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Directed by John Gilling
UK 1961

 

A normally placid pussy turns into a ferocious feline hell-bent for revenge against the treacherous trio who murdered her mistress in this interesting horror film. One of the killers was the woman's husband; the other two were her servants. The woman was quite wealthy, and the avaricious trio killed her to get at her fortune. Unfortunately, the crime was witnessed by the cat. Later the husband tries to convince his niece that the cat and the will must be destroyed. Soon after, the killer kitty leaps out and literally scares him to death. The cat then takes the niece and her lover to her aunt's corpse. In the end, the three inherit the fortune.

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Tabitha, once the placid, gentle and devoted pet, adopts all the characteristics of a ferocious, wild animal following the murder of her mistress. The three guilty people are all trapped by the cat's power and each will come to untimely deaths of horrific proportions without anyone being able to solve the mystery that surrounds their brutal death.

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Theatrical Release: May 1st, 1961

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Final Cut - Region 2,8 - PAL vs. Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray vs. Indicator - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Only available in Indicator's Hammer Volume Six: Night Shadows with The Shadow of the Cat, Captain Clegg, The Phantom of the Opera and Nightmare

or buy directly from Indicator:

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Distribution

Final Cut Entertainment

Region 2, 8 - PAL 

Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray Indicator - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:15:21 (4% PAL speedup)       1:18:41.633 1:18:43.927  
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.9 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 29,599,187,296 bytes

Feature: 23,154,757,632 bytes

Video Bitrate: 36.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,627,126,869 bytes

Feature: 23,122,603,584 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.82 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Final Cut:

Bitrate Shout! Factory Blu-ray:

Bitrate Indicator Blu-ray:

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1064 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1064 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentaries:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -30dB

Subtitles English (SDH), None English, None English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Final Cut Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Shadow Play: Inside The Shadow of the Cat (25:36)

• Trailer (1:00)

• Stills Gallery (3:54)

• Catastrophe (audio recollection - Ian Scoones - 3:48)

Reversible Sleeve featuring both original UK & USA artwork

DVD Release Date: May 19th, 2014
Standard Transparent Keep case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio:
Shout! Factory

 

Edition Details:

• NEW Audio Commentary By Author/Film Historian Bruce G. Hallenbeck
• NEW In The Shadow Of Shelley – An Interview With Barbara Shelley (24:29)
• TV Spot For The Double Feature Of THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF/THE SHADOW OF THE CAT (1:03)
Still Gallery


Blu-ray Release Date:
August 25th, 2020
Standard Thick Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio:
Indicator

 

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary by film historian Bruce G Hallenbeck (2020)
In the Shadow of Shelley (2020, 24:29): in-depth interview with the legendary horror actor Barbara Shelley
• Cat People (2021, 4:34): assistant costume designer Yvonne Blake and Peter Allchorne, of the property department, share their memories of working on the film
• Special FX Catastrophe (2014, 3:59): audio interview with assistant special effects artist Ian Scoones
• Hammer’s Women: Freda Jackson (2021, 9:05): profile of the distinctive actress by academic Lucy Bolton
• Kim Newman Introduces ‘The Shadow of the Cat’ (2021, 10:37): appreciation by the critic and author
Catmotifs (2021, 17:21): appreciation of Mikis Theodorakis’ score by David Huckvale, author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde
• Shadow Play: Inside ‘The Shadow of the Cat’ (2014, 25:32): documentary featuring Hammer historians Alan Barnes, Marcus Hearn, Denis Meikle, Jason Morell and Jonathan Rigby
• Double-bill TV spot(1:01)
• Image galleries: promotional and publicity material
New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited edition exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Craig Ian Mann, excerpts from original press material, an archival interview with Barbara Shelley, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
UK premiere on Blu-rayy


Blu-ray Release Date:
June 28th, 2021
Transparent Blu-ray Case inside hard box

Chapters 10

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Indicator Blu-ray (May 2021): Indicator have transferred John Gilling's The Shadow of the Cat to Blu-ray, as part of their Hammer Volume Six: Night Shadows with Captain Clegg, The Phantom of the Opera, and Nightmare joining The Shadow of the Cat. Like the 1080P in Shout! Factory's Universal Horror Collection: Volume 6 Blu-ray, reviewed in full HERE, it likewise has a max'ed out bitrate. The Indicator though has a batter representation of the contrast (see comparisons of the bitrate graph charts above.) The UK HD transfer has better layering and looks superior in-motion. It will depend on your system or discerning eye but the Indicator provides a marginally better presentation. This can tend to represent itself in improved depth.  

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On their Blu-ray, Indicator use a linear PCM mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. There are effects, many cat-related, but a supportive and tension-inducing score by Mikis Theodorakis (Iphigenia, State of Siege, Zorba the Greek, Serpico, Z), sounding crisp and authentically flat in the uncompressed transfer. Indicator offer optional English (SDH) subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The Indicator Blu-ray has included the commentary by Bruce G. Hallenbeck (author of Poe Pictures: The Film Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe) that was on the Shout! Factory. He offers answers to the question of The Shadow of the Cat being a true Hammer production (it is!) and credits about the screenplay revisions.  He cites interviews with the cast, including his own with Barbara Shelley and the generally poor opinion of John Gilling being difficult or less-fun to work with. Bruce digs deep and it's an excellent commentary. Also on the US Blu-ray edition and included here are In the Shadow of Shelley is a 2020, 25-minute, in-depth interview with the legendary horror actor Barbara Shelley. Repeated is 1-minute Double-bill TV spot. Then Indicator stack the disc with further supplements. We get another new segment of Hammer’s Women where Freda Jackson is profiled by the distinctive actress by academic Lucy Bolton. There is a wonderful new (2021) introduction by Kim Newman on ‘The Shadow of the Cat’ showing his appreciation of the film. Catmotifs is also new and spends 20-minutes in an appreciation of Mikis Theodorakis’ score by David Huckvale, author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde. Shadow Play: Inside ‘The Shadow of the Cat’ is from 2014 (and found on the Final Cut DVD) - a 25-minute documentary featuring Hammer historians Alan Barnes, Marcus Hearn, Denis Meikle, Jason Morell and Jonathan Rigby uncovering more about this production. Also found on the 2014 DVD and included here is Special FX Catastrophe - 4-minutes of an audio interview with assistant special effects artist Ian Scoones. Lastly are image galleries of promotional and publicity material. The Hammer Volume Six: Night Shadows package has a limited edition exclusive 40-page booklet with a new essay by Emma Westwood, extracts from original press materials, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits.    

The Shadow of the Cat has grown in stature and its appreciation seems to have advanced over time. Gilling may have been difficult but was able to craft a solid film (The Flesh and the Fiends, The Plague of the Zombies, Pickup Alley, The Reptile, The Mummy's Shroud etc.) with maybe a couple of unnecessary 'killing'. Indicator's Blu-ray of The Shadow of the Cat has superior video and a host of new extras keeping the valuable commentary. It's another wonderful addition of their Hammer Volume Six: Night Shadows package. Absolutely recommended!

Gary Tooze

 

Indicator's Hammer Volume Six: Night Shadows Package

 


Final Cut Entertainment - Region 2, 8 - PAL

 

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Indicator - Region 'B' - Blu-ray


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Only available in Indicator's Hammer Volume Six: Night Shadows with The Shadow of the Cat, Captain Clegg, The Phantom of the Opera and Nightmare

or buy directly from Indicator:

Bonus Captures:

Distribution

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Region 2, 8 - PAL 

Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray Indicator - Region 'B' - Blu-ray


 


 

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