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Maniac - 30th Anniversary Edition(2-Disc) (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: joe spinell, tom savini
  • Directors: william lustig
  • Format: Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, Italian, German
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Release Date: Oct. 26 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B003V924Y2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,148 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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Another all-but-forgotten drive in gem of early 80s trash cinema. Maniac has no redeeming qualities, taste, or message to get across to you......and frankly, I wouldn't have it any other way. The movie's nothing more than a series of gruesome murders committed by our "maniac". Even though this is true, you can't help but think as you watch this that there are many similar "Frank Zito's" prowling the streets in cities all over the world. It may not be a true story, but ironically, it's all too true. The movie was trashed by the media and feminist groups upon it's release(the dvd even has a feature called "Gallery Of Outrage" where you can read all of the negative press clippings of this film. A fantastic bonus feature.)for it's depictions of violence against women(I guess no one cared about the poor schmuck who gets his head blown off, which is clearly the most gruesome image in the film). This always gives me a chuckle, coz it gives the film some major publicity and free advertising that most directors could only dream of. I was too young when this came out, but I remember a similar uproar when Silent Night, Deadly Night hit theaters around Christmas time. And I'll tell ya, all it made me want to do is see it more. Sure, Maniac is gory and violent, but I've seen much worse. And if you're a horror fan, I'm sure you have too. One big reason I enjoyed this was Spinnell's convincing performance. These days, serial killers in film are always sly, sophisticated, almost classy(like Silence Of The Lambs and Seven, etc.). Frank Zito is what I imagine most serial killers to be like: Lonely, scummy, pathetic. Spinnell's performance makes this very believable. Yes, this film is ugly, gruesome, depressing, disturbing.....but how else should a serial killer be portrayed?
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The acting sucks, the dialogue is cliche, the characters are expected, but the plot is dynamite! Give this a watch but bear in mind that it's no high-budget hollywood movie. This is one of horror's rare gems that would actually benefit from gorey, A-list remake, but let's not forget to give credit when credit is due (the the origional that is.)

If you like your scary movies with brutal violence and scitzophrenic tendencies then this one is right up your alley.
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This serial killer movie may not be appreciated by most for its amateur film-school type production. The film was shot on 16mm and presented as a 35mm blow-up making the quality somewhere close to what you have seen in The Blair Witch Project. However if you can get past the look and low production values then you will find it is much better than most for its type. Probably the most astonishing thing about this low-budget production is the quality of the visual gore effects brought to life by Tom Savini who even has his very own bloody cameo in this movie. There is a scene at the start of this film involving a shotgun that has to be one the best in the business.
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.
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By A Customer on Dec 13 2003
Format: DVD
Maniac is the tortured tale of a man who deals with his inner demons by killing people. Sounds pretty by the book there. This one goes further though. The killer is not simply some invincible hulk behind a mask, this killer is a thinking, feeling and very disturbed man. Almost seems like he could exist and probably does somewhere. Thus, maniac has a chill factor that most slahsers lack. We can almost feel his pain as he struggles with his murderous impulses. Almost. Then we see what he does and any pity we might have had (and it may only be a smidgen) goes down to the same awfull place as the blood of his victims.
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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