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Maniac Cop [Blu-ray]

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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

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • 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 (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005FRWU5Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,677 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Z. Freeman VINE VOICE on May 21, 2007
Format: DVD
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 By Michael R Gates VINE VOICE on 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 By Tracys on October 4, 2012
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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By GreatMovieCriticForever on December 24, 2006
Format: DVD
Memorable guilty pleasure from the 1980's only in the time period could it be produced. However, it's actually not that bad. The performances here including Bruce Campbell, and Tom Atikis are very passable. There's a crazy killer masquerading as a cop in New York which nowadays would be very normal. It was directed by William Lustig of the classic film "Maniac: so I knew it would deliver the goods. It's not quite predictable either. He knows how to build tension and sometimes fool the viewer into thinking the killer will strike (as seen in the scene where a paranoid woman shoots a young cop thinking he's the killer).

The special effects and gore are fine. The movie never gets too boring and is very entertaining till the end. Robert Z'Dar as the Maniac who doesn't have any dialogue at all is very menacing as the Maniac. We also get a side story into how the mayor and other politicians know the reason why this guy is killing yet cover it up. This flick has it all. The sequels I heard are not that great but the first is always a classic.

The DVD has great stuff added to it including a couple of deleted scenes, a great featurette with Z'Dar himself, trailers and commentary.

"Maniac Cop" is a truly a horror classic. You know this plot as dumb as it sounds apply today to what's going in law enforcement isn't that far fetched (except for the part that this guy is unstoppable.) Recommended if you like any of Lustig's work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nightwing on November 6, 2008
Format: DVD
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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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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