Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat [WS] [DVD] [2003]

  • SKU: 6280678
  • Release Date: 03/16/2004
  • Rating: PG
Love it or hate it (and let's face it, most hated it), this film is a marvel of set design and art direction, and that is well represented on this special edition DVD. The 1.85:1 anamorphic image is simply stunning. (As is common now, a full-frame version is available separately.) Colors, a vital element of the film, are presented with an amazing flourish, perfectly capturing the theatrical appearance. There are no signs of grain or print scratches, as would be expected. Nearly as impressive is the 5.1 Dolby Digital track. The sound mix is very exciting, with wide use of the surrounds for effect, but the main audio source is never drowned out up front. Dialogue is clear (this could be a good or bad thing, depending on your view) and without any distortion. It wouldn't be surprising to see a two-disc re-release happen down the line, but this title still throws in a number of first-rate supplements. While the menus are annoying, they will take you to numerous sections, mainly comprised of 12 short (under three minutes each) featurettes. Those with short attention spans will appreciate these pieces, all with interviews from director Bo Welch, star Mike Myers, and other cast members. Segments include the cat makeup, the music, the creation of the Theodore Seuss Geisel stamp, the vehicles, various visual effects, and more. In addition, and designed to appeal to the very young, is a segment on how to dance like the cat. Slightly more promising, though not the best ever produced, is an audio commentary track from Welch and Alec Baldwin. The two seem to enjoy recording this track, and their time making the movie. Infinitely more amusing than the film is a lengthy bloopers segment. Finally, a number of deleted scenes are offered, as well as the trailers for Shrek 2 and Peter Pan. Overall, this is a fine disc, from the exceptional picture and sound to a wide array of extras. Now, if only the film was as good.
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (162 out of 176)

Special Features


  • Dance-along With the Cat: Learn how to dance just like the cat with fun, easy-to-follow steps
  • 16 deleted scenes: Never-before-seen footage with lots of surprises
  • 20 outtakes: Hilarious bloopers featuring Mike Myers as the Cat
  • "The Purrrr-fect Stamp": An unprecedented look at the making of a new U.S. stamp celebrating the real Dr. Seuss
  • "The Dirt on D.I.R.T.": How the magical cleaning machine came to life
  • "Seussville U.S.A.": See how everyday Pomona, CA, was transformed into fantastical Seussland
  • "The Mother of All Messes": Learn how special effects created the biggest mess ever
  • "The Music": A firsthand look at unusual Seussian instruments
  • Plus more on the Cat, the Fish, the kids, and the S.L.O.W.

Synopsis


Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat
Following up on the success of 2000's How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Imagine Entertainment presents The Cat in the Hat, their second live-action adaptation of a classic Dr. Seuss book. Starring Mike Myers, the film follows the adventures of Conrad (Spencer Breslin) and Sally Walden (Dakota Fanning), a young brother and sister who find themselves visited by the titular mischievous cat (Meyers) and his entourage when their mother (Kelly Preston) leaves them home alone. Also starring Alec Baldwin and the voice of Sean Hayes, The Cat in the Hat is the directorial debut of Oscar-nominated art director Bo Welch. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Mike Myers
    Mike Myers - The Cat in the Hat
  • Alec Baldwin
    Alec Baldwin - Lawrence Quinn
  • Kelly Preston
    Kelly Preston - Joan Walden
  • Dakota Fanning
    Dakota Fanning - Sally Walden
  • Spencer Breslin
    Spencer Breslin - Conrad Walden



Overall customer rating

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93%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not For Kids

    Posted
    TFABOLOUS

    I had high expectations for this film, but was sorely disappointed. The reason for such a poor rating (1 out of 5 stars) is due to the overwhelming, constant, adult content. The market demographic for this film was child through adult; the perfect film to watch with the family. However, the poor attempts to create The Cat and the Hat into a family film were obvious early in. The adult situations and innuendos were most frequent, which made me cringe. I would strongly recommend parents to guard their children from seeing this movie. This movie is a disgrace to the family film genre.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat [WS] [DVD] [2003]

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    Mz3zB3LLa2528
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    I purchased Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat [WS] [DVD] [2003] edition, live action film, for my kids actually, as a gift; due to the fact that they love these Dr. Seuss movies alot, every single one of them. After watching the movie, I'd actually have to say; it was quite hilarious; & it isnt just one of those movies I'd really like to hide from my kids forever, due to it being extremely obnoxious, but id actually watch it again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun video

    Posted
    GrandmaJanice
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    I purchased this while browsing the videos. My granddaughter just turned two and I didn't know if she would be old enough for this but she loved it. I watched her for a week and it was a real hit. After a couple ef viewings she was lecturing the cat on how he should behave. We may have spent too much time on it but she sat on my lap and giggled and that is what Grandmas are for. Right?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    No Fast Play

    Posted
    svonlins
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    We frequently buy inexpensive movies for the kids to watch in the car, so we grabbed the Cat in the Hat. There is no auto play, and you have to sit through the previews in order to play the movie. This is very inconvenient while driving down the road in the car. I will only purchase movies with fast play from now on.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mike Myers is the cat in the hat

    Posted
    Vandy8989
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    Yes this movie was made for children and young teens but is a great family movie that my kids enjoy watching over and over again. There is adult humor in here as well but it is not said right out to make parents question if kids should be watching this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Set designs, MIke Myers was awsome.

    Posted
    gemslover

    Fantastic Movie. I purchased it for my grandson, he's a big cat in the hat fan (the cartoon). We were curious as to how he would react to the live rendition, needless to say he is reciting/acting out small parts from the movie already. Mike Myers was as my grandson would say "awsome!".

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie

    Posted
    Buckey
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    Cat in the Hat has always been one of my favorite books but then they made it in to a movie. Mike Meyers did a great job. The movie all around was funny and well made. Our kids love this movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Family movie

    Posted
    CMBandy
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    I LOVE MIKE MYERS!! He's so hilarious..anyway, my sibling loved this movie when they were little an every time it would come one tv we'd always record it for them, so i figured why not buy it on dvd?! an so thats why i got it, also for my neices! GREAT MOVIE!!

    I would recommend this to a friend


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