Catwoman: Hunted

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

Warner;
Animated;
$24.99 Blu-ray, $29.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for violence, bloody images and suggestive material.
Voices of Elizabeth Gilles, Stephanie Beatriz, Lauren Cohan, Kelly Hu, Jonathan Banks, Keith David, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Jonathan Frakes.

The anime-inspired Catwoman: Hunted puts its title character in the middle of a jazzy crime caper, manipulating her way through a cadre of DC Comics characters, none of which is Batman. It’s a fun, sexy ride despite its convoluted plot. And it remembers that there is more than one cat-themed character hanging around the DC universe.

The story involves Catwoman (Elizabeth Gilles) crashing a costume party of gangsters connected to the Leviathan crime syndicate in order to steal a valuable jewel. Though her attempt is eventually thwarted by Batwoman (Stephanie Beatriz), Catwoman is ensnared in a globe-trotting Interpol operation to take down Leviathan’s leadership.

The Blu-ray includes two featurettes. The 19-minute “When the Hunter Becomes the Hunted” is an interesting piece that briefly explores the popularity of Catwoman before diving into how the filmmakers crafted the movie around her. The 40-minute “Catwoman: The Femme Fatale” is a good mini-documentary, originally released online last year, about the history of the character in comics, video games, TV shows and movies, infused with archival interviews with many of the actresses who played her.

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FilmRise Acquires Streaming Rights to Classic Anthology Series ‘Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction’

FilmRise, the New York-based TV and film distribution company, has acquired streaming rights to the classic cult anthology series, “Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction” for North America, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and New Zealand from MRC’s Dick Clark productions.

Each episode of this cult anthology series presents several stories that appear to defy logic — the supernatural, ghosts, psychic phenomena, destiny and the divine — and offers the viewer a chance to decide what is fact and what is fiction.

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FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher said the deal for “Beyond Belief” expands the company’s partnership with Dick Clark productions, and ups viewer interest in series such as “Unsolved Mysteries,” among others, which FilmRise also has rights to.

“[It] contains bone-chilling stories that stick with audiences, lending itself to repeat viewing,” Fisher said. “Its nostalgic feel adds to the viewer’s engagement.”

“Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction” originally aired for four seasons on television (1997-2002), with a total of 45 episodes. Originally hosted by James Brolin and then by “Star Trek: The Next Generation” star Jonathan Frakes, the series portrayed multiple, unbelievable stories often dealing with the supernatural or paranormal phenomena where the viewers are challenged to guess which installments depicted are true or fictional. The program was narrated by Don LaFontaine for seasons one through three, and Campbell Lane for the fourth and final season.

Dick Clark productions claims to be the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming with the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” and the “Streamy Awards.” Weekly television programming includes “So You Think You Can Dance” from 19 Entertainment and dcp.

dcp, which is owned by MRC (formerly Media Rights Capital), also owns one of the world’s most extensive entertainment archive libraries, with more than 60 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and related programming.