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Cats & Dogs
The Revenge of Kitty Galore 3-D
(Blu-ray)
review by Zach B.

 

 

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
Based on characters created by: John Requa & Glenn Ficarra

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

 

 


"Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore" is presented in 1080p high definition, preserving its widescreen theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. This 3D combo pack includes both the 2D and 3D versions of the movie. When it comes to the 2D version, this is an extremely appealing transfer. Colors are bold and vibrant, and definitely pop off the screen. The human actors have accurate fleshtones, and the real world exteriors do have a depth to them. (This can be contrasted with the CGI effects of the movie, which actually can look a bit too artificial at moments.) Black levels are solid, and the print is rather clean and seemingly blemish free. There is a fine amount of grain which is nice, and never distracting. Best of all is the detail here: the amount of fur strands and other little attributes you can see on the animals is stunning. 

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. 

 


"Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore" is presented with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. This is a really enveloping mix that, given all the action hi-jinks, does not disappoint. Surrounds are plentiful and discrete, be it the dogs going to their secret lair, explosions, animals taking off with jetpacks and parachuting down from the sky, and even the razor-sharpness of a cat using its claws to inscribe a message in dog fur. Dialogue is always clear, and the brassy score from Christopher Lenneriz fills the channels quite well. Dynamic range is excellent, and subwoofer use is very robust. When it comes to what the film presents, the audio certainly matches what's on the screen and meets all its potential.

Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks in French and Spanish are included. Also included are subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

 


A few extras are included. Available in both 3D and 2D is the amusing Looney Tunes Short "Coyote Falls." It does a good job of capturing the spirit of the classic cartoons, and the 3D effects are certainly worthy. 

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.

 


I am going to assume the first "Cats & Dogs" did well on the ancillary market, because this was not exactly a sequel I think the general public was clamoring for nearly a decade later. "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore" is stricky a kids film, through and through. This 3D Blu-ray has decent 3D effects for those who have the equipment, but it's not a must-own title or a reason to invest more in a home theater. (The film's 2D presentation is nice to look at, though.) The DTS-HD sound mix is excellent, but the film's extras are lightweight. I'd reckon this is a purchase for families with younger kids, and that's about it.