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Dougal and the Blue Cat (Special Edition) [DVD] [1970]

Eric Thompson , Fenella Fielding    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Eric Thompson, Fenella Fielding
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Digital Sound
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Second Sight Films
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Nov 2010
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VWDAOC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,997 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

There's a new arrival in the Magic Garden, in the form of a blue cat called Buxton, which means trouble for the gang. Dougal suspects things are afoot when he notices Buxton talking to the Blue Voice. Soon, all sorts of strange happenings ensue, Zebedee's moustache is hijacked, the friends find themselves in a dungeon, and Dougal is sent to the moon. Can Dougal save the garden and resume tranquility? Like the original series Dougal and the Blue Cat was created in France by Serge Danot and the dialogue was re-written in English by Eric Thompson who also narrated all of the characters bar one, lending each his own inimitable style and humour. Fenella Fielding provided the memorably eerie tones of the Blue Voice. SPECIAL FEATURES include: English Version, Original French version, Thompson and The Magic Roundabout featuring interviews with Emma Thompson, Phyllida Law and Fenella Fielding, Mark Kermode on Dougal and The Blue Cat, Lobby Card Gallery

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.66:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Remastered, Scene Access, Special Edition, SYNOPSIS: There's a new arrival in the Magic Garden, in the form of a blue cat called Buxton, which means trouble for the gang. Dougal suspects things are afoot when he notices Buxton talking to the Blue Voice. Soon, all sorts of strange happenings ensue, Zebedee's moustache is hijacked, the friends find themselves in a dungeon, and Dougal is sent to the moon. Can Dougal save the garden and resume tranquility? Like the original series Dougal and the Blue Cat was created in France by Serge Danot and the dialogue was re-written in English by Eric Thompson who also narrated all of the characters bar one, lending each his own inimitable style and humour. Fenella Fielding provided the memorably eerie tones of the Blue Voice. SPECIAL FEATURES include: English Version, Original French version, Thompson and The Magic Roundabout featuring interviews with Emma Thompson, Phyllida Law and Fenella Fielding, Mark Kermode on Dougal and The Blue Cat, Lobby Card Gallery ...Dougal and the Blue Cat ( Pollux et le chat bleu )


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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handle with care (and prepare to be scared...) 26 Sep 2010
Writing this before the film is released on DVD, but as I saw this when it first came out, I'd like to say buy it, but watch it yourself before you show your kids. For those of us raised on the reassuring exploits of Dougal and his chums in the magic garden before the BBC news, this film ought to have been a jolly romp. Oh no. Grim and psychedelic, it takes that familiar Roundabout crew and subverts all that you remember. Yes Dougal is the hero of the tale, but I guarantee that you will remember Buxton the megalomaniac blue cat and his guiding 'blue voice' (how exactly a voice can be blue is a moot point, but as the voice in question belongs to the inestimable national treasure that is Fenella Fielding, who cares?)There is a relentlessness to this story that really, really gets to you. 'Blue is beautiful, blue is best' are words that can still chill me to the core after nearly forty years. And Buxton? Well I've never felt happy going to Derbyshire and that cursed blue cat is the reason. Seriously, if you find Professor Yaffle and his mice friends creepy in Bagpuss, or worry about the bizarre post-apocalyptic world where the child Emily is running her own antique shop, DO NOT watch this film. If however Ludwig was plain sailing for you then watch this. But please be warned, if they were to make a sequel to this today, it would probably match the freaky horror of The Clangers with the teatime reassurance of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I may have got those slightly confused. Having said all that, I am going to order a copy. I just won't watch it alone, or without an awful lot of alcohol...
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue is beautiful, blue is best 27 Oct 2010
By A CRAIG
I am so pleased this is FINALLY getting a release on DVD. It is a lost treasure.I grew up listening to the soundtrack on record and - I kid you not - at certain points I was terrified!! Namely, when Dougal wakes in the middle of the night and hears Finella Fielding's creepy voice and a cat's wailing; also, when Buxton (the blue cat) appears for the first time in the magic garden, accompanied by a musically melodramatic, "Taaahhhh-DAAAAAAHHHHH!".

But I loved being scared! I was hooked...

