Cat People (1982) [Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray]
Director: Paul Schrader
Cast: Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, John Heard
Release Date: Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray Available On January 21, 2014
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 9/10
In this erotic remake of the 1942 classic, a young woman’s sexual awakening brings horror when she discovers her urges transform her into a monstrous black leopard.
‘Cat People’ is an erotic fantasy about a brother and sister who reconcile after many years apart. When the brother begins to make seemingly insane comments in regard to hidden things unique about their families nature, the young woman begins to question who this man is, and if he really even is her brother at all as he claims to be. At the same time she begins to fall in love for the first time in her life with a man she has met at the local zoo. Was any of what her supposed brother told her true and will she find and be able to maintain true love with the man she has found? All of this and more will be revealed in this classic erotic fantasy based on the 1942 film of the same name.
The film is directed by Paul Schrader (director of a number of films from the classic ‘American Gigolo’ to the recently released ‘The Canyons’) who does a great job of maintaining the colorful, steamy and animal feel that ‘Cat People’ gives off. The cast features a surprising number of familiar faces and great actors giving impressive performances in their younger years, including Malcolm McDowell, John Heard, John Larroquette, Frankie Faison, Annette O’Toole, in addition to the beautiful Nastassia Kinski in the lead role and more.
Scream Factory’s gorgeous new Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray release of ‘Cat People’ marked my first viewing of the film, and I was pleasantly surprised at just how much I enjoyed it. While it is by no means a perfect film, it knows for the most part just what it wants to be, and it does a very admirable job of maintaining just that from start to end. For both fans of the film as well as those like me who may be watching it for the first time, this Blu-Ray release is certainly the version you will want to make sure you view from this point forward. Scream Factory does an impressive job as usual and delivers on another gorgeous Blu-Ray release that fans will not want to miss out on.
The Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray release of ‘Cat People’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio. As we’ve all come to expect from Scream Factory releases, the video presentation here is absolutely stunning, and we could not possibly ask for a better quality high definition transfer of this film. The warm colors often present in certain sequences of this movie really glow with warmth right out of the screen. Every single edge and border appears to be perfectly represented here and I could not find any issues whatsoever with the video quality on this one. Fans of the film as well as those such as me experiencing it for the first time should be quite impressed with this absolutely gorgeous 1080p high definition video presentation.
The Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray release of ‘Cat People’ features both a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack as well as a lossless 2.0 channel stereo DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. I being the audiophile I am of course opted to watch with the lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack, and it sounded pretty wonderful. The catchy score and moments of action throughout the movie are gloriously amplified and by this lossless soundtrack and really help to add an additional level of enjoyment to the overall experience. Most of the fellow audiophiles out there should be quite impressed with this lossless 5.1 channel soundtrack.
Scream Factory almost never disappoints when it comes to bonus content, and while this Collector’s Edition release of ‘Cat People’ isn’t nearly as jammed full of extras as a lot of their releases, it certainly includes its fair share of extras, including both archive content in addition to new and original bonus features created specifically for this release. Included are: New Interviews with Writer/Director Paul Schrader, Nastassia Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, John Heard, Annette O’ Toole and composer Giorgio Moroder, in addition to the theatrical trailer and a still gallery. There are certainly some fun and informative goodies for the fans of the film to keep themselves busy after their viewing of the film.
Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 9/10
‘Cat People’ Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray leaps onto Home Entertainment shelves everywhere on January 21, 2014 from Scream Factory.