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'The Lady Vanishes'
(Tuppence Middleton, Tom Hughes, et al / DVD / NR / 2013 / BBC Home Video)

Overview: 'The Lady Vanishes' is a stunning adaptation of the classic 1930s thriller. Iris Carr is traveling across Europe by train when she befriends Miss Froy, an elderly English woman. But when she wakes up from a few hours' sleep, Miss Froy has vanished. And fellow passengers claim the lady never even existed!

DVD Verdict: Yes, yes, yes, this film has been done many, oh so many times before, but it is still just SO very pleasant to watch. Sure it's not very realistic, but I'm happy to suspend belief. And sure the acting was a bit theatrical and dramatic. Stylized. Maybe it was intended to mimic older films in which they over-act with the damsel in distress kind of thing.

Anyway, I might have preferred something a bit more subtle, sure, but what I sat down to was mighty fun for an evening. The actors are great to watch, the scenery is beautiful and it's a pleasant little mental and visual outing.

However, by the end it didn't keep my interest the way the other PBS mysteries and dramas usually do. See what you think. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.