Blu-ray, DVD Release: Multiple Maniacs

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 21, 2017
Price: DVD $22.99, Blu-ray $27.99
Studio: Criterion


The gloriously grotesque second feature directed by John Waters (Hairspray), 1970’s Multiple Maniacs is replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous moments.

Divine is assaulted by a lobster in John Waters’ Multiple Maniacs.

Made on a shoestring budget in Waters’ native Baltimore, with the filmmaker taking on nearly every technical task, this gleeful mockery of the peace-and-love ethos of its era (shot in black-and-white!) features the Cavalcade of Perversion, a traveling show mounted by a troupe of misfits whose shocking proclivities are topped only by those of their leader: the glammer-than-glam, larger-than-life Divine (Pink Flamingos), out for blood after discovering her lover’s affair.

Starring Waters’ beloved regular cast the Dreamlanders (including David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Susan Lowe, George Figgs, and Cookie Mueller), the cult favorite Multiple Maniacs is an anarchic masterwork from an artist who has doggedly tested the limits of good taste for decades.

Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of the twisted comedy include the following features:

* New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director John Waters, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* New audio commentary featuring Waters
* New interviews with cast and crew members Pat Moran, Vincent Peranio, Mink Stole, Susan Lowe, and George Figgs
* More!
* An essay by critic Linda Yablonsky

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.