- Actors: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail
- Directors: Tobe Hooper
- Writers: Tobe Hooper, Kim Henkel
- Producers: Tobe Hooper, Jay Parsley, Kim Henkel, Richard Saenz
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
- Release Date: Oct. 14 2003
- Run Time: 83 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 540 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0000C8ART
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Special Edition) [Import]
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The ultimate version of a classic horror film. Painstakingly restored from the original 16mm ECO negatives, this special edition presents Tobe Hooper's classic film as you've never seen it before. Now...step into the twisted world of the ultimate dysfunctional family and rediscover the total madness of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". Includes: audio commentary featuring Tobe Hooper, director of photography Daniel Pearl and Gunnar Hansen ("Leatherface"), 30 minutes of deleted scenes and outtakes, blooper reel, original theatrical trailers and television spots and still photos. Starring: Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen.
This sensational, extremely influential, 1974 low-budget horror movie directed by Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist, Lifeforce, Salem's Lot), may be notorious for its title, but it's also a damn fine piece of moviemaking. And it's blood-curdling scary, too. Loosely based on the true crimes of Ed Gein (also a partial inspiration for Psycho), the original Jeffrey Dahmer, Texas Chainsaw Massacre follows a group of teenagers who pick up a hitchhiker and wind up in a backwoods horror chamber where they're held captive, tortured, chopped up, and impaled on meat hooks by a demented cannibalistic family, including a character known as Leatherface who maniacally wields one helluva chainsaw. The movie's powerful sense of dread is heightened by its grainy, semi-documentary style--but it also has a wicked sense of humor (and not that camp, self-referential variety that became so tiresome in subsequent horror films of the '70s, '80s, and '90s). OK, in case you couldn't tell, it's "not for everyone." But as a landmark in the development of the horror/slasher genre, it ranks with Psycho, Halloween, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. --Jim Emerson
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First this is not an upscale, real 4K definition, with preserved grainy picture.
The sound is pretty awesome too! It contains Auro 3D Audio 13.1 channels, Dolby Atmos (as usual converted to TrueHD 7.1 if you don't have an Atmos decoder), DTS X and DTS HD Master Audio 5.1, 2.0 Stereo and 1.0 original mono sound (all audio tracks both in English and German)! Optional German and English subtitles also included.
There are several special features (most of them on the blu ray disc also included, not the 4K one) including 4 audio commentary, and for the first time ever the isolated original music score audio track in DTS HD Master Audio 5.1.
This set also includes the documentary A Family Portrait (available separately on blu ray in the United States and Canada) in 1080P HD definition and several other special features.
So, if you are a Texas Chainsaw fan, you really need this German combo edition in your collection!
You just need to know that only the UHD disc is code free (as they aren't coded), but the blu ray disc included is region B coded and the digital HD copy will only be downloaded from Germany. If you don't have a multiregion blu ray player you will only have the audio special features in the UHD disc.
The movie itself is creepy & disturbing, it's raw & feels quite real. Leatherface is a well known horror character & you'll understand why after seeing this, who could forget the man chasing after people with a chainsaw & then wearing their skin, creepy stuff!
The DVD was super cheap when I bought it, only $3 on amazon.com. I'd never intended to buy this movie because I remembered being a bit disturbed by it, but being the horror fan that I am & the low price, I thought it was a good addition to my collection. The case is really cool & sturdy, I like it. I haven't watched any of the Special Features, but I'm sure they are interesting for all of you Leatherface fans out there.
If you're a fan of the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) then I highly recommend getting this version, like I said before, the case is great & unlike all others out there.
If you want a real scare, this is the film for you. Ignore the horrid recent remake.
Cast: Marilyn Burns, Gunnar Hansen, Edwin Neal.
Running Time: 83 minutes.
Rated R for extreme violence and mild language.
Director Tobe Hooper's defining moment as a film creator took place about twenty-five minutes into "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". In this scene, a happy-go-lucky teenager, who forsees himself getting laid later that night, stumbles inside an old farmhouse in search for directions to a lake. As he walks into the house, he trips and falls at the feet of Leatherface, the cannibalistic maniac that captures people for his family to eat. Leatherface proceeds to bash his head and face with a hammer and drags him into the kitchen, shuts the door quickly, and the audience if left to hear a resounding "grrrr" from the scratchy soundtrack. The scene sets the tone for the entire film, if not Hooper's entire career.
"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" revolves around a group of young adults who are investigating the grave diggings of some of their relatives. While they are staying at their grandparents' cottage out in the middle of no where, they are tormented by a chainsaw wielding freak who wears past victim's skin as a mask. The overall premise is disturbing, twisted, and halfway stupid, but Hooper creates great tension and incorporates a diabolically shrieking score to send chills down viewers' backs.
While the film is as influential as any to the horror genre, along with "The Exorcist" and "Halloween", this classic is unique compared to many films because of the theatrical presence that it had--which is obviously lost on video or DVD. Truly terrifying during its day, slightly more comical in the present. One of the best horror films of the middle 1970s.