(aka 'The Maniacs')

Directed by Lucio Fulci
Spain / Italy 1964


Box descriptopn: The Maniacs is a brilliant portrait of the Italian society of the sixties. The film is divided in several segments, each one devoted to a particular mania, with a special attention to the sexual ones. This anthology is filled with popular Italian comedians, Walter Chiari, Raimondo Vianello, Franco Franchi & Ciccio Ingrassia and many others, along with international performers such as Lisa Gastoni, Gaia Germani and Umberto d Orsi.


Theatrical Release: March 28th, 1964

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Distribution MYA Communication - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:31:51 
Video 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.60 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: MYA Communication

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Edition Details:

• Trailer  (3:38)

DVD Release Date: January 27th, 2009

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Chapters: 12



After our review of The Inveterate Bachelor, here we have another new RYKO-distribution/ MYA Communications offering. Again a single-layered, bare-bones DVD with a progressive transfer and it looks acceptable but not quite up to the standard of, the older film;  Inveterate Bachelor on DVD. It appears a little thick and hazy but certainly watchable. Contrast seems okay but hardly pristine. There are some minor speckles but what you see in the captures below is a reasonably accurate representation.

The audio is original, fairly smooth, in and unremarkable 2.0 channel and there are optional, yellow, English subtitles (see sample below). No extras at all save a salacious 3.5 minute trailer.

This film is a series of brief comic, vignette-style, skits supposedly based on 'manias', some sexual, featuring repeat actors and actresses like Walter Chiari and Raimondo Vianello. I would say it's like Benny Hill, but I didn't even find it that amusing. What is more remarkable about this film is the director, Lucio Fulci, who went on to achieve some measure of notoriety for his controversial gore epics of the late 1970s and early 1980 (ex. see our reviews of Massacre Time, Contraband , The Psychic and Zombie. 

The Maniacs isn't much of a comedy and the DVD is overpriced for what it offers - only Fulci completists are encouraged - for the rest of us I suggest a pass.   

Gary W. Tooze


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