie was cleaned up much for this transfer, but the video and audio are of good quality.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the all time great car flicks

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      PodiumJoe
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      VANISHING POINT is a legendary cult film starring Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Dean Jagger, and a 1970 Dodge Charger. Tasked with getting the car from Colorado to San Francisco in less than a day, Newman's character heads off on a wild ride with car chases, beautiful women and even an appearance by Delaney and Bonnie and Friends.Filled with social commentary, this is a must for fans of counterculture films of the early 1970's!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Nihilism at 90 mph

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      Stanis78
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      One of the ultimate car movies with a little psychedelia thrown in for good measure. Hard drivin' cross country with the cops in hot pursuit, they don't make them like this anymore. In HD at an amazingly low price, can't beat that with a tire iron!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      CAN YOU HEAR ME KOWALSKI?

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      GENERALHENSCHMEYER
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      THIS MOVIE TAKES ME BACK .....WAY BACK. SAW IT NUMEROUS TIMES AT THE DRIVE IN. IT IS THE ULTIMATE CAR CHASE MOVIE. INCREDIBLE SUPPORTING CAST AND SOUNDTRACK IS OUTSTANDING. REFLECTS A DIFFERENT ERA. SCENERY IS AWESOME. CLEAVON LITTLE EXCEPTIONAL.....

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic 1970s Flick

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      Nesta
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      An existential action film like they only made them way back when, "Vanishing Point" is nearly all movement. Towards what goal is not exactly clear. I love this film and it is a giant cult item for good reason. Well shot and directed, with some interesting actors doing different stuff, it makes you think while raising your adrenaline level.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good Car Chase Movie

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      SAINTKTHE3RD
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      A Man (Barry Newman) Makes A Bet To Deliver A " Souped-Up" 1970 Dodge Challenger From Denver To San Fransisco In Less Than 15 Hours. Exciting Car Chase Sequences. Good Performance From Newman In Lead Role. VP Has Developed A Cult Following Since It's Release In 1971.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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