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The Crimes of the Black Cat (1972) Blu-ray: A stylish Giallo

Cauldron Films has announced the release of director Sergio Pastore’s entertaining Giallo thriller, The Crimes of the Black Cat (1972) on a 4K restoration Blu-ray. Stars Anthony Steffen.

A mysterious murder and a strange, hushed conversation lead a blind musician into the path of a vicious killer in Sergio Pastore’s sleazy 1972 giallo: The Crimes of the Black Cat!

After a young model seemingly dies of a heart attack, her lover, Peter Oliver (Anthony Steffen, The Night Evelyn Came out of the Grave, Django the Bastard) and his butler begin their own investigation into the death and soon find an intertwined series of murders, all involving a cat and a yellow shawl. One step ahead of the police, but always right behind the killer, Peter manages to piece together clue after clue until the final, shocking showdown with the bloodthirsty killer.

Released in the shadows of Dario Argento’s wildly successful The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (and one of over 30 Italian Giallo films produced in 1972), The Crimes of the Black Cat delivers the style of a classic Giallo with sleazy, over the top violence that rivals Italian films from a decade later. Despite its pedigree of talent including Sylva Koscina (Lisa and the Devil), Renato De Carmine (Challenge to White Fang), Giacomo Rossi Stuart (Death Smiles at a Murderer, Shanghai Joe), Umberto Raho (Amuck, Summertime Killer), and Annabella Incontrera (The Case of the Blood Iris), an eerie score by Manuel De Sica (Dellamorte Dellamore), and behind the scenes work from Fabrizio De Angelis (producer of Zombie, The Beyond) The Crimes of the Black Cat has been largely ignored on home video. Previously unavailable in HD or in the proper aspect ratio, The Crimes of the Black Cat makes its worldwide Blu-ray debut with an uncut 4K restoration via Cauldron Films.

Quite how they persuaded her to do what she does at the outrageous finale, we’ll never know but Koscina provides this film’s real show-stopper.

Andrew Pragasam — The Spinning Image

Release date: January 12, 2021
Genre: Giallo / Thriller

DirectorSergio Pastore
CastAnthony Steffen, Sylva Koscina, Giovanna Lenzi
CountryItaly / Denmark
Production Year1972
Discs1 Blu-ray Disc + 1 CD
Run Time96 minutes
FormatsColor / 4K / 2.35:1
AudioItalian / English
AKASette scialli di seta gialla
StudioCauldron Films

Special features

CD SOUNDTRACK with music by Manuel De Sica (limited edition only)
Remembering Sergio Pastore – Interview with Sara Pastore
Sergio Pastore – Un Ammirevole Indipendente
Commentary by Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
Commentary track with Fragments of Fear – A Giallo Podcast with Peter Jilmstad and Rachael Nisbet
Image Gallery
Audio: English / Italian / English subtitles / Optional English SDH subtitles
Reverse Blu-ray wrap featuring Italian poster art
Double-sided mini lobby card reproductions (limited edition only)
High quality side loaded slipcase with artwork by Eric Adrian Lee (limited edition only)
Limited to 1800 copies

The Crimes of the Black Cat (1972) trailer

Notice: The picture quality of these videos do not reflect the picture quality of the Blu-ray or DVD in this package.

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