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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).
- 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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better than the synapse special edition DVD release years ago
the picture and audio have been upgraded to HD widescreen transfer
and it looks and sounds excellent, best quality this film is ever going to get i think
any fan of this film knows the plot so this review is about this synapse blu-ray release
and U.K. Arrowfilms blu-ray of Maniac cop
which has more special features than the synapse release
this synapse blu-ray release has
Maniac cop memories which is Robert Z'dar interview
plus there are 2 new interviews on this blu-ray Interview with Tom Atkins and Danny Hicks
but very unfortunate no interviews with Bill Lustig, Bruce campbell or Laurene Landon
but there's additional scenes from the Japan release
aswell as still Photo Gallery, TV spots and Trailer.
the DVD release has commentary by Bill Lustig and Bruce campbell, this blu-ray release does not
so take your pick, get the blu-ray release with more special features or just get the DVD.
I also have the U.K. arrowfilms blu-ray of Maniac cop aswell which you can still get on amazon.co.uk
this U.K. blu-ray release is only region B but also has an HD transfer so both versions are similar
but this U.K. blu-ray has even more special features than the U.S. synapse blu-ray
there's an interview with writer Larry cohen, interview with Tom Atkins and Laurene Landon
plus other extras aswell
so both synapse Blu-ray Maniac cop and arrow films Blu-ray Maniac cop
is definitely worth the money for sure,
both are HD widescreen and loaded with all new special features/interviews.
so you might aswell scrap the dvd release and get this blu-ray version
i gave them both 5 stars,
What's got into him? He took on the corruption. Only corruption wasn't going to sit still for that, oh no no no. You think rust is gonna get caught snoozing? Corruption equals money in pockets. Money in pockets equals corruption and is not going to tolerate a Police Officer with big enough uh, handcuffs to put the smack-down on corruption.
What happened/happens is for you to find out. This is a Bill Lustig movie, people. The man never pulled a directorial punch in his life. He's down and dirty and mean and friendly and he has a sense of humor but does not suffer fools (I do not know the man even though that might sound like I was talking from experience, so let me go on record as saying that I am just an average schmuck who LOVES EVERY MOMENT HE HAS PROVIDED HIS VIEWING PUBLIC ON CELLULOID).
Alright, let me compose myself... where was I? Oh yeah, this DVD edition (make sure you place the one from Synapse films in your Amazon shopping cart, or you'll be sorry) carries a running Commentary from Mr. Lustig, some guy named Bruce Campbell, Composer Jay Chattaway (great score, by the way), and the always welcome Larry Cohen (who wrote/produced the film and whose name is - to me - exploitation gold; I can't tell you how many films I knew nothing about but watched just because his name was attached). There are other Special features, too, but if that isn't enough to whet your appetite, then read the other reviews (I did).
If I can get back to Bill Lustig for one last increment (is there time? We have five minutes and three hundred words left? Where's my coffee? Ahh, there's that wonderful cup), the man's commentaries that he has graced us with were/are a treasure trove of information regarding the glory days of exploitation film.
If possible, and should you be so inclined, check out the commentaries he did for the "adult film" industry-related projects he was involved in ("Sylvia" which he was cinematographer on, and "Violation of Claudia"/"Hot Honey", a 2-on-1 DVD, both of which he directed and feature Nicholas Winding Refn providing support - who knew they were roommates at one time?).
It amazes me that some feathers still get ruffled over these, they are tame by today's standards, the major studios have since co-opted many of their ideas, and are a part of film history's HERITAGE. As in FILM-HISTORY-STUDY. And by the way, the "violation" included in the aforementioned title isn't what you are probably thinking, but I'm not gonna spoil it for anyone...all I will say is that the film is a very sly statement on relationships without pounding you over the head while delivering it. Love that Lustig.
Sorry for the semi-rant (and no, I'm not done yet), but exploitation films are endlessly fascinating to me, and judging by all the archival releases we have seen appear since the digital age alone, as well as retrospectives in film theaters, I am not alone. Heck, I haven't had time to see Tarantino's last 2 films (I will eventually though, I promise!), but the fact that he celebrates these exploitation gems from our past (including those icky "adult films") makes him especially important to me because HE RECOGNIZES them as LEGITIMATE ENTERTAINMENT.
I guess my fear is that we might get dialed back to those dark days when certain politicians worked in unison with (shadowy inside/bright public-image-conscious on the outside) religious groups to put the kibosh on the right to be entertained unless it is controlled by a major that has money to quash and control any edge so they can smooth-a-rooni it into one of their bleak-busters. In other words, corruption!
What would the Maniac Cop do?