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Felidae [DVD]

Mario Adorf , Klaus Maria Brandauer    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Mario Adorf, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Ulrich Tukur
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Import
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: UFA
  • DVD Release Date: 26 April 2004
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001HN2SY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,312 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Germany released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), German ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), German ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), German ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Biographies, Commentary, Interactive Menu, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: This animated feature film, based on a successful German novel, was made for grown-up audiences and feature graphic depictions of feline sex and violence. ' Felidae' is the Latin word for cats. Francis is a suave cat who investigates murders. A series of female cat murders leads him to uncover a plot. The plot centers around the forced breeding of superior cats as a means to take control of the world. The cats masterminding the plot have every high-tech device at their disposal. Francis encounters explicit brutality reminiscent of a not too distant German past. ...Felidae

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not all animation is for kids. 24 May 2007
By Bluey
Format:DVD
This film has strong language, sexual references and gore practically from the beginning along with some fairly disturbing and unsettling scenes. But don't let it put you off unless you're squeamish. The English dub is solid and well-acted (the film is originally in German) and the storyline is engaging. The animation is smooth with fantastic backgrounds and character designs.

The story revolves around Francis the cat. He moves to a new house with his owner and finds that there is a serial murderer on the loose slaughtering the neighbourhood's cats. Francis decides to investigate and find the murderer. As well as engaging a mysterious cult, Francis also begins to have vivid dreams and nightmares that seem to offer clues as to the murderer's indentity and whereabouts.

If you have a weak stomach then this is not a film for you. But if you decide to watch it you're in for a treat, albeit a slightly disturbing treat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Based in the novel by Akif Pirincci, this is a lavish hand-drawn widescreen animation, probably one of the last major hand-drawn works to be made before the advent of the CG age. It's dubbed into English, and the voice actors do a solid job. The plot becomes an allegory of some of the dark German history of the mid 20th century. It's basically a film noir murder-mystery, with cats and translated to an old town in modern Germany. The complexity of the plot, the strong language, the cat experiments, and graphic violence / mutilation, all means that it's certainly not for young children. I doubt if it would get a 12 age rating from the censors in the UK, if it was ever officially released here uncut. But that said, Felidae is an excellent peice of work, and the nightmare sequences are especially inventive. The framing and cameras are especially good throughout. Music is well integrated, and the sound effects are workmanlike. Sets and lighting are outstanding. There are no mechanical-looking or repeated bits in the animation, and the cats always move like cats. The only real let down is the abrupt ending - it's far too short, and is rather patronisingly preachy (in the English version). The audience needs another five minutes of voice-over/montage at the very end, to tie up some of the loose ends and to solidify their understanding of the complex plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It'l screw with your mind, but you'l love it! 22 Jun 2009
By Boris
Format:DVD
A friend of mine lent me this film and when I asked her whether she thought it was any good she said "it will completely mess up your brain but you'l fall in love with it". And that's the best summary of this Felidae there is. These kitties engage in murder (and plenty of it), complex politics, sex (and pretty graphical sex too) and suicide. Right in the middle of this brutal and gruesome mess is our heroic feline, Francis, who has taken it upon himself to track down the cat who is responsible for the brutal murders of several local cats.

But despite being one of the most gruesome films I've seen, Felidae is impossible not to enjoy, with an engaging plot, likeble and believable (for the most part) characters and an essence that just makes it a great movie. Don't show it to your kids (unless you want them scarred for life), but give this film a try and I guarentee you will enjoy it.
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