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A Cat in the Brain aka "Un gatto nel cervello" aka "Nightmare Concert" [Blu-ray]
(Lucio Fulci, 1990)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Executive Cine TV
Video:Grindhouse Releasing / 88 Films (UK)
Region: FREE/ Region 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Runtime: 1:32:50.815 / 1:32:51.607
Disc Size: 24,573,140,412 bytes / 39,894,158,155 bytes
Feature Size: 23,507,348,352 bytes / 28,936,747,008 bytes
Video Bitrate: 29.72 Mbps / 34.99 Mbps
Chapters: 44 / 12
Case: Standard Blu-ray case / Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: July 12th, 2016 / February 26th, 2018
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1095 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1095 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 1114 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1114 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
LPCM Audio Italian 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
None / English, none
• Italian Trailer (1:28)
• US Trailer (1:59)
• In-depth interviews with director Lucio Fulci
and star Brett Halsey (46:04)
• Frizzi 2 Fulci North American Tour (7:35)
• Antonio Tentori interviews Lucio Fulci - radio show, 1987 (16:25)
• Lucio Fulci - The Television Years (40:53) / Genre Terrorist (40:18)
Memories of Lucio
• Bio text screens
• Original Italian theatrical trailer & gallery of stills and poster art
• Liner notes by Antonella Fulci, David J. Schow, Eli Roth and Martin Beine
• BONUS CD - the original soundtrack by Fabio Frizzi!
• Chilling GLOW-IN-THE-DARK slip cover - limited to first 3000 copies
• Mini portrait of Lucio Fulci - suitable for framing - limited to first 3000 copies
FOOD: ANALYSING LATE DAY FULCI - Brand new documentary on
the misfires and masterpieces of Lucio Fulci’s late period
career featuring CAT IN THE BRAIN screenwriter Antonio
Tentori, legendary film critic Kim Newman, Dark Side
magazine editor Allan Bryce and more...
4-page liner notes by Calum Waddell
Description:In this Italian splatter film, director Lucio Fulci plays a horror filmmaker who goes to a psychiatrist because the types of films he makes are starting to disturb him, he suspects that his German producers are Nazis, and he believes he may be a killer himself. Much of the movie consists of clips from Fulci's previous films.
Grindhouse Releasing has set a July 12 street date for the
new deluxe 3-disc Blu-ray
edition of Lucio Fulci’s nightmare classic CAT IN THE
BRAIN. The movie will be touring theaters all over the
U.S. this summer, starting June 2.
The cerebellum is Lucio Fulci’s: The high-angle camera descends on the maestro’s dome and dissolves from his fervid brainstorm of cinematic punishments ("hacked to death... drowned in boiling water... sawed in half...") to the actual grey matter, which here is pulsating red. (A kitty -- Lewis Carroll’s? -- feasts greedily on it.) Cinecittà is the setting, a misogynistic cannibal opus is being shot, the director steps out for lunch only to find himself plagued by visions of the gore he’s orchestrated. Fulci helplessly takes a hatchet to cans of crimson paint at home and mistakes a German documentary crew for the Nazisploitation orgy he had just been filming, he can’t turn on a faucet without precipitating images of dismemberment. "A kind of identity crisis." The psychiatrist (David L. Thompson) has clogged-id issues of his own and uses the hypnotized cineaste on his divan to go on a merry slaying spree. Fulci’s splatter meta-comedy is founded equally on sardonic censor-baiting ("Doesn’t that stupid theory say that seeing violence on screen provokes violence?") and the true confessions of a conflicted auteur...
Cult Italian horror filmmaker Lucio Fulci stars as himself in this
wildly uneven but entertaining flick. It seems that all of the horrible
guts and gore that Lucio has been putting into his movies has slowly
started to drive him crazy, so Lucio goes to see a shrink to get his
head straight. As it turns out, the shrink is a deranged maniac who gets
his jollies by murdering people. He hypnotizes Fulci into thinking that
he actually committed the crimes, which makes poor Lucio even more
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Grindhouse Releasing's Blu-ray of A Cat in the Brain looks a shade inconsistent but I would guess that would be on-par with the original production. The beginning shows weaknesses but once the plot is in flight - it seems to settle down with a few impressive sequences in terms of detail via close-ups. No doubt thought, the overall visuals are modest considering the format but it seems to have been transferred adeptly. This Blu-ray gave me a watchable viewing in regards to the 1080P picture quality.
88 Films does a dual-layered transfer disc and the feature has a max'ed out bitrate. The colors are warmer and richer than the Grindhouse Releasing and, to my eye, it looks better. I suspect it is from the same source but we can see the UK 1080P is more technically robust.
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Grindhouse Releasing offer the option of DTS-HD Master mono track 24-bit in both English or Italian language. There are effects in the film - mostly gore-violence-related, but that do carry some depth. They sounds quite deep and ominous at times.wonderful score by Fabio Frizzi, composer for Fulci's The Beyond, Zombie (1979) and City of the Living Dead (1980) and Sergio Martino's The Scorpion with Two Tails (1982) to name a few. The dialogue was sometimes cloudy and less consistent to distinguish - which would probably on-par with the production. There are optional English subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE.
Audio is a linear PCM 2.0 channel track (24-bit) and I couldn't detect much difference with the Grindhouse DTS-HD Master. It seems to do a faithful job of exporting the score by Fabio Frizzi and the effects. 88 Films, also, has both the English and Italian language tracks with optional English subtitles (see sample above) and their Blu-ray disc is Region 'B'-locked.
Grindhouse Releasing stack the package with extras starting with on the first Blu-ray disc (single-layered) that houses the Italian and US Trailers. There is a second Blu-ray - solely for the other supplements which include in-depth interviews with director Lucio Fulci and star Brett Halsey running 3/4 of an hour, there are also new interviews with composer Fabio Frizzi (Frizzi and Fulci - 30:32), screenwriter Antonio Tentori (27:13), cinematographer Sandro Grossi (27:55) and poster artist Enzo Sciotti (17:53) plus 7-minutes of Frizzi 2 Fulci North American Tour. Antonio Tentori interviews Lucio Fulci from a 1987 radio show running over 1/4 of an hour. There are two vintage video pieces; Lucio Fulci - The Television Years and Genre Terrorist - each running over 40-minutes. Memories of Lucio has a brief 5-minutes with 3 stars reminiscing. There is a stills gallery and Lucio Fulci's heroic appearance at the 1996 NYC Fangoria Weekend of Horrors for over 20-minutes, some Bio text screens and the package has liner notes by Antonella Fulci, David J. Schow, Eli Roth and Martin Beine and there is included a bonus CD with the the original soundtrack by Fabio Frizzi.
In the supplements, 88 Films include a brand new, 46-minute, documentary entitled Brain Food: Analysing Late Day Fulci about the misfires and masterpieces of Lucio Fulci’s late period career featuring Cat in the Brain screenwriter Antonio Tentori, legendary film critic Kim Newman, Dark Side magazine editor Allan Bryce and others. There is also the duplicated extra Fabio Frizzi - Live in Hollywood footage from Oct. 2, 2015. There is also a trailer and the package has a 4-page liner notes by Calum Waddell.
Grindhouse Releasing - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Grindhouse Releasing - Region FREE - Blu-ray 2
88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
88 Films release has some attractive positives over the Grindhouse with the superior video and the valuable 3/4 hour extra Analysing Late Day Fulci. I also like the cover. The film remains lesser Fulci but has appeal for Giallo or the director's completist fans.
July 5th, 2016
March 2nd, 2018
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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Gary W. Tooze
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