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Cat People [DVD] [1982]

  • SKU: 6691485
  • Release Date: 08/27/2002
  • Rating: R
Director Paul Schrader's Cat People finally comes to DVD in a fine edition care of Universal. The 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer sports a fine look save for a few instances of edge enhancement and some grain and dirt found in the image. Overall, the color schemes and black levels are all spot-on and very solid, making this a pleasing transfer for fans. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 English with English, French, and Spanish subtitles. While the sound mix certainly sports even bass and subtle effects from the front and center speaker, overall dynamic range and fidelity are missing from this suitable if unimpressive mix. Fans of Cat People will be thrilled with this new edition which starts off with a very enlightening commentary track by director Schrader discussing multiple aspects of the film (including the casting and effects). "Cat People: An Intimate Conversation with Paul Schrader" is an interesting look at the film through the eyes of its director. Two other featurettes ("Special Makeup Effects by Tom Burman" and "Robert Wise on Producer Val Lewton") are well meaning if all-too-short. Finally, there are two short montages on the publicity of the film and some matte tests, a ten-minute, early '80s "On the Set With Paul Schrader" featurette that was dug out of the Universal archives, some very thin production notes on the movie, and a theatrical trailer for the film.
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    Overview

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (8 out of 8)

    Special Features


    • Cat People: An intimate portrait by Paul Schrader
    • Feature commentary with director Paul Schrader
    • On the set with director Paul Schrader
    • Special makeup effects by Tom Burman
    • Cat People matte paintings
    • Filmmaker Robert Wise on the producer of the original "Cat People," Val Lewton
    • Production notes
    • Production photographs
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Cat People
    In this loose adaptation of the 1942 horror classic of the same name, a 2001-style opening montage establishes some sort of sacrificial, mystical union between panthers and an ancient tribe of humans. Flash forward to 1980's New Orleans, where waifish Irina (Natassja Kinski) meets her older brother, Paul (Malcolm McDowell), a minister, for the first time since their animal trainer parents died and she was sent to a series of foster homes. Paul's Creole housekeeper, Female (Ruby Dee), helps Irina settle into her brother's home, but Paul himself disappears. Cut to a fleabag motel where a blasé prostitute finds an angry panther instead of a client; after mauling her, the cat is captured by police and a team of zoologists: Oliver (John Heard), Alice (Annette O'Toole), and Joe (Ed Begley Jr.). The next day Irina finds herself in the zoo where these scientists work; drawn to the newly captured panther, she befriends Oliver and takes a job in the gift shop. Shortly after the panther's violence turns deadly, it escapes, and soon Paul turns up spouting an unbelievable story about his family's were-cat heritage and his inevitable sexual union with little Irina. On the run from her dangerous brother, Irina takes refuge in a sexually frustrated romance with Oliver, afraid of what might happen if she consummates their passion. Astute viewers will notice that the zoologist characters refer to the film's panthers as leopards; "panther" is actually a generic term for any large cat, especially a black one, but Cat People's panthers are in fact leopards whose black color comes from a recessive trait known as melanism. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Nastassja Kinski
      Nastassja Kinski - Irena Gallier
    • Malcolm McDowell
      Malcolm McDowell - Paul Gallier
    • John Heard
      John Heard - Oliver Yates
    • Annette O'Toole
      Annette O'Toole - Alice Perrin
    • Ruby Dee
      Ruby Dee - Female



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 8 reviews

    100%
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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Colors are strong but older HD transfer

      Posted
      Thrillington
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      Paul Schrader's "Cat People" is an unusual remake of Val Lewton and Jacques Tourneur's classic 1940's film. It's unique and an equal in its own way to the moody original film. It's a pity that "Cat People" didn't get a bit more TLC in this Blu-ray transfer because, while the film source is quite good, this is an older HD transfer. My complaint isn't with the film itself which is enjoyable and well made with strong performances from Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell and John Heard (plus a terrific title song performed by David Bowie) but with this substandard Blu-ray transfer. Shout Factory has been doing some fine work for most of their releases ("The Howling" was a tad overprocessed as well but acceptable) but this is an exception. The studios provide Shout (or Scream in this case)with the transfer and usually that's not a problem as a lot of them have been exceptionally good. When they get one that is substandard, however, the studio needs to push back--the images in "Cat People" are overprocess eliminating a lot of detail and textures creating plasticine people and smooth textures both an indication of an older less well done high definition transfer. I suspect that this is the same original HD master used for the HD-DVD released ages ago with a new encoding with some tweaking. Having said all of the above about this transfer, it isn't a horrible transfer just substandard. I suspect that Shout elected to release this substandard transfer without blinking an eye. Someone needs to tell Shout that grain and detail are good things. Their quality control is slipping. There are some positives to the image--the colors are bold and the interpositive used for the transfer lacks any print damage and looks in very good shape so there are some positives. We get the original stereo mix as well as a nice 5.1 mix. Subtitles are available in English. Shout does a good job with the special features including a series of new interviews with Schrader, Kinski, Heard and McDowell. The interviews vary from 5 minutes to 9 in length. We also get an interview with composer Giorgio Moroder discussing working with Schrader and David Bowie. All of the interviews run around 50 minutes combined. The special features are rounded out with photo and promotional galleries for the film as well as the original theatrical trailer. Finally we get a reversible cover art featuring the new art work commissioned for the film and one based on the theatrical one sheet on the opposite side (my preferred one--I don't care for the new art work myself). I wouldn't give this version of the film 5 stars because of the substandard, older transfer of the film. The special features are quite good but Shout really needs to step up their game and demand up-to-date quality transfers for the films they release.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      This Ain't Your Dad's Cat People!

      Posted
      thrall
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      I saw this at the theatre over 30(!) years ago and while I enjoyed it then, like a fine wine, time has made this one even more enjoyable! A strong departure from the fantastic 40's version, this is much deeper and darker, with a cast that won't quit.....couple that with scenes worthy of any art house classic, spot on directing and a killer soundtrack, this film ROCKS!!! The Blu ray treatment and supplemental material just add to the package..............if you've not seen this thriller, or a repeat visitor, Cat People is a great picture, be warned, it's not NOT for the kiddos!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good but a bit strange movie

      Posted
      silo
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      An under recognized movie, with strange tale of cats and sexually enduced transformations to murderous proportions. But good movie, improved blu-ray transfer, and haunting David Bowie theme song.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie

      Posted
      Carlenetwin

      I remmber the movie back from the 80's, the actors are great and the plot was intens, however, because the move was so old, the price could have been cheaper, but overall it is a great movie

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Cat People

      Posted
      Matrix
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      Cat People (Blu-ray Disc) picture looks like a 2016 picture to be filmed in 1982. Great Movie, Great Colors. Blu-ray Must Buy!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good movie

      Posted
      Horrorman

      This is a erotic horror movie in many ways. Natassja Kinski is very good in this movie. Are cat people for real?

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Sure to please

      Posted
      BurntPopcorn
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      A favorite Friday, late night, flick that always delivers.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

      Posted
      lookandlisten
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      Truly a classic. The story and cast are excellent.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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