Thursday, February 1, 2018

Cat O' Nine Tails (1971, Dario Argento)

The Cat O' Nine Tails [Blu-ray] [1971] - Front_Standard

Cat O' Nine Tails is a film that I love going back to because for some reason, I never remember many of the details.  I watched the film for the first time in early 2009 when I discovered the wild world of Giallo films.  Since then, I've seen countless gialli and would still call Argento the master.  His "Animal" trilogy (which includes this film, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage and Four Flies on Grey Velvet) are some of the prime examples of the genre and pretty much laid the ground work for many films to come.  It was great to see Arrow release this film in a new limited edition set so I could re-watch it again.

A blind puzzle maker (Karl Malden) and his young niece recognize a man at the scene of a top secret research lab break in shortly before he "falls" in front of a train. They go to a newspaper reporter, Carlo Giordani (James Franciscus), to see if they are sure the death was accidental. As it turns out, the death was no accident and soon everyone who tries to help solve the crime ends up dead. Can they solve the crime before they end up victims?

Bravo again for Arrow Video for continually releasing newly remastered versions of some of the greatest cult films of yesteryear.  I can't get enough 70s Italian crime and horror films, and Arrow has been on fire with their selections.  Cat O' Nine Tails is no exception, with a beautiful new 4k restoration and a ton of new bonus features.  If you want to see a prime example of the giallo genre, you can't do much better than this.

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”


Pre Order from MVD HERE (release date is February 20, 2018)

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