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

James Franciscus , Karl Malden , Dario Argento  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Franciscus, Karl Malden, Catherine Spaak, Pier Paolo Capponi, Rada Rassimov
  • Directors: Dario Argento
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, Color
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2011
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004O0CJZQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,716 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Cat O' Nine Tails [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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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(r) 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!

"Tales Of The Cat" - Interviews with Writer/Director Dario Argento, Co-Writer Dardano Sacchetti, and Composer Ennio Morricone
Theatrical Trailers
TV Spots
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Radio Interviews with Stars James Franciscus and Karl Malden


"A Real Thrill Ride!" -- DVD Savant

"More Than Delivers All The Goods Expected Of A Dario Argento Film!" -- The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review

"One Of Argento's Best Early Thrillers!" -- DVD Verdict

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Cat Has Eaten Your Dogs... August 5, 2001
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A rediscovery! Despite Argento's public disavowal of his sophomore effort, CAT O'NINE TAILS is a creepy, genuinely suspenseful thriller garnished with dry wit. CAT is very different from his other works in that it is structured like a fairly conventional detective story, with much less emphasis paid to the twisted psychology of the perpetrator and the creative modus operandi of killings. Seeing this film in an absolutely breathtaking anamorphic print with a stereo soundtrack, the best presentation of an Argento film Anchor Bay has ever given, in my opinion even surpassing DEEP RED, was delightful to say the least. It features, among others, a great turn by Karl Malden, whose character begins as a sympathetic protagonist with a handicap and gradually becomes a dark avenging figure, as his emotional stress and anger at having his surrogate child kidnapped and brutalized takes over, terrific action scenes including a car chase that reveal consummate skills of Argento as an editor and a manipulator of camera, and a wonderful score by Ennio Morricone, showcasing his inimitable mix of beautiful melodies and atonal and experimental "terror" music.
DVD includes an interview with Argento, the screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti (whose chief contribution appears to be the rationale for the killer's motivation and origins of his "madness" --which by the way is both greatly timely, since it involves genes, and hilariously unscientific. I am reassured to find that Argento knew all along that the idea was a hokum) and the maestro Morricone. As with other Anchor Bay interviews of the Argento series, do not watch it if you have not already seen the movie, since it includes spoilers about the killer's identity.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This Cat Lacks Speed But Has Style November 5, 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. Then some months later we saw Cat o'Nine Tails. I immediately recognized the director's style but found the movie lacking. My interest in Argento was revived when 4 Flies on Grey Velvet came along.
3 decades later, I've just seen Anchor Bay's stunning reissue of Cat which confirmed my original assessment - stylish, funny ... but lacking the element of suspense or surprise to be found in both Bird and Flies. The cast is excellent.. The DVD is superb with an interesting group of extras including an interview with Argento and radio interviews with Franciscus and Malden. I do recommend the DVD but if you're on a budget, wait for a reissue of 4 Flies or run to your local DVD store today and snap up Deep Red.
Incidentally, since I've been acquainted with Argento's films for so many years, I'm surprised all Americans don't know them. Cat o'Nine Tails just lacks the edge to be found in the rest of his works. Certainly if you like giallo flicks, you'll want to see it at least once.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good January 12, 2004
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I had read somewhere that Dario himself didn't think highly of this film and Maltin rates it a BOMB. I was sceptical when I rented this one but in the end I was relieved that I did. It's actually quite good and it has a cohesive plot that keeps you guessing 'till the very end. There's no gore here to speak of but Argento keeps things lively from start to finish and the actors here are amazingly good (compared to many other Argento films). Check it out, it certainly doesn't deserve a BOMB rating, and also, it seems that Dario is never entirely satisfied with his old films, apperently he can't even watch them on t.v.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I received the DVD for Dario Argento's The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971) aka Il Gatto a nove code when I bought a six DVD set from Anchor Bay Entertainment called The Fright Pack: Man's Worst Friends, which also included Parasite (1982), Lucio Fulci's The Black Cat (1989), Slugs: The Movie (1988), Bruno Mattei's Rats: Night of Terror (1984), and Zoltan, Hound of Dracula (1978). After watching the film, it seemed an odd choice for the set which features movies about animals attacking people, as there was no animals whatsoever in the film, only in the title. Actually, this was the second of a trio of giallo films made by Argento featuring animals in the title, the others being The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) and Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971). Written and directed by Dario Argento (Suspiria, Phenomena), the man often referred to at the Italian Hitchcock, this Italia-Franco-German production features Karl Malden (Nevada Smith, Meteor), Catherine Spaak (Murder Is a Murder), Pier Paolo Capponi (Defeat of the Mafia), Horst Frank (The Night of the Askari), Rada Rassimov (Baron Blood), Aldo Reggiani (Young Lucrezia Borgia), Carlo Alighiero (Blade of the Ripper), and James Franciscus (The Valley of Gwangi, Beneath the Planet of the Apes).

Franciscus plays Carlo Giordani, a newspaper reporter who stumbles onto the story of his career (maybe even his life), assisted by an aging blind man, with a penchant for puzzles, named Franco Arnos (Malden) and the man's young niece. It seems prior to a break-in at a genetics research laboratory, Arno and his niece just happened to in the area, and witnessed something with regards to one of the scientists who works in the facility. The next day the very same scientist dies horribly as he's pushed, accidentally on purpose, in front of a commuter train.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
There was some humor that was good, but the sex scene should have been left out.
Published 2 months ago by Marla Pulsipher
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 and a half actualy
Dario Argento's early films where definitely his best especially his Gialo ones.
While Cat isn't as good as Deep Red or Bird with the Crystal Plumage its definitely not... Read more
Published 5 months ago by DJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Crime Sleuthing
I thought I hadn't seen this but the ending reminded me that I had long ago somewhere and it's well worth owning on Blu-ray. The transfer is good but on the blurry side up close. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Fred
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid the Diamond Entertainment release.
I was quite surprised by the discrepancy between the enthusiastic review of the Anchor Bay purchasers and my very dismal personal experience; research on Wikipedia enlightened me! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pierre Fassie
5.0 out of 5 stars ...In A Room Full Of Rocking-Chairs...
In THE CAT O'NINE TAILS, a reporter (James Franciscus) joins forces w/ a blind man (Karl Malden) in order to solve a series of murders that involve the experiments at a genetics... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Underground releases rule.
Great picture/sound quality for a great film. A top-shelf murder-mystery, presented as such. If you liked this, check out 'The Bird with the Crystal Plumage' and 'Four Flies on... Read more
Published 19 months ago by N.C.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as advertised
To some people it's extremely important to have a film in it's original aspect ratio. To even more people it's important to receive the product as advertised. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Brandon Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Argento!
Even though "Cat 'o Nine Tails" is widely known as one of Dario Argento's least favorite films that he's made in his career (he felt it was "too much like American cinema," and... Read more
Published on August 9, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cat O' Nine Tails [Blu-ray]
I just wanted to let everyone know about the Blu-Ray quality of this movie. The movie itself is a Dario Argento classic and his second film. Read more
Published on July 18, 2012 by Steven Wenger
5.0 out of 5 stars pristine copy of a minor classic
I have had a faded pan and scan copy of this minor Dario Argento gallo for years. I was looking forward to seeing this film in it's original format - and was not disappointed. Read more
Published on December 13, 2011 by uberdoc
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