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Cat People (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] 09/20/16


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The first of the horror films producer Val Lewton (The Body Snatcher, I Walked with a Zombie) made for RKO Pictures redefined the genre by leaving it's most frightening terrors to it's audience's imagination. Simone Simon (La bete humaine) stars as a Serbian emigre in Manhattan who believes that, because of an ancient curse, any physical intimacy with the man she loves (Kent Smith) will turn her into a feline predator. Lewton, a consummate producer-auteur who oversaw every aspect of his projects, found an ideal director in Jacques Tourneur (Out of the Past), a chiaroscuro stylist adept at keeping viewers off-kilter with startling compositions and psychological innuendo. Together, they eschewed the canned effects of earlier monster movies in favor of shocking with subtle shadows and creative audio cues. One of the studio's most successful movies of the 1940s, Cat People raised the creature feature to new heights of sophistication and mystery.


Actors: Simone Simon, Kent Smith
Directors: Jacques Tourneur
Format: Widescreen
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Region: Region A/1
Number of discs: 1
Not Rated
Studio: Criterion Collection
DVD Release Date: September 20, 2016
Run Time: 73 minutes

Cast & Crew

Simone Simon Irena Dubrovna
Kent Smith Oliver Reed
Tom Conway Dr. Louis Judd
Jane Randolph Alice Moore
Jack Holt Commodore
Alan Napier Carver
Elizabeth Dunne Miss Plunkett
Elizabeth Russell The Cat Woman
Henrietta Burnside Woman
Alec Craig Zookeeper
Eddie Dew Street Cop
Dot Farley Mrs. Agnew
George Ford Whistling Cop
Bud Geary Mounted Cop
Mary Halsey Blondie
Theresa Harris Minnie
Charles Jordan Bus Driver
Connie Leon Woman
Murdock MacQuarrie Sheep Caretaker
Leda Nicova Patient
Donald Kerr Taxi Driver

Technical Credits

Jacques Tourneur Director
DeWitt Bodeen Screenwriter
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Al Fields Set Decoration/Design
Walter E. Keller Art Director
Val Lewton Producer
Nick Musuraca Cinematographer
Renie Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Robson Editor
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Roy Webb Score Composer

Special Features

Audio commentary from 2005 featuring film historian Gregory Mank, with excerpts from an audio interview with actor Simone Simon; Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows, a 2008 feature-length documentary that explores the life and career of the legendary Hollywood producer; Interview with director Jacques Tourneur from 1979; New interview with cinematographer John Bailey about the look of the film; Trailer

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