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09 December 2018

Blue Underground is a MANIAC (review)

Forget FLASHDANCE, Joe Spinell is the MANIAC in William Lustig's 42nd Street gorefest as a mother-obsessed killer of women cutting a slice out of the Big Apple.  Caroline Munro also stars.  Special make-up effects by Tom Savini.


REVIEW LINK: Blue Underground (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

MANIAC Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 and 2.0 Stereo, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, and Spanish (Castilian) Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH, Chinese, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Thai
    • Audio Commentary by writer/director William Lustig and producer Andrew W. Garroni (Recorded in July 2010)
    • Audio Commentary by writer/director William Lustig, editor Lorenzo Marinelli, Joe Spinell's assistant Luke Walter and special make-up effects artist Tom Savini (From 1994 and the Laserdisc release)
    • Trailers:
      • U.S. "Hard" Trailer
      • U.S. "Soft" Trailer
      • International Trailer
      • French Trailer
      • German Teaser
      • German Trailer
      • Italian Trailer
    • 9 TV Spots
    • 4 Radio Spots
  • Disc Two: 
    • Outtakes (with audio commentary by William Lustig)
    • "Returning to the Scene of the Crime with Bill Lustig" location revisit
    • "Anna and the Killer" interview with actress 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" documentary
    • "Mr. Robbie" 'Maniac 2' Promo
    • Publicity:
      • "Paul Wunder" radio interview with William Lustig, Joe Spinell and actress Caroline Munro
      • William Lustig on "Movie Madness (18/02/1981)"
      • Joe Spinell at Cannes
      • Joe Spinell on "The Joe Franklin Show"
      • Caroline Munro TV Interview
      • Barf Bag Review Policy
      • Grindhouse Film Festival 2010 Q&A with William Lustig, Andrew Garroni and Sharon Mitchell
    • Stills Gallery
    • Controversy:
      • Los Angeles:
        • Channel 7 News 3/6/81 11:00pm
        • Channel 11 News 3/6/81 10:30pm
        • NBC Tomorrow Show 3/10/81
      • Chicago:
        • Channel 2 News 2/3/81 10:00pm (2:13)
      • Philadelphia:
        • Channel 10 News 3/2/81 11:00pm (0:29)
        • Channel 3 News 3/3/81 6:00pm (1:13)
        • Channel 3 News 3/3/81 11:00pm (0:51)
        • Channel 6 News 3/3/81 5:30pm (0:54)
      • "Newsbeat"
        • Violent Movies (12:45)
        • Movie Violence (8:26)
      • "Midnight Blue"
        • Al Goldstein rants against violent movies (3:54)
        • Al Goldstein mutilates his love doll (2:39)
    • "Gallery of Outrage" various newspaper reviews
  • Disc Three (CD):
    • Soundtrack by Jay Chattaway
  • Comes with a booklet by Michael Gingold
  • Reversible Cover
  • Holographic Slipcover

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