directed by  Richard Brooks
USA 1958

 

Based on the play by Tennessee Williams: A party is planned for the 65th birthday of family patriarch 'Big Daddy', but not everyone is in a festive mood. Big Daddy's son Brick, a one-time star athlete, has a drinking problem and has become cold towards his wife Maggie, though she still desperately loves him. Brick's older brother Gooper and his wife hope to gain control over Big Daddy's estate. Big Daddy himself is just coming home from a clinic where he has been tested for cancer. When his doctor tells the family the results of the tests, the family's accumulated lies, frustrations, and secrets quickly begin to come out.

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"I'm not living with you," Maggie snaps at Brick. "We occupy the same cage, that's all." The raw emotions and crackling dialogue of Tennessee Williams' 1955 Pulitzer Prize play rumble like a thunderstorm in this film version whose fiery performances and grown-up themes made it one of 1958's top box-office hits. Paul Newman earned his first Oscar nomination as troubled ex-sports hero Brick. In a performance that marked a transition to richer adult roles, Elizabeth Taylor snagged her second. Her Maggie the Cat is a vivid portrait of passionate loyalty. Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture and also starring Burl Ives (repeating his Broadway triumph as mendacity-loathing Big Daddy), Judith Anderson and Jack Carson, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof sizzles.
 

 

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Theatrical Release: September 18th, 1958

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The Deluxe Edition is part of the Tennessee Williams Film Collection which contains A Streetcar Named Desire 1951 Two-Disc Deluxe Edition / Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1958 Deluxe Edition / Sweet Bird of Youth / The Night of the Iguana / Baby Doll / The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone 

              

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Runtime 1:47:56 1:47:52

Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.28 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.92 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Bitrate : Warner (old)

Bitrate: Warner (Deluxe Edition)

Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 1.0) English (Dolby Digital 1.0), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Subtitles English, Spanish, French, None English, Spanish, French, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio: - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer

NOTE: Pan and scan (1.33 ratio) version is offered on the opposite side

DVD Release Date: April 10th, 2001
Snapper case

Chapters 26

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video (Deluxe Edition)
 

Aspect Ratio:  - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Commentary by biographer Donald Spoto, author of "The Kindness of Strangers: The Life of Tennessee Williams"
New featurette Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: Playing Cat and Mouse
Theatrical trailer

 

DVD Release Date: May 2nd, 2006
Keep Case

Chapters 26

 

 

Comments NOTE: Just thought you might like to know; we found a hilarious mistake on the "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" new Deluxe DVD: in the menu for language, the picture shown of Elizabeth Taylor is from Butterfield 8, made 2 years later. (Thanks DeeF)

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We have quite a big variance between the two editions. The new release is much brighter with a kind of light pinkish-brown hue and the image is vertically stretched in comparison to the older release. The new ratio tends to look more accurate to my eye. There also appears to be some movement when transferring - but generally the most 'loss' is in the bottom of the frame in the new release with even less on the two sides. It is mostly very slight though. Colors and detail are far superior in the new release. By comparison the initial edition has moments of saturation and imbalance. In fact, as you might have expected, everything is better in the new edition. As well as the improved transfer the Deluxe edition has a commentary, by biographer Donald Spoto, filled with extraneous details on Tennessee Williams and his relationship to the screen version of his play. Also included are a trailer (same as the initial edition) and a 10 minute featurette. Include in this I can now rid myself of the old snapper case and Warner have once again proven their commitment to some of the great films of past Hollywood, offering them to us at extremely reasonable prices. Of course, we recommend!  

 - Gary Tooze

 

 






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DVD Box Cover

The 2-disc SE is part of the Tennessee Williams Film Collection which contains A Streetcar Named Desire 1951 Two-Disc Deluxe Edition / Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1958 Deluxe Edition / Sweet Bird of Youth / The Night of the Iguana / Baby Doll / The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone) 

              

Other Individual Reviews:
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