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The Revenge of Kitty Galore 3-D
MPAA Rating: PG (Animal Action and Humor)
Running Time: 82 Minutes
Starring: Christina Applegate, Michael Clarke Duncan, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes, James Marsden, Bette Midler, Nick Nolte, Joe Pantoliano, Katt Williams, Chris O'Donnell, Jack McBrayer, Fred Armisen, Paul Rodriguez
Screenplay by: Ron J. Friedman & Steve Bencich
Directed by: Brad Peyton
Studio: Warner Bros.
Retail Price: $44.99
Features: Looney Tunes Short "Coyote Falls", Dogs Dishing: Tails From The Bark Side Of Hollywood, The Best Of The Best Cat Vs. Dog Animated Showdowns, Meow-Takes: Outtakes and Gag Reel
Specs: 1.85:1 Widescreen 1080p High Definition, English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Scene Selection (10 Scenes), 3-Disc Set
Released: October 26th, 2010
For those who have invested in 3D television sets and Blu-ray players, "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore" is one of the few discs available currently that isn't available in some kind of exclusive promotion with a hardware manufacturer. Simply put, the 3D is decent but I don't think this is the type of movie that are going to make people rush out and invest in the necessary equipment. While there are more productions in Hollywood being filmed natively in 3D, 2010 was the year of the backlash where many films were converted to third dimension in post-production — and this sequel was one of them. The 3D here tends to make the characters jump out a bit, which can be neat but doesn't exactly pull you in more. The richer experience in the 3D comes with the obvious tricks of objects and characters being thrown at the screen, as if they're hitting you, and this movie features quite a bit of that. The film's target audience — kids — are sure to enjoy that the most, and likely the novelty of the 3D.
In scoring, I give the 2D presentation a 4.5 and the 3D a 3.5, so the average score is a 4.
Dogs Dishing: Tales From The Bark Side Of Hollywood is a 9 minute faux making-of. There is some behind-the-scenes footage, but what you really get are the human talent (director Brad Peyton, producer Polly Johnsen, producer Andrew Lazar, Jack McBrayer and screenwriters Ron J. Friedman & Steve Bencich) talking about working with the animal cast. No, not the actual animals, but the "characters." Those cats and dogs are apparently real divas, especially when it comes to trailer demands. (The animal characters are also interviewed about their on-set experiences.) This is strictly for the kiddies.
The Best Of The Best Cat Vs. Dog Animated Showdowns is a 4-and-a-half minute montage that features clips from the movies and plenty of other pratfalls from the Warner Bros. and Hannah Barbara library. Just call it a subliminal promotional tool. Running 3-and-a-half minutes are Meow-Takes: Outtakes and Gag Reel. Most of these come off as largely scripted, so if you enjoy dog pee jokes, I'm sure you'll get the most laughs out of this.
There's also a 3 minute behind-the-scenes look at "Yogi Bear," which I don't consider so much an extra but rather an extra commercial.
Included in the set too is a disc that features the movie on DVD and a digital copy.