Reviewer's Rating 4 out of 5   User Rating 4 out of 5
Cats & Dogs DVD (2001)

Tired of sad old moggy, or in despair of that mangy old pooch? Good news, for surely domestic pets will be rendered useless in comparison to the feature-packed "Cats & Dogs" DVD? Well, not quite, but there are at least a few tricks on offer here.

At the time, it was the highest grossing movie that Warner Bros had ever released in the UK and a smash hit worldwide, so you'd expect a brilliant transfer to DVD. And that is definitely what you get, with pin-sharp picture throughout and a 5.1 sound mix that uses a host of directional effects to immerse you into the espionage-riddled world of those cats and dogs.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Audio Commentary: The assembled director, producer and production designer make an attempt at humour, but ignore their feeble puns and there's a host of technical information on offer here. Some important sequences were nearly dropped due to a tight budget, something which will doubtless not be a problem with the sequel (oh come on, there'll be a sequel!).

HBO 'First Look': More shockingly lame humour here, as voice-master Sean Hayes guides us through the production process of the movie. First half is quite dull, but once they get into the dog training and the animatronic background scenes, your interest level is likely to rise.

Teaching a New Dog New Tricks: Made without the awful gags of Sean Hayes, this featurette gets right into the nitty gritty of how the tricks of the movie were accomplished, including a close look at the work of the ever impressive Henson Workshop.

Easter Eggs - SPOILERS!: Four easy to find 'Easter eggs' are included on the DVD. These are a teaser trailer, a concept sketches gallery, a Mr Tiddles rant, and best of all, 'screen test' footage for some the classic movies that Mr Tiddles auditioned for in his early career.

Other Features: Choice of either 'Cats' or 'Dogs' menus schemes (time to choose which side you're on), storyboard comparisons, and cast and crew list.

Region: 2
Chapters: 26
Ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Extra Features: Scene selection, animated menus, English subtitles and English captions for the hearing impaired.

This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-S57 DVD player.

End Credits

Director: Lawrence Guterman

Writer: John Requa, Glenn Ficarra

Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Elizabeth Perkins, Alexander Pollock, Miriam Margolyes, Tobey Maguire, Alec Baldwin, Sean Hayes, Susan Sarandon

Genre: Comedy, Family

Length: 87 minutes

Cinema: 3 August 2001

DVD: 3 December 2001

Country: USA