Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 25th, 2013
BluRay released: November 19th, 2013
Approximate running time: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian, Espanol Latino Americano, Portugues do Brasil, Espanol Castellano, Francais Parisien, Deutsch, Italiano, Mandarin (Traditional & Simplified), Korean, Japanese, Russian
BluRay Release: Blue Underground
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $29.98
Synopsis: A tough as nails female cop is wrongly accused of using excessive force when a freelancing new duo misrepresent the actual footage of what happened the night she was gunned down and left comatose.
Some movies are only sequel in name and though the intent was there to stay faithful to what had come before. Somewhere along the way things went awry and what ended up onscreen was totally devoid out the vibe that the filmmakers had established with previous films in the series. This is a nutshell what happened to Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence.
Trying to make sense of who is responsible for what in this production is not always a cut and dry proposition, since their where way to many cooks in the kitchen. Reportedly one of this film’s producer’s took over directing responsibilities when William Lustig washed his hands free of this project. With that being said, anyone remotely familiar with Lustig’s film’s are sure to notice the moments that were shot after his exit. He has a distinctive style and a subversive sense of humor that runs through all of his films.
The plot is bland, pacing is often tedious and outside of a few standout set pieces, the bulk of this film is a rather pedestrian affair that total forgets what its core audience is. Surprisingly the film’s more action oriented moments are actually well executed and some of the stunts are impressive, most notably the film’s finale car chase.
Performance wise things are not much better than the rest of the production. With the film’s only memorable performance coming from Jackie Earle Haley (The Bad News Bears, A Nightmare on Elm Street) in the role of a drug addicted psychopath that goes on a killing spree. Even Robert Z’Dar in the role of Matt Cordell aka ‘Maniac Cop’ is woefully underused in this film.
Just like the two previous films, this third installment began with a basic and yet ingenious premise, give the film’s ‘Frankenstein’ his bride. Unfortunately those funding the film had a different idea of how said love story should evolve. Ultimately Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence can be best summed up as a film of failed possibilities.
Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. For this release a brand new 4k transfer was created and the overall quality of this transfer is spectacular throughout. Details look razor sharp, black and contrast levels look consistently great and there are no issues with compression.
This release comes with two audio options, a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in English and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in English. Though both audio options are clean, clear and balanced, they both lack the intensity that is present on the audio mixes included with Maniac Cop2. Considering the amount of bullet ballet that is going on in Maniac Cop3, things are surprisingly underwhelming when it comes to the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack. On a the subtitle front there is wide variety of options to choose from. Subtitle options for this release inlcude English SDH, French Canadian, Espanol Latino Americano, Portugues do Brasil, Espanol Castellano, Francais Parisien, Deutsch, Italiano, Mandarin (Traditional & Simplified), Korean, Japanese and Russian.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (1 minute 47 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), a extensive poster & still gallery, the film’s original synopsis, 7 deleted / extended scenes and a ‘Making of’ featurette titled ‘Wrong Arm of the Law: The Making of Maniac Cop 3’ (25 minutes 5 seconds – anamorphic widescreen).
Though not as stacked in the extras department as its predecessor, this release main extra a ‘Making of’ featurette gives a solid look into all the essential areas of this production and most notably how its director William Lustig walked away from the film before its completion. Another reason why this extra is so damn enjoyable is how is gives equal face to time those who defend how the film turned out and to those who were unhappy with end result. Overall Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence gets a first rate release from Blue Underground.
Note: This release comes with a DVD version of the film.