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Maniac: 30th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] [1980] [US Import]

Joe Spinell , William Lustig    Universal, suitable for all   Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Joe Spinell
  • Directors: William Lustig
  • Format: Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Italian, German
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Oct 2010
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003V924Y2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,866 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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audio italianonew york c'e' un demente che si diverte a uccidere le donne e a togliere loro lo scalpo per adornarne i manichini che tiene in casa. ma le sue vittime tornano dall'al di la' e regolano i conti. a modo suo, un horror d'autore che piu' che al regista appartiene a spinell, buon caratterista che l'ha prodotto, collaborando alla sceneggiatura. claustrofobico, nauseabondo, ma coerente nell'andare fino in fondo. effetti speciali di tom savini che, in una particina, si fa esplodere la testa.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Effective shocker. But is it entertainment? 7 Nov 2005
By Cartimand TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Bill Lustig coaxed a lifetime-great performance from Joe Spinell in the compelling, but thoroughly unpleasant gore-fest that is Maniac.
Whilst the blood 'n guts in a Romero or Fulcio horror is so OTT as to provide comedy value as well as shocks, the gore in Maniac feels so real (courtesy of Tom Savini in expert form) as to make the viewer feel uncomfortably like a guilty voyeur at the scene of something exceedingly nasty.

As an insight into a profoundly troubled mind and the shocking consequences of horrific childhood abuse (more hinted at than explained), Maniac also works pretty well. It cleverly treds the fine line between the viewer understanding what has made Frank Zito (Spinell) into the monster he became, whilst never sympathising with the appalling acts he commits.
Somewhat surprisingly for a low-budget movie in the gore-fest/video nasty category, Maniac is rather well acted. Spinell himself is scarily believable. The actress (sorry not sure of her name) in the extended toilet scene gives one of the most convincing depictions of utter terror ever seen. Whilst it is perhaps a little far fetched that anyone could fall for the dubious charms of Frank Zito, Caroline Munro plays a blinder as the beautiful, talented (if somewhat naive) photographer.
So, in my humble opinion, it is the sheer realism and honesty of Maniac that makes it work. On the occasions when it descends into more a supernatural horror style (including one scene in the cemetary ripped unashamedly from Carrie, and the final scene with the mannequins) its potency becomes diluted.
Enough quibling though. Fans of the genre will surely acknowledge Maniac as a very effective and truly disturbing horror movie.
The DVD is reasonably well-equipped.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Slasher 23 May 2011
Format:DVD
This review relates to the imported Region 2 edition. This edition is uncut. As slasher films go this is probably on the more depressing side. AWE have done a great job adding DTS sound and cleaned the picture up as much as possible. Avoid the UK release as it is trimmed by about 1 minute. Well worth a watch!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars prepare yourself 6 Nov 2003
Format:DVD
WOW! this is quite a movie. incredibly graphic and violent, this film takes the serial killing genre to the limits, and does it brilliantly. Right from the opening killing you know this film isnt for the light-hearted. The murder scenes are dramatic and very well filmed in order to stir fear in the audience, which they certainly do. 3 of my friends wouldnt carry on watching after the shotgun/car scene!
The tension that is built is also excellent, In my opinion the subway scene is one of if not the best build up to a murder in any film - cliqued but brilliant none-the-less.
The murderer is characterised well. The film follows his perverse mind, confusion and turmoil in a chilling way.
Brilliant film, be warned - thick-skinned adults only.
a fiver says it will scare the living §&$! outta u!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE best film about serial killing 1 July 2008
Format:DVD
People seem to miss the point of this film (by miles judging by the other reviews). It's a classic study of the suffering, mental self-torture and delusions that drive people to become killers.
As Frank Zito, a powerhouse performance from the late Joe Spinell is central to the plot as we see him agonise over his actions and his feelings toward his victims. His hatred of women stems for his childhood treatment at the hands of an abusive mother, so although he desires women, he turns violent the moment they challenge him.
