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Maniac Cop [Blu-ray] (1987)

Bruce Campbell , Tom Atkins , William Lustig  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bruce Campbell, Tom Atkins, Robert Z'dar, William Smith, Richard Roundtree
  • Directors: William Lustig
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005FRWU5Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,462 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Innocent people are brutally killed on the streets of New York by a uniformed police officer. A young cop, Jack Forrest (Bruce Campbell, TV’s BURN NOTICE and The EVIL DEAD Trilogy) finds himself marked as the chief suspect after his wife is murdered. As Lieutenant Frank McCrae (Tom Atkins, DRIVE ANGRY and LETHAL WEAPON) investigates, the death toll rises and he suspects a mysterious police cover-up. This “maniac” cop must be stopped, but it might not be so easy. He seems inhuman, and ready to take on the entire police force, hell-bent on revenge!
Restored and remastered from original vault materials by Synapse Films, MANIAC COP looks and sounds better than ever in this brand-new 2011 high-definition transfer, featuring newly remixed DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound! Long considered a classic of the horror genre, MANIAC COP was written and produced by Larry Cohen (IT'S ALIVE, PHONE BOOTH) and directed by William Lustig (MANIAC, VIGILANTE).
Bonus Features:
  • Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
  • DTS 6.1 Surround Sound
  • Maniac Cop Memories Featurette
  • Out the Window - Interview with Tom Atkins
  • Three Minutes with Danny Hicks Featurette
  • Motion Still Gallery
  • Additional Japanese TV Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Spanish Radio Spot

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
First of all, let me clarify that the four star rating only qualifies in the genre of slightly-schlocky gore. For those of you that don't appreciate this type of movie, it's more like one star. But if you're looking to buy the DVD and reading this review, I have a feeling you're into this.

That being said, this is top quality when it comes to off-kilter horror action. A monstrous killer dressed like a cop is on the loose in New York, killing innocent people instead of criminals. One cop lets the paper know that they think it's a cop gone bad, which turns the public against the police force.

As the terror level escalates Bruce Campbell is framed for the murder of his wife, and becomes the lead suspect in the brutal killings. Now, only Bruce and two other cops know the chilling secret of the maniac cop, and will stop at nothing to try to stop him.

Although there are numerous amounts of "what the...?" sections in this film, it's still mindlessly enjoyable and Tom Atkins' performance as a hardnose cop keeps the film tenuously grounded in reality.

If you're into Bruce Campbell and silly horror movies, then you can't go wrong with Maniac Cop. If you're at all averse to either of those, then don't even bother thinking about it because you won't appreciate the hidden quality of such a classic as Maniac Cop.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Phantom of the Cop-era January 6, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This Larry Cohen flick (produced and scripted by Cohen but directed by William Lustig) is a clever hybrid of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA story, 1970s and 1980s cop films, and the slasher sub-genre of horror cinema. But instead of an opera house, the venue has expanded to include the entire city of New York, and the wronged antagonist is not a forgotten composer but is, instead, a once-good police officer (hulking actor Robert Z'Dar) who was used as a scapegoat by higher-ups and was subsequently murdered in prison at the hands of thugs. Slasher-film elements come into play when the resurrected cop leaves a trail of corpses in his wake as he heads to city hall to even the score with his former bosses.

As is usually the case, Cohen's script is replete with dark tongue-in-cheek humor and palatable helpings of terror and blood. The gags (both the laughing and choking kind) are bolstered by the presence of horror-genre fave Bruce Campbell, he of EVIL DEAD (1981) fame; Tom Atkins, a ubiquitous face in police departments on TV and in the cinema; sexpot Laurene Landon, a Cohen favorite; and the original SHAFT (1971) himself, Richard Roundtree. There are also some delightful cameos from genre regulars like the late George "Buck" Flower, Victoria Catlin (known to genre fans from her role in David Lynch's TV series TWIN PEAKS), Judy Levitt (wife of STAR TREK's Walter Koenig), director William Lustig, and SPIDERMAN (2002) director Sam Raimi.

