Arrow Video, with domestic sales and distribution expertise provided by MVD Entertainment Group, will be serving up a new 2K restoration of Italian film maestro Lucio Fulci’s 1981 (1984 for its domestic theatrical release) neo-gothic chiller, The Black Cat, on Apr. 5 as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack.
Stage actor-turned-screen-character-actor Patrick Magee (A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, And Now the Screaming Starts!, etc.) stars as retired professor Robert Miles, a man who has turned to the occult and firmly believes that he can now channel the dead. His only companion is a black cat with a nasty temper (apparently no treat for this kitty).
Into his quiet hamlet wanders an American tourist named Jill (Mimsy Farmer — Hot Rods to Hell, The Wild Racers, Four Flies on Grey Velvet and more), who will so become involved in a “cat and mouse” game of death. The bodies pile up as one gruesome murder follows another … the police are helpless.
All evidence points to that poor kitty with the very nasty temper, but how is that possible?
Arrow Video will give fans two viewing options — the original Italian-language version (with new English subtitles) and the English-dubbed theatrical version — plus there is a newly prepared commentary track by former Fangoria editor, composer and filmmaker Chris Alexander.
Additionally, there are two featurettes — “From Poe into Fulci: The Spirit of Perverseness” and “In the Paw-Prints of The Black Cat” — a newly prepared video session with actress Dagmar Lassander (who was Prof. Miles former love interest … and who dies a horrible death at the hands, or is that paws, of our mysterious killer) and a vintage video session with actor David Warbeck (who played Inspector Gorley (yup, dead too by film’s end).