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Cat People [HD DVD] (1982)

Nastassja Kinski , Malcolm McDowell , Paul Schrader  |  R |  HD DVD
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  • Actors: Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, John Heard, Annette O'Toole, Ruby Dee
  • Directors: Paul Schrader
  • Writers: Alan Ormsby
  • Producers: Charles Fries, Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: December 26, 2007
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000T5O4BC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,503 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cat People [HD DVD]" on IMDb

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 Artist Tom Burman
  • Cat People Matte Paintings
  • Filmmaker Robert Wise on the producer of the Original Cat People - Val Lewton
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    Product Description

    Nastassia Kinski stars as Irena, a beautiful young woman on the bridge of sexuality; she discovers love for the first time only to find that the explosive experience brings with it tragic consequences. The tremendous passion of this girl's first romantic love is so strong, however, it bypasses the chaos around her - including her brother's (Malcolm McDowell) extraordinary demands - as it pushes her on to her own bizarre destiny. With a style as timeless as myth, Cat People is an erotic fantasy of the passion and terror that surround this girl's first love. Desire…passion…blood, her lust transforms her into one of the Cat People.

    Additional Features

    Paul Schrader, the director of American Gigolo, brought a similar kind of sexual chic to this explicit horror movie. A remake of the beautiful, haunting 1942 Cat People, this version takes off from the same idea: that a woman (Nastassja Kinski), a member of a race of feline humans, will revert to her animalistic self when she has sex. Arriving to meet her brother (Malcolm McDowell) in New Orleans, she finds herself disturbed by his sexual presence. A zoo curator (John Heard) becomes fascinated by her, but he will discover that her kittenish ways are just the tip of the claw. Schrader dresses the story up in a stylish, glossy production, keyed on Kinski's green-eyed, thick-lipped beauty; it's hard to think of another actress in 1982 who could so immediately suggest a cat walking on two legs. Luckily Kinski had a European attitude toward her body, because this film has plenty of poster-art nudity. There's also lots of gore and some wacky flashbacks to the ancient tribe of cat people, who hold rituals in an orange desert while Giorgio Moroder's music plays. Cat People doesn't really make all this come together, but it's always interesting to look at, and the dreadful mood lingers. --Robert Horton

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    89 of 95 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Sex, Violence, and an Emerging Cult Favorite February 28, 2002
    Format:VHS Tape
    In general terms, the basic premise of both original 1942 CAT PEOPLE and the 1982 Paul Schrader remake are the same: an exotic European beauty is given to transforming into a black panther when sexually aroused. But Schrader unravels this fantasy concept in some very Freudian directions, setting his version in against the decadent charm of New Orleans, introducing a theme of incest, and ramping up the original with a lot of nudity, a lot of sex, and some of the most graphic violence around. The result is an American blood-and-gore horror film with a hypnotic European sensibility that equates both sexual frustration and orgasm with violent death. The story line concerns two orphaned siblings (Natasha Kinski and Malcom McDowell) who are reunited in New Orleans as adults-but they are, unbeknownst to the sister, the descendents of a mutant race who can only mate with their own kind without transforming into ravening beasts who must then kill to regain their human form. When sister Natasha rejects her brother's advances and then falls in love with a hunky zoo director all hell breaks loose.
    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.
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    31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Lett'n the cat out of the bag.... September 15, 2005
    Format:DVD
    In the tradition of erotic 80's thrillers, "Cat People" stands out as a very unique and entertaining piece of work.

    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.
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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very good film, but a little explicit December 25, 2007
    Format:HD DVD
    Back when it was in the theater around 1982, and I was a mere 15 year old, I happened to find myself entering a very "R" rated film instead of the movie I bought a ticket for, and since, have been in love with Kinski.

    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.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars Camp done dull…
    This is kind of a double review, since I figured that I’d watch both the 1942 original and the 1982 remake back to back. Read more
    Published 3 days ago by Andrew Ellington
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    hot hot hot
    Published 11 days ago by Weght Man
    5.0 out of 5 stars great movie featuring a smoking hot 20 something nastassja kin ...
    great movie featuring a smoking hot 20 something nastassja kin ski she was the reason i started liking ewuropean woman in the 1st place i told her that when i met her at chiller... Read more
    Published 16 days ago by Bill Biancacci
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great movie
    Published 19 days ago by Valerie L. Schlagal
    5.0 out of 5 stars "Do you know my name?"
    Absolutely the best for Halloween! Love the theme song sung by David Bowie. A must see...and own.
    Published 1 month ago by Andree Ray
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    good
    Published 1 month ago by Bethany Smith
    2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
    An extremely strange rendition of a classic, for me I don't think it worked, Natasha Kinski and John Heard had no chemistry and I'm afraid their acting was far less than par. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by RICHARD
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    simply awesome underated erotic horror
    Published 1 month ago by Tracys
    5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
    I enjoyed the movie.. It was good!!!!!
    Published 1 month ago by G. W. Funnell
    5.0 out of 5 stars I have watched it on several occasions and i never get bored.
    This movie is a classic Nastassja Kinksi film. I have watched it on several occasions and i never get bored.
    Published 1 month ago by Daniel Wilson
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