|Out on:||Dual Format 8th Jan. 2018|
A dark, gripping and superbly entertaining mystery thriller from the legendary Italian director Dario Argento, starring Karl Malden as a man unwittingly sucked into a murderous plot, presented here in a dazzling 4k restoration.
Dario Argento (Tenebre, Suspiria)
Karl Malden, Patton (One-Eyed Jacks)
James Franciscus (Beneath the Planet of the Apes)
Cinzia De Carolis (Cannibal Apocalypse)
Catherine Spaak (Il Sorpasso)
Rada Rassimov (Baron Blood)
Ennio Morricone (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly)
When a break-in occurs at a secretive genetics institute, blind puzzle-maker Franco Arnò , who overheard an attempt to blackmail one of the institute’s scientists shortly before the robbery, teams up with intrepid reporter Carlo Giordani to crack the case. But before long the bodies begin to pile up and the two amateur sleuths find their own lives imperilled in their search for the truth. And worse still, Lori, Franco’s young niece, may also be in the killer’s sights…
We like it because:
Dario Argento’s devilishly good 1971 horror mystery The Cat O’ Nine Tails starring James Franciscus (City On Fire) and Karl Malden (On The Waterfront), is a brilliantly byzantine thriller that cemented Argento’s reputation as a master genre director.
Following the success of his debut feature, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, distributor Titanus tasked writer/director Dario Argento with delivering a follow-up in short order. The resulting film, granted a greatly enhanced budget and heralded in its US marketing campaign as “nine times more suspenseful” than its predecessor, was The Cat O’ Nine Tails.
This second entry in the so-called “Animal Trilogy” found Argento further refining his distinctive style and cementing his reputation as the master of the giallo thriller. Co-starring Catherine Spaak (Il Sorpasso) and Rada Rassimov (Baron Blood), and featuring another nerve-jangling score by the great Ennio Morricone (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly), The Cat O’ Nine Tails remains one of Argento’s most suspenseful and underrated films.
This limited edition Blu-ray gets a superb limited edition 4K restoration, and is packed with extras, and features a new audio commentary, new cover artwork and comes with a poster, lobby cards and a lavishly illustrated collector’s booklet featuring essential writing on the film.
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:
Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc)
Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
New audio commentary by critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
New interviews with co-writer/director Dario Argento, co-writer Dardano Sacchetti, actress Cinzia De Carolis and production manager Angelo Iacono
Script pages for the lost original ending, translated into English for the first time
Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp
Double-sided fold-out poster
4 lobby card reproductions
Limited edition booklet illustrated by Matt Griffin, featuring an essay on the film by Dario Argento, and new writing by Barry Forshaw, Troy Howarth and Howard Hughes
Director: Dario Argento
Cast: Karl Malden, James Franciscus, Catherine Spaak
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Duration: 112 mins
Language: Italian, English
Subtitles: English / English SDH
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audio: 1.0 Mono
UK Cat No: FCD1669
UK Barcode: 5027035018386