Today, aged 37, I love it all the more. As with the TV series, Eric Thompson imbues the dialogue with a hugely enjoyable British sensibility, attached to some rather bizarre (and psychedelic) visuals. The music is beautifully French and quite poignant (especially the song which Florence sings, about whether she and the others will ever see the sun again). My favourite scene has to be the one where Dougal is trapped in a room full of sugar (his favourite treat) but he's not allowed to eat any. How he wrestles with his natural instincts!

I'm just not sure what kids will make of it today, 40 years on. They may be confused by some of the old-fashioned references, and young children may even be a little too freaked out by it all. Still, this is a long-lost gem - so everyone should buy it! Especially children aged 37.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last 29 Oct 2010
By Neil H
I grew up listening to the soundtrack LP, and it terrified me. Later I bought a VHS tape and have to admit that it wasn't as scary in visual form (although thats probably because I was in my 30's by then!). Its still a fantastic movie (far superior to the recent CGI effort) that will entertain children and adults alike. Since my Video Player chewed up the tape, I have been waiting for the DVD release, and was beginning to think that it would never happen. But here it is, and for anyone who's nostalgic for 70's kids TV, or those who just want to show their own kids a simpler more innocent form of entertainment than the current crop of (mostly) rubbish available to them, I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical little slice of my childhood 13 Jan 2011
By ds VINE VOICE
When I was a kid, I had an album, on the Music for Pleasure label, of the soundtrack to this film. And I played it to death, loving every little cadence and intonation. I also dimly remember watching the film as a young child, and being entranced by it. So, after more than 30 years of wanting to see it again, the disc pops through my letter box and I settle down to watch it, hoping that the years have been kind and my nostalgia is not unduly rose tinted.

I needn't have worried: it's even better than I remember. First off are the extras, which, though not extensive, are beautifully judged. Mark Kermode's tribute to the film itself almost exactly echoes my own feelings. And then, we also get the movie with its original French audio track. I'd always known that part of the joke in France was that Pollux (Dougal) spoke French with a heavy English accent, but to actually hear it for the first time properly is a riot and demonstrates that Danot wasn't without humour himself. The other short is a brief recap of Eric Thompson's career and how the Magic Roundabout came to be such a big part of it. All lovely stuff.

As for the film, it's pretty much pitch perfect. Seventy nine minutes of beautifully bright and vivid visuals combined with a gorgeously dry Eric Thompson voice track. And the songs are fabulous too, from the rather dreamy ditty Florence sings early on, through the achingly sad dungeon scene to Buxton's triumphal I am King. What really impresses is the layering of whimsy and darkness, giving children and adults something substantial to laugh at, cry at and otherwise enjoy. And then there's Fenella Fielding, the only other voice aside from Thompson's in the whole of his time doing it. The Blue Voice is silky, seductive and hypnotic, a sublime touch of velvet evil.

In all, it's easily worth the asking price: a little masterpiece of visual and oral pleasure that will enchant kids of all ages, maybe for the first time or all over again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great extras
Classic
Published 1 day ago by Dave C
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good service and great DVD
Published 9 days ago by mrs w
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The best video EVER.
Published 1 month ago by Scilly girl
5.0 out of 5 stars childrens cultural heritage for still great for todays 5 year olds
I saw this myself first late at night as a student years ago, and now I have a five year old who likes films with baddies so I bought this as it is seemed age-appropriate to me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by joknows
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood Memories
I grew up listening to the record of this. My brother, sister and I could only imagine what was happening. I was not disappointed when I finally saw the action. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tillyflute
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality entertainment for adults
Forget the children... this is quality entertainment for adults. Intrigue, suspense and a little blue despot.... Well, go on then. Go!
Published 2 months ago by James T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Replace old us version
Bought to replace out of date VHS tape version as unable to get it transferred
Nice story of original version as not interested in new set up
Published 5 months ago by Mr. R. Filimon
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying!!
Had the video when son was small - if you have seen it - WATCH IT!!! there are some really scary/disturbing scenes!! (more so thn a normal episode!!)
Published 6 months ago by V ADAMS
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird!
You're almost bound to have fond childhood memories of the Magic Roundabout if you're reading this. It was always a bit surreal, but this is just downright weird. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr M.R.Watkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Too much for young kids
...but all the better for it. Wonderful, dark, twisted and brilliant. Excellent special features include the original French version with subtitles so that you can see the genius... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Den Tarthurdent
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