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  • Actors: James Franciscus, Karl Malden, Catherine Spaak, Horst Frank, Pier Paolo Capponi
  • Directors: Dario Argento
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sept. 2011
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NEQ72K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,015 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Italian master of horror Dario Argento's second directorial effort (and the centerpiece of the 'animal trilogy' of giallos) is a suspenseful murder mystery infused with the filmmaker's trademark graphic violence. Karl Malden stars as a blind man with a talent for solving puzzles who teams-up with reporter Carlo Giordani (James Franciscus) to launch a private investigation into a string of peculiar murders, all of which seem to involve a dubious genetic research facility. The killer soon becomes wise to the duo's plans and will do whatever it takes to stop them from reporting to the police.

Extras:

  • 4 Sleeve art options with original and newly commissioned art work
  • Double sided fold out poster
  • World Exclusive booklet with brand new writing
  • Dario Argento Interview
  • Dario Argento and co-writer Dardano Sacchetti Recollections
  • Documentary Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror
  • The Complete Dario Argento Trailer Reel

Review

Gripping whodunnit... with suspense, visual flair and 70s retro charm. Most praiseworthy for Argento's taut direction and weird narrative twists --Film4.com

Set against a backdrop of genetic research and espionage, Argento's formal obsession with allusions to seeing and sightlessness is on fierce display. --Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

Tenebrae's sexual frisson and eye for splatter is explicitly nasty. But theres more to this accomplished slasher than just blood 'n' guts, Argento busily subverting thriller conventions while toying with the viewers preconceptions about misogynous screen violence. --Total Film

Set against a backdrop of genetic research and espionage, Argento's formal obsession with allusions to seeing and sightlessness is on fierce display. --Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

Tenebrae's sexual frisson and eye for splatter is explicitly nasty. But theres more to this accomplished slasher than just blood 'n' guts, Argento busily subverting thriller conventions while toying with the viewers preconceptions about misogynous screen violence. --Total Film

Set against a backdrop of genetic research and espionage, Argento's formal obsession with allusions to seeing and sightlessness is on fierce display. --Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

Tenebrae's sexual frisson and eye for splatter is explicitly nasty. But theres more to this accomplished slasher than just blood 'n' guts, Argento busily subverting thriller conventions while toying with the viewers preconceptions about misogynous screen violence. --Total Film

Set against a backdrop of genetic research and espionage, Argento's formal obsession with allusions to seeing and sightlessness is on fierce display. --Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

Tenebrae's sexual frisson and eye for splatter is explicitly nasty. But theres more to this accomplished slasher than just blood 'n' guts, Argento busily subverting thriller conventions while toying with the viewers preconceptions about misogynous screen violence. --Total Film

Set against a backdrop of genetic research and espionage, Argento's formal obsession with allusions to seeing and sightlessness is on fierce display. --Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

Tenebrae's sexual frisson and eye for splatter is explicitly nasty. But theres more to this accomplished slasher than just blood 'n' guts, Argento busily subverting thriller conventions while toying with the viewers preconceptions about misogynous screen violence. --Total Film

Set against a backdrop of genetic research and espionage, Argento's formal obsession with allusions to seeing and sightlessness is on fierce display. --Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

Tenebrae's sexual frisson and eye for splatter is explicitly nasty. But theres more to this accomplished slasher than just blood 'n' guts, Argento busily subverting thriller conventions while toying with the viewers preconceptions about misogynous screen violence. --Total Film

Set against a backdrop of genetic research and espionage, Argento's formal obsession with allusions to seeing and sightlessness is on fierce display. --Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

Tenebrae's sexual frisson and eye for splatter is explicitly nasty. But theres more to this accomplished slasher than just blood 'n' guts, Argento busily subverting thriller conventions while toying with the viewers preconceptions about misogynous screen violence. --Total Film

Set against a backdrop of genetic research and espionage, Argento's formal obsession with allusions to seeing and sightlessness is on fierce display. --Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

Tenebrae's sexual frisson and eye for splatter is explicitly nasty. But theres more to this accomplished slasher than just blood 'n' guts, Argento busily subverting thriller convent --Total Film

Set against a backdrop of genetic research and espionage, Argento's formal obsession with allusions to seeing and sightlessness is on fierce display. --Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

Tenebrae's sexual frisson and eye for splatter is explicitly nasty. But theres more to this accomplished slasher than just blood 'n' guts, Argento busily subverting thriller conventions while toying with the viewers preconceptions about misogynous screen violence. --Total Film

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy W. Newbould on 8 April 2010
Format: DVD
A blind ex-newsman and puzzle-solver, Franco Arno (Karl Malden), and his niece team up with a reporter, Carlo Giordani (James Franciscus), to try to solve a mystery surrounding a break-in at a genetics research centre and a related series of murders.

