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Cat O Nine Tails [Blu-ray]
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From Dario Argento, the Master of Suspense Who Gave You THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE – The Picture That Out-Psychoed PSYCHO!
When a simple robbery at a research institute leads to a series of brutal murders, a blind puzzle maker (Academy Award® winner Karl Malden of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE) and a tenacious reporter (James Franciscus of BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES) begin their own investigation of the crimes. With nine different clues to follow, they uncover a shocking web of twisted genetics and dark sexual secrets that will finally lead them to a shattering climax of violence and suspense.
Originally released in 1971, THE CAT O’NINE TAILS secured the international reputation of director Dario Argento as ‘The Italian Hitchcock.’ This is the definitive version of Argento’s masterful second film, presented completely uncut and uncensored in a brand-new High Definition transfer from its original camera negative!
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If you're interested in getting this film, get one of the other releases. This edition is HEAVILY cut, to a near incoherent level. Scenes start with a character in spot and seconds later will be in another, due to the choppy cutting. I'm pretty sure at one point they cut right in the middle of someone speaking, or perhaps that was just the ultra poor quality. I'm glad to have it, as another piece of my Argento collection, but that's all it will be--if I want to watch the film, I'll have to go buy the Blue Underground edition.
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DVD Features Include:
*Tales of the Cat - interviews with writer/director Dario Argento, co-writer Dardano Sacchetti, and composer Ennio Morricone
* Theatrical trailers
* TV spots
* Radio spots
* Radio interviews with stars James Franciscus and Karl Malden
* Poster & still gallery
* Talent bios
Anchor bay Entertainment has provided us with an enriched DVD, full of extras and interesting information. The video is clean and pure, and those colors...so tremendously 70's!!! The audio section comprises three different tracks: English, Italian and French, all of them in Dolby Sorround 2.0.
The extra features are divided into an interesting interview involving director Dario Argento, writer Dardano Sacchetti and music composer Ennio Morricone, different trailers,TV and radio spots, still gallery and talent bios. Last but not least, a juicy double radio interview with James Franciscus and Karl Malden recorded at the beginning of the 70's, when THE CAT landed overseas. Great movie, great package. You won't be disappointed
Malden plays a blind ex-journalist who overhears a blackmail plot outside a genetics research laboratory and later teams up with fellow reporter Franciscus to investigate a series of murders at the lab, unwittingly placing their own loved ones at the mercy of the rampaging killer. Euro starlet Catherine Spaak (THE LIBERTINE [La Matriarca, 1969]) plays the daughter of a wealthy geneticist (Tino Carraro), initiating a romance with Franciscus which amounts to little more than unnecessary padding (incredibly, Spaak has maintained an active screen career since the mid-1960's, most recently appearing in Adriano Wajskol's JOY SCHERZI DI GIOIA ). More successful as a team, Malden and Franciscus are eminently watchable in sympathetic roles, and cinematographer Enrico Menczer (THE DEAD ARE ALIVE [L'Etrusco Uccide Ancora, 1972]) uses the wide Cromoscope frame to convey the hi-tech world in which Argento's dark-hearted scenario unfolds.Read more ›
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i enjoyed the product enough )... pretty much like it was advised and even more... i can say im satisfiedPublished on Dec 23 2013 by james 007
Cat o' Nine Tails is generally considered second-tier Argento. In fact, Argento himself isn't too jazzed on it. But I find it to be an excellent Hitchcock-inspired suspense film. Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2003 by Garry Messick
Second movie of the "animal title serie" of italian director Dario Argento, the 1971 THE CAT O'NINE TAILS is a giallo, a term coming from the color of a serie of italian mystery... Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2002 by Daniel S.
This finely crafted film is one of the first great achievements of Dario Argento. It shows close affinity with the "giallo" films of Mario Bava, with similar plotting,... Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2001
In the early 70's at Thule Air Base the main activity aside from drinking was going to the movies. A thriller called The Bird With The Crystal Plumage caught my fancy. Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2001 by Philip Chase
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