Cops, Robbers and REVENGE!!! – Maniac Cop on Blu Ray and South of Heaven on DVD

Cops, Robbers and REVENGE!!! – Maniac Cop on Blu Ray and South of Heaven on DVD

William Lustig’s classic MANIAC COP and the bizarro

SOUTH OF HEAVEN invade your home this Fall!

When you say Maniac Cop the horror movie loving community pretty much asks for their lawyer and puts their hands behind their collective head. Well that’s about to happen to happy in stunning Blu Ray. Not heard of or seen Maniac Cop? Here’s the skinny from Synapse:

(FYI… not an HD/Blu Ray Trailer)

Innocent people are brutally killed on the streets of New York by a uniformed police officer. A young cop, Jack Forrest (Bruce Campbell, TV’s BURN NOTICE and THE EVIL DEAD Trilogy) finds himself marked as the chief suspect after his wife is murdered. As Lieutenant Frank McCrae (Tom Atkins, DRIVE ANGRY and LETHAL WEAPON) investigates, the death toll rises and he suspects a mysterious police cover-up. This “maniac” cop must be stopped, but it might not be so easy. He seems inhuman, and ready to take on the entire police force, hell-bent on revenge! Restored and remastered from original vault materials by Synapse Films, MANIAC COP looks and sounds better than ever in this brand-new 2011 high-definition transfer, featuring newly remixed DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound! Long considered a classic of the horror genre, MANIAC COP was written and produced by Larry Cohen (IT’S ALIVE, PHONE BOOTH) and directed by William Lustig (MANIAC, VIGILANTE).

Also, in conjunction with the release of the release of Sir William Lustig (knighted by this writer only) Synpase is taking a queue from the old Slayer playbook and bringing South of Heaven to your door.  Again from Synapse:

A bold anti-hero origin story steeped with atmosphere and ultraviolence! When Roy Coop finished his stint in the Navy, he only had two things on his mind: seeing his brother Dale, and writing the great American novel. What he gets, however, is the homecoming from Hell! A pair of violent vaudevillians (NAPOLEON DYNAMITE’s Jon Gries, and Thomas Jay Ryan) mistake him for his brother, looking to collect on a debt he didn’t know he owed. Eight fingers later, Roy is burnt to a crisp, forged by fire into a new man. Roy is dead. Nobody is born. Now it’s Nobody’s turn to have his wicked revenge, and to save his brother before it’s too late. Wrapped in bandages and ready for blood, Nobody is determined to kill those that gets in his way, even the murdering masochist named Mad Dog Mantee (Shea Whigham, MACHETE and HBO’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE).

Dodging bullets and dodging dames, Nobody meets the nasty ne’er-do-wells Lily (Diora Baird, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING) and Veronica (Elina Löwensohn, SCHINDLER’S LIST). In this wonderful neo-film-noir, violence and vengeance are destined to meet in a little town they call… SOUTH OF HEAVEN.

The Devil’s Details on both of these fine releases:

Special Features and Disc Info (MANIAC COP):

Maniac Cop Memories – Interview with Robert Z’Dar

Out the Window – Interview with Tom Atkins

Three Minutes with Danny Hicks Featurette

Motion Still Gallery

Additional Scenes Filmed for Japanese TV

Theatrical Trailer

TV Spots

Spanish Radio Spot

Director: William Lustig

Starring: Bruce Campbell and Tom Atkins

Run Time: 87 minutes
Release Date: October 11, 2011
 English (6.1 and 4.0 Surround)
Aspect Ratio: High-Definition 1080p Widescreen (1:85:1)
Format: Blu-ray
Price: $24.95

Special Features and Disc Info (SOUTH OF HEAVEN):

Three Audio Commentaries featuring Cast Members, Filmmakers, and Critics

Three Short Films by Director J.L. Vara

Director: J.L. Vara

Starring: Shea Whigham, Diora Baird, Elina Löwensohn
Run Time: 97 minutes
Release Date: October 11, 2011
 English (5.1 Surround)
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic 1.78:1
Format: DVD
Price: $19.95

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Dr. Jimmy Terror, more commonly known as James P. Harris, has been “writing your eyes” shut since 2010 with his horror themed blog Dr. Terror’s Blog of Horrors (whose name is a play on words derived from the Amicus film, Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors). In the early 2000’s he fronted the band The Vaudeville Vampires, a short-lived Horrorabilly band which saw the creation of a catalog of horror related songs before disbanding (with only one, six song demo ever being produced and distributed). He has had only one on screen appearance to date in the horror/suspense short, Ocean Parkway, as maniacal, gloved killer with a hair fetish. Having done some un-credited, behind the scenes work in some low budget genre pictures, he is currently working on his first foray into screenwriting with a demonic, retro gore entry that pays homage to Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento as well as other Italian masters of the genre.

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