Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

Mike Myers
Director: Bo Welch Cast: Mike Myers
Mike Myers
, Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin
, Kelly Preston
Kelly Preston
Bo Welch

DVD (Wide Screen)

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Overview

Love it or hate it (and let's face it, most hated it), this film is a marvel of set design and art direction, and that is well represented on this special edition DVD. The 1.85:1 anamorphic image is simply stunning. (As is common now, a full-frame version is available separately.) Colors, a vital element of the film, are presented with an amazing flourish, perfectly capturing the theatrical appearance. There are no signs of grain or print scratches, as would be expected. Nearly as impressive is the 5.1 Dolby Digital track. The sound mix is very exciting, with wide use of the surrounds for effect, but the main audio source is never drowned out up front. Dialogue is clear (this could be a good or bad thing, depending on your view) and without any distortion. It wouldn't be surprising to see a two-disc re-release happen down the line, but this title still throws in a number of first-rate supplements. While the menus are annoying, they will take you to numerous sections, mainly comprised of 12 short (under three minutes each) featurettes. Those with short attention spans will appreciate these pieces, all with interviews from director Bo Welch, star Mike Myers, and other cast members. Segments include the cat makeup, the music, the creation of the Theodore Seuss Geisel stamp, the vehicles, various visual effects, and more. In addition, and designed to appeal to the very young, is a segment on how to dance like the cat. Slightly more promising, though not the best ever produced, is an audio commentary track from Welch and Alec Baldwin. The two seem to enjoy recording this track, and their time making the movie. Infinitely more amusing than the film is a lengthy bloopers segment. Finally, a number of deleted scenes are offered, as well as the trailers for Shrek 2 and Peter Pan. Overall, this is a fine disc, from the exceptional picture and sound to a wide array of extras. Now, if only the film was as good.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/16/2004
UPC: 0025192147623
Original Release: 2003
Rating: PG
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:22:00
Sales rank: 1,124

Special Features

Dance-along With the Cat: Learn how to dance just like the cat with fun, easy-to-follow steps; 16 deleted scenes: Never-before-seen footage with lots of surprises; 20 outtakes: Hilarious bloopers featuring Mike Myers as the Cat; "The Purrrr-fect Stamp": An unprecedented look at the making of a new U.S. stamp celebrating the real Dr. Seuss; "The Dirt on D.I.R.T.": How the magical cleaning machine came to life; "Seussville U.S.A.": See how everyday Pomona, CA, was transformed into fantastical Seussland; "The Mother of All Messes": Learn how special effects created the biggest mess ever; "The Music": A firsthand look at unusual Seussian instruments; Plus more on the Cat, the Fish, the kids, and the S.L.O.W.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mike Myers The Cat in the Hat
Alec Baldwin Lawrence Quinn
Kelly Preston Joan Walden
Dakota Fanning Sally Walden
Spencer Breslin Conrad Walden
Amy Hill Mrs. Kwan
Sean Hayes Mr. Humberfloob,Fish

Technical Credits
Bo Welch Director
Patrick Aguilera Stunts
David Alexander Animator
Michael Amundson Asst. Director
Cheryl Bainum Executive Producer
Alec Berg Screenwriter
Lee Berger Executive Producer
Juel Bestrop Casting
Kacie Borrowman Stunts
Sue Brunell-Edwards Production Manager
Tyler Campbell Stunts
Peter Cavaciuti Camera Operator
J. Andre Chaintrevil Set Decoration/Design
Cameron Croughwell Stunts
Joshua Croughwell Stunts
Amanda Dague Animator
Laura Dash Stunts
Rene Dashiell-Kerby Makeup
Deborah M. Davis Costumes/Costume Designer
Troy Dederick Stunts
Marguerite Derricks Choreography
Amberlynn Dorsey Stunts
Jared S. Eddo Stunts
Kenny Endoso Stunts
Richard Epper Stunts
Jonathan Eusebio Stunts
Dave Feiten Animator
Eddie Fiola Stunts
Dan Flannigan Stunts
Christian Fletcher Stunts
Duane Floch Animator
Terri Fluker Costumes/Costume Designer
Luke Freeborn Set Decoration/Design
John Goodman Animator
Brian Grazer Producer
Jim Halty Stunts
Ajay Hateley Stunts
Keenan Hateley Stunts
Sean Haworth Art Director
Jim Hofman Animator
David Hugghins Stunts

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles
2. Humberfloob's Real Estate
3. Conrad the Unclean
4. Larry
5. Mom's Rules
6. A Humungous Cat!
7. Fun, Fun, Fun
8. The Cat & the Couch
9. The Kupkake-inator!
10. Thing 1 & Thing 2
11. Looking for the Lock
12. A Pussycat Piñata
13. The S.L.O.W.
14. Plan C
15. The Race Is On!
16. The Mother of All Messes
17. Enough Is Enough!
18. The Cat Cleans Up
19. What Would You Do?
20. End Titles

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