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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B003V924Y2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,833 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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Minor Spoilers, though it really doesn't matter that much (who's watching this for story and character development?)
William Lustig has not had what you might call a glittering career, with the pretty flaccid 'maniac cop' probably being his directorial highlight. I'm not going to voice off too much about this sleazy little story of insanity and copious scalpings, except to say that it is very nasty and unpleasant, at times intensely so. It's also extremely graphic and the death scenes are so protacted that eventually the blood, screaming and torture just numb you. I decided to put this matter of factly, because for some people these qualities are a major incentive to see a film and for others, who were maybe looking for something a bit more light-hearted like 'Scream' or 'Urban Legend', it's a good indication that you might want to give this one a miss.
I personally didn't enjoy it very much, and I'm a big fan of exploitation and extreme cinema. This was largely due to the fact that the film is badly structured and frequently dull. The main character commits some vile atrocity (nice FX work from Savini, as always, with a particularly impressive gunshot wound to the head a la 'Dawn of the Dead'), weeps a bit then returns to his flat and conducts some kind of internal dialogue with himself. This pattern is repeated OVER and OVER until Lustig is satisfied that the audience understands that he's sincerely trying to get inside the mind of a sick weirdo and make a thought provoking psychological chiller, not cheesily exploit human misery for a quick buck.
Eventually through circumsatnce he ends up in a Graveyard, having some kind of hallucinatory conversation with his dead mother.
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There seem to be 2 big camps with this movie. The people who see it as low budget exploitation..., and the people who see it as a realistic and appropriately disturbing film about a serial killer.
I'm in the middle toward the latter. If you're gonna make a film about a serial killer and you want to portray a sick madman, then Maniac succeeded. Without viewers realizing it, Hollywood romanticises these characters with these rich and slickly produced tales...
To be honest, Maniac FEELS sleazy, so I guess it's very appropriate on many levels. ...That's because this film has been reviled since it's release. But Joe Spinell is remarkable as this character. I guess you could say even disturbing.
Spinell plays a dirty, sweaty, fat slob named Frank Zito. He looks like a guy you meet see on the subway and try to avoid looking at. But Frank also happens to be an insane serial killer.
See? A serial killer flick. Almost routine now. But this film made Frank a real sicko, and Spinell just LOOKS demented in the film. Nuff said. Frank kills men and women, and he does so violently. Very nice makeup effects by the master Tom Savini. ... Watch for parts of his head flying this way and that.
I don't own this DVD, but I know the film. I understand the DVD is HEAVY on the features, and hey, that's a good thing no matter what the flick. More bang for the buck. I'm debating whether to buy the film and own it though. How many times am I gonna watch this thing? It borders on the ludicrous quite also border on entertainment, too.
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