Maniac R1

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  1. Brigadeer

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    Play have Maniac R1 with dts soundtrack coming out shortly - can anyone tell me if this is worth buying...thanks.
     
  2. Chandler

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    nice idea Mr C!

    on the subject of horror films can anyone tell me if Wicker Man (also at play) is worth a purchase either in normal or special editions.
     
  3. Rambo John J

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    Maniac.....aaah, the BBFC's favourite film alongside New York Ripper. Personally I think it's a very misunderstood film. Most can't see the root of the film (the effects of child abuse on later life) and choose only to take in what's on the surface, ie the butchery of several women in your usual "wandering psycho" stylee. Joe Spinell turns in a great performance as the psycho haunted by the abuse forced on him by his overbearing mother, and several of the scenes take tension to its limit and keep you hanging almost unbearably for ages before the victims finally get seen to. It's a pretty low budget film but it had a massive following on its initial release in the US, but unfortunately in the UK its been banned for many years and that's just the way the BBFC like to keep it. <br />The disc is, to an extent, the same as the old Elite copy but with improved pic/sound and I think they add a documentary about Joe Spinell. The audio commentary is a blast. It's a very grim movie though, there aren't really any laughs in it, although there are some very tastefully done gore effects by Tom Savini with exploding heads and decapitations. <br />A personal favourite of mine, but obviously not for all tastes. It's not really for people who's appreciation of horror films doesn't stretch beyond post-modern self referential Scream-alike pap.

    The Wicker Man, on the other hand, is a bizarre film. It's not your typical horror film but has oodles of atmosphere and suspense, right down to the end. The big question though is how much do you need a 2 disc set of it.....<br />Well, the European 'cut' is better than the US 'cut' but in this package it's made up from the US release cut together with lower grade source materials to make the longer European version (as Anchor Bay did with their Army Of Darkness directors cut disc) and so you get variable picture quality throughout the disc - where the scenes were the same as the US version they used the same source, but where the scenes were different they used several different sources and so different parts of the film have a different look to them. The transfer on the US 'cut' is apparently stunning, but the 2nd disc of the Euro 'cut' doesn't look as good for these reasons.<br />It's a classic film and highly thought of in many circles. Edward Woodward puts in a good performance as the virgin copper, and Britt Ekland has a comedy Scottish accent dubbed on in post production. She goes nude though. <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

    Hope this helps.

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  4. Rambo John J

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    oops, as for whether to get normal or special editions, I'm a collector so it's Specials for me every time. The Wicker Man comes with a novelty wooden box which looks quite funky and the 2nd disc of the European version. The Euro version of the film is better so you may have no choice with this one. The US cut is shorter, but in this set, looks better.

    I'm not looking to get the new version of Maniac though as the Elite disc is very good, but if I was going to buy one I'd get whichever limited edition is going due to the collectibility factor and the fact that it's always going to be worth more on ebay than I paid for it.

    The Wicker Man set is reviewed here...

    <a href="http://www.dvdreview.com/fullreviews/the_wicker_man.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.dvdreview.com/fullreviews/the_wicker_man.shtml</a>

    You can also find one at <a href="http://www.horrordvds.com" target="_blank">http://www.horrordvds.com</a> in their review section.

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