The Special-Edition DVD of MANIAC COP from Synapse is well worth the price of admission. It offers a crisp, rich digital transfer of the film in the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (enhanced for 16x9 TVs) with the original Stereo SurroundSound soundtrack (as well as the option of using new Dolby 5.1 or DTS 6.1 soundtracks).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars maniac cop original October 4, 2012
By Tracys
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
one of my best early 80's horror, tom atkins,bruce campell,richard roundtree. How in the world you can go wrong with this gem blu-underground has done a bang up job on the presentation of this blu-ray a must have 4 horror genre fans.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THIS COP'S A MANIAC January 21, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Evil Dead's Bruce Campbell is framed and arrested for a series of gruesome murders against innocent law abiding New York citizens. Witnesses claim the killer was a large white male wearing a NYPD uniform.
Detective Tom Atkins (star of "The Fog" and "Halloween III" ) is not convinced that Campbell's the man. And he's not.
Robert Z'dar(a very big man) plays the killer, a former NYPD officer sent to an Alcatraz-style jail for getting too carried away in dispensing tough justice. Attacked and left for dead in prison, he survives and is somehow smuggled out by the coroner(of all people) and now Z'dar is mad and want's revenge.
Not bad, no terror or suspense though, just several nasty and quite hilarious murders.
Shaft himself, Richard Roundtree co-stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic horror/revenge with a twist November 6, 2008
This movie tricked me because it was about a cop who just went insane.the way its presented in the movie though is much better.the maniac cop seeking revenge for what happened to him in jail was brillient.the violence,blood,gore are all top notch as is the pacing of the story.i wish there was more flash back scenes about what happend to him but thats ok.bruce campbell was great in this as he is in all of his movies.this movie has something for everyone...horror,slasher,zombie and bruce campbell can all rejoice bacause this movie is the only one to combine all those great elements.deffinatly worth buying and having in your collection.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kill Street Blues... January 18, 2007
MANIAC COP is a wonderful revenge film. Robert Z'Dar is the title character, a shadowy, towering killer who was once an NYPD hero. Is he alive? Dead? Something in between? Tom Atkins (The Fog, Night Of The Creeps) is the officer attempting to find and stop the maniacal man in blue. Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead 1 and 2, Bubba Ho Tep) is a likely suspect. Legendary Richard Roundtree (Shaft) is the police commisioner and William Smith (Invasion Of The Beegirls, Memorial Valley Massacre) is a captain! Larry Cohen's writing shines through this gloomy tale, w/ familar faces from his past work. Not very scary, but fun to watch...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie! Bruce Campbell is one of my favorite ...
Fantastic movie! Bruce Campbell is one of my favorite horror actors and he does a great job in MC. Its worth buying!
Published 23 days ago by Big Tony
5.0 out of 5 stars Maniac Cop is comin for ya! ...
Utter genius exploitation of the horror film and action film, dark and brooding. great photography, well directed and acted.
Published 26 days ago by Mondomacabro
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Antonio Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars this is NOT jason voorhee's in cop uniform!
this is a great horror film with just enough violence and blood to get the point across and thankfully some close friends and family are in it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Manically Good
Five things about this film:
1. Great cult classic exploitation movie by William Lustig (Vigilantes, Hit List).
2. Read more
Published 2 months ago by LilyBook
4.0 out of 5 stars maniac cop
The blu ray looks very good for this movie. There are enough special features to make it worth the purchase.
Published 4 months ago by Norgavue
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult Horror Classic!
A great horror movie, with some young B-star actors that have gone on to become legends. A good, mostly solid story, with only a few lapses. Tom Atkins as a veteran detective. Read more
Published 4 months ago by William H Hardman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Young Bruce Campbell at his finest. This is a great movie to own, especially if you are a fan of BC. The acting is all around good and the story line is great. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Double Dubs
4.0 out of 5 stars Good slasher movie
Its a decent slasher movie.
I watch the sequels, they were no where as good as the first movie.
But its watchable on a stormy night.
Published 7 months ago by Gary R. Jordan
4.0 out of 5 stars Maniac Cop
If you're looking for a nice, campy comfort B-Movie, Maniac Cop will hit the spot. It's not for anyone but genre fans, however for those of us who think Bruce Campbell... Read more
Published 7 months ago by ribcage
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What happened to the audio commentary??
So, there are NO special features on this bd? The Thing from John Carpenter is on bd, but the commentary is the only feature from the dvd that was ported over. Ugh!
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