On Tuesday, William Lustig's 'Maniac' arrived on DVD and Blu-ray in a new 30th Anniversary Edition, released by cult-friendly distributor Blue Underground. To commemorate the release, fellow theatrical and DVD distributor Grindhouse Releasing is spearheading a limited theatrical re-release of the film in theatres around the country, starting on October 29 and 30 with the Egyptian Theatre in Seattle. The film will subsequently screen in Los Angeles at the Nuart Theatre on November 5, with Lustig on hand to introduce the film and conduct a q&a with the audience.
Grindhouse Releasing successfully launched a roadshow series of screenings of Sam Raimi's 'The Evil Dead' in 2009, and according to company spokesman David Szulkin, who runs its theatrical division, that film has played in theaters every week of 2010 and continues to screen all over the country. But more than simply showing 'Maniac,' Grindhouse struck brand new 35mm prints of the film, and commissioned artist Stephen Romano to create a new one-sheet poster especially to promote its theatrical run. In short, this is quite possibly the best presentation of the film to be screened in theaters in decades, if not ever.