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Cat People [HD DVD] (1982)

Nastassja Kinski , Malcolm McDowell , Paul Schrader  |  R |  HD DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • 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 (149 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000T5O4BC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,198 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

    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

    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.

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    85 of 91 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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    29 of 32 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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    18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A haunting, erotic horror movie August 23, 2000
    Format:VHS Tape
    "Cat People" has two things going for it: a creepy, intriguing story line; and Nastassia Kinski. Kinski is absolutely mesmerizing in the title role; an erotic, exotic presence awakening to her own sexuality and discovering that she can only have a life with one of her own kind. Paul Schrader's direction lends a eerily spooky atmosphere to the film. Malcolm McDowell is excellent as Kinski's brother who sees her as his only salvation, as she sees him as her destruction; John Heard is okay but nothing special as Kinski's lover who finally realizes what she is and commits the act that at once sets her free and imprisons her for the rest of her life; and Ruby Dee has a small but haunting role as the landlady who knows Kinski's secret and confronts her with the devastating reality of what lies ahead for her. There's plenty of blood and plenty of gore, but it all fits in with the story. It's not a great movie, but it's a very good one that deserves a wider audience.
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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars If you're not a dog person you're a...... June 12, 2007
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    CAT PEOPLE is basically a cross between a werewolf movie & a vampire movie. Like a werewolf movie, it involves people transforming into animals (in this case, black panthers). Like a vampire movie, it is heavy on eroticism and sensuality.

    The film stars Nastassja Kinski as a young woman who goes to visit her brother (Malcom McDowell) for the first time in many years. She soon finds out that she carries the family "curse" of going into a metamorphosis and becoming a leapord.

    Nastassja is PERFECT for this part as she has a slender, curvy, feline body. It matches up with her becoming a leapord very nicely. Annette O'Toole is quite attractive too, with more of a girl-next-door type of beauty. Best of all, both girls look absolutely fantastic topless!

    If you like erotic thrillers / werewolf movies / vampire movies, my guess is that CAT PEOPLE will more than likely be to your liking. It is sultry, sexy and entertaining in a feline sort of way.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie.
    I love this movie. I had seen it before but it had been several years and I sometimes like watching movies again. Very good quality picture and everything. 2 thumbs up!
    Published 6 days ago by Amanda Rains
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorites!
    Finally, one of my old VHS tapes can be upgrades to a beautifully clear Blu-ray! WooHoo! I've waited years for this. Read more
    Published 13 days ago by runner tee
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not your Puss 'n Boots but Puss in Drag as in dragging your sorry butt...
    I love Cat People. It's very well done and it's got the absolute Gold Star iconic real imagery of black panthers as the most scary looking creatures you never want to meet in a... Read more
    Published 26 days ago by Arielmessenger
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great clarity
    I would recommend these movies to anyone they are great to see on my smart TV through Amazon. I appreciate the free viewing before I received my movies.
    Published 1 month ago by Nadina Waller
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Collectors Edition and a Great Film
    This is a remake of the 1942 film noir classic which I just adore. This is a remake that almost reaches the ranks of the original. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by B
    4.0 out of 5 stars Erotically-charged....
    One of my favs from the 80s... and Ms Kinski's in it so its a definite must-have for my movie collection!! This Blu-ray transfer is near excellent!!!!
    Published 1 month ago by MD Faris B. Razak
    4.0 out of 5 stars Old but still good
    This misses some of the nuances of both the book and the original B&W film. However, for the time and for a movie story it is quite good. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by softa_Larry
    4.0 out of 5 stars Cheezy but still good
    Being a psychology buff, I sometimes look at movies as I would a dream. What's the inner power of the dream/movie for me. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Ron Hutchins
    4.0 out of 5 stars a must buy for cult movie collectors
    They don't make them like this anymore and its a classic. One my favorite cult movies of all time. I wish they extra scenes and alternate endings
    Published 1 month ago by francisco sanchez jr.
    4.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie! Video is OK Audio is outstanding!
    I have loved this title since its initial release in 1982! Although Val Lewton's 1942 edition is shot in black and white and has tremendous atmospheric presence, this updated... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Harold F. Kingsbury
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