Scream Factory, the horror-thriller offshoot of independent film distributor Shout Factory, has detailed its upcoming Paul Schrader's Cat People (1982), starring Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, and John Heard. The release will be available for purchase on January 21.
Irena (Nastassja Kinski) is a beautiful young woman who shares a terrifying secret with her brother (Malcolm McDowell) - when sexually aroused she transforms into a panther. When Irena falls in love for the first time, her secret threatens the relationship. Can she bring herself to tell her new-found love that she is one of the Cat People?
All-new interviews with Director/Writer Paul Schrader, Actress Nastassja Kinski, Actor Malcolm McDowell, Actor John Heard, Actress Annette O'Toole, Actress Lynn Lowry and legendary composer Giorgio Moroder.
Scream on Facebook explained why the Universal extras aren't being ported over (save the trailer):
"Some of you may be curious why the bonus features from the Universal 2002 DVD release were not ported over (which included a commentary, amongst other things). We tried, of course, to obtain these for our release but our partners could not signed them over to us unfortunately."
I'm really excited to see this in HD again, but now the dillema of who will have the best PQ. Koch or this, or wait & see if there's an Arrow (have they even hinted at a release soon?) or other foreign releases....Hopefully someone will review the Koch version soon.
Whenever I buys blu-rays, I buy them primarily for the movies, not for the special features. I can't understand why some people are so disappointed with this upcoming blu-ray release, just because all the extras from the DVD, are not ported over on the blu-ray. If you already have the DVD then create your own blu-ray/DVD combo pack, then you'll have all the special features. How many times the viewer are going watch all the extras anyway, if at all! We were all waiting for this movie to be released on blu-ray, and now it's been officially announced, and some people still are not happy.
Never seen this film, so Im eagerly awaiting the SF release, non complete extras and all. If its a really great addition to my collection I will consider importing an Arrow release if they get around to it.....Ive done that with a few of my more loved horror films.
Extras: Paul Schrader screen-specific commentary, Featurette: "Cat People: An Intimate Conversation with Paul Schrader", Featurette: "Special Makeup Effects by Tom Burman", "On the Set with Paul Schrader", Production Photographs, Cat People Matte Paintings , Director Robert Wise on the original Cat people (Val Lewton).
and Scream! couldn't port those over? Really? So why release it to begin with and just let Universal release it on their own? I can't say it's much of a special edition if they can't even be bothered to include a commentary.