Both movies on this Region 1 disc star Simone Simon, Kent Smith and Jane Randolph and both are produced by Val Lewton, but apart from the barest thread, they have little in common in the actual story telling. Cat People is a classic horror (later poorly remade with Nastassja Kinski). Simone Simon plays Irena Dubrovna, a lady who believes she is descended from a village of people who had become devil worshippers. Irena feels that if her passions are aroused sexually or in jealousy or rage, she will change into a dangerous cat, akin to the panther she is sketching at the beginning of the movie. This of course presents difficulties for her romance with Oliver, played by Kent Smith. Nevertheless they marry, only for Oliver to turn more and more towards his colleague Alice, played by Jane Randolph. Oliver does this as he is frustrated by Irena not sleeping with him and her referring back to the aforementioned legend as her reason for not doing so. Alice doesn't hesitate to hang around Oliver at every opportunity and there isn't room for three people in this marriage! What will happen? This is a black and white movie but that's all the better as shadows take the place of special effects and it's all very atmospheric.
The second feature is Curse Of The Cat People but there are no dangerous cats and few scenes showing Irena, who appears only to Amy, the child of the now married Oliver and Alice. Are these appearances only in Amy's imagination?. All is explained in the excellent commentaries provided by Greg Mank, which include excerpts of an audio interview with Simone Simon. Both movies are brilliant and this double feature dvd has the original trailers and subtitles, but these are only available for the feature films.