He falls for beautiful Anna D'Antoni (Caroline Munroe), and adopts a surprisingly urbane persona to attract her, all the while continuing with his nightly 'hobbies', decorating the female mannequins in his room with the scalps of his victims (although years before Jeffrey Dahmer, this always puts me in mind of his apartment and the 'shrine' he wanted to build).
If you've ever read anything about killers like Dahmer, Peter Kurten & Dennis Nielsen, who all lived with the bodies/body parts of their victims, and wondered how they could do that - this is the film to watch.
FX guru Tom Savini has in a small role as a guy in the car with his girl, as well as handling the effects for the film (Savini literally blew his own head off, as he wielded the rifle for the gag!)
Although executive producer of many films, it's a shame Bill Lustig doesn't still direct, but at least he's making sure we all get to see great cult horror with his DVD distribution label, Blue Underground - go Bill!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Sick 10 Oct 2007
Format:DVD
This is a exellent film, well made , good effects and very "Twisted" script.
Not for the faint-hearted.
Once banned in the "Video-Nasty" scares of the 70/80s.
WARNING THIS IS A REGION 1 DVD it will only play on multi.region DVD, other wise you will either get nothing or a black and white picture {this needs to be seen in color}.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great DVD, 58 seconds cut 5 Nov 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Amazon's Internet Movie Database (IMDb) statement for "Maniac" (1980), section "alternate versions": "The version released by Anchor Bay runs 88 minutes and is the complete, uncut version". This is valid for the US edition only. The UK version of "Maniac", rated "18", is cut by the BBFC by 58 seconds (look at the BBFC homepage). The head exploding scene is cut completely and other gore scenes are shortened. This film has less gore, less action, and less thrill than other uncut movies like "The Evil Dead" or "Cradle of Fear". The PAL (25 frames per second) runtime is 83 min approx (1:23:20). The cinema (24 frames per second) runtime is 25/24 x 83 = 87 min approx (1:26:50).
The dual layer DVD (SSDL, DVD9, 8.4 GByte used), published by Anchor Bay UK in 2002, is excellent: widescreen presentation (1.85:1), enhanced for 16:9 displays (anamorphic widescreen); 3 languages (English, French, Italian) in Dolby Surround; audio commentary; documentation "The Joe Spinell Story" (16:9, 49 min); animated menu transitions (16:9); 7 cinema trailers (USA/F/I/D, 16:9, 14 min; German title: "Der Wahnsinnige"); 9 tv spots (4:3, 3 min); 4 radio spots (3 min); radio discussion (19 min); 2 biographies (17 pages for Joe Spinell, 24 pages for Caroline Munro); 18 film reviews; 128 pictures. There are no subtitles for foreign or hearing impaired viewers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Just what I wanted
Published 1 month ago by Martin Hooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
fast delivery and came in good quality condition. good movie experience
Published 2 months ago by adam miller
5.0 out of 5 stars maniac
When you see somthing you have not seen for ages then watch it again you think what was all the fuss about,well maniac is such a film,besides that the blu-ray pq is not so great,sq... Read more
Published 2 months ago by horror boy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie.
One of the best slasher movies from the early years of the genre (1978 - 1981), as Friday 13th, The Prowler, The Burning, Prom Night, and of course, the influential Halloween. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Eduardo Macedo
5.0 out of 5 stars Maniac
See review of the burning I will say exactly the same:) tom savini you are such a legend.
Published 2 months ago by Wayne whittaker
1.0 out of 5 stars Maniac crap!
Revolting horror movie,gory sadistic murders, bad acting,laughable plot,many people think this a classic.Dont waste your money.TOTAL HORSE. _ _ _ _ !
Published 9 months ago by Sajaad Ahmed Najeeb
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film
The original Maniac for some reason was never one of the video nasties although it is much better than at least half the films from the list. Read more
Published 11 months ago by bees8932
5.0 out of 5 stars Wig Wam Bam!
Frank Zito is completely mental and goes around murdering women by neon light, on the sleazy streets of New York, before going home and adorning his 'girlfriend's' (mannequins)... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Arch Stanton
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Ok
Cant believe that this is still uncut (according to some reviews on here), Hostel 2 where the girl is hung upside down is far worse! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mazz71
3.0 out of 5 stars Still looking a head!
This is still cut!

The scene in the subway is edited by at least three minutes.
Now I have fallen out with online reviewer's over this. Read more
Published 14 months ago by scribe
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