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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

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Director: Richard Brooks

Cast: Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, Burl Ives

 

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Warner Home Video has done well by Richard Brooks' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), giving the movie a gloriously sharp and vivid transfer in its proper non-anamorphic aspect ratio (1.85:1). That would be enough by itself to recommend this DVD -- Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor look so stunning in their opening shots that the disc is like a massage to the eye,

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Warner Home Video has done well by Richard Brooks' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), giving the movie a gloriously sharp and vivid transfer in its proper non-anamorphic aspect ratio (1.85:1). That would be enough by itself to recommend this DVD -- Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor look so stunning in their opening shots that the disc is like a massage to the eye, and cinematographer William H. Daniels' Oscar-nominated work has been lavished exceptional care across this entire disc. But the producers have also included a highly animated and informative commentary by Tennessee Williams and Elizabeth Taylor biographer Donald Spoto, which is a delight to listen to and every bit as entertaining as the movie itself. His work is worth the price of admission by itself, and makes this a disc that one will watch more than once on first opening it. Spoto is also on hand for the bonus featurette "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: Playing Cat and Mouse," which also includes contributions from Drew Casper and Paul Newman biographer Eric Lax, and co-star Madeleine Sherwood. This is, like the commentary, a highly animated, engaging, and informative account of the movie's production, and well worth seeing. The original trailer is also present (letterboxed 1.85:1), looking in nearly as good shape as the film itself. The latter has also been given a generous 26 chapters. The disc opens automatically to a very easy to use multi-layered menu offering quick and simple access to all features.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Paul Newman's first big success came in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the 1958 film adaptation of playwright Tennessee Williams' claustrophobic drama. Newman got his first Oscar nomination, one of seven for the film, for his role as Brick Pollitt, the former football star, and Elizabeth Taylor was at her feline best as his dangerous wife, Maggie. Some of the more controversial elements of Williams' melodrama were downplayed in the film version so as not to ruffle the censors of the era. But it still remains a steamy, haunting piece of filmmaking under the direction of Richard Brooks. Remakes were executed for television in 1976 and 1984, the latter starring Jessica Lange and Tommy Lee Jones.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/02/2006
UPC:
0012569698529
Original Release:
1958
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
9,627

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by biographer Doland Spoto, author of The Kindness of Strangers: The Life of Tennessee Williams; New featurette Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: Playing Cat and Mouse; Theatrical Trailer; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français, & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Brick Pollitt
Elizabeth Taylor Maggie Pollitt
Burl Ives Big Daddy Pollitt
Jack Carson Gooper Pollitt
Judith Anderson Big Mama Pollitt
Madeleine Sherwood Mae Pollitt
Larry Gates Dr.Baugh
Vaughn Taylor Deacon Davis
Patty Ann Gerrity Dixie Pollitt
Rusty Stevens Sonny Pollitt
Hugh Corcoran Buster Pollitt
Deborah Miller Trixie Pollitt
Brian Corcoran Boy Pollitt
Vince Townsend Lacey
Zelda Cleaver Sookey
Jeane Wood Party Guest
Mildred Dunnock Actor
Bobby Johnson Groom
Tony Merrill Party Guest

Technical Credits
Richard Brooks Director,Screenwriter
Lee Le Blanc Special Effects
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
William Horning Art Director
Urie McCleary Art Director
Wesley C. Miller Sound/Sound Designer
James Poe Screenwriter
Robert Priestley Set Decoration/Design
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
William Shanks Asst. Director
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Ferris Webster Editor
Lawrence Weingarten Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
1. Credits [1:51]
2. Bad Behavior [3:07]
3. Report on the No-Necks [4:31]
4. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof [4:25]
5. Big Daddy's Return [4:52]
6. Same Cage [4:20]
7. Where the Rocks Are [3:34]
8. What Kind of Truth? [4:10]
9. Maggie the Cat is Alive [7:29]
10. The Party Comes to Brick [4:28]
11. Breaking Mama's Heart [1:49]
12. Talking Tough with Brick [:36]
13. Disgust and Mendacity [5:22]
14. About Skipper [4:26]
15. Play by Play [2:42]
16. "I Let Him Down" [6:02]
17. Exchange of Truths [3:55]
18. Family Discussion [4:05]
19. "I Want Brick" [4:33]
20. Presence of Malice [3:10]
21. Cellar Full of Things [5:03]
23. Look at Me [4:04]
22. Big Daddy's Daddy [6:46]
24. The Storm Inside [2:53]
25. Maggie's Present [4:50]
26. Through with Lies [3:22]

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Vovo More than 1 year ago
Set in the sultry South, this story of the complexities of relationships and society's common use of mendacity sends the viewer on a roller coaster of untamed emotions and vulnerable enchantment. Newman and Taylor were at their heights is this delicious treat of a film. I only wish I had seen it sooner! This will definitely be something that I will watch again and again and share with my friends and family. Wonderful, wondeful film!
JCRascal More than 1 year ago
I have always loved this film, for any number of reasons: The superb performances by its actors, to start with, particularly Taylor & Newman, who proved to Hollywood once and for all, in my opinion, that they were more than just pretty faces. There is also the back-story of the making of the film, including Taylor's husband's untimely death, as well as her near-miss. There is also the fact that the second half of the film is truer to the playwright's original vision, since the second act was completely rewritten for its original Broadway production, at director Elia Kazan's insistance. What we see in the second half of the film is very close to the original script, and as such carries much more weight, in terms of what it reveals to the audience about the characters, as layer after layer of pretense and "mendacity", as Big Daddy puts it, are stripped away. The extras involved in this DVD are just icing on the cake.
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