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The Aristocats (Special Edition)

By Wolfgang Reitherman (Director), Phil Harris (Voice Talents of) & Eva Gabor (Voice Talents of)
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Disney's irresistible classic The Aristocats is all jazzed up in a spectacular Special Edition, complete with a new digital transfer. In the heart of Paris, a kind and eccentric millionairess wills her entire estate to Duchess, her high-society cat, and her three little kittens. Laughs and adventure ensue as the greedy, bumbling butler pulls off the ultimate catnap caper. Now it's up to the rough-and-tumble alley cat, Thomas O'Malley, and his band of swingin' jazz cats to save the day. Loaded with fun bonus features, including a new Virtual Kitten game, a heart-warming deleted song and more, The Aristocats is purr-fect for the whole family.

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Item Specifications...

Actors: Roddy Maude-Roxby, Gary Dubin, Carole Shelley, Dean Clark (II), Scatman Crothers
Format: Animated,   Color,   Dolby,   DVD,   NTSC,   Special Edition
Language: English
Region Code: 1  (USA & Canada Only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.75:1
Audience Rating: G (General Audience)
Running Time: 79.00 minutes
Format   Animated / Color / Dolby / DVD / NTSC
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.4" Width: 7.5" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.17 lbs.
Binding  DVD Video
Release Date   Feb 5, 2008
Publisher   CHORDANT ACNT# 3707
Age  8-12
Edition  Special  
ISBN  0012466662  
ISBN13  0786936723229  
UPC  786936723229  

Availability  0 units.

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1DVD > Actors & Actresses > ( B ) > Baddeley, Hermione
2DVD > Actors & Actresses > ( C ) > Crothers, Scatman
3DVD > Actors & Actresses > ( G ) > Gabor, Eva
4DVD > Actors & Actresses > ( H ) > Harris, Phil
5DVD > Actors & Actresses > ( H ) > Holloway, Sterling
6DVD > Actors & Actresses > ( K ) > Kulp, Nancy
7DVD > Actors & Actresses > ( L ) > Lane, Charles
8DVD > Actors & Actresses > ( S ) > Scotti, Vito
9DVD > Actors & Actresses > ( W ) > Winchell, Paul
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Jazzy Classic!  Feb 18, 2008
This is one of my favourite Disney films. It has everything you could hope for in a Disney animation: cute animals, great songs, a nasty villain and lots of adventure. The story begins in Paris, where aristocat Duchess and her three kittens live with their Mistress in a mansion. Life is perfect for them until the Mistress' fiendish butler Edgar discovers that she plans to leave her entire fortune to the cats. He realises that if he even stands a chance of claiming the fortune, the cats will be out of the way. An excellent, often forgotten masterpiece from the 1970's - a time when the Disney studio made few animations - which features songs such as the title number "The Aristocats" as well as "Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat", this will enchant viewers young and old with its enduring jazziness.
Solid DVD treatment, but could have been better.  Feb 14, 2008
While The Aristocats is definitely not even probably a top 10 favorite Disney animated film of mine, it IS one that's brought me a lot of enjoyment. Enough so that I was willing to pay the $[...] and buy this new DVD edition, even though I had the previous Gold Classic Collection edition.

You don't even need to watch both - just look at their lists of bonus material offerings - to see that this new DVD blows the previous one away, although there is a reason some may disagree. More on that later. While the previous one had a very easy trivia game and a 1980's reissue trailer, which is sadly not found on the new disc, this one does include some nice, if often fluffy, bonus material, which includes set-top and DVD-ROM versions of a Virtual Kitten game, deleted song, a look at the music, a nice photo gallery, and an excerpt from The Wonderful World Of Disney titled The Great Cat Family. The final bonus, which was never really mentioned in any press-release and definitely not on the package, is a delightful Disney animated short titled Bath Day, which starred Figaro the kitten from Pinocchio.

The new digital transfer blows the previous one out of the water in nearly every way. Much of the softness is gone, the color is superior, and it's not as fuzzy and grainy as it was previously. It's also presented for the first time ever on video in widescreen, although this is a point of contention for some. Most Disney animated films from the 1960's and 1970's were designed with both widescreen theater screens and square TV sets in mind, and therefore were animated in the 1.33:1 Academy ratio but designed so that you didn't lose much character information when the film was matted for widescreen theatrical release. In the case of the new rash of reissues of these movies in cropped widescreen, I don't see an issue with it, as they had intended either presentation. And unlike the cropped widescreen presentation on The Jungle Book, which seemed a bit cramped more often than I'd have liked, this one, as well as the new Robin Hood: Most Wanted Edition, looks more comfortable in the cropped aspect ratio. However, if you have the Gold Classic Collection release, I still suggest you own this new one and marvel at the new presentation, while keeping the previous release so that you can also have the full image available.

