BluCaps: The Cat O' Nine Tails (2018 remaster)

  • Label: Arrow Video
  • Disc Locality: USA / UK
  • Region: A / B
  • Codec: AVC
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Source Format: 35mm (2-perf Techniscope)

Full disclosure: I was the project producer on this release and approved the final colour grade.

In terms of the four Argento 4K remasters Arrow has done to date, while PHENOMENA is technically the best-looking, I feel that THE CAT O’ NINE TAILS marks the biggest improvement on its predecessor. I’ve noticed some comments online to the tune that the new transfer looks surprisingly dark, but I feel that’s more a reflection of how absurdly overlit the 2011 version was. Compared to the old Anchor Bay DVD, the brightness levels on the new disc are pretty similar.

Side note: I’ve found a way to largely automate the screen capture process, so hopefully that’ll mean I can do more posts like this going forward. If anyone has any special requests, let me know!