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  1. I have a friend who's a great Lloyd Webber fan who may ask me to go with him to see this next week. In the meantime, I pulled out my old DVD of the filmed version of the show made in 1998 and watched it tonight to put the show and songs back in my head. Now, if we DO go to see the film, I'll be better able to do a comparison to what was intended for the stage version and what the film alters for a different medium.

  2. I've never been a huge fan of the show. I saw it once on Broadway, once on tour, and watched this DVD once when I got it and once last night, so that's the sum total of my experience with Cats. I don't find the score consistently memorable (not like, say, Into the Woods or Sweeney Todd, both masterpieces by Stephen Sondheim), and the plot is slight enough to be superfluous, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that "Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats" hasn't been running through my head constantly since last night.

  3. titch

    From the reviews, it looks like we are in camp-classic territory.

    I'm almost getting tempted to see it. I'll probably still wait for the BD – I don't wanna be trapped in a theater for 2 hours with this atrocity – but this thing sounds so insane that it's becoming more interesting!

  4. Matt Hough

    I've never been a huge fan of the show. I saw it once on Broadway, once on tour, and watched this DVD once when I got it and once last night, so that's the sum total of my experience with Cats. I don't find the score consistently memorable (not like, say, Into the Woods or Sweeney Todd, both masterpieces by Stephen Sondheim), and the plot is slight enough to be superfluous, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that "Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats" hasn't been running through my head constantly since last night.

    Well I had Babs Streisand's 7" single Memory in 1981. Cost me a week's pocket money, it did. Wasn't as good as Guilty though. But I digress.
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  5. Ugh, another reason to hate digital taking the place of film in theaters if a movie can be "updated" that fast. The original version of this will likely be lost to time now. The disc of course should include both versions, but likely won't.

  6. I think it was a stupid move by Universal to have the film re-edited while it was still playing in theaters, even if it's something as minor as "improved visual effects." The film was getting bad buzz in part due to those visual effects and I think they made the situation worse. They could have waited until the video came out.

  7. DVBRD

    I think it was a stupid move by Universal to have the film re-edited while it was still playing in theaters, even if it's something as minor as "improved visual effects." The film was getting bad buzz in part due to those visual effects and I think they made the situation worse. They could have waited until the video came out.

    Remember, this is what happened to "Heaven's Gate." And "Exorcist II," and "Watcher in the Woods." With certain exceptions (Kubrick recut "The Shining" TWICE after its opening), editing poorly-received films after they opened isn't gonna make people wanna see the film; it'll scare them off even more.

  8. DVBRD

    Remember, this is what happened to "Heaven's Gate." And "Exorcist II," and "Watcher in the Woods." With certain exceptions (Kubrick recut "The Shining" TWICE after its opening), editing poorly-received films after they opened isn't gonna make people wanna see the film; it'll scare them off even more.

    just like the butchering job on STAR.

  9. ahollis

    just like the butchering job on STAR.

    Speaking of Robert Wise movies, Paramount almost did the same with Star Trek: The Motion Picture. ALMOST. (And like Cats was another instance of a movie not being finished before its premiere.) Then Wise intervened and said no. Maybe he remembered what happened to Star!

    There are plenty more examples of when movie tweaks added during the theatrical run doesn't work. Another example is William Freidkin's Sorcerer. And then you have Jaws: The Revenge, which made its silly shark death even sillier.

  10. Josh Steinberg

    Guessing it’s more a matter of they paid the vendor for the work, which wasn’t delivered on time but now has been – might as well use it since it has already been paid for and was meant to be in there.

    That makes sense. It seems tough to fathom that on Friday, Uni said "crud – it's bombing. Let's fix the effects right now and it'll be a hit!"

    Even if all they did was minor touchups, they'd need more than a day to achieve these!

  11. Supposedly there were scenes that were missing textures and live actor's hands that hadn't been CGed over. I'm sure contractually, the effects houses are obligated to deliver finished scenes if they want to be paid. It isn't a big deal to just cut them in and then do a refresh on the digital file being projected in theaters. I don't think they're trying to "fix" it through recutting. Just patch the holes that weren't complete for the launch date.

  12. I went to see it last night. I enjoyed it for what it was; one of the most bizarre movie experiences in recent memory. I will say that the sound design was terrific (very immersive and fun) and the choreography was top-notch, but that's about it. I never really got used to the cat effects so it was next to impossible to suspend your disbelief for 2+ hours. It works really well on stage, but that obviously couldn't be translated to the screen. A real embarrassment for everyone involved; can Tom Hooper get by unscathed?

  13. noel aguirre

    Do the cats have genitalia unlike The Lion King?

    No, but there are a lot of erect tails!

