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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 (863 customer reviews)

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  • 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 (863 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305099014
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,192 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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232 of 249 people found the following review helpful
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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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Freakiest Movie I've Ever Seen March 4, 2000
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 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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror at its most horrific October 8, 2004
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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Painfuly good August 18, 2000
I bought this one on strength of reputation, which i don't normally do. But having seen such other notorious horror flicks as Evil Dead, Exorcist, Blair Witch, Last House On The Left etc...I figured i was obligated to check it out.
Actually it has a lot in common with all the above mentioned flicks. Blair Witch because of the 'apparent' realism and the way it forces you to use your imagination, Exorcist because of the creepy use of sound, Evil Dead for the mad camera work and Last House On The Left for sheer brutality. And thats what the film is - Brutal. The teen friendly flicks of today cannot compare to this. This one is downright NASTY.
It makes every effort to hurt the audience. There is no 'guess who is the killer' element here, no cheesy orchestral stingers, no irony, no subtlty, no reason in the film at all. It's basically just half an hours set up then the rest of the movie is people getting killed. No real plot or explanation just death, just the way one likes it.
It's twistedly funny and not in the 'Scream' way. I mean REALLY twistedly funny. These elements combine to make TCM one of the best of them 70's flicks I reckon. Not as painful as Last House On The Left mind (but then what is ?), nevertheless I felt hurt after watching it. Thats something few horror flicks do to me (refer to pre mentioned list again !).
The DVD comes with more extras than you would believe and the picture quality ain't bad. Wish they'd left the grain in tho...Still it's well worth getting on this superior format and is a killer film in it's own right.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for Texas Chainsaw fans...
The Blue-ray transfer looks amazing. The colors look vivid and help to restore the film to its original gory goodness. Read more
Published 1 day ago by E. Gonzalez
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Item as described. Promptly received.
Published 3 days ago by Scott Marquette
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good product! I love it!
Published 3 days ago by Rob
4.0 out of 5 stars :)
Very cool release
Published 5 days ago by Jonathan Norton
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Pure Horror
Leatherface doesn't need my good word, but I'll give it to him anyway. This movie is so wonderful. About nine months ago I began my massive exploration of horror movies, and I was... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Binky Chottorrhśhia
5.0 out of 5 stars LICK MY PLATE, U DAWG DICK.
very spoopy at an amazing price.
Published 6 days ago by :)
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Waste of time!
Published 6 days ago by Katerina Koleva
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of 40th Anniversary 4K 4-Disc Blu-Ray...A Truly Definite...
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE has been released and re-released on VHS and DVD so many times that comparing the best version seems impossible, but I think they've finally done it. Read more
Published 9 days ago by The Completist
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY! TCM '74 done right for it's 40th anniversary!!!
i've been waiting 40 yrs for the perfect remastered sound and video quality!!! so, even it you already own TCM in any form (VHS, DVD, BluRay) THIS IS THE ONE TO HAVE!!!
Published 15 days ago by KWH
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Version of the Classic Original
One of the greatest independent horror movies ever made, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre gets the royal treatment in this 2-disc edition. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Travis D. Mchenry
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