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Black Cat 1 & 2

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BLACK CAT 1 & 2 is part of our Vinegar Syndrome Archive collection, celebrating forgotten cinematic oddities from the video store era.

This collection was inspired by our own brick & mortar video stores, with locations in Bridgeport, CT; Aurora, CO and Toronto, ON!

Unique to this line, each hand numbered limited edition release will come fitted in a specially designed, bottom loading VHS inspired slipcase, while also including a double-sided poster.

These releases will ONLY be available on our website and at participating indie retailers. Absolutely no major retailers will be stocking them. This slipcase edition (designed by JJ Harrison) is strictly limited to 5,000 units and includes a 40-page perfect bound book. This release may (but probably not) be followed by a standard edition in the future.


Explosive action, bloody gunfights and bone-breaking martial arts all collide in this "girls with guns" double feature of BLACK CAT and BLACK CAT 2. Vinegar Syndrome Archive is proud to present this deadly duo for the first time on Blu-ray in the US, newly restored from archival film elements.

BLACK CAT (96 min): After brutally killing an abusive trucker at a rest stop, tough as nails drifter Catherine soon finds herself facing life in prison due to her violent outbursts. But, when a daring escape from the courthouse leaves her all but dead, Catherine awakens to find she's been given another lease on life, the only catch: she must train to become an assassin for the CIA under the codename Black Cat. With the tutelage of fellow agent, Brian (Simon Yam, Ip Man), Catherine must learn to give up any chance of a normal life if she wishes to remain alive. Known to many as "the Hong Kong version of La Femme Nikita," BLACK CAT manages to separate itself from its predecessor thanks in part to the intense martial arts sequences captured by director Stephen Shin (Easy Money), as well as a stellar performance from the lovely but deadly Jade Leung (Satin Steel, Enemy Shadow).

BLACK CAT 2 (91 min): After undergoing a series of medical experiments in order to become a more efficient assassin, Catherine struggles to maintain what little of her human side is left. Deemed compromised by her higher-ups, Catherine is given one more chance when she is partnered with a young hot-headed agent, Robin (Robin Shou, Mortal Kombat). Catherine must use her newly enhanced skills in order to stop a violent assassin before he claims his next victim. BLACK CAT 2 sees the reunion of director Stephen Shin with Jade Leung returning as the title character. However, this sequel manages to up the ante on the original by combining sci-fi elements with over-the-top action sequences, including an end fight scene that is sure to make your head spin.

directed by: Stephen Shin
starring: Jade Leung, Simon Yam, Thomas Lam, Robin Shou, Zoltan Buday
Black Cat: 1991 / 96 min / Cantonese Mono + English Mono
Black Cat 2: 1992 / 91 min / Cantonese Stereo + English Mono

Additional info:

  • 2-disc Region A Blu-ray Set
  • Newly restored by Vinegar Syndrome from existing studio masters
  • Includes both Cantonese and English language tracks for both films
  • Commentary track for Black Cat by author and historian Samm Deighan
  • Brand new interview with actress Jade Leung (14 min)
  • Brand new interview with martial arts director Benz Kong To-Hoi (13 min)
  • "Copycat? Black Cat and Its Influences" (17 min) - a video essay by author and historian Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
  • Black Cat trailer in Cantonese & English
  • Black Cat 2 trailer in Cantonese & English
  • Still galleries for Black Cat & Black Cat 2
  • 40-page perfect bound book!
  • Reversible sleeve artwork
  • Newly translated English subtitles