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Maniac Cop 2 and Maniac Cop 3: Badge Of Silence 4K UHD Reviews

“Maniac Cop 2” is on par with the first while the third entry is the weakest in the series.

In 1990’s “Maniac Cop 2,” the beginning deals with the aftermath of the first film as it follows up with Police Officers Jack and Theresa who have yet to return to active duty. After that, the story shifts to new characters with a police psychologist (Susan) and Police Lt. Sean McKinney. The 2 are looking into the apparent return of the undead maniac cop Matt Cordell who may be teaming up with a serial killer (Steven) to seek revenge/justice against the inmates who killed him.

Directed by William Lustig, “Maniac Cop 2” is an action-horror sequel that delivers. Although Bruce Campbell and Laurene Landon only having bit parts is a bummer, the addition of Claudia Christian and Robert Davi helps the sequel tremendously. The supporting cast comprised of Michael Lerner, Robert Z’Dar, Charles Napier and Leo Rossi doesn’t hurt either.

Where this sequel really shines is with the action. Sure, Larry Cohen’s script is adequate and all (I appreciated the Matt seeking justice angle as it gave the character more layers), but the intense action is what elevates the movie as a whole. The car-taxi chase, the handcuff outside of a car sequence and the impressively prolonged fire stunt work in the climax are nothing short of thrilling.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 2160p. How does it look? I was deeply impressed by the picture quality. I was amazed at how much more clarity there is with the 4K disc.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos and 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How do they sound? The Atmos track is really lively (especially during the car action) and the 2.0 track is sharp.
Extras:
* Blu-ray copy
* Isolated music track
* Commentary by director William Lustig and Nicholas Winding Refn
* 4 trailers
* Poster and still gallery
* 1 deleted scene
* A 29 minute Q&A with William Lustig from a Cinefamily screening
* The 47 minute “Back On The Beat- The Making Of Maniac Cop 2″

1993’s “Maniac Cop 3: Badge Of Silence” is directed by Alan Smithee but it’s really just William Lustig who was not happy with this third entry. It’s hard to blame him as this story involving voodoo resurrecting Matt and a severely injured cop (Kate) friend of McKinney is rushed, sloppy, and lazy. Once again, the cast is on point here which features Robert Davi, Robert Z’Dar, Robert Forster, and Jackie Earle Haley, but they can’t overcome the clunky movie. 

There’s a few interesting bits about justice, police brutality and the media here, but it feels like Larry Cohen is running out of ideas. Only the end car chase is thrilling here, but that’s not enough to make it worthwhile unless you’re a hardcore fan of this franchise.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 2160p. How does it look? Expect another pristine print.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos and 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How do they sound? The Atmos packs a punch while the 2.0 track is stellar.

Extras:
* Blu-ray copy
* Poster and still gallery
* A new very revealing commentary by William Lustig and producer Joel Soisson. Well worth a listen.
* Theatrical trailer
* 7 deleted/extended scenes
* “Wrong Arm Of The Law: The Making Of Maniac Cop 3”- A 26 minute making of documentary about the troubled production.

December 2, 2021 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , , , , ,

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