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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Marilyn Burns , Edwin Neal , Tobe Hooper  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (802 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail
  • Directors: Tobe Hooper
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: October 6, 1998
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (802 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305099014
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,916 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted scenes and alternate footage
  • Blooper reel
  • Trailers for other "Chainsaw" movies
  • Still photos
  • Posters and collectibles

Editorial Reviews

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.

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222 of 239 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
First, the movie. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is probably one of the scariest movies ever made. It was unique for its time, and there's still nothing quite like it today. The plot doesn't sound like much- 2 women and 3 men make a drive to rural Texas to check out a graveyard that has been 'defiled', and to also relax and enjoy themselves. This last part of their vacation plan doesn't go real smoothly, as they make the mistake of wandering into an area where an insane, backwoods, inbred, cannibalistic sociopathic family live. Things get more and more horrifying from there.
I've heard people complain this movie isn't scary and not gory enough. As far as the gore, it is fairly low-key by today's standards (though I'm sure my mother wouldn't want to watch it, and it couldn't be shown un-cut on regular network TV). There's not a lot of blood till the end of the movie, but the acting is so good, and the screams of the victims so wrenching, your imagination fills in the rest and it actually is painful to watch. I will agree that the movie is kind of slow to get started- I admit the first time I saw it as a teenager I was getting impatient for some action. However, the last half of the movie more than makes up for it.
But if you think this movie isn't scary, I seriously doubt you've watched alone, at home, at night, with all the lights off. The first time I saw it was in the daytime, and it still made my hair stand on end. When I got the Special Edition DVD I unwisely watched it after midnight with the lights off. I couldn't sleep until the sun came up. The opening scene of the rotting corpse in the cemetery wired to a headstone alone made my skin crawl.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Freakiest Movie I've Ever Seen March 4, 2000
Format:DVD
As a massive horror fan from the UK (where this film is banned) I had to wait many years to see this film, and after all the hype and expectations which I had built up I was half expecting to be dissapointed when i finally watched it...how wrong could I be? This film had me gripped instantly. The film builds up suspense like no other and when the murders do actually happen they are not ruined, like many other horrors, by almost comical deaths, they are nasty! This film is gritty and raw, with documentary like visuals which only add further to the sense of fear which you can almost smell. The acting is brilliant, its laid back yet energetic at the same time. Never have I seen fear portrayed as realistically as Marilyn Burns haunting display in this movie (but then again I never looked at myself in the mirror while watching the film). All of the factors in this film mix to make an evil couldron of depravity, that'll make you too afraid to look but even more scared when you close your eyes. This film is the freakiest i've ever seen and to say i enjoyed it seems kind'a sick as the killings are so realistic and depraved, but there's no denying it, I loved it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "My...my brother makes headcheese! It's real good!" March 17, 2000
By Stan
Format:DVD
The DVD edition of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is simply essential for all TCM fans. For a movie that's achieved almost mythical status among its devotees, the unearthing of unknown and unseen gems from the making of TCM is a treasure trove. On the DVD, you get outtakes and bloopers, trailers and TV ads for the original movie and its inferior sequels, scores of publicity stills, and an alternate audio track featuring Tobe Hooper, Gunnar Hansen and cinematographer Daniel Pearl giving a running commentary of the film as it plays. Their comments lend much insight into how TCM was made, the impact of the film, and updates about what happened to various cast members. The film itself has been restored to a vibrantly colorful print, and the viewer has the option of watching the film in stereo or in its original mono mix. If only every DVD could be this lavishly issued... If you haven't seen the film yet, you must know that this is a landmark horror/suspense film. Far from the river of blood its title suggests, there's relatively little killing in the movie; its strengths lie in a palpable atmosphere of Texas heat and dread; black as oil humor, and heart-in-your-throat suspense. Its reputation as a sick, gory slashfest comes mainly from its myriad inferior imitators. Check out the DVD and make your own judgment.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror at its most horrific October 8, 2004
Format:DVD
First things first: this is not a true story. There was no cannibalistic serial-killer family in the 1970's Texas, this movie was loosely based on the exploits of Wisconsin murderer Ed Gein and the rest is fantasy.

However, what this is is one of the most horrific movies ever made, incredibly visceral and violent even though very little blood is used. The villains range from demented to sadistic, the heroes from sympathetic to annoying. The movie's cheif fault is that its teenagers are, for the most part, very poorly developed. We only get to know two of them, so when they wander into the clutches of Leatherface it's less painful for the audience, if incredibly painful for the characters.

However, the movie excels in so many aspects that this minor point is quickly overlooked. The hot, humid texas atmosphere is perfectly filmed, adding a layer of foreboding to the already tense atmosphere. The killings are done in a variety of ways without being far-fetched and ridiculous (interestingly, only one is killed with a chainsaw) and the acting credible, especially Gunnar Hanson as Leatherface.

The Best horror movie of the 1970's, and one of the greatest of all time. 9/10
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
The packaging was cool and extras were interesting. Bottom line, this is a staple in Horror, an ultimate classic. You don't need a review to tell you that.
Published 15 days ago by Adrian Pomilio
5.0 out of 5 stars YES!
a movie i have had in my personal collection over 5 times..each time to wind up being stolen from me... Read more
Published 17 days ago by cody bradford
4.0 out of 5 stars UK version. :(
The movie itself was good and didn't have a scratch on it. However, when I tried playing the bonus features I could not. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Rance Castleberry
5.0 out of 5 stars A HORROR MASTERPIECE. NO ONE CAN ARGUE THAT POINT.
First of all, I am a HUGE TCM fan. With the exception of the God-awful TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE NEXT GENERATION, I pretty much love every movie in this franchise. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Lonnie R. Pingleton
1.0 out of 5 stars very upset
dvd very bad not happy with this scratched and broken dvd case and scratched dvd not new not in good condiction
Published 29 days ago by Patricia Diane Moon
5.0 out of 5 stars the Texas chainsaw massacre is still the best
I first saw this movie when i was 8 years old on vhs and now im a big fan of the movie i read the companion sand chainsaw confidential i even have the poster hanging on top of my... Read more
Published 1 month ago by thomas henry
5.0 out of 5 stars the most disguing movie ever
its kind of scarry when they say based on true story. And looking in a year book. seeing it might be real. That's sick. I am glad it is fake . I bought this for a family member. Read more
Published 1 month ago by the 64/28Sept20Feb27
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best
This is my favorite horror film of all time, and with this high-def transfer in full 1080 high definition the film can finally be viewed in all its grotesque yet beautiful glory. Read more
Published 1 month ago by specialkrp
5.0 out of 5 stars True American classic!
Old school horror at its best! This is definitely sit down and snuggle movie material! Absolutely thrilled about it... I watch it all the time!
Published 2 months ago by Renee
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong movie
I thought I was buying the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre from 1974 not the remake. the description on the website made it sound like it the 1974 movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marlene Ortega
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No. I bought my copy new from Amazon, and the catalogue was the only insert.
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Meat Back Cover
The Region 4 version contains the meat back cover presented in a standard DVD case, it has the cover and dvd details on the inside as it is revearsable, it's presented in a metal tin with the meat cover spine sticking out... its the same special edition thats available here, 2 dvd set HD... Read more
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Spanish subtitles???
7.99?!?!?!! NOOO me la perdí!!!

Increíble!!! Yo la ordené cuando estaba a $17.99 y se me hizo un super precio por esta movie...!
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This is the blu ray version...the other is the standard dvd set.
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