Westlake Entertainment // 2006 // 60 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Brett Cullum // August 16th, 2006
Showcasing the heroic efforts of people helping cats.
Miss Charlie was born on a construction site and had to fend for herself once her mother abandoned her. She was the only survivor out of a litter of eight kittens, and weathered the elements by herself until she was rescued. I found her shaking in a litter box as a group of small children tried to grab at her at a local PetSmart. I scooped her up out of the cage, and she purred resting against my shoulder. The women running the shelter showcasing their pets for adoption came up and asked, "That cat let you pick her up?." I nodded, and they were in awe saying she was feral and they feared not adoptable. $65 later I ended up with a ball of fur surrounded by a set of cat toys and litter, and a nagging sense of wonder of what I was in store for since I only ever had dogs. She immediately ran in to my apartment, and found a way to hide inside the bed springs of my mattress so I had no hope of getting to her. Thus began an elaborate dance where I had to earn a cat's trust. You see dogs trust you instinctively, and their love is unconditional. But cats? You better work, because they test you and only later decide if you're worthy to share their life with you. Charlie and I sleep together every night now, and she is my constant companion even when I write DVD reviews. She'll often sit between me and the screen, criticizing every sentence with a curious mew or squeak to let me know she's watching and editing. So I asked for Animal Rescue, Vol. 2: Best Cat Rescues so she could actually contribute this time around in a more concrete way.
The best thing I can say about the program is it held Miss Charlie's attention throughout. She's a critic through and through. She'll watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but won't have anything to do with Angel or his ilk. She approved of most of the rescues, and only found the one with the kitten trapped in a wall especially troubling. She jumped out of my lap and ran to the TV with a worried meow, and began searching for the kitty mewling through the speakers. It frazzled her quite a bit, but by the end of it she was back in the chair staring at the screen content the young cat had been saved.
The disc contains segments culled from Animal Rescue which feature felines in dire situations. Cats stuck in trees, telephone poles, concrete pilings, walls, whatever -- it's here. You also see many smoke damaged cats breathing oxygen after firefighters pull them from a burning building. The picture quality is television worthy, and it's full screen. It's all herky jerky reality footage, but cat lovers won't mind. The sound mix is a simple stereo that borders on mono. Cat noises can be heard clearly, though, and may cause your pet to react like Miss Charlie. No special features are here save for a promotion of the IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare). Cat lovers will be moved by the footage of felines being saved.
Grab your closest kitty, and settle in for an hour of moving positive drama as animal welfare workers join with fire fighters to save pets and wild kittens from all kinds of danger. Miss Charlie has decided this is her favorite DVD to date, and she gives it her highest recommendation -- four paws up on the chair and a special prize waiting for the makers in her box. Animal Rescue is a fun diversion even your pets will enjoy. It's not guilty, and should be sold in pet stores everywhere.
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Studio: Westlake Entertainment
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 60 Minutes
Release Year: 2006
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Promo Spot for IFAW