New Release: The Cat O’Nine Tails Blu-ray

The Cat O'Nine Tails movie sceneItalian shock-meister Dario Argento’s (Deep Red) 1971 chiller The Cat O’Nine Tails has been available on a handful of DVD and VHS labels over the years, but Blue Underground finally released the film on Blu-ray on May 31, 2011.

In the movie, a simple robbery at a research institute leads to a series of brutal murders, so a blind puzzle maker (Karl Malden, The Cincinnati Kid) and a tenacious reporter (James Franciscus, The Valley of Gwangi) begin their own investigation of the crimes. With nine different clues to follow, they uncover a shocking web of twisted genetics and dark sexual secrets that set them up as targets for the killer.

Presented uncut and uncensored in a new high-definition transfer, Cat O’Nine Tails, Argento’s second feature film, is the movie that secured his international reputation as “The Italian Hitchcock.”

The Blu-ray carries a list price of $29.98; it’s still available on DVD from Blue Underground for a list of $14.98.

The Blu-ray contains the following bonus features (all of them carried over from the DVD):

  • Tales of the Cat: Interview with writer/director Dario Argento, co-writer Dardano Sacchetti and composer Ennio Morricone
  • TV and radio spots
  • theatrical trailers
  • vintage radio interviews with stars James Franciscus and Karl Malden


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.