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Though not considered one of director Dario Argento's best efforts (Argento has stated that the film is his least favorite), there is still plenty in The Cat O' Nine Tales to recommend, including the fact that it is now available complete and uncut in the U.S. Now that Anchor Bay Entertainment has released the film on DVD as part of their Dario Argento Collection, the film's technical expertise and baroque stylistic flourishes can be seen and enjoyed like never before. The widescreen transfer (2.35:1) is beautiful and really gives the film a polish it lacked in its previous pan-and-scanned, Simitar VHS video incarnation or in the many "gray market" tapes that rabid fans have had to put up with for years. The picture's image is consistently sharp and the colors are balanced and do not bleed. The film's Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 soundtrack is excellent, with much channel separation. Italian and French language soundtracks are also available.The disc also contains a great 14-minute video interview with Argento, screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti, and the legendary film composer Ennio Morricone, who scored Argento's first three films. Argento's comments are honest and forthright as he expounds on the Italian giallo aesthetic and its influence on his films, his initial interest in the film and his eventual dislike of it, and how Cat O' Nine Tails is actually more like a Western than a thriller. Morricone, in a rare interview, chats about his early working relationship with the director and also gives an impromptu music theory lesson. The disc also contains two eight-minute radio interviews with stars Karl Malden and James Franciscus. Both tracks are amusing and an excellent addition for the Argento-phile. Theatrical trailers and TV and radio spots are also included, as well as a cool poster and still gallery. A fabulous release and a worthy addition to the DVD collection.
Widescreen presentation [2.35:1] enhanced for 16x9 TVs
Interviews with director Dario Argento, writer Dardano Sacchetti, and music composer Eninio Morricone
Radio interviews with stars James Franciscusa and Karl Malden
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Another Great Arrow release of Argento Classic
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
Arrow's at it again with another Argento classic in 4k. A must watch, the packaging is great. It and all the extras along with this being such a niche product explain the price. I get if that makes you back off from it, but I just want to say they really pack their 4k releases with a ton of stuff so you truly get what you pay for.
No major studio 4k release compares to what boutique publishers like Arrow, Blue Underground, and Synapse are putting out and, as a result, the quality shows they put in the work.