THE PLOT THUS FAR
With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Duchess is the well polished single mother cat of three little kittens. When their owner, the wealthy elderly woman known as Madame Adelaide, realizes that her time is running out she decides to write up her will, leaving everything she has to her cats, which will then go to her butler Edgar when the cats pass on. Edgar overhears this and is deeply offended by the idea that the cats would get everything before him, and plots to destroy Duchess and her kittens; he drops sleeping pills in their supper one night and then leaves them stranded in the French countryside.
We cannot even get away from cloying child characters, though thankfully, we respect the human- animal interaction boundaries this time. I have to say the only things remotely charming in this film were the odious comic relief in the form of the country dogs and, to a lesser extent, the British geese. Two things that had absolutely nothing to do with the story, but were obvious fillers since the producers saw what was essential could in no way stand on its own.
The Blu-Ray comes with an alternate opening, featurettes, vintage clips, music video and bonus short in HD. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track almost overpowers the film at points, but it works. The 1080p transfer is quite strong with the level of clean-up that should be expected from every Disney animated feature. All the way around, it’s quite the stunner. I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 08/21/2012