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  1. tee

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    I see Movietyme are shipping the 5,000 Limited Edition Tin with Dolby Digital and DTS.... Who's seen it? Is it worth taking a chance on?

    Come on Rambo, I know YOU'VE seen it <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> Whats the word??
     
  2. PoochJD

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    Tee,

    I've ordered the Limited Edition 2 DVD "Maniac" set, as well.

    Having said that, I haven't seen the film ever, so I'm only going on what I've read and heard from other people. I've been told it's an interesting, but very disturbing 1980's exploitation/slasher flick. If you have an interest in either of those two genres, then it's normally recommended by fans of the same!

    You can also check out the following link, from the Anchor Bay site:

    <a href="http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com/product/product.asp?sku=DV11850" target="_blank">http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com/product/product.asp?sku=DV11850</a>

    Sorry if that doesn't help you out quite as much as you would like, but I do hope it does a little bit...

    Pooch

    [ 25-08-2001: Message edited by: PoochJD ]</p>
     
  3. tee

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    Thanks for the replies.

    I am very tempted I have to say and it looks as though Anchor Bay have produced another amazing disc. Should I? Shouldn't I? I don't know..... <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

    Are there any reviews anywhere? Maybe they'll seal the deal....
     
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    I watched it not so long ago and found it an interesting and atmospheric shocker, firmly belonging to the early '80's slasher cycle in it's habit of having a graphic gore scene every 10 minutes or so, but a lot better than most of them. WELL over the top central performance from Spinell, however, which on occasion hovers just this side of parody. Decent special effects on the whole, VERY seedy feel to most of it. Not to everyone's taste, but I would say give it a go. Jay Chattaway's superb score will sound fabulous in 5.1/DTS!!!!
     
  5. PoochJD

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    Hi,

    Your best bet for reviews of the movie itself, rather than pre-release of the DVD set, would be the Internet Movie Database, at:

    <a href="http://www.imdb.com" target="_blank">www.imdb.com</a>

    Failing that, you could always try any/all of the following sites. Some will review just the movie, whilst others may review the actual DVD itself.

    <br />Beyond The Boundaries<br /><a href="http://freespace.virgin.net/alasdair.y/INDEX1.HTM" target="_blank">http://freespace.virgin.net/alasdair.y/INDEX1.HTM</a>

    Dark Angel Site<br /><a href="http://website.lineone.net/~darkangel5/menu.htm" target="_blank">http://website.lineone.net/~darkangel5/menu.htm</a>

    DVD Unleashed<br /><a href="http://www.dvdunleashed.net/" target="_blank">www.dvdunleashed.net/</a>

    Horror Films Online<br /><a href="http://horrorfilms.8m.com/" target="_blank">http://horrorfilms.8m.com/</a>

    Losman's Lair Of Horror<br /><a href="http://www.losman.com/" target="_blank">http://www.losman.com/</a>

    Midnight Media / "Is It Uncut?" magazine<br /><a href="http://www.midnight-media.demon.co.uk/" target="_blank">www.midnight-media.demon.co.uk/</a>

    The Dark Side<br /><a href="http://www.ebony.co.uk/darkside/" target="_blank">www.ebony.co.uk/darkside/</a>

    The Terror Trap<br /><a href="http://www.terrortrap.com/" target="_blank">www.terrortrap.com/</a>

    The Video Nasty<br /><a href="http://www.video-nasty.com/" target="_blank">www.video-nasty.com/</a>

    Sex, Gore, Mutants<br /><a href="http://www.sexgoremutants.f9.co.uk/frame1.html" target="_blank">http://www.sexgoremutants.f9.co.uk/frame1.html</a>

    Splatterhouse<br /><a href="http://splatterhouse.net/splatterhouse.htm" target="_blank">http://splatterhouse.net/splatterhouse.htm</a>

    <br />Is that enough for you?! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

    Pooch
     
  6. tee

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    Cheers for the info Pooch although it's abit late now - I cracked and ordered it yesterday..... <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

    Someone pointed me to this review - check it out for yourself: <a href="http://www.dvdmaniacs.net/Reviews/M-P/Maniac_1980AB.htm" target="_blank">Maniac</a>
     
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    Tee,

    Hi Again! Yep, it sure looks impressive. However, they forgot to mention the second disc, which contains the entire CD soundtrack by Jay Chattaway! Another bonus on top, which should make this one of the best Anchor Bay DVD sets ever!

