Arrow Video recently dropped its limited edition Blu-ray/DVD of Dario Argento’s second feature, Cat O’Nine Tails. This is a lush release, with Arrow’s typically beautiful packaging, featuring a poster, lobby cards, and booklet, in addition to the number of extras featured on the disc (full list below).
After Argento’s debut The Bird With The Crystal Plumage was a hit, the distributor Titanus wanted a follow-up quickly. Though Cat had a larger budget and a big name American actor, not to mention an amazing score from Ennio Morricone, it unfortunately suffers from the sophomore slump, especially compared to the other two films in Argento’s “Animal Trilogy,” The Bird With The Crystal Plumage and Four Flies On Gray Velvet.
The question of any review, of course, is “do I spend money on _____?” After all I said above, my answer is still yes. Especially if you’re an Argento or Arrow Video enthusiast. Like I said, this is a gorgeous release in both packaging and disc and the film itself is not without its merits. I think approaching the film knowing that it’s no Deep Red may heighten one’s enjoyment overall and I’m sure Cat has its fans regardless.
On a personal note, I’m very happy that my first time watching Cat was a superior edition. I had once bought it on DVD from a vendors’ mall in Kentucky years ago, only to get it home and find that some asshole had filmed his TV playing what looked like a second generation VHS. You could even see the edges of the screen. Not only that, he skipped the first 20 minutes. Five dollars I’ll never see again…
– Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
– Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc)
– 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 critics 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
– Double-sided fold-out poster
– Four lobby card reproductions
– Limited edition booklet illustrated by Matt Griffin, featuring an essay on the film by Dario Argento, and new writing by Barry Forshaw, Troy Howarth and Howard Hughes