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Cats - Ultimate Edition [Blu-ray] [1998] [Region Free]

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Product details

  • Actors: Sir John Mills, Ken Page, Elaine Paige, James Barron, Jo Bingham
  • Directors: Trevor Nunn David Mallet
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Sep 2013
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D5PUGU6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,665 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

One of the longest-running musicals in West End and Broadway history has now been re-mastered in high definition for Blu-ray.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, one of the most famous musicals of all time, first exploded onto the West End stage in 1981. 'Memory', one of its many classic songs, became an instant worldwide hit. Since then Cats has smashed records and conquered the world.

Boasting an all-star cast headed by Elaine Paige and Sir John Mills, breathtaking visuals and the full digital sound of an eighty piece orchestra, this Ultimate Edition Blu-ray will lead you deep into the mysterious world of Cats. This is Cats as you’ve never seen it before: more mesmorising and magical than you could possibly imagine.

Bonus Features:
  • Character Make-up with Karen Dawson Harding
  • Making of Cats Featurette
  • Interviews with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh, Trevor Nunn, Gillian Lynne, John Napier, Gerry Schoenfield

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Cats is a pop-cultural phenomenon that has been performed on stage for more than 50 million patrons in 26 countries for almost 18 years, resulting in more than two billion dollars in ticket sales. Now that Cats has finally made it to the small screen, attention must be paid not just by fans of this critic-proof show, but also by those entertainment mavens who have somehow avoided it until now.

This video version has been restaged but, alas, not really reconceived for its new medium. Most of the cast--assembled from London, Amsterdam and New York productions--are competent. Ken Page as Old Deuteronomy, Jacob Brent as Mr Mistoffelees and Elaine Paige--the original London Grizabella, the Glamour Cat well past her prime--are a great deal more than that. Paige has toned down her theatrical belting of her big number, "Memory", and allowed the faded ruin of her character's soul to prevail in close-up. For all the covers of her signature song, Paige's version remains definitive. The video is, by definition, more intimate, which is not always a good thing: costumes are even more Halloweeny in garish close-up, the cats less cuddly without that all-important interaction, the stage's appropriately midnight lighting transmuted to a Las Vegas neon. And the chorus of cats in production numbers is even clunkier and more amorphous in two- and three-shots.

The one complete newcomer to the cast is the 90-year-old icon among English actors, John Mills, a delight as Gus the Theatrical Cat. Sir John and his character show the youngsters how it's done in close-up, largely behind the eyes, abetted by a heart-tugging delivery of his one song. Yet virtually all of the songs are lip-synched, further robbing the video Cats of its onstage spontaneity. It's clearer than ever that Lloyd Webber's music is mostly twaddle, with the important exception of "Memory", which instantly and rightly became one of the genuine theatre standards not dependent on context, in the vein of Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns". On the plus side, most of the characters and lyrics, from TS Eliot's 14-poem Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, are far better defined and understood from the video version. --Robert Windeler, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lara on 29 Dec 2006
Format: DVD
This DVD is definately worth buying, especially if - like myself - you did not see the stage show. The performance is full of energy, and the close up shots develop character relationships very effectively.

The bonus features are also really interesting to watch, especially the making of cats, which shows you just how much work went into the show. Elaine Paige's performance as Grisabella is especially worth commenting on, as it was full of emotion and very well acted and sung.

