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The Aristocats [1970] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Wolfgang Reitherman|Phil Harris|Eva Gabor|Sterling Holloway
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Castilian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Buena Vista
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct. 2001
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004WA64
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 498,023 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Duchess and her three kittens are enjoying the high life with their devoted human mistress until the wicked butler Edgar, with his eyes on a big inheritance, decides to dope them and get them out of the picture. How can these fragile creatures cope in the unfamiliar countryside and the meaner streets of Paris? Only by meeting the irrepressible alley cat O'Malley, a rough diamond with romance in his heart. After they get a taste of the wide dangerous world, he guides them home, and Edgar gets his just desserts at the wrong end of a horse. As always, it's really the voices rather than the animation that are the heart of the Disney magic: Phil Harris is brilliant as O'Malley, Eva Gabor as Duchess is ... well ... Eva Gabor; but perhaps the most memorable turns are by Pat Buttram and George Lindsay, who turn the old hounds Napoleon and Lafayette into a couple of bumbling Southern-fried rednecks. Their scenes with Edgar, and the musical numbers with Scat Cat and his cool-dude band, are classic. Most striking about seeing The Aristocats now is how deeply Disney's style of animation has changed since this was at the cutting edge in 1970. Perhaps the nostalgic, dated feel are just a result of being plonked down in Belle Epoque Paris, but the illustrations are fussier (a pity) and the animation and overall pace much less frenetic (sometimes a relief) than in more recent efforts such as Aladdin. --Richard Farr

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4.8 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Emma on 3 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is undoubtably one of the best films Disney has ever made! The characters are brilliant and the songs are memorable. 10/10 and suitable for any age. For anyone who hasn't seen it, I would advise you do so right now!! You won't regret it!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. A. Holford on 15 Dec. 2009
Format: DVD
I thank Amazon for their speedy delivery of this film. It is one of my favorites and I know my Grandchildren will also enjoy it as part of their christmas box.
This film is timeless and has so many songs in it that are easy to sing along with once you have watched the film a few times, as I have you will love it too. I found that it doesn't matter how many time I watch it there is always something to make me laugh in it. I loved the butler (he is very naughty).
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Picard TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Jun. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Like many other studios, Disney went through a series a highs and lows as the 1970's entered an age of transition, rethinking. The Aristocats was the first of three full length animations that were released during this decade, and thus marked a number of changes for the production values following Walt's passing and number of other departures.

What we see are much more light-hearted affairs that places less emphasis on any real threat, and more on the exposition of the main characters. This makes The Aristocats a safer form of entertainment for families, as was the particularly canny 'Robin Hood' (perhaps notable for an almost complete lack of threat) and 'The Rescuers', whose success was born from a more dramatic and intense underscore to the story itself.

I should make it known that I've always enjoyed The Aristocats to a certain degree, but understandably, it never really moved me in the same way as earlier Disney films (and perhaps unfairly, seemed more of a rainy day feature). Based on the quality of other restorations from this studio however, I decided to upgrade from a decidedly old VHS copy of the movie and revisit some of those memories.

In short, I'm over the moon and glad that I added this to my collection. Sure, it was never a 'risk' purchasing this product, but I don't agree with Disney's pricing and branding strategy one bit. Marketing their movies by 'Diamond' and 'Special Edition' is no more than unique than slapping on a shimmery card slipcover and suggesting that the product is automatically better than those around it on a shelf. This particular product contains more special features than a few other (supposedly "superior") Diamond Edition's, and yet it is priced exactly the same.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Johan RF on 30 Sept. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Lets get the boring tech stuff out of the way.... this was filmed in full frame negative but the intended ratio was 1.78:1 which means if you had the 4:3 VHS then lucky you, you saw more top and bottom than people did in 1970 at the cinema. SO , this widescreen transfer is the cinema aspect and is perfect. The audio in HD is sublime. This is the easiest 5 stars I have ever given a film. RECOMMENDED HIGHLY !!!!
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68 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. K. Hemp on 19 Feb. 2008
Format: DVD
I purchased this copy to replace my current copy of the original dvd release.
Please be aware that this version has not been "Digitaly restored". They claim "Digital Transfer", but I could still see film spots etc, which are removed in a "restoration" i.e. the quality was not as good as it is when they restore.
They have also converted the movie into Widescreen format using Pan and Scan.
If you are interested in the animation side of the movie, then you will find lots of original detail missing as the top and bottom are chopped off.
If you just want the movie to fill the whole screen, then this is the dvd version for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Boo on 30 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
An absolute childhood classic!
I adore this film! My mother was looking out for it in the supermarket, and this one was the only one it didn't seem to have. With it being just before Christmas I decided to try and find it online as a last minute gift.
Not only was it at a fantastic price compared to the supermarket, it could still arrive before Christmas day! I snatched up this deal and from my mother's reaction when she opened it, she loved it!
I will say this now, I have not seen this DVD for anywhere near £5 before or any other Disney DVD unless it's second hand. It arrived completely new and still in the cellophane. If I were you I would grab this deal while it's still available!
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48 of 57 people found the following review helpful By OS1 on 29 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD
I'm so disappointed with this item it's going straight to the charity shop. It's basically a con. All Disney has done, in an attempt to take more money, is to crop and stretch the 4:3 version into 16:9. It gives the entire file the wrong feeling. All through you just know the original animators just wouldn't have allowed it to be released like that. The most irksome thing is people's hats and heads being cut off; in one scene one of the cats is not even on the screen having been cropped out from the top of the display! Surely there must be a Cinema Scope release they could have used to give a genuine wide screen release and not a faux widescreen release torn from the original DVD release, cheap skates. It should be made clear on the box when films have simple been cropped to give them the appearance of widescreen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Hall on 1 Jun. 2009
Format: DVD
I first saw this film at the cinema, when I was a little girl with my sister who had to drag me to see this film. I am so glad she did drag me as, this film as well as Robin Hood are absolutely fantastic to watch.
The story draws you in straight away and the characters are all spot on.
My personal favourite character is Thomas O' Malley and the little mouse that Duchess and her Children are friends with Roquefort.
The songs are a joy to listen and watch too.
This film is very humorous especially concerning Edgar.
If you have not seen this film then please do as this film is fab to watch again and again.
I give this film 10/10 it's that fab to watch.
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