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    Unique ID Code: 0000175904
    Added by: Stuart McLean
    Added on: 24/9/2016 18:47
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    Cat People

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    Certificate: PG
    Running Time: 70 minutes
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    Content Type: Movie

    The first of the horror films producer Val Lewton made for RKO Pictures redefined the genre by leaving its most frightening terrors to its audience’s imagination. Simone Simon stars as a Serbian émigré 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, 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 favour 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.

    Special Features:
    •New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    •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
    •PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien

    Video Tracks:
    1:33.1 Black and White

    Audio Tracks:
    Uncompressed Mono

    Directed By:
    Jacques Tourneur

    Written By:

    Simone Simon
    Kent Smith
    Jane Randolph

    Soundtrack By:
    Roy Webb

    Director of Photography:
    Nicholas Musuraca

    Mark Robson

    Costume Designer:

    Production Designer:
    Walter E. Keller and Albert S. D'Agostino

    Val Lewton


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