Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
30th Anniversary Edition
Actors: Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Gail Lawrence, Kelly Piper, Tom Savini
Director: William Lustig
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Worst Blu-ray Transfer I've Ever Seen
JayDee | Virginia | 10/24/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This review is not for the film itself, which I believe you either love or you hate. Its also not for the copious supplemental material included, which is phenomenal if you enjoy a lot of extras. Its for the quality of the Blu-ray transfer, which is honestly the worst I have ever seen. Perhaps the 16 mm source material is simply not appropriate for the high definition format. The picture is full of murky blacks, persistent grain, milky picture and very little appearance of anything "high definition". At best, the soundtracks has a lot of punch and is spotless and aggressive. Blue Underground perhaps should have considered the appropriate quality of the source before making a high definition transfer, which seems rather a pointless endeavor. I don't believe there is any way to make "Maniac" look great. If you have the DVD, you might want to just keep it and forget this release."
J. Baratti | tulsa, OK | 10/25/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this movie immediately after seeing the original Dawn of the Dead. DOTD made Tom Savini a superstar and this was his next effort. The effects look so real in it. I just sort of accidentally caught this at the drive-in back in the day and was stunned with the effects just like i was with DOTD. Tom Savini even plays a part as one of the victims! If you haven't seen this yet, but love gore, you owe it to yourself to see this one. It's not like your typical slasher flick. Instead of the story being about the victims, its more about the killer himself and the torture he goes through in his mind. Classic stuff for sure!"
I'm More then Happy with this Blind Buy!!!!!
Jason Sum | IL, USA | 10/30/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I pre-ordered Maniac 30th Anniversary Edition Blu Ray
to Retire the Original Anchor Bay 1st Print DVD
I had no Clue of The PQ and any if any New Extras
The HD Transfer debate
I have only watched half the Flick.
I never expected A Super HQ Transfer like Wizard of Oz or Iron Man to name a few,
I think for a Super Low Budget B-Movie Filmed in 16mm it looks better then the DVD
Plus the 7.1 DTS Audio is Killer and sound very Good.
IMO Blue Underground did there best with a Transfer they should be commended for the great job on the Audio
Die Hard Horror Fans will love it if they have The Original Anchor Bay Version
There are a Few Recent Films that had no Business given the HD Transfer (Talking to Both Clerks & Blair Witch Project)
The Price isn't Bad at all for a 2-Disc Set I payed double for the Limited Edition TIN 10yrs Ago!
The Extra Content:
This BR has allot of Great Extras
All the Great Extras from the 2001 Anchor Bay DVD
Along with a New Audio Commentary, New Interviews, Plus More!!!!
The Film Itself:
If you are A Horror Fan and Never seen Maniac where have you been
There are people out there mentally ill from various forms of abuse!
That makes this much more Scary!
The main character is Human. Not some super-human killing machine
It could easily be called a sequel to Psycho set in NY
The Gore is Crazy/Over the Top (All the F/X are Practical this is One of those Films That Showcase how Good
Old School Practical Effects are and make any Film look/Seem much Real!
CGI on a film like this would make it a Comedy!
Tom Savini's Effects are Gold!
He is at his Peek F/X wise
Savini also has a Cameo his Death Scene is Simply Stunning and you will go back to it a few times Cause it looks so Realist and Good
Over All if you wanna Upgrade the DVD to a HD Movie That's Your Call
All the Extras makes this BR one of BLUE UNDERGROUND's Best Must Own to add to any Collection this Year
HD Transfer 8.8/10
The BR Collection Overall 9.2/10