Catwoman DVD Review
PictureThere seems to be a trend of making less-than-good movies and then endowing them with very nice transfers - it would be so much easier if all turkeys simply got grainy, out of focus outings on DVD! Catwoman has a very nice look, crisp, sharp, detailed - skin pores and whiskers are easily discernable, as is the quality of lipstick applied to Ms. Berry's full and always pouting lips. Contrast levels are very good, and there's an overall quality that's quite appealing. Colours didn't look quite right to me at times, seeming a little washed out and muted, and the style of the movie - fast panning shots, with hardly a still camera shot used throughout - means that really careful scrutiny leaves one feeling decidedly seasick!
SoundDespite a reasonably bassy 448Kbps Dolby Digital track that at times had my giant sized beanbag vibrating nicely, I found things a little tiring audio wise. At sensible volumes everything seemed fine, if a little run-of-the-mill. Turn things up towards reference levels and things take on a harsh, and ultimately, tiring tone. It's all a little samey, and like the movie itself has all been done before... and better. That's not to say that Catwoman has been given a poor Dolby track - far from it. Ultimately though it's all a little uninvolving.
ExtrasThe Many Faces Of Catwoman has to be the longest half hour I've ever spent watching a supplemental feature... it's just so dull. As the title suggests it's about Catwoman's previous incarnations - Eartha Kitt, Lee Merriweather, Julie Newmar, Michelle Pfeiffer, as well as some info regarding Ms. Berry's portrayal. My feeling is you'd have to be a real die hard Cat-fan to enjoy this.
The Behind-The-Scenes-Documentary is actually less documentary and more synopsis of the movie itself. I have to say, yes Halle Berry performed her physical stunts very well indeed. However, it's during these scenes in particular when everything seems so... lame.
Wow, it's difficult to believe, but had the Additional Scenes been used, the movie would actually have been even worse than it is... just watch the alternate ending. Not only is it an awful “kissy kissy” affair, but the camera is doing loop-the-loops making most uneasy viewing - seriously!
Rounding off some pretty dire extras is the Theatrical Trailer, which somehow makes this dross seem eminently watchable! There's also some DVD Rom content, but I couldn't get it to work - I suspect I would need to install Interactive Player.
VerdictSave yourself some time and money - watch the trailer, and give the movie a miss. One for the masochists out there.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £27.95