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3.0 out of 5 stars great DVD, 58 seconds cut, 5 Nov 2003
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This review is from: Maniac [DVD] (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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Initial post: 8 Jun 2008 13:58:36 BDT
Vincenzo says:
The head-explosion is fully intact in this (UK) release. The BBFC cuts were to shorten the stabbing and the strangulation scenes.

Posted on 1 Jun 2011 13:27:19 BDT
scribe says:
I have the anchor bay version at home. The runtime is 83 minutes this represents an edit of 5 minutes. One reviewer is claiming only 58 seconds is cut this appears to be false. The scene in the subway toilet featuring the nurse, played by Kelly Baker is heavily cut. I know this because I seen the full version when it was released in 1980.
In the version released by Anchor Bay Frank Zito stabs Kelly with a bayonet and the scene cuts away to his apartment. A good 3 minutes of gore cut. Reviewers need to play it honest injun with potential buyers, don't you think?

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