Despite the obvious upgrade, this DVD is another sad example of Disney's newfound laziness with their DVDs, much of which has to do with Blu-Ray, but that's another rant for another time. Instead of making a 2-Disc set, especially as this was first advertised as one back in 2006, they did one of their typical 1-disc "not THAT much of an upgrade" reissues of their Gold Classic Collection editions for this release, without retaining anything from the previous release. Disney could have easily filled up a 2-Disc set with one disc for the family audience, which contained the original 1.33:1 version of the film and all the kid-friendly features, while they include another disc for the enthusiast audience with the widescreen version and more fan-oriented bonus materials, like a making-of featurette, even if it's just some TV crap or a 15-minute long piece they threw together. Plus some TRAILERS. The sad fact is, as far as I know, it's been 2005 since Disney last released a non-Platinum and non-Pirates 2-Disc DVD, especially for their classic films, and it'd honestly be nice if Disney would put some of the same energy they had making their DVD releases back in the early 2000's into the DVDs they make today. As a fan, I'm tired of Disney catering almost exclusively to the under-12 market and not enough to the adult fans like myself. Disney animated films may have a sizeable pre-teen audience, but they also have a sizeable adult audience who also wants to enjoy the DVD experience.

Despite my rant above, I'm still happy to own this new Aristocats DVD. With improved picture quality and a handful of decent bonus materials, it's worth a look. Four stars.
Amazon Lumps All Reviews Together Again :o(  Feb 7, 2008
There are over a hundred reviews for The Aristocats as of this date. They all refer to the previous edition (Disney Gold Classic Edition or whatever they called it years ago when it first came out on dvd).
So now we will have those reviews mixed up with new reviews for the Feb 5, 2008 version which offers more extras and a different aspect ratio. This may make things a bit confusing.

Moving on...
People compare this film to 101 Dalmations. This is Disney's "cat" movie, they say. You can't compare them; they're too similiar somehow.
But they are both decent, cute family films.
Yes, Cruella is scary compared to the bumbling butler Edgar. There is a sense of jeopardy but Dalmations is much stronger in that sense.
Both films were made using the 1960's Xerox method where the resulting animation is more sketchy looking and more close to the original animator's drawings.
The Aristocats is more of a musical, definitely. A few forgettable songs, but also the charming and infectious tune "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat". That is the tune I think of when I remember the adventures of Duchess and Thomas and the kittens. (101 Dalmations had the little "Cruella De VIl" song, but that's it.)

Overall this is a fun vehicle but it is not a classic such as Peter Pan, Cinderella, or Lady and the Tramp. It has a nice, relaxing pace and is probably most appealing to youngsters. The voice talent, as ever with Disney cartoon features, is great. Eva Gabor's Duchess is warm and maternal while Phil Harris as Thomas O'Malley is macho yet sweet (and sounds like a lifelong diehard smoker). He also lent his vocal prowess to The Jungle Book when he played Baloo the bear.

This special edition for 2008 has some cute extras. But unless you're a total stickler for aspect ratios or you collect every version they release, the previous edition should suffice. It was fine, with a clear and bright picture/sound presentation.
This is a widescreen release  Feb 7, 2008
Shame on this site for recycling reviews without adding a disclaimer. The reviews complaining about full screen do not apply to the 2008 release. This release is "enhanced" for 16x9. It is widescreen but not a true Theatrical Ratio.

I enjoyed it when I first saw it in theater and feel it's one of the underated Disney classics.
A Mostly Swinging Good Time  Feb 7, 2008
Madame Adelaide Bonfamille (Hermione Baddeley) is a wealthy former actress living in Paris in 1910. Since she has no family, she has come to view her cat Dutchess (Eva Gabor) and her kittens as her family. In fact, she has decided to leave her wealth to the cats as long as they live, then it will go to her butler Edgar (Roddy Maude-Roxby).

Edgar doesn't like the idea of having to wait, however, so he schemes to catnap the cats. After mixing sleeping pills into their favorite treat, he takes them into the country.

The cats aren't so easily gotten rid of, however. Teaming up with Thomas O'Malley (Phil Harris), they set out to return to Paris. Will they make it? What will Edgar do if they show up again?

This movie leans just slightly over average. There are parts of the story that are rather dull, like the introduction of the twin ducks. However, there are some wonderful bits as well, like the two country dogs to keep attacking Edgar. This will appeal to kids more then adults, and they will love it. While not all the songs are jazz, it certainly influenced the soundtrack. And you've got to love "Everybody Wants to be a Cat," the show stopping number that comes near the end. The animation is more stylized then we've seen before, with flat backgrounds and pencil like lines in the characters. It's definitely dated, but has a charm all its own.

This movie just got a new Special Edition. The widescreen picture and full surround are wonderful. The special they are most proud of is the "virtual kitten" game. I skipped right past that and went straight to the features about the movie. The one I really enjoyed was the information about "She Never Felt Alone," a song deleted from the movie. I was hoping the featurette on the Sherman Brothers would be more about their entire career at Disney, but there are some fun tidbits about their work on this film. And keep your eyes open for a bonus short that plenty of fun.

On the whole, this is a light film with some fun moments. It's probably not one the adults will pull out regularly, but it should keep the kids entertained with the funny action scenes.

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