Cat People (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
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In some respects the film is extremely, extremely frustrating, often sliding over the edge from a sexually provocative shocker into moments of annoying silliness-but on the whole it works extremely well as a both a sexual fantasy and the penultimate statement in gratuitous sex and violence. Kinski is ideally cast as the sexy but virginal Irena; you can literally see the "cat" side of her nature emerge more and more as the film progresses. McDowell is equally interesting as her mad brother, and John Heard, Annette O'Toole, and particularly Ruby Dee offer excellent performances in the supporting cast.Read more ›
Young, innocent, and virginal Irena (Nastassja Kinski) can barely remember her parents or brother. She knows they were circus performers and that is about it. Having been raised in orphanages her whole life, she is finally contacted by her long lost brother Paul(Malcolm McDowell ), who is now a priest living out in New Orleans.
So... she packs it up and hightails out there to go live with him.
What she begins to learn is that her brother is quite an oddball, and she herself is beginning to have feelings and connections that she doesn't quite understand.
Ya see, Irena and Paul are from actual feline ancestors, and they themselves turn into panthers upon heightened sexual arousal. Once they turn, they are kitty killing machines-who don't turn back to normal until after they have made a kill. AWESOME!
Not only that, but they are incestuous-and they only way for them to function as humans, have a healthy sex life and pro create is to only sleep with one another. HA HA!
As Irena begins to establish a life and job for herself, her family demons began to take shape in many bizarre ways.
As the truth unfolds, Irena is left with a series of perplexing dilemmas & questions:
1. Should she believe and join her brother?
2. Should she continue to develop a relationship with that nice man at the zoo she works at?
3. Should she give in to her daily animal instincts?
4. Should she remain a virgin out of fear of killing?
"Cat People" has a purrrrfect blend of nudity, blood, & erotic/ sexual images.Read more ›
Don't be put off on the films date of release, though. "The Exorcist" was a 1973 release, yet the effects and theme are still very unsettling, and no one has replicated the intensity of that film since. Neither have they with "Cat People," and still all the animal morphing and gore seem super-realistic, even though there was no computer aided effects, as they didn't exist.
This film is a remake, but a very GOOD remake, of an old film that simply 'suggested' the reason for the animalistic transformations. With Kinsky at the helm, and her non-issue with full frontal nudity, the viewer is able to see the dynamics of a woman struggling with her sexuality, the unresolved issues surrounding her brother and family, and her deflowering, only to find herself transformed into a black panther.
I was surprised the film had received an 'R' rating, to be honest. At the time, I would have thought pseudo-fellatio, female genitalia, breasts, a little bit of S & M, and very graphic dismemberments would warrent an 'X,' but somehow the director, Paul Schrader, passed with an 'R.' The film, itself, is truly about uninhibited sexual expression, likening it to that of an animal. At times it may appear pornographic, but quickly, something horrific happens, so there isn't a margin for the viewer to find anything arousing, as it is clearly delineated within the boundries of cinema. While it may vascillate into what appears like porn, the reason this film isn't a pornographic piece is that it has no intention of titillating the viewer.Read more ›
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VERY HAPPY!! The quality is superb & I'm glad I replaced it--this movie is a classic & I'll always love it. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
My husband says,"Anything made in New Orleans is alright with him." He liked it! We actually watched the movie a week after David Bowie's passing.Published 16 days ago by Carolyn R. Smith
The Cat People evolved way back in prehistory. As certain tribal groups “sacrificed”/offered up young women to leopards who seemed to have been deified, who then coupled with them. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Susman
This is a great film, but the "Collector's Edition" blu ray from Shout Factory leaves a lot to be desired. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Thomas Raven
Interesting movie and kinski was a beautiful exhibitionist. We both lived at the Mayflower hotel in the 80s. She loved to walk around naked.Published 3 months ago by Richie
Love this movie. So much better than the black and white version. Its not everyday that you find a movie thats way better than the original version. Read morePublished 3 months ago by lezlie Michelle matos