Cat O' Nine Tails

Cat O' Nine Tails

Director: Dario Argento Cast: Karl Malden, James Franciscus, Catherine Spaak


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In this flawed mystery-thriller from flamboyant horror director Dario Argento, Karl Malden portrays a blind man who joins forces with a reporter (James Franciscus) to catch a killer with an extra chromosome. Much of the action occurs at a research hospital, where the killer seeks to conceal the original crime with still more murders. Easily the least interesting of Argento's early thrillers (which include the superior L'Uccello dalle Piume di Cristallo and Quattro Mosche di Velluto Grigio), this film seems almost a parody of the genre at times, with preposterous coincidences and bogus Freudian analysis substituting for genuine mystery. Those familiar with the director's work may find it difficult to believe that Argento was responsible, but some undeniable stylistic touches -- such as one victim's wallpaper resembling a blood-splattered wall -- reveal that even a genius can make bad films. Ennio Morricone's soundtrack and a cast including Catherine Spaak and Pier Paolo Capponi offer little relief. The American version is missing approximately twenty minutes.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/14/2018
UPC: 0760137137580
Original Release: 1971
Source: Arrow Video
Region Code: A
Time: 1:52:00
Sales rank: 18,124

Special Features

Brand new 4k restoration of the film from the original camera negative; High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation; Original mono Italian and English soundtracks; Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack; Optional English Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack; New Audio Commentary by critic Alan Jones and Kim Newman; New interviews with Co-Writer/Director Dario Argento, Co-Writer Dardano Sacchetti, actress Cinzia De Carolis and Production Manager Angelo Iacono; Script pages for the lost original ending, translated into English for the first time; Original Italian and international theatrical trailers; Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Karl Malden Franco Arno
James Franciscus Carlo Giordani
Catherine Spaak Anna Terzi
Carlo Alighiero Dr. Calabresi
Pier Paolo Capponi Police Superintendent Spimi
Vittorio Congia Righetto
Emilio Marchesini Dr. Mombelli
Corrado Olmi Morsella
Tino Carraro Prof. Terzi
Horst Frank Dr. Braun
Tom Felleghy Dr. Esson
Rada Rassimov Bianca Merusi
Cinzia de Carolis Lori
Werner Pochath Manuel
Aldo Reggiani Dr. Casoni
Bruno Nicolai Conductor

Technical Credits
Dario Argento Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Salvatore Argento Producer
Luigi Collo Original Story
Franco Fraticelli Editor
Carlo Leva Art Director,Costumes/Costume Designer
Erico Menczer Cinematographer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Roberto Pariante Asst. Director
Dardano Sacchetti Original Story
Luciano Vittori Special Effects

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