The Lady Vanishes (1938) | Alfred Hitchcock’s classic comedy thriller now on Blu-ray

The Lady Vanishes Blu-ray

SYNOPSIS Intrigue and espionage abound when soon-to-be-married English tourist Iris (Margaret Lockwood (opens in new tab)) boards a transcontinental express train back to England and strikes up an acquaintance with elderly English governess Miss Froy (Dame May Whitty (opens in new tab)), who then disappears without a trace. With the help of a besotted musicologist (Michael Redgrave (opens in new tab)), Iris turns amateur sleuth to get to the bottom of the mystery?

The Lady Vanishes (1938)

THE LOWDOWN Alfred Hitchcock (opens in new tab) once said that a train was his favourite setting for a movie because they offer such a perfect venue for generating suspense. This 1938 comedy thriller, made at the legendary Gainsborough Studios (opens in new tab) in Islington, north London, is his most famous mystery film, and one of the pre-war features that helped pave his way to Hollywood.

Packed with twisty plots, a great sense of very British humour, and eccentric characters – courtesy of a great ensemble cast - The Lady Vanishes (opens in new tab) contains all the hallmarks of what would become Hitchcock’s stock-in-trade. Indeed, it’s so accomplished that it still holds up today, even the model train, studio sets and miniatures have a charm about them that's hard not to like. This is vintage cinema magic – Hitchcock style.

The Lady Vanishes (1938)

THE UK BLU-RAY RELEASE The Lady Vanishes is available on Blu-ray (opens in new tab) in the UK from 19 January, as part Network Distristributing’s The British Film (opens in new tab) collection, and is featured in a brand-new High Definition transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. The special features include an introduction by film historian Charles Barr, original theatrical trailer, image gallery and pdf promotional material. These are also included on Network's DVD 1008 release (opens in new tab). A US Blu-ray version was brought out by the Criterion Collection (opens in new tab) in 2011.

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