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  • Actors: Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, John Heard, Annette O'Toole, Ruby Dee
  • Directors: Paul Schrader
  • Writers: Paul Schrader, Alan Ormsby, DeWitt Bodeen
  • Producers: Charles W. Fries, Jerry Bruckheimer, Max Rosenberg, Nanette Siegert
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Universal Music Group
  • Release Date: Sept. 25 2007
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000T5O4BC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,260 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vagabond77 on May 24 2004
Format: DVD
"Cat People" is a dark erotic horror movie made in the early 80s; before horror meant hack and slash blood and guts (not that I am complaining). It centers on Irena (Nastassja Kinski), a young virgin who arives in New Orleans to meet her long lost brother Paul (Malcolm McDowell). One night after an awkward advance toward Irena, Paul goes missing. Meanwhile, the zoo catches a wild panther that mysteriously turns up in the city. Irena goes to the zoo, and immeadiatly feels drawn to the panther. The curator, Oliver (John Heard), falls for Irena and arranges for her to get a job. After the panther kills a zoo employee, it escapes, and then Paul comes back. <SPOILERS AHEAD!!!> Eventually this leads Irena to learn that she and Paul are the last of cat people, ancient people that can become an animal only after they have had sex, and can only transform back after they have ate a human. It is sort of a variation on the werewolf myth. Irena must decide if she wants to be a part of the human world, or the animal one. This is a very smart horror movie in a time when they were rapidly becoming mindless. Kinski is a beautiful woman, and she handles herself with grace and sleekness that puts you very much in the mind of a feline. The whole movie depends on her, and you buy her many emotions as genuine through the whole movie. McDowell dose what he dose best, play the heavy; a little more depth from him would have been nice, but I don't hold it against him. John Heard plays hurt and confused well, and it is nice to see him in a role where he isn't a slime ball. The supporting cast is filled out with excellent actors; Ruby Dee and Ed Begley Jr. do just fine in their limited roles. There is also a young and sexy Annette O'Toole, with a twist on the promiscuous female type in horror movies.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jean P. Bastarache on Nov. 12 2009
Format: DVD
I saw this movie when it first came out and immediately fell in love with the start Nastassia Kinski who had an uncanny resemblance to my new wife. The movie marked me from the music from David Bowie to the story set in Louisiana. The special effects, dating to the 80's, are still remarkable today. This is a movie well worth watching - as much today as it was 25 years ago. And as for Nastassia, well I still think she's great!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jonathan on Sept. 7 2011
Format: DVD
This is one of the best erotic thriller's ever made! Just as interesting as the origional. It has held up well in these times. If you like Nastasia Kinski you will love this movie! The effects hold up and don't look too cheesy and fake unlike other old films. The extra's included are very interesting and informative. All in all one of my all time best loved movies.
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Format: DVD
I'm not a big horror fan, I find most slasher flicks particularly uninteresting and devoid of artistic merit, but sometimes horror is done right (e.g. "Night of the Living Dead"). "Cat People" is such a film. It came out in 1982 and is a modern take of the 1942 version.
There's something about this flick that makes it very engrossing. It has style and pizzazz. For instance, the flashback scenes of the ancient panther tribe doing rituals in an orange desert are surreal and captivating; the accompanying atmospheric music adds to the mood nicely.
Nastassja Kinski and Malcolm McDowell are siblings cursed to become were-panthers if sexually aroused. The only way they can become human again is to kill a fellow human. The idea is absurd and fantastical, but "Cat People" takes the subject absolutely seriously. John Heard plays a zoo manager who falls in love with Kinski and Annette O'Toole plays the third person in the romantic triangle.
The casting is great. Both Kinski and McDowell are properly cat-like. McDowell has a fittingly wierd and diabolic air about him. John Heard is fine and O'Toole is simply gorgeous.
If nudity offends you then you might want to skip this flick as many of the characters are shown totally nude or near nude.
Kinski is indeed quite attractive (be on the lookout for the scene of her fishing with Heard in hot pants and wader boots) but I'm a bit perplexed by Heard's decision to drop O'Toole for Kinski. Check it out and see if you share my confusion.
Keep in mind that this is without a doubt a horror flick and it can be pretty brutal at times. As a horror film, it definitely rates "5 stars;" but it will only be enjoyed by mature viewers with a touch of class, if you know what I mean (in other words, if you got excited over "Freddy V.S. Jason" you might want to skip this one).
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By A Customer on Aug. 7 2003
Format: DVD
I love this movie. It cracks me up. You can tell they were trying to make a serious movie here, with moods, tones, imagines, sexiness, the whole deal. It just doesn't really work that well and it takes itself so seriously, you can't help but to laugh. But it is an extremely interesting misfire. The imagery and photography are beautiful, the soundtrack is great, and actually, a good part of the plot and scenes do work. All of the actors are fine. It is just I could never quite get over how silly the premise is as well as the ending. The nudity, and there is a lot of it, male and female, are tastefully done, it works well for the sexy, primitive tone it seems to be going after. There is a lot of violence, but the special effects were terrible and very dated, it is almost cartoonishly funny how some of the violence is handled. Some may find it dull and not like the violence. I enjoy it for what it is. The scenes that work are great and scary and excellent. The ones that don't, you can laugh at. Still, I go into convultions laughing when that black tail comes out from under the bed at the bordello early on. The autopsy of the cat toward the end, the cat "body" looks like the poorest of the poor quality stuffed animals ever. I think I could see the price tag on it. Yet Kinski's scenes are truly mesmorizing. Strange film, but I like it.
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