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

Release Date:03/06/2018
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

    Special Features

    • 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
    • Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
    • Script pages for the lost original ending, translated in English for the first time


    The Cat o' Nine Tails
    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. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Karl Malden
      Karl Malden - Franco Arno
    • James Franciscus
      James Franciscus - Carlo Giordani
    • Catherine Spaak
      Catherine Spaak - Anna Terzi
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      Carlo Alighiero - Dr. Calabresi
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      Pier Paolo Capponi - Police Superintendent Spimi

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