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Library Journal (2012) - The Lady Vanishes




The Lady Vanishes. b/w. 96+ min. Criterion Collection. 1938. Blu-ray 9781604655285. $39.95.

Two years before emigrating from his native England to America, Alfred Hitchcock made this slyly charming thriller about a little old lady (Dame May Whitty) gone missing from a train traveling across Europe. Only her determined compartment-mate (Margaret Lockwood), along with another passenger (Michael Redgrave), is intent on solving the disappearance. A bonus video essay reveals this alluring Lady's secrets. With scant Hitchcock films available on Blu-ray, this addition should be welcomed by his fans. (A decent-looking DVD, issued in 2007, is also available from Criterion.) (See Trailers, LJ 11/1/11)