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Multiple Maniacs (Blu-ray)



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John Waters’ gloriously grotesque second feature is replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous moments.

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 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, out for blood after discovering her lover’s affair.

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




  • 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, Mink Stole, Susan Lowe, George Figgs, and Vincent Peranio
  • New video essay by scholar Gary Needham
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Linda Yablonsky
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SKU 5050629816037
Catalogue Number CC2740BDUK
Product contents Single disc
Year 1970
Director Waters, John
Format Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) Criterion Collection
Aspect ratio 1.66:1
Colour B&W
Language(s) English
Running time 96 mins
Blu-ray region B
Certificate 18
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