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Cat O'nine Tails [DVD]

Karl Malden , James Franciscus , Dario Argento    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Karl Malden, James Franciscus, Catherine Spaak
  • Directors: Dario Argento
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen, Colour, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Platinum
  • DVD Release Date: 8 July 2002
  • Run Time: 7 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000667ME
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,306 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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

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

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

The Guardian

Best label 2011


"It's often the smaller-funded labels that do the best work. Arrow has released marvellous discs of many of cinema's classics, such as Bicycle Thieves, Rififi and Les Diaboliques, but it's for their horror releases that they truly excel. The more respectable directors like George A Romero and Dario Argento get their due here, but Arrow also pull out all the stops for such (unfairly) lesser regarded Gore-teurs as Lucio Fulci and Frank Henenlotter. Blu-rays of Fulci classics The Beyond and City Of The Living Dead show that the films are far more atmospheric and better made than they ever appeared before, and for Henenlotter (with the imminent Frankenhooker disc) you get extensive extras that cover the rarely examined scene of low-budget New York film-makers and the lost grindhouses of Times Square and 42nd Street."

--The Guardian

From the Back Cover

Cat O'Nine Tails is the second movie directed by Dario Argento. With the screenplay by Dardano Sachetti and score by Ennio Morricone, Cat O'Nine Tails is a haunting and suspenseful thriller in the classic giallo tradition.

The story begins when a blind puzzle maker (Karl Malden) overhears a conversation shortly before a robbery is committed at a genetics institute. When he teams up with a journalist (James Franciscus) intent on solving the crime, they uncover a trail of murders linked to the institute.

Can they discover the murderer's identity before it is too late?

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By West25
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Late one night, a blind ex-reporter named Franco Arno and his niece, Lori, are walking home. When Arno hears the word blackmail said between two men in a parked car, he stops to tie his shoe lace and asks Lori to look at who's in the car. A little while later a man knocks out a security guard and breaks into a medical facility, the facility is next to Arno's apartment and it was in front of the facility that he heard the men in the car. The day after whilst walking home, a reporter called Carlo Giordani bumps into Arno, he apologises and the two men talk briefly about what's going on at the medical facility. Some time later a doctor tells his fiancée that he knows what was stolen and has agreed to meet with them at the train station. As he's waiting, he's pushed on to the track as the train pulls in. The day after, Lori starts reading the newspaper to Arno and recognises the doctor as one of the men she saw in the car a few nights before. Suddenly Arno feels that the doctor may have been murdered and goes to see Carlo, he asks Carlo to find out whether the picture in the paper showing the supposed accidental death of the doctor was cropped. After a phone call to the photographer that took the photo, he checks the negative and realises that a hand is in the corner of the frame and almost definitely had pushed the man on to the track. As Carlo and Arno set off to see the photographer, a killer sneaks in and brutally murders him and takes the evidence. With the two now absolutely convinced that the murders are linked, they set out to solve the case. Just as they seem to be getting somewhere, more bodies appear and evidence disappears. The closer to solving the case they get, the closer the killer gets to them. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Murder at the medical research laboratory 11 Feb 2014
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tails Of Terror 8 April 2010
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising
I have to admit, at the moment i am addicted to the Italian horror/thriller genre and especially Argento. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Web'
4.0 out of 5 stars Sixth Sense and Nine Avenues.
Il gatto a nove code (The Cat O' Nine Tails) is written and directed by Dario Argento. It stars Karl Malden, James Franciscus, Catherine Spaak, Horst Frank, Aldo Reggiani, Carlo... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Spike Owen
1.0 out of 5 stars More trash from Elsetree Hill
Not a comment on the film - which is a respectable thriller if not top drawer Argento - just this dreadful Elsetree release of it. Read more
Published 21 months ago by T. Prankerd
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad quality transfer
I just received this and popped it into my DVD player to check the quality. I went for this version as it's half the price of the ARROW release. Read more
Published 22 months ago by tmjhur
2.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware
Just a quick review, of this particular DVD release, not the film itself. The quality is atrocious, the picture is muddy, full of scratches, square format, and the sound is... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars An understated thriller from the Italian "Hitchcock".
After the success of Dario Argento's first film, "The Bird With The Crystal Plummage", he was asked to follow up with another movie in a similar vein. Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2012 by M. Crossman
3.0 out of 5 stars More twisty, less violent Argento...
I saw this on The Horror Channel.

Having seen a few Dario Argento horror flicks on this channel now, I would dare say that Cat O' Nine Tails is the most restrained, at... Read more
Published on 12 July 2012 by Tim Kidner
3.0 out of 5 stars For Argento fanatics only
Few directors inspire the fanatical devotion that Dario Argento does - no wonder with classics like Deep Red and Suspiria in his locker. Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2011 by Now Zoltan
4.0 out of 5 stars An often overlooked Argento classic
With the success of Argento's unforgettable debut, THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMMAGE, he had a lot to live up to with his next film. Could he do it? You bet he could! Read more
Published on 14 Nov 2011 by K. Daniels
1.0 out of 5 stars Very bad quality DVD.
I'm a big fan of Dario Argento films, even the ones people usually consider minor works, and that's why I bought this DVD as soon as I saw it at such a low price. Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2010 by Joao Lourenco
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