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Product Details

  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: AV367
  • Format: BLU-RAY DISC
  • UPC: 760137629993
  • Street Date: 08/24/21
  • PreBook Date: 07/20/21
  • Label: Arrow Video »
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run Time: 112 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1971
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot: 0
  • Territory: US
  • Language: Italian


Cast & Crew

  • Actor: Karl Malden
  • Actor: James Franciscus
  • Actor: Catherine Spaak
  • Actor: Cinzia De Carolis
  • Actor: Rada Rassimov
  • Director: Dario Argento


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The Cat O' Nine Tails UHD Limited Edition

Caught between the truth and a murderer's hand!

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Following the success of his debut feature, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, distributor Titanus tasked writer/director Dario Argento with delivering a follow-up in short order. The resulting film, granted a greatly enhanced budget and heralded in its US marketing campaign as "nine times more suspenseful" than its predecessor, was The Cat O' Nine Tails. When a break-in occurs at a secretive genetics institute, blind puzzle-maker Franco Arnò (Karl Malden, Patton, One-Eyed Jacks), who overheard an attempt to blackmail one of the institute's scientists shortly before the robbery, teams up with intrepid reporter Carlo Giordani (James Franciscus, Beneath the Planet of the Apes) to crack the case. But before long the bodies begin to pile up and the two amateur sleuths find their own lives imperiled in their search for the truth. And worse still, Lori (Cinzia De Carolis, Cannibal Apocalypse), Franco's young niece, may also be in killer's sights... This second entry in the so-called "Animal Trilogy" found Argento further refining his distinctive style and cementing his reputation as the master of the giallo thriller. Co-starring Catherine Spaak (Il Sorpasso) and Rada Rassimov (Baron Blood), and featuring another nerve-jangling score by the great Ennio Morricone (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly), The Cat O' Nine Tails remains one of Argento's most suspenseful and underrated films.


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Bonus Materials

  • New 4K restoration from the original negative by Arrow Films
  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
  • English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • Audio commentary by critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
  • Nine Lives, an interview with co-writer/director Dario Argento
  • The Writer O’ Many Tales, an interview with co-writer Dardano Sacchetti
  • Child Star, an interview with actress Cinzia De Carolis
  • Giallo in Turin, an interview with production manager Angelo Iacono
  • Script pages for the lost original ending, translated into English for the first time
  • Original Italian, international and US theatrical trailers
  • Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring an original essay on the film by Dario Argento, and writing by Barry Forshaw, Troy Howarth and Howard Hughes
  • Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
  • Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards
  • Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative

Press Quotes

Cat O' Nine Tails begins Argento's lifelong fascination with the grotesque

     —Ed Gonzalez, Slate

Argento keeps the pacing running at a solid clip

     —Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects

(Argento) sweeps us into the process as spectators to the art of murder

     —Sean Axmaker, Stream on Demand

Now remastered in 4K with all the bells and whistles we've come to expect from Arrow, The Cat O' Nine Tails positively bristles with stylish confidence

     —Michael Coldwell, Starburst

An entertaining and involving reminder of why Argento has long been recognized as one of the masters of the giallo thriller. The film has always been an under-rated gem and you're not likely to find better packaging than Arrow has offered the film.

     —Richard Propes, The Independent Critic

This 4K UHD presentation offers improved color timing and detail levels. I found resolution to be perhaps surprisingly tight, even in some of the very dark scenes that populate the film. As tends to be the case with Arrow, the supplementary package is outstanding. Recommended.


Plenty entertaining... Particular praise due to Karl Malden, in a wonderful turn as a blind amateur sleuth and a handful of truly ingenious set pieces, particularly a brutal and unforgettable death by train.

     —The Playlist

Quite an enjoyable and thoroughly watchable thriller

     —Don's Horror World


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