"The Cat O'Nine Tails" is the second film directed by Dario Argento and, although it is not as good as his debut, The Bird With The Crystal Plumage, it is still an enthralling and stylish detective story laced with moments of brutal violence and featuring some impressive camera-work and memorable set-pieces. Here we see the early employment of the killer's point-of-view shots that appeared in many subsequent films including John Carpenter's "Halloween".

The early promise that Argento showed with "Bird..." continues in this film - the train station scene is particularly well executed and there is an impressive climax. As with many of his other films, Argento also throws in an assortment of odd characters, red herrings and plot twists in true giallo film tradition. Ennio Morricone provided the music score (he has also scored four other Argento films to date) and the main theme is particularly haunting and beautiful.

I am not sure which version of "The Cat O'Nine Tails" Joao Lourenco watched but this American DVD release from Anchor Bay presents the film uncut and in its correct wide screen ratio of 2.35:1. Sound and picture quality is pretty good and you have the options of English, Italian or French language. The film has 27 chapters and the extra features include interviews, trailers, tv and radio spots, biographies and a gallery.

If you like Dario Argento movies or giallo films then I recommend that you check out this film but bear in mind that it is more of a murder-mystery rather than an horror movie so don't expect the gory excesses of some of Argento's other films such as "Suspiria", "Tenebrae" or "Opera".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Banks on 11 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie about a series of murders of people associated with a medical research laboratory was the second film directed by Dario Argento, and it helped to consolidate the success he had enjoyed with his debut feauture, 'L'Ucello dalle Piume di Cristallo/The Bird with the Crystal Plumage' (1970). Like the first film it boasts a classy music score by Ennio Morricone, and a series of inventively staged murders, in this case at a railway station and in a lift shaft. Argento has expressed dissatisfaction with the film because it is too similar to the American thrillers that had influenced him, and I think that the movie is less distinctive than 'L'Ucello dalle Piume di Cristallo' or 'Profondo Rosso/Deep Red' (1975).

However the story, which was co-written by Argento and Dardano Sacchetti, who scripted the 1979 Lucio Fulci film 'Zombi 2', is consistently interesting, and the cast is good. Karl Malden is particularly good as Franco Arno, a blind crossword puzzle writer, with good support from Cinzi de Carolis, who plays Arno's niece, Lori, and James Franciscus, who plays a crime reporter called Carlo Giordani. Franciscus was at the height of his fame at the time this film was made following the box office success of 'Beneath the Planet of the Apes' (1970) in which he played the male lead.

One curious thing about the Arrowdrome DVD is the fact that the titles are in English with the title of the film given as 'The Cat O'Nine Tails' rather than the original Italian title, 'Il gatto a nove code'. When I saw this I assumed that the print on the DVD was a dubbed English version, like the 'Deep Red' DVD from Arrowdrome, and the DVD sleeve does state that the language is English. However, as it turned out the dialogue was spoken in Italian with English subtitles. This suited me fine because I prefer subtitles to dubbing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Harrison on 28 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD
I purchased this movie after seeing the masterpiece Bird with the Crystal Plumage. This however isnt as good but is still a very impressive film. I was hooked from start to finish but the only reason why I never gave this 5 was because when the killer is revealed at the end of the film I wasnt as impressed as i was when I watched Bird with the Crystal Plumage. Still its a very good film and I would recomend it to any fans of a good thriller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Web' on 22 Nov. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I have to admit, at the moment i am addicted to the Italian horror/thriller genre and especially Argento. This, one of his earlier efforts is typical of his style, the plot isn't particularly convoluted and you may (or may not) deduce who the killer is early on, but that doesn't matter... it's the journey that counts, and although not as gory or violent as some of his later films Cat O Nine Tails is a feast for the eyes. Oh and the late great Karl Malden is in it, how cool is that??
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Daniel S. on 7 Dec. 2002
Format: DVD
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 books published in the early sixties. A special aesthetics, sex and gory murders characterize this peculiar genre.
Karl Malden, as a blind former journalist, does a terrific job in the movie that has some scenes worthy to appear in an anthology. I particularly liked the scene in the cemetery when James Franciscus is locked in a vault with a dozen coffins. Several years later, Dario Argento would have put some horror ingredients in the scene such as the resurrection of one of the dead but in THE CAT O'NINE TAILS, only the claustrophobic mood of the situation interested him.
I've also liked the artisanal special effects created by Argento which are, in my opinion, as scary and efficient as those generated nowadays by our beloved computers. The italian director shows with his technical skill that he is really Mario Bava's spiritual son.
A DVD zone WWF.
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