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

  • SKU: 9222691
  • Release Date: 02/24/2009
  • Rating: R
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (98 out of 100)

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



Overall customer rating

4.4
98%
would recommend 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

    Posted
    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: 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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    classic

    Posted
    Jose
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    this movie is the perfect example of how to do a movie about a car, with a car.....without overdoing the action , like F&F!!! The picture quality for the blu ray i have to say is really really good! a must add to your collection

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Classic Car Chase Movie!

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    weepie
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    I bough this movie without knowing anything about it, just thought that It could go in to my collection. Once I saw this movie it really changed the idea I had of it. It's a very good entertaining classic movie that everyone should watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great energy movie!!

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    1357
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    This movie has great energy throughout the entire movie. The car scenes are entertaining and the story line keeps you interested. You "get aboard" to hope that he makes it to his final destination. I liked it.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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