New Hitchcock DVD from Criterion

Well, perhaps not quite “new”, but Criterion have announced that they will be re-releasing their “The Lady Vanishes” DVD in November. Hopefully, more details will appear on their blog in due course.

The previous 1998 DVD release from Criterion was missing around 6 seconds of footage, but this has apparently been restored to the film for the new release.

As well as a new cover and transfer, the release also contains a second disc with some brand new extras:

  • Crook’s Tour, a 1941 feature-length Charters and Caldicott adventure, available for the first time on home video, with Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne reprising their beloved The Lady Vanishes roles
  • Excerpts from Francois Truffaut’s legendary 1962 audio interview with Hitchcock
  • Mystery Train, a new video essay about Hitchcock and The Lady Vanishes by scholar Leonard Leff.

I’m quite looking forward to seeing “Crook’s Tour” (IMDB), having recently watched “Night Train to Munich” which also stars Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne as Charters & Caldicott…

Charters: If only we hadn’t missed that train at Budapest.
Caldicott: Well, I don’t want to rub it in, but if you hadn’t insisted on standing up until they’d finished their national anthem…
Charters: Yes, but you must show respect, Caldicott. If I’d known it was going to last twenty minutes…
Caldicott: It has always been my contention that the “Hungarian Rhapsody” is not their national anthem.

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