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A Cat In Paris: Special Edition (2010/Folimage/Cinedigm/New Video Blu-ray w/DVD)

 

Picture: B/C+††††† Sound: B/B-†††† Extras: C†††† Film: B-

 

 

A Cat in Paris was a sleeper hit that probably wouldnít have gotten much (if any) attention had it not been nominated at last yearís Academy Awards.The film uses classic animation, a great (brief) tale, and a talented voice cast.For only running a little over an hour long the film makes a big impact.Marcia Gay Harden, Anjelica Houston, and Mathew Modine all lend their voices to this French animated adventure.

 

ZoŽ has a cat and whereas most cats have 9 lives, we know of at least two for this mysterious feline.By day Dino the cat is ZoŽís faithful companion.He nuzzles, cuddles, and most of all is there for her.ZoŽís life is going through a rough spot as her father (a police officer) was just murdered and her mother (a police supervisor) is so occupied with the case she has seemingly forgotten all about Zoe.Dino is the one good thing in ZoŽís life and acts as her rock.

 

At night while ZoŽ sleeps, however, Dino slips out the window to start round 2.Whereas by day he is a friendly house cat, at night he is right hand cat to (ironically) a cat burglar named Nico.The film takes place in the shadow drenched alleyways of Paris, France as Nico and Dino graceful pounce from rooftop to rooftop.A thief he may be, but Nicoís actions are like a sleek, skillful ballet as he evades captors and adds a layer of mystery and darkness to A Cat in Paris.The blend of light and dark elements in this hand drawn feature is excellently done and makes the entire experience a delight to watch.A Cat in Paris is an animated film that both children and adults can enjoy.

 

The technical features on this Blu-ray/DVD set are nice, but not perfect.With the use of CGI today we are accustomed to clean, perfection which A Cat in Paris does not exactly demonstrate.The MPEG-4 high definition feature is nice but is soft, with a shadowy element that can leave the picture quality feeling hazy at times.The colors are nice but not as strong as I would like to see and the clarity (most likely due to classic style) is just not there. The sound is a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio lossless track and is better than the picture as music and dialogue surround you.Directionality is also nice and the speaker range is lively.

 

Extras include several small segments.Extras are:

         Extinction of the Saber Toothed House Cat

o        A cute (dark) short that I donít think matches well with this film, but I enjoyed it

         The Many Lives of a Cat Video Flip Book

o        Shows the development process of the film

o        ďMy Life in DrawingĒ

ß         Explores the filmís creatorís path into animation

         US Trailer

 

 

-†† Michael P. Dougherty II


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