    A fabulously bad movie, based on some of the most visually disgusting CGI ever rendered. Definitely one of the more interesting movie-going experiences I've had this year.

  14. titch

    No, but there are a lot of erect tails!

    A fabulously bad movie, based on some of the most visually disgusting CGI ever rendered. Definitely one of the more interesting movie-going experiences I've had this year.

    I really don’t understand why this needed to be made as the PBS version was bad enough yet slightly. watchable. ALW has the worse record of his work turned to film which is rather sad as his material other than Cats is totally filmic.

  15. Saw the movie on New Year’s Eve. I do feel it is a victim of piling on. Not to say that it doesn’t have problems–there are plenty of “what the….” moments to warrant a strong thumbs down. For me, most of the problem is the source material. I saw “Cats” on broadway and NEVER understood its appeal. It’s boring, confusing, and really only has a few memorable songs that get repeated ad nauseam. (If I recall correctly, “Memory” got partially sung twice before its full performance.) I honestly found it abysmal.

    As for the digital fur, my sense is that they considered clothing the actors–as they do on stage–and thought “why not do it digitally?” And off they went thinking it was a cutting-edge idea. This would explain cats with hands, rings, wearing shoes, etc., they were actors in “digital costume.” Had they, perhaps, shown the actors transforming into the digital cats, that would have helped ease the viewer into this world. But do drop you in this Alice in Wonderland digital LSD trip, was a mistake. It’s just too weird without some context.

    For me, the worst part was the acting pool. Jennifer Hudson just sings the same song, twice, by staring off to the side of the camera and emoting. Taylor Swift adds nothing to her role, except an odd “boob jiggle” in her less-than-impressive dance number. Jason Derulo was probably put in the film due to name recognition (with such hits as “Wiggle” and “Talk Dirty”), but showed how little musical theater he has in his resume. Judi Dench was okay as she continuously stared off into the distance, but she has no singing voice at her age so her final number was slightly tortuous. Ian McKellen adds some nice dramatic rifts in his reading/singing of his song, but by then I was so bored and I couldn’t have cared any less. The only person who was truly engaging and talented was Francesca Hayward, who’s career I hope has not been ruined by the film’s response. Though smothered in cat fur, she has a beautiful singing voice and impressive dance numbers.

    Lastly, I do feel bad for the digital team. They really did some imaginative and demanding work. The digital fur was impressive in its realism, movement with the actor/dancers body, and complexity. They did their job very well and shouldn’t be lambasted for the poor decisions of the directing/producing team.

  16. Release Date: 4/7/2020

    CATS (2019)
    Product Source:
    Theatrical
    Theatrical Studio: Universal Pictures
    Theatrical Release: 12/20/2019

    Synopsis: Oscar®-winning director Tom Hooper reimagines Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-shattering musical. Starring James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and introducing Royal Ballet principal Francesca Hayward. With a world-class cast of dancers showcasing styles from classical ballet to contemporary, hip-hop to jazz, street dance to tap, this film reimagines the stage musical for a new generation. You will believe in the fun and magic of Cats.

    BD Combo Pack Widescreen / Widescreen (61201961) : Disc 1 (Side A): Cats (2019)
    Format: BD Combo Pack UPC: 1-9132-90967-9-6
    Unit Type: Standard Number of Media: 2
    Street Date: 4/7/2020 PreOrder Date:
    Run Time (HH:MM): 1 Hour 51 Minutes
    Language: English Disc Type: BD-50 (Single Sided)
    Packaging: Snap Case Layers: Single
    Audio: English Dolby Atmos
    French Canadian DTS Digital Surround 5.1
    Latin Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1
    Subtitles: English SDH
    French Canadian
    Latin Spanish

    Edition: – Picture: Widescreen / Anamorphic Widescreen
    Version: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Color/B&W COLOR
    Rating: PG CARA Rating: –
    Bonus Features: • Includes Blu-ray, DVD and a digital copy of Cats (2019) (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
    • 9 Lives: The Cast of Cats
    • Singing Live
    • Making Macavity
    • A Director's Journey
    • Making Music
    • The Art of Dance
    • Scaling Up
    • A Little Magic
    • The Dancers
    • Cat School
    • Feature Commentary with Director Tom Hooper

    BD Combo Pack Widescreen / Widescreen (61201961) : Disc 2 (Side A): Cats (2019)
    Format: BD Combo Pack UPC: 1-9132-90967-9-6
    Unit Type: Standard Number of Media: 2
    Street Date: 4/7/2020 PreOrder Date:
    Run Time (HH:MM): 1 Hour 51 Minutes
    Language: English Disc Type: DVD-9 (Single Sided)
    Packaging: Snap Case Layers: Single
    Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
    French Canadian Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
    Latin Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
    Subtitles: English SDH
    French Canadian
    Latin Spanish

