Multiple Maniacs 1970 Criterion Collection
Multiple Maniacs remains one of the most provocative, outright filthy, plain insane and unabashedly disgusting movies ever made. It is also John Waters's most complex film, dealing with sexual and religious taboos in the most graphic and contentious way conceivable. Despite the extremely brazen, impudent and overtly trashy tone, Multiple Maniacs is an intellectual piece and also a harsh criticism of American society, and it remains ever so politically and socially relevant nearly five decades later.

The film follows the escapades of the sideshow ‘Lady Divine's Cavalcade of Perversions’, which invites audiences to look upon various ‘perverse’ acts. The audience is eventually robbed by the ‘perverse’ performers, as the troupe go on to their next group of targets. Divine leads the troupe with her boyfriend Mr. David, and their contentious relationship drives the remainder of the story.

BD50 + DVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC | 01:36:43 | 37.9 Gb + 7.14 Gb
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Horror

Director: John Waters
Cast: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole
Country: USA


Audio Commentary - in this new audio commentary, writer-director John Waters discusses in great detail why his films were never popular in the original grindhouse theaters, the influence foreign films had on their evolution, how Multiple Maniacs came to exist, the casting process and the lives and careers of many of the principal actors, the distribution history of the film, the 'controversial' material and how standards in the film business evolved during the years, some of the dramatic improvements that were made during the restoration of the film (with some very interesting comments about the audio quality in a key sequence), etc. The commentary was recorded in 2016 in New York.

Interviews - presented here is a newly produced program featuring new interviews with cast member Mink Stole, Pat Moran, Vincent Peranio, Susan Lowe, and George Figgs. The interviews cover a wide range of topics, from the film's unusual conception to the shooting process to John Waters' working methods and unique personality. The interviews were conducted in Baltimore in 2016. In English, not subtitled. (33 min, 1080p).

The Stations of Filth - presented here is a brand new video essay by film scholar Gary Needham which focuses on the unorthodox style of Multiple Maniacs, John Waters' admirable obsession with kitsch and cinematic filth, and the proliferation of anti-art. In English, not subtitled. (11 min, 1080p).

Trailer - restored original trailer for Multiple Maniacs. In English, not subtitled. (2 min, 1080p).

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