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The Argento 4K UHD 2 Pack includes 2 brand new releases from Arrow Video: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage 4K UHD and The Cat O' Nine Tails 4K UHD. 2 Pack available through May 31st while supplies last. OFFER EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 6.
Often "referred to as the Italian Alfred Hitchcock ... Argento [has] a trademark style, sophistication, and perversity all his own" that helped make the giallo sub-genre famous! - Christopher Bollen, Interview.
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
Blu-ray includes new 4K restoration from the original negative by Arrow Films, six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards, fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative, illustrated collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by Howard Hughes and Jack Seabrook, and a new essay by Rachael Nisbet, and reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips while supplies last.
In 1970, young first-time director Dario Argento (Deep Red, Suspiria) made his indelible mark on Italian cinema with The Bird with the Crystal Plumage - a film which redefined the 'giallo' genre of murder-mystery thrillers and catapulted him to international stardom. Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante, We Own the Night), an American writer living in Rome, inadvertently witnesses a brutal attack on a woman (Eva Renzi, Funeral in Berlin) in a modern art gallery. Powerless to help, he grows increasingly obsessed with the incident. Convinced that something he saw that night holds the key to identifying the maniac terrorizing Rome, he launches his own investigation parallel to that of the police, heedless of the danger to both himself and his girlfriend Giulia (Suzy Kendall, Spasmo)... A staggeringly assured debut, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage establishes the key traits that would define Argento's filmography, including lavish visuals and a flare for wildly inventive, brutal scenes of violence.
With sumptuous cinematography by Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now) and a seductive score by legendary composer Ennio Morricone (Once Upon a Time in the West), this landmark film has never looked or sounded better in this new, 4K-restored edition from Arrow Video!
Special Features: 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation of in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible), Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks, Original English and Italian soundtracks, and more.
The Cat O' Nine Tails
Blu-ray includes new 4K restoration from the original negative by Arrow Films, six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards, fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative, illustrated collector’s booklet featuring an original essay on the film by Dario Argento and writing by Barry Forshaw, Troy Howarth and Howard Hughes, and a reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative while supplies last.
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.
Special Features: 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible), Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks, Original English and Italian soundtracks, and more.