While 2012’s Maniac (directed by Franck Khalfoun from a script penned by Alexandre Aja) is one of the few remakes that’s at least as good as its source material, the original Maniac from 1980 remains a cult classic of the highest caliber. If you’ve never seen Maniac, directed by William Lustig and starring Joe Spinell (who also wrote the script), you’ll soon have an opportunity to revisit the slasher classic in a new 4K restoration.
On December 11th, the folks at Blue Underground are releasing a new, limited edition (only 10,000 copies) of 1980’s Maniac, a 4K restoration made from the film’s original camera negatives; it will also include a 3D lenticular slipcover. For a taste of what’s in store, check out the trailer and synopsis below. We’ve also included a complete list of special features included in this limited-edition release.
Learn more and pre-order your copy of Maniac, HERE.
Frank Zito 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 yet his vile compulsions remain. These are the atrocities of a human monster. This is the story of a MANIAC.
Disc 1 (Blu-ray) Feature Film + Extras:
- Audio Commentary #1 with Producer/Director William Lustig and Producer Andrew W. Garroni
- Audio Commentary #2 with Producer/Director William Lustig, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini, Editor Lorenzo Marinelli, and Joe Spinell’s Assistant Luke Walter
- Theatrical Trailers
- TV Spots
- Radio Spots
Disc 2 (Blu-ray) Extras:
- NEW!MANIAC Outtakes
- NEW! Returning to the Scene of the Crime with William Lustig
- 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 Sembelloand Dennis Matkosky
- The Joe Spinell Story
- Robbie: Maniac 2Promo Reel
- MANIAC Publicity
- MANIAC Controversy
BONUS! MANIAC Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD by Jay Chattaway
BONUS! Collectable Booklet with new essay by Michael Gingold
Are you a fan of 1980’s Maniac, starring Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, and Abigail Clayton? Are you excited to pick up Blue Underground’s 4K restoration in December? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!