Cat People [HD DVD]
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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.
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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Therefore, Irena has Oliver make love to her again one last time in order to spare Irena from being killed so she can be set free once & for all with the rest of her feline ancestors.
What's kind of funny is this horror flick kind of reminded me of DRESSED TO KILL in a way, since DRESSED TO KILL was a violent errotic kind of movie too, since DRESSED TO KILL was a terror film with a lot of killing, sex, and graphic nudity, especially with full-frontal nudity like CAT PEOPLE has.
The one thing about this movie CAT PEOPLE that I don't understand is why would Paul try to get into Irena's pants if Irena was actually Paul's long lost sister and knew that he was Irena's long lost brother all along.
However this was my favorite flick with Nastassja Kinski and Nastassja definetly put the word "Kinky" in the middle of her last name Kinski in CAT PEOPLE too since Nastassja's nakedness in this flick themselves was enough to sell more than enough tickets at the box office back in the Spring of 1982 since Nastassja's sexy ta-tas and beautiful pubic hair brought out the animal in a lot of us including myself since Nastassja had more nude scenes than anybody else in this movie especially since Nastassja was the only co-star in CAT PEOPLE who had every bangable part of her body shown from head to toe shown in this flick as opposed to the rest of the co-stars in this flick which needless to say was another thing that made Nastassja Kinski the star attraction as well as the main attraction of CAT PEOPLE especially since Nastassja was the only co-star in this terror film to be shown in full-frontal nudity like a bitch-in-heat.
This movie also takes me back to memory lane to when I was still living in the Imperial Valley and to when we had all those budget cuts going on from the recession we had in 1981-1982 when Ronald Reagan was president along with the fact that I was 9 years old in the 3rd grade at Rockwood Elementary School in Calexico, CA when this movie was released in theatres back in the Spring of 1982 when I was living in my hometown(El Centro, CA), but Nastasjja Kinski was definitely eyecandy in this movie, especially when they showed us Nastassja's sexy genitals and Nastassja never looked better than she ever did in CAT PEOPLE either along with the fact that CAT PEOPLE was a deliciously nasty movie as well as a violent one, especially because of Nastassja.
The Scream Factory is a division of The SHOUT Factory. Who I believe use to be Rhino Records. So, I am glad to see that a company like Rhino Records is getting into the Blu-Ray market. And since The SHOUT Factory is showing so much attention towards movies from the eighties, and since Rhino use to be all about music, I wish that they would get into making Blu-Ray releases of 80's MTV videos. It would be fun to collect those. Anyway, back to "Cat People."
I also noticed that This SCREAM Factory release of Cat People states that the film is PG-13. My DVD of this film says that it is Rated R, and it should be Rated R. I hope that they are not going to release some sort of edited version of this film because that would truly be an atrocity. Anyway....
This is a Gothic cult classic from the eighties. For years, the DVD of this fine film has been available as a muddy, grainy, silhouette-shadowy, version that is really no better than the VHS tape version.
But, this movie has a lot to offer for its cinematography and its music. To see this film in high definition would make it one of my favorite films from the eighties.
It's got a fabulous backdrop scenery of many ancient and historic parts of New Orleans.
The leopard tree dream sequences are beautifully created and should be seen and heard in high definition for its color and beauty.
Giorgio Moroder's soundtrack score is some of the best terrifying background music ever put to a movie.
And, to me personally, to see Nastassia Kinski's beautiful eyes and lips and many of her nude scenes, in the best possible picture quality that can be remastered, would be a great source of eye candy to back up this film's story. Her cat eyes are so mysterious and alluring. She was so perfect for the role.
If this movie, and Nastassia Kinski's earlier film "Tess" were remastered and available in High Definition Blu-Ray, I'd pay any price.
UPDATE: I did get "Tess" on Blu-Ray as a French import, plus it's coming soon from Criterion.
Don't watch this movie and expect it to be anything like the 1942 movie, because it really isn't-none of the sex scenes or graffic violence would have made it into that movie.
This upgrade to the sound and video made it worth it to me .
No commentary over the movie in this one and in a way that is a bit of a break . However they do talk to most all of main actors,director,music director.
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