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This listing is for the standard edition Blu-ray. The limited edition slipcover (designed by Alessa Kreger) was limited to 2,000 units and is sold out. The two versions are identical, aside from the slipcover.

Deaf Crocodile is an L.A.-based Distribution + Restoration company focused on New, Independent, Lost/Unseen and World Cinema with a special interest in Animation, Cult Horror + Fantasy, LGBTQ films, and the work of neglected and underrepresented Filmmakers from across the spectrum. The company was founded by film restoration expert Craig Rogers and distributor / exhibitor Dennis Bartok. Vinegar Syndrome’s sister company, OCN Distribution, is thrilled to be representing Deaf Crocodile's brand new line of home video releases! 

CAT CITY (MACSKAFOGÓ), 1986, Hungary, 96 min. Unflappable and unstoppable mouse secret agent Nick Grabovsky (László Sinkó) with his deadpan voice, baggy pants and a big “G” on his shirt, goes up against the criminal cat gang run by the sinister, metal-pawed Mr. Teufel (Miklós Benedek), in Hungarian director Béla Ternovszky’s surreal, animated sci-fi treasure. Set in the year 80 AMM (“After Mickey Mouse”) on Planet X where cats and rats have banded together to eliminate mice, the film features a show-stopping series of musical numbers including a deranged Euro-disco song (“Just purr with me / Touch me with tender paws”) and a bizarre chorus of Mexican vampire bats named Los Vampiros who inhabit an ancient Mayan temple. A cross between 1980s Don Bluth-style animation (THE SECRET OF NIMH) and the British TV series “Danger Mouse” (clearly an inspiration here), CAT CITY has long been a beloved cult favorite in Eastern Europe – recently restored by the National Film Institute in Hungary from the original 35mm camera negative for its first-ever U.S. Blu-ray release by Deaf Crocodile. In Hungarian with English subtitles.

directed by: Béla Ternovszky
starring: László Sinkó, Miklós Benedek, Péter Haumann
1986 / 96 min / 1.85:1 / Hungarian DTS-HD MA 5.1, 2.0

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  • Region A Blu-ray
  • New video interview with György Ráduly, Director of the National Film Institute-Film Archive in Budapest on Hungarian animation and the enduring popularity of CAT CITY, moderated by Dennis Bartok of Deaf Crocodile (In English)
  • New commentary track by film historian Samm Deighan
  • New essay by film critic Walter Chaw (Film Freak Central)
  • New optional 5.1 audio mix
  • 3 rare Béla Ternovszky animated shorts:
  • “Modern Training Methods (Modern edzésmódszerek)” - 1970, 7 min. Ternovszky’s delightfully wicked and gruesome satire of athletic training
  • “Let Us Keep A Dog (Tartsunk kutyát)” – 1974, 6 min. For dog lovers everywhere, this classic Pannonia Studio short fueled by a wildly groovy 70s Jazz-Funk score
  • “Where Is The Limit? (Mindennek van határa)” – 1975, 7 min. A cheerfully oblivious orange figure bumbles from one surreal situation into another, until he discovers he can escape from the cartoon world into the real one – with unexpected consequences
  • “The Director Answers: Béla Ternovsky" - 2023, 23 min. Dir. Yvonne Kerékgyártó – new interview with Béla Ternovszky
  • “Ahead Of Its Time (Megelőzte a maga korát)” – 2020, 25 min. Dir. Péter Szalay. Fascinating video essay produced by the National Film Institute of Hungary on the creative genesis of CAT CITY and its importance in Hungarian animation
  • “We Just Made It For The Fun Of It (Jókedvünkben készítettük)” – 2020, 30 min. Dir. Péter Szalay. CAT CITY director Béla Ternovszky discusses his long creative career at Pannonia Studio and the making of his most famous film, illustrated with rare film footage, stills and animation sketches
  • Blu-ray authoring by David Mackenzie of Fidelity In Motion
  • English subtitles