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Vanishing Point [Blu-ray]
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VINE VOICEon May 22, 2018
I was 14 when Vanishing Point came out and got to see it on the big screen. A bunch of us guys went to the local downtown theater, back in the day when theaters only had one screen and showed double features. Honestly I have no memory of what the second movie was, only that Vanishing Point just blew us away.

What makes the movie great is while the car chases and crashes were enthralling to watch as a teen-ager, as I got older and watched it again many times, you realize that the chases were really secondary to the plot and strong character development. Through flashbacks you become to understand Kowalski and his need to live on the edge. Many reviews cover the plot so I won't go there. Just note this movie is much deeper than a basic car dash-&-crash.

The Blu-Ray version is definitely the one to purchase as it has both the U.S and UK versions of the film, the UK version being just a bit longer due to more plot development. The set has a number of special features, including a short film looking back on the film through interviews with Barry Newman as well as the director, stunt coordinator, and others. They even interviewed the "Nude Girl on the Motorcycle" about how she got the role and filming her scene. I believe the interviews were from 2008, so a great vignette as these people reflect on what became a cult classic.

Without a doubt, one of the best movies of the early 1970's and a must have for anyone of that era. Another great aspect, even though the movie was filmed in 1970 and released in 1971, it really doesn't seem dated even in this special effect driven film era. It almost could be taken for a 2018 film about events in the early 1970's. Highly recommended.
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on March 31, 2015
I have only been watching this film for the first 20 minutes or so on the Blu-ray Disc. I've seen it many times in the past on TV. This disc is a MUST-HAVE for any fan of this film! It is so crystal clear, it's like you are watching a different movie. It gives you a new appreciation for all of the locations where it was shot and it transports you right back to the early 1970s. This version contains both the U.S. and UK releases, along with several bonus features including director Richard Sarafian's commentary. The UK version contains additional scenes which help to explain more of the main character's motives.
The film centers around Kowalski - one man tasked with delivering a car to San Francisco from Denver. Not just any car - a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T! The film has some existential touches for those who are deep thinkers. For those who are not, the continuous car chase will hold your interest. Again, this version is worth every cent!
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on February 14, 2017
I had never heard of this movie until it was referenced in Death Proof. I'm glad I was enlightened. This is not just a simple car chase movie, although it makes me want to go track down and buy a 1970 white Dodge Challenger. If this movie is re-made or re-booted again Bradley Cooper gets my vote for the Kowalski role.
I thought this was a great nostalgic movie. It reminded me of the movies of my child hood in the 1970's.
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on April 6, 2018
Sorry but this thrilling car chase movie is mainly for males. I have see probably several thousand movies in my lifetime (82 years old) and this is my all time favorite movie. It simply has EVERYTHING in it and will not fail to give the ultimate in entertainment! What you see is what you get, no computerized gadgets! Simply put - you will love this great movie as much as I have over the years,
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on January 30, 2015
This was the first movie I owned. I got it when I was 14. I saw the video box cover, looked at the car on the back and since then I've owned each new iteration. I even own a Challenger R/T.
To say this movie made an impression on me would be to not do it justice. A great movie? Of course not. But once you start watching it you dont ever really want it to end, especially when you realize whats coming.
Its odd, and frivolous and then its deep and then bizarre. there are so many different types of people represented. I've met most of these types in my life. the driven self-righteous; the deluded; the wide awake; the completely asleep sheep. they are all in this movie.
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on November 12, 2014
one of my favorite cult films. oh the good 'ole days. Cleavon Little is BRILLIANT and Barry Newman is excellent (oh and what a looker) and the script is flawless. The depiction of the various personalities Newman encounters between Colorado and California is totally real (in fact they're not depicted as real (scary) as they could have been).
This is one of the ultimate stories of life and the human condition. If you have to ask then you just don't get it. you must be living under a rock. Certain elements of the setting are a bit dated, but accurately depicted; however, this in no way detracts from the story itself, which IMHO is timeless.
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on July 19, 2017
I was very happy to purchase this movie and get to see it again. It's not available on any streaming network as of 7/2017. It is a movie about a man delivering a car from Denver, CO to San Francisco, CA. Along the way he gets mixed up with the law and pursued across state lines. Along the way he meets interesting characters who help him out. Very little cussing and some non-gratuitous nudity. Great movie for people who like cars.
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on May 29, 2013
I often hear about this movie as a 70s chase flick, or a Grindhouse movie with fast action. I was surprised at the depth of the main character told through flash-back memories throughout the Denver to San Francisco trek. This movie wouldn't be made today, there would be a lot more fancy camera work and I think the violence level would be way beyond what happens here. There was something about the early 70s that allowed for long shots with the camera where one could allow for your own opinions and thoughts to develop instead of having them force fed to you. There was a lot of interesting subtle references to a changing culture as the 60s were over and new modern Liberal world was unfolding. Not to say there is a good or bad motivation, just that "the times they are a changing".

Overall this isn't something I would revisit often but I love the overall feel of the movie. It is a chase film and has a gritty feel to it but there is something more, something that makes you connect and cheer for a reckless speed demon.
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on January 7, 2014
I saw this movie about 1000 times when it came out in theaters and just loved it. OK, maybe the times that I saw the movie is an exaggeration, but it was really fun to watch. It has since turned into a cult classic. I had the VHS, DVD and now have the blu-ray. I will not talk about the movie as the people that have seen it know the plot and those that have not, it would only spoil it. Please if you are on the fence, don't be. The Blu-ray transfer is just great. Buy it.
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on June 19, 2018
One of the great road race films. Action, excitement,drama,and just a fun movie. May be some what "dated" I saw this when first out. A great time for movies like this. The "out law " type of person that just likes to go his / her own way. A good fun movie,long live the under dog's. Yea ! Thanks.
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