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Rat [DVD] [2000]

Release Date:10/16/2001
The ten-minute "Behind the Rat" documentary appended to the DVD of Rat goes into detail about how the rat effects were accomplished, thanks to a pair of unkempt but talented toymakers at the U.K. unit of Jim Henson's Creature Shop. The different cameras built for the project -- including one rigged to a remote-controlled toy car -- are also examined during the production of the film, and Imelda Staunton, a stranger in the U.S. but a significant actress in Britain, is a charming hostess. A second rough-hewn and more brief segment called "Casting the Rat" shows how the animal wrangler used a pair of rats to star as Hubert the rodent. Director Steve Barron and Staunton provide running commentary during the film, and they illuminate the production with their insights. The digital transfer from film to disc is nicely rendered and Sir Bob Geldof's score sounds terrific in Dolby Digital 5.1.
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    Special Features

    • Behind "The Rat"
    • Casting "The Rat"
    • Feature commentary with director Steve Barron
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Production notes
    • Cast and filmmakers


    In this Irish fable, a man named Hubert Flynn (Pete Postlethwaite) lives in Dublin and takes pride in his indulgence in beer, gambling, and ignoring his patient wife Conchita (Imelda Staunton). One night, after having a few at the local pub, he slowly begins to evolve into a rat, which has an oddly unenchanting effect on his family. His loving daughter Marietta (Kerry Condon) is all for his new transformation, wanting to shower it with love and care, but she is also in the midst of an impending wedding and wonders if his diminutive appearance might not be acceptable. His son Pius (Andrew Lovern) is headed for the religious order and would rather see him dead. Phelim Spratt (David Wilmot), a greedy, ambitious type, moves into Hubert's bedroom and begins to write an novel of the transformation which he hopes will become a major motion picture. Conchita regards it as yet another of her husband's tricks designed to humiliate her, while Uncle Matt (Frank Kelly) has various theories on why the whole occurrence has taken place. Rat was created with the help of the late Jim Henson's animation company and directed by music video pioneer Steve Barron. ~ Jason Clark, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Pete Postlethwaite
      Pete Postlethwaite - Hubert
    • Imelda Staunton
      Imelda Staunton - Conchita
    • Frank Kelly
      Frank Kelly - Uncle Matt
    • David Wilmot
      David Wilmot - Phelim Spratt
    • Kerry Condon
      Kerry Condon - Marietta

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