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Continuing to bring its library of international fright features to Blu-ray, Blue Underground gave Fango the scoop on a bunch more releases to look forward to. The most noteworthy is a new, mega-packed special edition of William Lustig’s MANIAC, coming just in time for Halloween.
The notorious Joe Spinell-starring gorefest will be unleashed in two-DVD and two-Blu-ray sets October 26, with a brand new hi-def transfer and (on the latter) 7.1 DTS-HD audio. Special features have yet to be finalized, but we’re told there will be around six or seven hours’ worth of ’em, including fresh interviews with lead actress Caroline Munro, FX creator Tom Savini, composer Jay Chattaway and “Maniac” songwriters Michael Sembello and Dennis Matkosky (yes, the FLASHDANCE hit was originally intended for MANIAC’s soundtrack!). We’ll bring you full details as soon as we get ’em. Lustig’s urban actioner VIGILANTE makes its Blu-ray debut via BU September 21, and on the company’s Blu-ray schedule for 2011 (no specific dates yet) are Dario Argento’s DEEP RED, INFERNO and CAT O’ NINE TAILS, Larry Cohen’s Q: THE WINGED SERPENT and GOD TOLD ME TO and Harry Kümel’s DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS.
NYC-area fans who want to check out MANIAC on the big screen can do so this Saturday, June 12 at midnight when it’s presented as part of the BAMcinemaFest at Brooklyn’s BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Avenue). And Manhattan’s Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Avenue) will host its second William Lustig Presents showcase August 12-20. This collection of movies not currently available on DVD (all presented here in 35mm prints) is largely action/crime fare, but they’re must-sees for genre buffs, and one of them is Charles B. Pierce’s 1977 docu-horror classic THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN. Here’s the full schedule:
Henri Verneuil’s THE BURGLARS/LE CASSE: Thursday, Aug. 12 at 6:45 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 16 at 9 p.m.
Henri Verneuil’s FEAR OVER THE CITY/PEUR SUR LA VILLE: Thursday, Aug. 12 at 9:30 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.
Jonathan Kaplan’s WHITE LINE FEVER: Friday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 9:15 p.m.
John Flynn’s DEFIANCE: Friday, Aug. 13 at 9:15 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 15 at 2:15 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.
Larry Cohen’s THE PRIVATE FILES OF J. EDGAR HOOVER: Saturday, Aug. 14 at 2:15 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 20 at 6:45 p.m.
Charles B. Pierce’s THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN: Saturday, Aug. 14 at 4:45 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 20 at 9:30 p.m.
Henri Verneuil’s THE SICILIAN CLAN/LE CLAN DES SICILIENS: Saturday, Aug. 14 at 6:45 p.m. and Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 9 p.m.
Giuliano Montaldo’s MACHINE GUN MCCAIN/GLI INTOCCABILI: Saturday, Aug. 14 at 9:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 15 at 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m.
Jack Cardiff’s THE MERCENARIES (a.k.a. DARK OF THE SUN): Sunday, Aug. 15 at 6:45 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 19 at 9:30 p.m..
John Frankenheimer’s 99 AND 44/100% DEAD: Sunday, Aug. 15 at 9 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 19 at 7:15 p.m.
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