The eternally amazing Arrow Video are releasing another early Dario Argento flick on my birthday (26th September). Cat O’ Nine Tails might not be as famous as some of il Maestro’s other stuff, but it’s vintage giallo. As with all these Arrow releases, the cover art (usually commissioned for the Blu-ray/DVD) are brilliant. It’s crammed with extra features too.
The Cat O’ Nine Tails, Dario Argento’s second feature as director, stars James Franciscus (Beneath The Planet Of The Apes; The Valley Of Gwangi), Karl Malden (The Streets Of San Francisco; On The Waterfront; A Streetcar Named Desire) and French actress and singer Catherine Spaak (Hotel; La Ronde; The Easy Life) in a classic Giallo tale that begins when a break in at a genetics lab leads to a spiralling vortex of bloody murder.
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 those assisting the would-be investigators in their crime solving soon begin to regret becoming involved as scientists die in front of speeding trains and photographers are viciously slain, while others fall to their screaming deaths down elevator shafts.
It soon becomes clear that the killer is on to the investigative duo and will do anything to protect his identity in this surreal and nightmarish thriller from one of the acknowledged masters of Italian horror
Brand new High Definition transfer of the film in its original 2.35:1 (16×9) aspect ratio; Dario Argento Remembers The Cat O’ Nine Tails; The Cat O’ Nine Tails In Reflection – an interview with long-time Argento collaborator Luigi Cozzi; Sergio Martino: The Art And Arteries of the Giallo; four sleeve art options with original and newly commissioned artwork; two-sided fold out poster; exclusive collectors’ booklet featuring brand new writing by Alan Jones, author of “Profondo Argento”; English and Italian mono (with English subtitles) audio options.