Overall, a brilliant DVD, and one you will want to watch over and over again :)
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105 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Flower_Child on 4 July 2003
Format: DVD
What can you say that's bad about this DVD? This is a must buy for every musical fan! I have watched this over 80 times now and i am NOT joking either, it's addictive.The plot, though not very strong is simple, once a year a tribe of Cats meets in a junkyard for the annual Jellicle Ball in which their leader chooses one of the cats to go to the Heavyside Layer where they can be 'reborn and come back to a different Jellicle life!' The dancing is superb, the singing even though not always up to scratch is excellent in the big numbers. Credit has to be given to John Partridge who makes a fabulous Rum Tum Tugger, Jacob Brent who is adorable as the magical Mr. Mistoffelees, Drew Varley and Jo Gibb as the naughty catburglars Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer and Phyllidia Crowley Smith who is a very graceful Victoria. Elaine Paige does justice to the role as Grizabella and although i have seen the stage show twice, no Grizabella can live up to hers. The Jellicle Ball is one of my favourite numbers, nearly 13 minutes of solid dance it is breathtaking (the editing of the film is not always brilliant as you do see quite a few mistakes and cameras but only after you watch it for the 50th time will these start to stand out!) and you're guaranteed to be singing Mr. Mistoffelees and memory for days after you watch it! Go and but this, you won't be dissappointed!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Barry Salter (barrykas@salterg.demon.co.uk) on 13 May 2002
Format: DVD
Well the 11th of May marked the end of an era, the 21st Anniversary of "Cats" at the New London Theatre, and its final performance.
Don't despair, however, as you can still take the Memory home with this DVD! Admittedly, it's not as good as being at the Theatre for a live performance because it's been cut in a couple of places (for example, Gus the Theatre Cat links in to a piece called Growltiger's Last Stand, which doesn't really do anything to further the plot, such as it is, and Sir John Mills couldn't do due to his age) but the actual music sounds great when performed by a full orchestra, rather than the 16 piece in the Theatre, even if the cast were lip syching.
I'm glad I saw it before it closed, and can't wait for the National Tour, hopefully in the near future!
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Charlene Chapman on 1 Jun 2003
Format: DVD
This ultimate edition is really worthy of its name. You get 2 DVD discs of absolute gold which will appeal to Cats fans and first time viewers.
I bought the video when it first came out but decided to upgrade to the DVD version for the quality aspect, I was not dissapointed.
You get the production on the first disc which is much better on this format as you hear little noises that were not picked up on the video.
On the second disc you get the "making of Cats" featurette which goes backstage to talk to the cast and the creators. You also get a short make up demo from the make up artist from the theatre and fantastic interviews with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gillian Lynne, Cameron Makentosh, John Napier, Trevor Nunn and Gerry Schoenfield.
Now that the London production has closed this is the sedond best way to enjoy it in all its glory.
This is a must buy item which will be watched many times over.
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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. Cadogan on 16 Jan 2008
Format: DVD
I confess I am a huge Lloyd Webber fan, and having seen Cats myself when I was 10 (22 years ago!) I still remember it in detail. I have always adored the music and recently introduced my children (aged 5 and 4) to the songs on CD as they already adored Joseph. They loved Cats which is why I bought this to them from Father Christmas.

Since they can't see it in the theatre anymore, this is a great way for them to see the Cats show and understand how the songs are brought to life. The Jellicle Cats opening is super, as is The Gumbie Cat, The Rum Tum Tugger, Skimbleshanks et al.

BUT the 2 key changes ruined it for us. Firstly WHY does this not feature the original tune for Mungojerry & Rumpleteezer? The new tune is frankly rubbish and unmemorable. And secondly, John Mills as Gus is all very well but it means that Growltiger (including Billy McCaw) has been cut altogether. This is one of the key pieces in the 2nd act and was the main song that my pirate-mad boys wanted to see. The disappointment when it cut from Gus straight to Skimbleshanks was palpable - we had tears!

If you don't care about these 2 songs but adore everything else, you really will love this DVD. But if you're as familiar with the original as we are, the addition of the Pekes and Pollicles (which is excellent) in no way makes up for the lack of Growltiger or Mungojerry&Rumpleteezer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Oct 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This video captures Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical perfectly. The music has been re-recorded and is even more spectacular and the cast are amazing. The "making of CATS" documentary was a little disappointing, it gave a good insight into the production of the film but lacked behind the scene footage. In all, this video is amazing, it could quite easily convert anyone into a musical lover. It is an absolute must for CATS fans and would make an excellent addition to any video collection.
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