    I will probably get mine on Wednesday, as the bank holiday will delay the post by one day, but I really can't wait for it!

    Glad some of what I posted has convinced you to buy the set! <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> I'm sure that you won't regret it!

    Now, how can I convince you to purchase the forthcoming Anchor Bay DVD release of "Suspiria" by Dario Argento, containing 2 DVD's and a CD soundtrack as well?! <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

    Pooch
     
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    How did you know I need convincing to get Suspiria?? <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

    I have to admit I probably am going to take the plunge and buy it but I am still a little hesitant as I've never seen it before... All the reviews say the disc is a cracker and by all accounts the film itself is a classic.

    Where from, how much etc...??

    Cheers mate
     
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    Tee,

    Anchor Bay's up and coming reissue of "Suspiria", with 2 DVD's and a CD soundtrack, in a lovely Limited Tin Edition, with DTS-EX audio soundtrack, and an uncut edition of the print, will be available from September 11th.

    Most "decent" DVD sites should have it listed now, although I am getting mine from my normal DVD importer - <a href="http://www.dc-dvd.net/" target="_blank">www.dc-dvd.net/</a>

    Dave Castledine is charging £31-27, but you will no doubt have plenty of other people extolling the virtues of getting it for £17-99 (or thereabouts) from "Play 24-7". However, bear in mind that this very company failed miserably to get several people the "Akira: Limited Tin Edition" DVD set, so I don't think they would be a particularly reputable firm, for another "Limited Edition" DVD order. However, this is only my opinion.

    Check out the following "Suspiria" link:<br /><a href="http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com/product/product.asp?sku=DV11610" target="_blank">www.anchorbayentertainment.com/product/product.asp?sku=DV11610</a>

    You may also be interested in a same-day release of Argento's "Opera" (aka "Terror At The Opera"), in a deluxe 2 DVD Limited Tin Edition as well. Go to:

    <a href="http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com/product/product.asp?sku=DV11854" target="_blank">www.anchorbayentertainment.com/product/product.asp?sku=DV11854</a>

    Let me know what you think, and if you decide to order them. Trust me, you are in for one hell of a ride with "Suspiria"! <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

    Pooch
     
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    Hi,

    I've received my "Maniac: Special Edition" DVD today, and just finished watching it.

    The film itself, is okay, but not quite as bad or grim as I was expecting. However, there are at least 2 scenes that made my skin crawl/jump off of my seat, and thus, that made the experience a lot more enjoyable.

    Extras wise, the 50-minute documentary on actor Joe Spinell is a little bit of a puff-piece on how great he was as an actor, and how much fun he was to work with. (He died in 1989.) Thus, it isn't as much fun as it could have been. It's also very depressing, as the documentary details his death, his mother's death, and the death of a fellow actor, right at the end of the end credits.

    The remaining extras are good, especially the section that details how the US media reacted to the original cinema release. Let's just say, they weren't amused, especially the women! <img src="eek.gif" border="0">

    One extra, not listed on the disc, that I've discovered: Go to the "Extras" menu, and you will then see a scrawled X symbol, over a women's face. Highlight it, and listen to an audio outtake with William Friedkin (director of "The Exorcist"). Interesting, but slight.

    The CD is very good, however! A picture disc, in the shape of Joe Spinell's head! Cool! The soundtrack is quite moody, and it's very different to other Jay Chattaway stuff. (He did the score to "Due South", the TV show, of all things!)

    Overall, not the greatest Anchor Bay release, but fun and certainly novel! 7/10.
     
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    Pooch, just thought I'd let you know I recieved my Maniac Tin last week and watched it a few days ago..... Some of the film was ok and genuinely unsettling but I found the main character incredibly annoying and Spinell's performance was SO over the top it was unreal. Unfortunatly I didn't enjoy the film at all (apart from the head explosion <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> ) which is dissapointing becasue the whole package from Anchor Bay is superb. I'm actually in the process of trading it with someone for the Army Of Darness Director's Cut (Canadian Limited Edition 1 of 5,000)....

    Thanks for advice anyway mate.
     
  12. Rambo John J

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    I like Maniac myself, although I won't be buying the new AB set as my Elite disc does the job just fine. I must say that I prefer Fulci's New York Ripper, it's far sleazier and a bit more "fun".<br />To be honest, if Bill Lustig wasn't one of the directors at Anchor Bay I don't think they'd have given his movie that treatment they did as it's frankly not worth it. There's far better films out there crying out for SE treatment
     

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