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Maniac - 30th Anniversary Edition(2-Disc) (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
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The Notorious Horror Classic Returns In An All-New 30th Anniversary Special Edition!
Frank Zito (a career performance by co-writer/co-executive producer Joe Spinell of ROCKY and THE GODFATHER fame) is a deeply disturbed man, haunted by the traumas of unspeakable childhood abuse. And when these horrific memories begin to scream inside his mind, Frank prowls the seedy streets of New York City to stalk and slaughter innocent young women. Now Frank has begun a relationship with a beautiful photographer (Caroline Munro of THE SPY WHO LOVED ME), yet his vile compulsions remain. These are the atrocities of a human monster. This is the story of a MANIAC.
Directed by William Lustig (MANIAC COP, VIGILANTE) and featuring landmark gore effects by Tom Savini (DAWN OF THE DEAD, FRIDAY THE 13th), this relentlessly shocking and disturbing film was originally censored all over the world due to its graphic violence. Blue Underground is now proud to present MANIAC in a new 2K High Definition transfer from the original uncut and uncensored negative, loaded with hours of brand new Extras!
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If you like your scary movies with brutal violence and scitzophrenic tendencies then this one is right up your alley.
Essentially this is a film that follows a serial killer, Frank Zito (Joe Spinell) around New York as he performs a number of grisly murders and plenty of female stalking. Much of these sequences are over-the-top as heads explode and people are literally ripped apart. However others can be quite flat and not as violent as you would have expected given all the hype about this slaughterhouse motion picture.
Where the film nearly fails is in the actual performance of the lead killer because he does the age old routine of talking to himself, rocking himself and generally overplaying the nut, but after awhile he does manage to improve by simply taking his weirdness to a few other levels. It is hard to imagine that his current condition would allow him to go unnoticed as he piles up the body count but yet again this is New York we are talking about here so the custom of minding your own business may allow for it. At one stage in this movie he manages to actually break out of his shell doing an art-critic routine and you actually feel that there may be some hope left for this urban monster.Read more ›
The dvd i have is excellent. Its a clean transfer, all the grain on my VHS copy is not evident here. It sounds great. We can hear all the screams and blood flowing..for better or worse. It also came with a second CD in the shape of Joe Spinells head that contains the creepy soundtrack.
Theres plenty of karo syrup here for the gore lovers. The violence is filmed with the kills onscreen in leering detail. For those with a low tolerance for exploding heads, knife impalements and disembowelments, stay clear of this puppy. The blood runs in rivers.
T&A: minimal. some breast shots early. The ladies get joe spinell in a wife-beater shirt. yum.
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Classic horror film from the 1980's starring the late, great Joe SpinellPublished 7 months ago by W McMaster
Bottom line is this... this is not a great looking blu-ray. All honesty probably a 2.5-3 out of 5 stars, however, it is an upgrade over any previous copy, and the extras. Read morePublished 11 months ago by J.D. Richard
It was OK but to low a budget. I preferred the RE-make to the original.
Some gory parts but lacked much of a story.
I bought this for two reasons. One, special effects master Tom Savini did the gore and has a small part in it. Two, it's set in NYC, back when it was awesome and seedy. Read morePublished on June 4 2013 by Melissa
It is ok to watch once but can't see myself watching it again. Guy is a nutcase that kills women, scalps them and puts the hair on his many dolls. Very original and dark.Published on Feb. 2 2013 by Ryan
I'm sorry, but this IS just another 80's slasher flick. There is nothing outstanding about Maniac - nothing that elevates it or distinguishes it from all the other films of this... Read morePublished on July 3 2004 by stu
Joe Spinell plays a psychotic fruitcake that still hopelessly clings to the memory of his dead mother,a memory that compells him to murder women and remove their scalps,which he... Read morePublished on April 30 2004 by Ben W.
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