MANIAC (30th Anniversary Edition)


Can you believe it, it's been 30 years since William Lustig's classic MANIAC (1980) first hit our screens and now it's back in a special 2-disc DVD and Blu-Ray edition.

MANIAC still looks awesome to this day and in my eyes has one of the greatest 'Head Explosion' scenes ever, courtesy of the special effects legend himself Tom Savani, who also had the pleasure of being the guy to have his head exploded. Now we get to see it all again in beautiful High-Definition, if you have never seen MANIAC you need to, as this is essential viewing for every fan of the horror genre.

Check out the trailer below:

Synopsis: "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. "

As you can imagine the DVD - Blu-Ray is packed with hours of extras thanks to the wonderful people at Blue-Underground, which can be viewed below:

Disk 1 Extras:

  • Audio Commentary #1 with Co-Producer/Director William Lustig and Co-Producer Andrew W. Garroni
  • Audio Commentary #2 with Co-Producer/Director William Lustig, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini, Editor Lorenzo Marinelli, and Joe Spinell's Assistant Luke Walter
  • Anna and the Killer - Interview with Star Caroline Munro
  • The Death Dealer - Interview with Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini
  • Dark Notes - Interview with Composer Jay Chattaway
  • Maniac Men - Interview with Songwriters Michael Sembello and Dennis Matkosky
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Radio Spots
  • Mr. Robbie: Maniac 2 Promo Reel

Disk 2 Extras:

  • The Joe Spinell Story
  • MANIAC Publicity
  • MANIAC Controversy

Technical Specifications:

  • Color
  • 6.1 DTS-ES; 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround EX; Dolby Surround 2.0
  • English, French, Italian, German
  • Optional Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai
  • 1.85:1 / 16x9
  • 1980
  • 88 Mins
  • Not Rated
  • Region Code: 0

Release Date: October 26, 2010 Source:

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