The Maniac Cop will soon be back in blue again – on Blu-ray by way of Blue Underground, that is. Maniac Cop 2 and Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence are coming via the company run by the director of the franchise, William Lustig, so you know he’ll do them justice.
Blue Underground will release both the criminally underrated Maniac Cop 2 and the nearly criminally sabotaged Maniac Cop 3 as Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo packs later this year. In the case of Part 3, this is its first appearance on DVD as well as Blu-ray.
An official release date, technical specs, and supplemental features will be announced shortly. I think we can pretty much count on commentary tracks by writer Larry Cohen and director William Lustig. Such a commentary for Maniac Cop 3 would be quite interesting considering its troubled history.
MANIAC COP 2 – This sequel to Maniac Cop pits Matt Cordell (Robert Z’dar), the crazed, murderous “Maniac Cop” of the first film (now horribly disfigured after a particularly brutal stay in prison), and Turkel (Leo Rossi), a serial killer who likes to murder strippers, against a frenzied NYPD detective, Sean McKinney (Robert Davi), who is just one step ahead of a nervous breakdown.
MANIAC COP 3: BADGE OF SILENCE – When Officer Katie Sullivan storms a hostage situation, she is shot by the supposed victim, who is apparently an accessory to the crime. She manages to return fire before slipping into unconsciousness, ultimately killing her shooter. The whole incident is captured on tape by an unscrupulous media crew who edit the footage to show Katie killing a helpless victim. Now in a coma, Katie’s only hope is another detective, McKinney, who tries to clear her name. Unbeknownst to him, Matt Cordell, the “Maniac Cop,” takes it upon himself to clear Katie and exact revenge upon those responsible for smearing her name. His vigilante mission takes a twisted turn when he kidnaps Katie from the hospital and prepares for an unholy wedding in an abandoned church. When McKinney interrupts Cordell’s deranged plan, an explosive confrontation may finally send the Maniac Cop to his final fiery doom.
In celebration of this great news I think this calls for the Maniac Cop 2 rap!
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