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Pre-Order Cats: The Musical (1998) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    718wIQNBDDL._SX522_.

    Thank you for supporting HTF when you preorder using the link below. If you are using an adblocker you will not see link.

     
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    I wonder how this will compare to the Ultimate Edition released in the U.K. In 2013

    Will it be the same transfer, or will it be an upgrade?
     
  3. Ronald Epstein

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    David,

    This is a brand-new 2019 movie.
     
  4. Malcolm R

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    The Amazon link says Cats (1998) ?
     
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    Hmmm.

    Perhaps I made a mistake here. Let me re-label this.

    There's a brand-new movie for this year and I thought that is what Universal was releasing.

    Let's go with the 1998 version then. My apologies.
     
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  6. Malcolm R

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    The new film is coming to theaters on 12/20, so probably no pre-orders until then. This must just be a catalog re-release to coincide with the new film?
     
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    Yeah, didn't consider that. Sorry for the confusion.
     
  8. Johnny Angell

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    Understandable. My cats keep me in a state of confusion.
     
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    I had this on DVD back in the day.
     
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    Yes, this was one of a series of made-for-home video versions of Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals. For those who never saw it in a theater, it certainly came as close as it could to a theater experience (but with no live audience, of course).
     
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    Here is what I would say if I was a negative troll:

    Now you can yawn through this at home instead of in the theatre and re-wind back to the point where you nodded off! ^_^
     
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    [​IMG]:emoji_kissing_cat:
     
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    This was shot on video right? Its been a while since I've seen it.
     
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    As I recall, yes.
     
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    I actually watched this recently. It was shot on 35mm film. As others have said, it's the closest thing to seeing the original production that is out there. As someone who saw the original Broadway production, however, I have to say that the show is, in my opinion, one that really only works as a theatrical experience and only then if you're willing to set aside the fact that there really isn't any plot and it's based on a series of poems written for children. The set is great, as are the costumes, and the dancing is wonderful. It's an acquired taste, though, and not exactly representative of great Theatre. I'm stunned that Hollywood has spent millions making a feature film out of it. Then again, I probably shouldn't be. It's the definition of easily-digestible light entertainment that doesn't require any amount of thought on the part of the audience.
     
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    Just an unreliable opinion as I don't work in tv anymore and don't see the freelance cameramen I used to know.

    Cameramen tend to work on film or video and those I knew who worked on this were video people.

    Sorry for another remark to confuse the situation. It was a multiple camera production recorded at The Adelphi Theatre during the time that CATS was still at The New London and doing that kind of thing on 35mm is rather expensive …….
     
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    The cast of Cats that will never be:

    Kitty Carlisle
    Eartha Kitt
    Caterina Murino
    Scatman Crothers
    Anjellicle Huston
    Ben Grizzara
    Tom SkimblesHanks

    P.S. I'm looking forward to Tom Hooper's version.
    On every level, his casting is actually quite inspired.
     
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    You forgot Nicole Kittyman and Dame Helen Meowren.:)
     
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    Brilliant !!:thumbs-up-smiley:
     
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    Have you watched it? The shot choices definitely look like many of them are deliberate setups, rather than the more general framing of a multi-camera shoot. Also, it just looks like film and, given the state of videotape at the time, video still wasn't able to come anywhere close to the look of actual film. I will also say that the IMDB lists it as 35mm, but I'm not one to give 100% credibility to their info. Still, I challenge anyone who has actually seen this on Blu-ray to think it was ever shot on 1998-era video. It was shot on film. As for the expense, Lloyd-Webber paid for it and he had the money to afford film. It was a pretty big deal on home video when it was originally released.
     

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