4K restoration of “Maniac” on Blu-ray has been delayed until December for quality

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The previously reported upcoming 4K restoration of Maniac on Blu-ray Disc originally slated for next month, has now been delayed until December 11th for quality purposes. Essentially, the folks at Blue Underground made a very wise decision to put all of the bonus materials on a second Blu-ray Disc (instead of a DVD) to give the movie its very own disc. Doing this will give that new 4K restoration from the original film negatives a higher bitrate and make it look much better than it would sharing a Blu-ray with bonus materials. Below you can find the statement Blue Underground made to press earlier.

We have some good news and bad news regarding our upcoming MANIAC Limited Edition Blu-ray. Bad news first: We’re delaying the release until December 11th. This is to accommodate the good news: We’ve decided to make the second disc a Blu-ray instead of a DVD. Suggest Retail Price remains unchanged, so now you’re getting more bang for your buck!

We’re moving the majority of Extras over to Disc 2, allowing more space to accommodate the Feature at a much higher bit rate. Our goal is to give MANIAC the best presentation possible on Blu-ray. We can’t wait for you to see the stunning new 4K Restoration from the recently discovered long-lost 16mm original camera negative!!

The Blu-ray re-release is available for PRE-ORDER over at Amazon, just realize they’re very slow at changing things like release dates. The bonus materials have not changed, they’ve just changed their layout and it can be found further below, after the break.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE:

 

 

We have some good news and bad news regarding our upcoming MANIAC Limited Edition Blu-ray. Bad news first: We’re delaying the release until December 11th. This is to accommodate the good news: We’ve decided to make the second disc a Blu-ray instead of a DVD. Suggest Retail Price remains unchanged, so now you’re getting more bang for your buck!

We’re moving the majority of Extras over to Disc 2, allowing more space to accommodate the Feature at a much higher bit rate. Our goal is to give MANIAC the best presentation possible on Blu-ray. We can’t wait for you to see the stunning new 4K Restoration from the recently discovered long-lost 16mm original camera negative!!

 

  • WORLD PREMIERE – New 4K Restoration from original camera negative!
  • LIMITED EDITION 3D Lenticular Slipcover – Only 10,000 available!
  • BONUS Collectable Booklet and Soundtrack CD by Jay Chattaway!
  • MANIAC HD Theatrical Trailer:


 


The Notorious Horror Classic! New 4K Restoration!

 

Frank Zito (a career performance by writer/executive producer Joe Spinell of ROCKY and THE GODFATHER fame) is a deeply disturbed man, haunted by the traumas of unspeakable childhood abuse. And when these horrific memories begin to scream inside his mind, Frank prowls the seedy streets of New York City to stalk and slaughter innocent young women. Now Frank has begun a relationship with a beautiful photographer (Caroline Munro of THE SPY WHO LOVED ME), yet his vile compulsions remain. These are the atrocities of a human monster. This is the story of a MANIAC.

 

Directed by William Lustig (MANIAC COP 2, VIGILANTE) and featuring landmark gore effects by Tom Savini (DAWN OF THE DEAD, FRIDAY THE 13th), this relentlessly shocking and disturbing film was originally banned or censored all over the world due to its graphic violence. Now 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 (Blu-ray) Feature Film + Extras:

  • Audio Commentary #1 with Producer/Director William Lustig and Producer Andrew W. Garroni
  • 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
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Radio Spots

Disc 2 (Blu-ray) Extras:

  • NEW! MANIAC Outtakes
  • NEW! Returning to the Scene of the Crime with William Lustig
  • Anna and the Killer – Interview with Star Caroline Munro
  • The Death Dealer – Interview with Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini
  • Dark Notes – Interview with Composer Jay Chattaway
  • Maniac Men – Interview with Songwriters Michael Sembello and Dennis Matkosky
  • The Joe Spinell Story
  • Robbie: Maniac 2 Promo Reel
  • MANIAC Publicity
  • MANIAC Controversy

BONUS! MANIAC Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD by Jay Chattaway

BONUS! Collectable Booklet with new essay by Michael Gingold

 

Sell Points:

  • The notorious horror classic returns in a newly remastered 3-Disc Limited Edition!
  • WORLD PREMIERE! New 4K Restoration from the recently discovered 16mm original camera negative
  • Overflowing with hours of NEW and archival Extras
  • Blu-ray features Full 1080p HD Resolution and DTS-HD Master Audio for the ultimate home theater experience
  • Exclusive Limited Collector’s Edition includes 2 Blu-rays, Soundtrack CD, collectable booklet, reversible sleeve, and special 3D lenticular slipcover (First Pressing Only)
  • National Print Advertising and extensive Online Exposure
  • From Director William Lustig (VIGILANTE, RELENTLESS, UNCLE SAM, MANIAC COP trilogy)
  • Stars cult favorites Joe Spinell (THE GODFATHER I & II, ROCKY I & II, VIGILANTE), Caroline Munro (THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD), and Make-Up Effects Master Tom Savini (FROM DUSK TILL DAWN)
  • Acclaimed 2012 remake starring Elijah Wood (THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy)
  • For fans of FRIDAY THE 13th, THE PROWLER, and HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER