George Sluizer

The Vanishing

The Vanishing

A young man embarks on an obsessive search for the girlfriend who mysteriously disappeared while the couple were taking a sunny vacation trip, and his three-year investigation draws the attention of her abductor, a mild-mannered professor with a clinically diabolical mind. An unorthodox love story and a truly unsettling thriller, Dutch filmmaker George Sluizer’s The Vanishing unfolds with meticulous intensity, leading to an unforgettable finale that has unnerved audiences around the world.

Film Info

  • George Sluizer
  • France, Netherlands
  • 1988
  • 106 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • Dutch, French
  • Spine #133

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with director George Sluizer
  • New interview with actor Johanna ter Steege
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Scott Foundas

New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with director George Sluizer
  • New interview with actor Johanna ter Steege
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Scott Foundas

New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

The Vanishing
Cast
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu
Raymond Lemorne
Gene Bervoets
Rex Hofman
Johanna ter Steege
Saskia Wagter
Gwen Eckhaus
Lieneke
Bernadette Le Saché
Simone Lemorne
Tania Latarjet
Denise
Lucille Glenn
Gabrielle
Credits
Director
George Sluizer
Screenplay
Tim Krabbé
Adapted by
George Sluizer
Based on the novel The Golden Egg by
Tim Krabbé
Produced by
Anne Lordon
Produced by
George Sluizer
Music
Henry Vrienten
Cinematography
Toni Kuhn
Edited by
Lin Friedman
Edited by
George Sluizer
Art director
Santiago Isidro Pin
Sound
Piotr van Dijk

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