Wednesday, January 30, 2019

MANIAC (1980) Blu-ray Review

Maniac (1980) d. William Lustig (USA) (88 min)

Renowned character actor Joe Spinell creates one of the most memorable (and certainly the sweatiest) psychopaths ever to grace the grindhouses. Constantly moaning, mumbling and crying, Spinell’s Frank Zito conducts a reign of terror on the NYC streets, murdering young women and tacking their bloody scalps onto his ever-growing collection of female mannequins. Working from a script by Spinell and C.A. Rosenberg and aided enormously by Tom Savini’s gut-churning and (literally) mind-blowing f/x, William Lustig directs this notorious bit of nastiness with the grime and degradation piled on an inch thick throughout. Gorgeous Caroline Munro also stars as a fashion photographer, although her attraction to and ensuing relationship with Spinell are the weakest elements in the film (not to mention the fact that his “normal” behavior is completely at odds with the remainder of his unhinged performance).

Fans should also check out Spinell and Munro’s 1982 follow-up, The Last Horror Film (aka Fanatic) which re-imagines the Zito character as a wannabe horror director chasing his starlet through the Cannes Film Festival.

Blue Underground is thrilled to present MANIAC in a brand-new 4K Restoration from its recently discovered 16mm original camera negative, overflowing with hours of new and archival Extras!


Disc 1:

Audio Commentary #1 with Producer/Director William Lustig and Producer Andrew W. Garroni (recorded in 2010)

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 (recorded in 1995 for the original Elite laserdisc release)

Theatrical Trailers

TV Spots

Radio Spots

Disc 2:


NEW! MANIAC Outtakes (19 min)

NEW! Returning to the Scene of the Crime with William Lustig (8 min)

Anna and the Killer - Interview with Star Caroline Munro (13 min)

The Death Dealer - Interview with Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini (12 min)

Dark Notes - Interview with Composer Jay Chattaway (12 min)

Maniac Men - Interview with Songwriters Michael Sembello and Dennis Matkosky (11 min)

The Joe Spinell Story (49 min)

Mr. Robbie: Maniac 2 Promo Reel (7 min)


Paul Wunder radio interview with William Lustig, Joe Spinell, and Caroline Munro (19 min)

William Lustig on Movie Madness (47 min)

Joe Spinell at Cannes (1 min)

Joe Spinell on The Joe Franklin Show (13 min)

Caroline Munro TV interview (3 min)

Barf Bag Review Policy (2 min(

Grindhouse Film Festival Q&A (22 min)

Still Gallery


Los Angeles
Channel 7 News 3/6/1981 (2 min)
Chanel 11 News 3/6/1981 (2 min)
NBC Tomorrow Show 3/6/1981 (4 min)

Channel 2 News 2/3/1981 (2 min)

Channel 10 News 3/2/1981 (1 min)
Channel 3 News 3/3/1981 (1 min)
Channel 3 News 3/3/1981 (1 min)
Channel 6 News 3/3/1981 (1 min)

“Violent Movies” (13 min)
Movie Violence” (8 min)

Midnight Blue
“Al Goldstein rants against violent movies” (4 min)
“Al Goldstein mutilates his love doll” (3 min)

Gallery of Outrage (collection of notable quotes from critics and audiences)

BONUS! MANIAC Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD by Jay Chattaway

BONUS! Collectable Booklet with new essay by Michael Gingold

7.1 DTS-HD; 2.0 DTS-HD; Dolby Digital 2.0

English, Spanish, French, Italian, Deutsch

Optional Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Portugues, Deutsch, Italiano, Dansk, Suomi, Nederlands, Svenska, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Thai


Region Code: ALL

Maniac is available now on a Special 3-disc Collector’s Edition from Blue Underground and can be ordered HERE:


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