I remember 2003's Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake like it was yesterday... back then, twenty gallons of blood in a movie couldn't do it for me, and so this remake felt (at the time) unsavory, uncreepy, but it had some great torturous moments pre-SAW. Flash forward 10 years later... Nispel's movie gives me chills, goosebumps and the many gallons of blood that couldn't do it back then suddenly don't need to be... Sure, it's yet another remake to try and restart a franchise to make the big bucks, but at least the movie's budget feels like it's on screen rather than behind.
Audio and video wise, we get quite a nice treatment from New Line with a detailed presentation even in the darkest of scenes. Flesh tones feel a bit under-saturated as does the rest of the palette, but it's all part of the look and feel Nispel was trying to achieve to creep us out. The sound does a serviceable job of giving us the jolts we're looking for and some jumps work better than others...
Special features seem to include just about everything that was released on the 2-disc DVD a few years back... which means a bit in-depth and as fun to watch, if not more, than the movie itself.
DANGER: Alliance has issued a sub-par blu-ray similar to this one... it features the regular audio and a french language track. That's about it. So before buying, you'd better check which version's in your cart. New Line products have been endorsed in Canada by Alliance, so just about EVERY single New Line movie you can find MAY have seen all of its special features stripped off. And since Amazon.ca doesn't list the special features (as of March 2013), your best source is to check loads of reviews and check where your movie comes from (hint: american adress is almost a sure home run)... but if you don't really care for special features, then buy whichever feels the cheapest for your wallet since Alliance's audio and video is just about the same as here.