Catwoman: Hunted features the Selina Kyle Catwoman teaming up with Batwoman to take down Barbara Minerva and the mysterious entity known as Leviathan.
The Production: 2.5/5
Catwoman: Hunted starts promisingly with Selina Kyle pulling a heist of the Cat’s Eye Emerald while attending a cocktail party in Spain hosted by Barbara Minerva and Black Mask. The heist itself, and Selina’s narrow escape in a mountain road car chase, may be derivative of various other films, but is staged with sufficient panache and style to make it seem fresh. The smooth jazz infused soundtrack during the heist enhances the charm of the opening act of Catwoman: Hunted.Catwoman is thwarted in her heist because of the intervention of Batwoman, who is working with Julia Pennyworth and King Faraday to trap Barbara Minerva and the mysterious entity known as Leviathan. The higher stakes of Batwoman’s plan means that the Cat’s Eye Emerald must remain with Barbara Minerva, at least temporarily, so that Batwoman can continue to track the villains by use of the jewel. Catwoman is coerced into working with Batwoman with the promise of clearing her record if she cooperates. So far so good, as far as it goes for a compelling plot. Unfortunately, the story goes off the rails shortly after that, with obligatory fight scenes that seem to have little or nothing to do with the plot. Although this criticism may be made against most superhero films, the best ones actually have battles that advance the story. By the time that the Cat and the Bat engage directly in fisticuffs with two giant demons, I defy anyone to know what this has to do with the plot, or to care. Ultimately, a major villain meets their demise before the end, which seems pointless since this same villain will continue to reappear in other comics and films that do not share any continuity with Catwoman: Hunted. This fact diminishes the significance of Catwoman: Hunted, since we know that nothing in this film has any lasting consequences, and so the film itself is inconsequential. Catwoman: Hunted ends in grand style, as it began, but that does not compensate for the mess in between. To its credit, Catwoman: Hunted is beautifully animated in the Japanese style of adult anime, and the film has a terrific voice cast which includes Elizabeth Gillies, Stephanie Beatriz, Lauren Cohan, Kelly Hu, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Jonathan Banks, Keith David, and Jonathan Frakes. Too bad that the beautiful animation and fantastic voice cast were not used in service of a better story.
3D Rating: NA
Catwoman: Hunted appears on 4K UHD in a 1.78:1 screen aspect ratio. Hues are enhanced with HDR from the palette created by the animation artists. The Japanese animation is slick and beautiful, and the disc does fine service to the video presentation.
Catwoman: Hunted is presented in English with DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio. The audio is seemingly flawless but not exceptional, it does the job without drawing any attention to any apparent deficiencies. Dialogue is always audible over music and sound effects, and the original score by Yutaka Yamada is served well in the audio presentation.
Special Features: 2.5/5
The special features included on the Blu-ray disc for Catwoman: Hunted include all of the following:
When The Hunter Becomes The Hunted(18:57): The creative team discusses production of this animated film.
Catwoman: The Feline Femme Fatale(39:52): Creative talent discuss different film versions of Selina Kyle, from Julie Newmar through Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry.
Also included is a paper insert with validation code for digital copy of Catwoman: Hunted via the MoviesAnywhere app.
Catwoman: Hunted is the animated epitome of style over substance. The video and audio presentation on 4K disc are first rate, even if the film itself does not meet the same high standards. The special features are minimal but interesting. Catwoman deserves a feature that provides substance and style in equal measure, and Catwoman: Hunted fails to deliver.
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