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The Cat O' Nine Tails [Blu-ray]

James Franciscus , Karl Malden , Dario Argento    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Franciscus, Karl Malden, Catherine Spaak, Cinzia Carolis, Carlo Alighiero
  • Directors: Dario Argento
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 1 April 2013
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,041 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description


A break in at a genetics lab leads to a spiralling vortex of bloody murder in The Cat o Nine Tails, Dario Argento s 70s Giallo classic.

Strange circumstances surrounding the crime pique the interest of a journalist and a blind crossword compiler whose sharp ears have overheard talk of blackmail. However, all the would be investigators soon regret the help they gave as scientists die in front of speeding trains and photographers are viciously slain while others fall to their screaming deaths down elevator shafts in this surreal and nightmarish thriller from one of the acknowledged masters of Italian horror.

As the body count increases, will no one escape the sting of The Cat o Nine Tails?


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  • Brand new High Definition transfer of the film (1080p)
  • Optional English & Italian Audio
  • Original uncompressed Mono Audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Dario s Murderous Moggy: Director Dario Argento remembers The Cat o Nine Tails
  • Sergio Martino: The Art and Arteries of the Giallo
  • Cat o Nine Tails in Reflection, an interview with long-time Argento collaborator Luigi Cozzi
  • Original Italian Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Rick Melton
  • Exclusive collector s booklet featuring brand new writing by Alan Jones, author of Profondo Argento
  • Review

    5 Stars --Horror View

    A fascinating Giallo unlike anything Argento had done before or since. --10,000 Bullets

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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 of 3 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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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Cat O Nine Tails 28 Oct 2009
    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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    13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars BAVA LEGACY 7 Dec 2002
    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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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars More trash from Elsetree Hill 2 Dec 2012
    Not a comment on the film - which is a respectable thriller if not top drawer Argento - just this dreadful Elsetree release of it. The sound is largely inaudible (apart from Elsetree's little logo at the start, which nearly took out my speakers) and the picture crummy; I kid you not, the copy of this film I taped off TV long ago looks better than the print used here.

    It's a shame as I always quite like it when a DVD cover has an original film poster.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Murder at the medical research laboratory
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Sixth Sense and Nine Avenues.
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    Published 5 months ago by Spike Owen
    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 17 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 17 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 19 months ago 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 21 months ago 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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