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Cat People [HD DVD]

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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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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

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best erotic thriller 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great in the 80's still great now 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Hungry like the panther 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a christmas gift Dec 17 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
once again I'm very happy about this purchase got it on the exact date but don't know yet if it works good but I would have to see t'ill after christmas the package is in good condition
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars C'est mon film fitiche Jan. 30 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
C'est un film à la fois sensuel et effrayant. Il a dans ce film un aspect de contine de pays lointain et de réalité moderne, qui tranche. J'aime beaucoup.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Cat People does a darn good job of combining sexual intensity with dark horror. Such a combination may not be your cup of tea, but if it is, you might really like this movie. It does feel just slightly dated, but it's still pretty darn cool & still mostly works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 8 2014
Format:DVD
Classic B- movie
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4.0 out of 5 stars Presentation of CAT PEOPLE Feb. 14 2014
By RM300
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Just one point.I own CAT PEOPLE on LD and DVD and I always thought it looked so awful that it was certainly shot on 16MM(which is not the case).
I do not know if the master was created by Universal or Shout,but CAT PEOPLE is absolutely UNBELIEVABLE on Blu-Ray!!!
OWN it!!!
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