Cats

Cats

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Director: David Mallet

Cast: David Mallet, Elaine Paige, John Mills, Ken Page

     
 

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With the help of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, this version of Cats was specially produced for video. With the enhancements of DVD, it's a high-quality, first-class version of this long-running Broadway musical. Presented in 1.78:1 letterboxed widescreen, the quality of this DVD will make viewers sit up and take notice. The color and texture are outstanding,See more details below

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Overview

With the help of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, this version of Cats was specially produced for video. With the enhancements of DVD, it's a high-quality, first-class version of this long-running Broadway musical. Presented in 1.78:1 letterboxed widescreen, the quality of this DVD will make viewers sit up and take notice. The color and texture are outstanding, and the wildly detailed costumes are perfectly rendered. The sound is 5.1 Dolby Surround in English, doing justice to Lloyd Webber's outstanding score. There is also closed-captioning. Released by Universal, this ode to cats everywhere will please anyone who loves spectacular Broadway shows, captivating music, outrageous costumes, and outlandish entertainment. There aren't a lot of extra features with this DVD, as most of the production went into the staging and re-recording of the digital sound. But there is a fascinating documentary featuring Andrew Lloyd Webber discussing how this new version was filmed, staged, and scored. It's as captivating as the show itself. Those who loved the show owe it to themselves to own this excellent rendition. The only missing feature would be a lyric sheet.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kevin Giordano
It's one of the longest running musicals in Broadway history, but even if you have seen Cats onstage, this version will certainly be like nothing you've seen before. Filmed over 18 days at the Adelphi Theater in London's West End under the direction of David Mallet, Cats comes vividly, cinematically to life. From this new vantage, the characters' faces are striking. Grizabella's expression has rarely seemed so sad, and in "The Rum Tum Tugger," the funk and fun among the troupe is especially thrilling, accentuated by lively and exciting camerawork. The ghostly figure in "Gus: The Theater Cat" makes an eerie entrée, while we are given a haunting close-up of the older cat whose days are numbered. Lighting sets off all the costumes wonderfully. "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat" seems to beam with red and orange colors, while "Macavity: The Mystery Cat" is drenched in blue light. Andrew Lloyd Webber's score has been rerecorded with a 70-piece orchestra, and the sound is exceptional. For newcomers this will be a delight, and for fans of the stage version, you'll be treated to a whole new way of looking at Cats.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2000
UPC:
0025192111624
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
2:01:00
Sales rank:
2,153

Special Features

Widescreen version; The making of "Cats"; Interactive menus

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Select a Song
1. Opening Credits/Overture [3:37]
2. Prologue: Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats [2:45]
3. The Naming of Cats [4:12]
4. The Old Gumbie Cat [2:27]
5. The Rum Tum Tugger [3:29]
6. Grizabella, the Glamour Cat [3:09]
7. Bustopher Jones: The Cat About Town [1:10]
8. Mungojerrie & Rumpleteazer [4:23]
9. Old Deuteronomy [1:39]
10. The Awful Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles [2:02]
11. The Jellicle Ball [4:40]
12. Memory [:12]
13. The Moments of Happiness [3:32]
14. Gus: The Theatre Cat [2:58]
15. Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat [1:01]
16. Macavity: The Mystery Cat [5:37]
17. Mr. Mistoffelees [:20]
18. Memory [6:11]
19. Journey to the Heaviside Layer [6:33]
20. The Ad-dressing of Cats [1:30]
21. Closing Credits [5:09]

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