    Edition: – Picture: Widescreen / Anamorphic Widescreen
    Version: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Color/B&W COLOR
    Rating: PG CARA Rating: –
    Bonus Features: • 9 Lives: The Cast of Cats
    • Singing Live
    • Making Macavity
    • A Director's Journey
    • Making Music
    • The Art of Dance
    • Scaling Up
    • A Little Magic
    • The Dancers
    • Cat School
    • Feature Commentary with Director Tom Hooper

    DVD Widescreen (61201957) : Disc 1 (Side A): Cats (2019)
    Format: DVD UPC: 1-9132-90967-5-8
    Unit Type: Standard Number of Media: 1
    Street Date: 4/7/2020 PreOrder Date:
    Run Time (HH:MM): 1 Hour 51 Minutes
    Language: English Disc Type: DVD-9 (Single Sided)
    Packaging: Snap Case Layers: Single
    Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
    French Canadian Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
    Latin Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
    Subtitles: English SDH
    French Canadian
    Latin Spanish

    Edition: – Picture: Anamorphic Widescreen
    Version: – Color/B&W COLOR
    Rating: PG CARA Rating: –
    Bonus Features: • 9 Lives: The Cast of Cats
    • Singing Live
    • Making Macavity
    • A Director's Journey
    • Making Music
    • The Art of Dance
    • Scaling Up
    • A Little Magic
    • The Dancers
    • Cat School
    • Feature Commentary with Director Tom Hooper

  17. Radioman970

    I think I'm the audience for this movie. Never seen the play. But really think I am. 😀

    I keep thinking of 2002 Pinocchio when I hear about CATS. I hope CATS is better

    The effects look sensational!

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    The 2002 Pinocchio is one of the most mind-blowingly appalling celluloid atrocities ever made. That and Freddy Got Fingered. But they aren't as fun as CATS is. If you have a couple of stiff gin and tonics beforehand, you'll have almost a Showgirls experience. They sing! They dance! Badly! And to quote the great Tim Brayton: "It's an incrediblly horny movie". Tim said he hadn't loved a movie so much all year.

    https://www.alternateending.com/2019/12/cats-2019.html

  18. titch

    The 2002 Pinocchio is one of the most mind-blowingly appalling celluloid atrocities ever made. That and Freddy Got Fingered. But they aren't as fun as CATS is. If you have a couple of stiff gin and tonics beforehand, you'll have almost a Showgirls experience. They sing! They dance! Badly! And to quote the great Tim Brayton: "It's an incrediblly horny movie". Tim said he hadn't loved a movie so much all year.

    https://www.alternateending.com/2019/12/cats-2019.html

    Freddy Got Fingered gets my vote for the worst film ever made.

  19. Colin Jacobson

    Ooh – a commentary. That'll be very interesting!

    I'd love to know if Hooper recorded it before or after the movie hit screens…

    Likely before- seems to me that most of the commentary tracks are done before the theatrical release.

  20. Colin Jacobson

    Ooh – a commentary. That'll be very interesting!

    I'd love to know if Hooper recorded it before or after the movie hit screens…

    I think most of these features are recorded before the movie's release. Extras on last year's Dark Phoenix featured cast and crew talking very highly of the script and production, and proud of what they'd done, as if it was a huge success. There was nothing that mentioned its box office stumble.

  21. Malcolm R

    I think most of these features are recorded before the movie's release. Extras on last year's Dark Phoenix featured cast and crew talking very highly of the script and production, and proud of what they'd done, as if it was a huge success. There was nothing that mentioned its box office stumble.

    I agree that most are recorded pre-release, but even those recorded after release don't usually discuss failures. They still act like the movie's great even if it flops.

    I do like the commentaries where we find out when they were recorded – and I've heard the odd one that came after release date and the participants mentioned the movie's negative reception…

  22. [​IMG]

    CATS

    SING AND DANCE WITH THE ALL-STAR CAST JAMES CORDEN, JUDI
    DENCH, JASON DERULO, IDRIS ELBA, JENNIFER HUDSON, IAN MCKELLEN, TAYLOR SWIFT, REBEL WILSON AND INTRODUCING FRANCESCA HAYWARD

    MEOW AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL MARCH 17, 2020
    BLU-RAY™️ AND DVD APRIL 7, 2020
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    SYNOPSIS: Oscar®-winning director Tom Hooper reimagines Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-shattering musical. Starring James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and introducing Royal Ballet principal Francesca Hayward. With a world-class cast of dancers showcasing styles from classical ballet to contemporary, hip-hop to jazz, street dance to tap, this film reimagines the stage musical for a new generation. You will believe in the fun and magic of CATS.

    BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAY™️, DVD and digital:

    • Making Music – Andrew Lloyd Webber conceived this iconic musical almost 40 years ago. The stars of CATS will talk about the maestro’s artistry and how his music has stood the test of time.
    • Singing Live – Hear from the star studded talent and filmmakers as they explore what it was like to sing, dance, and act for live performance in front of the camera.
    • Cat School – Enroll in animal academics at Cat School. Step behind the scenes and watch as the cast speak about their experiences learning how to move and embody their roles as felines.
    • Making Macavity – Navigate your way through an immersive 360º video as the conniving cat duo, Idris Elba and Taylor Swift, master the iconic “Macavity" musical number.
    • 9 Lives: The Cast of Cats – Get whisked away into the biggest numbers in CATS. Watch as our A-List cast enjoy their time on set among some rich, colorful worlds that the filmmakers brought to life at Leavesden Studios.
    • The Dancers – Come along as we meet some of the world renowned, most talented dancers of CATS with host "Frankie" Hayward of the London Royal Ballet.
    • The Art of Dance – Andy Blankenbuehler choreographs stories that leave his audience wanting more. Watch as he was able to make dance a language in and of itself for the cast of CATS.
    • Scaling Up – The world of CATS is scaled 2.5 times to that of our human perspective. Tom Hooper and his team describe the challenges they faced as they created a larger than life reality.
    • A Director’s Journey – Listen to the cast and crew as they share how director, Tom Hooper, truly captured lightning in a bottle throughout this film.
    • A Little Magic

    CATS will be available on Blu-ray™ combo pack, which includes Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital.

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    FILMMAKERS:
    A Film By: Tom Hooper
    Starring: James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, Francesca Hayward
    Music Supervisor: Becky Bentham
    Choreography By: Andy Blakenbuehler
    Costume Designer: Paco Delgado
    Edited By: Melanie Ann Oliver
    Production Designer: Eve Stewart
    Director of Photography: Christopher Ross
    Executive Produced By: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Angela Morrison, Liza Chasin, Jo Burn
    Based on the Stage Musical ‘Cats’ By: Andrew Lloyd Webber
    Based on the Poems ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’ By: T.S. Eliot
    Originally Produced for the London Stage By: Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group
    Screenplay By: Lee Hall, Tom Hooper
    Produced By: Debra Hayward, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Tom Hooper
    Directed By: Tom Hooper

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY™️:
    Street Date:
    April 7, 2020
    Selection Number: 61201961 (US) / 61210471 (CDN)
    Layers: BD-50
    Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 16:9 2.39:1
    Rating: PG for some rude and suggestive humor.
    Subtitles: English, French European, Latin American Spanish
    Languages/Sound: English (Dolby Atmos, French Canadian (Dolby Digital Plus 5.1), Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital Plus 5.1)
    Run Time: 1:50:01

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
    Street Date:
    April 7, 2020
    Selection Number: 61201957 (US) / 61210467 (CDN)
    Layers: DVD 9
    Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 16:9 2.39:1
    Rating: PG for some rude and suggestive humor.
    Subtitles: English, French European, Latin American Spanish
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  23. Jeffrey D

    Freddy Got Fingered gets my vote for the worst film ever made.

    I'm glad Drew, who taught ET how to talk with Sesame Street, is no longer attached to that fella. nothing against him personally but he doesn't deserve her. (ok a little against him personally, just a little)

  24. Radioman970

    Page not found for 4K. I guess it will come soon. The movie looks like a blast!

    Sadly, the 4K UHD release has been yanked on both sides of the pond. I was really looking forward to placing it on my 4K UHD shelf, next to Schindler's List.

  25. titch

    Sadly, the 4K UHD release has been yanked on both sides of the pond. I was really looking forward to placing it on my 4K UHD shelf, next to Schindler's List.

    darn. thanks for the info. will just get the blu then. gonna wait on a good price decrease though. or maybe they;ll do a double set with the show and the movie on blu. (puuuurrrr, puuuurrrrrrr) :emoji_cat:

    oh, was going to add that I really like The Wiz from the late 70s based on that show!! Wondering if this is anything at all like that one…. will see…

  26. titch

    Sadly, the 4K UHD release has been yanked on both sides of the pond. I was really looking forward to placing it on my 4K UHD shelf, next to Schindler's List.

    darn. thanks for the info. will just get the blu then. gonna wait on a good price decrease though. or maybe they;ll do a double set with the show and the movie on blu. (puuuurrrr, puuuurrrrrrr) :emoji_cat:

    oh, was going to add that I really like The Wiz from the late 70s based on that show!! Wondering if this is anything at all like that one…. will see…

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