November 14, 2018
The 1980 horror film Maniac is getting a three-disc (two Blu-rays, soundtrack CD) collector’s edition release from Blue Underground and MVD Entertainment Group.
Joe Spinell (Rocky, The Godfather) plays Frank Zito, a deeply disturbed man, haunted by the traumas of childhood abuse. When these horrific memories come out, Frank prowls New York City to stalk and slaughter innocent young women. He begins a relationship with a photographer (Caroline Munro, The Spy Who Loved Me), but his vile compulsions remain.
Directed by William Lustig (Maniac Cop 2, Vigilante) and featuring gore effects by Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead, Friday the 13th), Maniac was originally banned or censored all over the world due to its graphic violence. Blue Underground is presenting the film in a new 4K restoration from its recently discovered 16mm original camera negative.
Bonus features include audio commentary with Lustig and producer Andrew W. Garroni; audio commentary with Lustig, Savini, editor Lorenzo Marinelli and Spinell’s assistant Luke Walter; theatrical trailers; TV spots; radio spots; new outtakes; a new featurette “Returning to the Scene of the Crime” with Lustig; “Anna and the Killer,” an interview with Munro; “The Death Dealer,” an interview with Savini; “Dark Notes,” an interview with composer Jay Chattaway; “Maniac Men,” an interview with songwriters Michael Sembello and Dennis Matkosky; “The Joe Spinell Story”; the “Mr. Robbie: Maniac” two-promo reel; publicity; and a segment about the controversy over the film.
The release also includes a collectable booklet with a new essay by Michael Gingold.