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Cats - The Musical (Ultimate Edition)

4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163 customer reviews

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Product Description

Cats, the longest-running musical in Broadway history, the show that changed the face of modern musicals - now as you've never seen it before… and as you'll never see it again! The ultimate home video version of the Olivier and Tony Award-winning classic boasts an all-star cast headed by Elaine Paige (London's original Grizabella) and Sir John Mills, with music performed by an eighty-piece orchestra. From the opening dance number to the final refrain of Memory, you'll want to experience Cats - Now and Forever!

Additional Features

Ailurophiles will love the Ultimate Edition DVD of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats. This two-DVD set offers substantially more content than the 2000 Commemorative Edition, including over 100 minutes of interviews with Lloyd Webber, producer Cameron Mackintosh, stage director Trevor Nunn, director-choreographer Gillian Lynne, designer John Napier, and Gerry Schoenfeld, who helped bring the show to Broadway. (Nunn's segment lasts over half an hour, while Lloyd Webber's and Schoenfeld's are the shortest, at 9 and 7 minutes, respectively.) Intercut with footage from the video production, photos, and costume sketches, the interviews cover various aspects of the show's development, including the 1980 Sydmonton Festival production, Valerie Eliot's assistance with her late husband's unpublished materials, Judi Dench's part as the very first Grizabella, and the creation of "Memory." There's also a 3.5-minute glimpse of backstage makeup work as well as the 30-minute documentary "What's a Jellicle Cat? The Making of Cats the Video," which is included on the Commemorative Edition. Sound (Dolby Digital 5.1) and picture (1.78 letterbox), however, remain the same. --David Horiuchi

Special Features

  • The Making of Cats
  • Interviews with the Original Creative Team of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh, Trevor Nunn, Gillian Lynne, John Napier and Gerry Schoenfeld
  • Character Makeup Featurette with Karen Dawson Harding
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber Spotlight Collection Trailer
  • Recommendations

  • Product Details

    • Directors: David Mallet
    • Producers: Andrew Lloyd Webber
    • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Limited Edition, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.0)
    • Subtitles: French, Spanish
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
    • Number of discs: 2
    • Rated:
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2001
    • Run Time: 121 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,163 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00005NGAL
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,352 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Cats - The Musical (Ultimate Edition)" on IMDb

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    By J. Levin on July 13, 2003
    Format: DVD
    I am 77 years old.
    My beloved late wife and I were avid live theater patrons, both in GB and the USA.
    My wife and I were lucky to have seen our first "Cats" performance in London the first month it opened.
    Several years later we again revisited London and saw "Cats" again.
    Both times it was a remarkable theatrical experience.
    I just received my "Cats (COMMEMORATIVE)" DVD and it is the very best version of "Cats" I have ever seen.
    The extra bonus DVD that comes with the "Unlimited Edition," explaining in minute detail, how the play "Cats" was conceived and its production, is truly worth the price of DVD alone.
    Joe Levin, Las Vegas NV
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    Format: DVD
    The `Cats' DVD is a cinematic record of the Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musical as performed on the London stage in, I believe, 1998 starring Elaine Paige in the `lead' role of Grizabella, although the only aspect of her role which warrants calling it the starring role is the fact that this character sings the `show-stopper' song, `Memory' which, if you are to believe writer / director Kevin Smith's bit in `Jersey Girl', has become a real Broadway cliché. The show is the most truly `ensemble' performance I can think of. Few characters stand out for more than the length of a single piece, yet practically all characters are on stage for over 50% of the two-hour performance. Aside from Paige, the only character / actor who is remotely familiar to me is John Mills who is on for but two scenes and who is more of a prop than a character.

    I make a strong point of the fact that this is a recording of a stage performance rather than a conversion of the play to a more realistic environment. This conversion is done for most Broadway plays turned into movies, especially for big musicals such as `Oklahoma', `The Sound of Music', `My Fair Lady', and `Chicago'. But this conversion is not always successful. That is, the very big realistic setting is not always an enhancement. My best evidence for this is the film done of `The Fantasticks' with a cast including such high powered talent as Joel Gray and others. As someone how has seen the play done on the live stage three times with three different interpretations, including a performance by the New York City cast, I can say that the movie failed to breath any life into the classic minimalist staging it gets in intimate little theaters. The movie was simply not as good as the live performance. This is clearly not the case with this DVD record.
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    Format: VHS Tape
    This video of Cats is the best version of the show I have seen to date. I am a Cats addict and I have seen the show over 15 times with various casts, between London, Broadway and Japan. I think the cast assembled on this video is the best I have seen (more than just "competent" as the editorial review said).
    The only person I was not too keen on was the choice of John Mills, because of whom the excellent "Growltiger's Last Stand" was taken out. John Mills was great, don't get me wrong, but I wish Gus was played by someone who could have pulled this part off. I was very disappointed to see this part of the show taken out, as it was one of my favourites, and because of that some of the best performers on the video which are in this scene had their screen time shortened. Even so, the rest of the video is great. I did not get the commemorative edition, so I cannot comment on the "extras". I did not get it as I am not sure what exactly is on it. But the video of the show itself is fabulous because of the great cast - Michael Gruber is the strongest Munkustrap I have ever seen, Veerle Casteleyn is the cutest Jemima yet, Jo Bingham is adorable as Etcetera, John Partridge plays Rum Tum Tugger the way I always thought he should be played, Jacob Brent is absolutely amazing as Mistoffelees, Phyllida Crowley Smith is the most amazing dancer, Elaine Paige goes without saying, and I will not go on cause you get the message. Anyway, it took me a while before I bought this video, cause I wasn't sure if the atmosphere of the show would transfer well on the video, but it does cause of the amazing cast, and the fact that there are many close ups. Don't miss out on it, you won't be disappointed!
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    Format: VHS Tape
    All I can say
    I loved the VHS version of Cats. As one of those people who saw it on Broadway first, the video is a great way to bring back memories. It also gives you the chance to see facial expressions up close, and rewind great parts :-)
    Cast members who stick out (at least for me): John Partridge as Rum Tum Tugger (yummy! Good looking AND a great singer/dancer!); The fantastic Michael Gruber as Munkustrap (can't believe I missed him on Broadway..); Jacob Brent as The Magical Mr. Mistoffelees (this guy can DANCE!!), Rosemarie Ford as Bombalurina; Aeva Mae as Demeter; Elaine Paige as Grizabella; Drew Varley and Jo Gibb as Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer (and they WERE NOT DUBBED!! Those beautiful, amazing voices are their own!!); ok, the WHOLE CAST was great!!
    One or two notes tho.. there are some PG-13 moments. Some er...interesting closeups (butt shots during Macavity.. and er.. crotch shots during Rum Tum Tugger), a little blooper where Tugger curses Griz (thankfully only mouthed!), and risque scene during the Jellicle Ball. If you have kids under say, 7 or 8, please watch it with them.
    All in all, a great buy! I highly recommend it!!
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