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Synapse Films has a number of
movies featuring Sam Raimi and members of his camp coming on disc, and we’ve
got details on a few of ’em, starting with the October Blu-ray of William
Lustig’s MANIAC COP. We’ve also got early word on what you’ll see on a new
Blu-ray of Raimi’s EVIL DEAD II (pictured) coming this November.
MANIAC COP, scripted by Larry Cohen and starring Tom Atkins
and Bruce Campbell as NYC police tracking the butcher in blue played by Robert
Z’Dar, arrives October 11 on Blu-ray, retailing for $24.95, with an anamorphic
1.85:1 transfer and DTS 6.1 Surround sound. The extras (the first two of which
are new to this edition) are:
• “Out the Window” interview with Atkins
• “Three Minutes with Danny Hicks” featurette
• “MANIAC COP Memories” featurette with Z’Dar
• Motion still gallery
• Additional Japanese TV scenes
• Theatrical trailer
• TV spots and Spanish radio spot
Michael Felsher of Red Shirt Pictures, producer of the COP supplements, is also
putting together the extras for Synapse’s upcoming releases of Scott Spiegel’s
supermarket-slasher opus INTRUDER and Josh Becker’s killer-cult shocker THOU
SHALT NOT KILL…EXCEPT. “For INTRUDER, we have an audio commentary with Scott
Spiegel and [producer] Lawrence Bender,” Felsher tells Fango, “and a making-of
documentary with Scott, Lawrence, [actress] Elizabeth Cox, Greg Nicotero,
Howard Berger, Robert Kurtzman, Burr Steers, Craig Stark, Ted Raimi and others.
There will also be trailers, audition footage, outtakes from the original NIGHT
CREW short film, deleted and extended gore scenes from the workprint version,
“For THOU SHALT NOT KILL, the previous commentary [by Becker
and Bruce Campbell] will be there, plus a new one with me and lead actor Brian
Schulze. There will also be a documentary featuring Josh Becker, Scott Spiegel,
Ted Raimi, Robert Rickman, John Manfredi, Tim Quill and others.”
While chatting up all those Sam Raimi associates, Felsher
has also been talking to them about EVIL DEAD II, which Lionsgate Home
Entertainment issues on a new Blu-ray currently
slated for November 15. While Felsher can’t reveal everything you can expect to
find on this disc, he does tell us, “There will be a huge making-of documentary
with over two dozen members of the cast and crew [including Campbell, pictured
above], and much more. Also, Lionsgate is aware of how dissatisfied people were
with the transfer on the previous EVIL DEAD II Blu-ray, and are taking steps to
solve that issue for the new edition.” Keep your eyes on this site for further
And speaking of Synapse’s October releases, also coming on
the 11th is J.L. Vara’s violent Western SOUTH OF HEAVEN, starring SPLINTER’s Shea
Whigham, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING’s Diora Baird, Jonathan Gries,
Thomas Jay Ryan, Aaron Nee and Adam Nee. This one will be presented in
anamorphic 1.78:1 with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, and will include three audio
commentaries by the filmmakers and cast and three short films by director Vara.
Retail price is $19.95.
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