DVD Release: Miss Minoes

DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012
Price: DVD $29.95
Studio: Music Box


Miss Minoes movie scene

Carice van Houten is a cat-turned-women in Miss Minoes.

A cat who transforms into a young woman to help a timid journalist and protect their town from a nefarious industrialist in the 2001 Dutch family fantasy film Miss Minoes.

Carice van Houten (who’s currently making noise on premium cable TV as the magical priestess Melisandre in HBO’s Game of Thrones) stars in the title role of a woman who still enjoys purring, rubbing her face against other people’s faces, sleeping in a box, and, of course, communicating with her fellow cats—all of whom still recognize her from her days as a local feline. Miss Minoes uses her crack team of news-gathering kitty friends to assist a shy but talented journalist (Theo Maasen) to become a star reporter and then uncover the nefarious plans of a scheming factory owner.

Based on the classic 1970 book by Dutch children’s author Annie M.G. Schmidt and directed by veteran Dutch filmmaker Vincent Bal, Miss Minoes won the Golden Calf Award for Best Actress (van Houten) and Best Film at the Holland Film Festival and was the recipient of the Children’s Jury Prize for Best International Live Action Feature Film at the International Children’s Film Festival.

The PG-rated film received a well-reviewed limited release to U.S. theaters in December, 2011, following its rollout to festivals and theaters around the world several years back.

As a bonus feature, the Miss Minoes DVD (which offers an English-dubbed version of the film) contains a collection of kitty bloopers.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.