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Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The: Collector's Edition (Dbl DVD)

Prepare yourself for a level of fear like you've never experienced before! From filmmaker Michael Bay (Pearl Harbor, Bad Boys II) and starring Jessica Biel ("7th Heaven") comes one of this year's most hardcore and terrifying film. You've been warned.

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It's a safe bet that Marcus Nispel's audacious 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre will gain increasing favor among horror fans over time (after all, some recognized its brilliance immediately, unlike Roger Ebert), so it's a good thing this Platinum Edition DVD serves up a full menu of goodies. Listen up, filmmakers: this is the way audio commentaries should be done--smart, comprehensive, and divided into three separate, feature-length categories (Production, Story, and Technical), allowing Nispel, producer Michael Bay, screenwriter Scott Kosar, and various cast and crewmembers to sound off on virtually all aspects of the film's creation. Nispel's the real winner here, offering articulate explanations for taking this job after a rewarding career as an acclaimed director of high-profile commercials and music videos. The German-born director is intelligent, knowledgeable, and respectful of the horror genre as a stylistically liberating launching pad for first-time directors. Indeed, everyone involved has very sound and justifiable reasons for tacking what seemed, at first, to be a foolhardy mission. The commentaries alone would make this disc worthwhile.

Disc 2 offers a feature-length documentary, chronicling the production process from start to finish; it's somewhat redundant with the commentaries (which were culled from the same interviews), but it's informative, revealing (especially in showing the long-term collaboration between Nispel and cinematographer Daniel Pearl, who shot the original Chainsaw), and occasionally quite funny (as when actor Eric Balfour strips naked before exiting the set on his final day of shooting). Much more disturbing, but equally fascinating, is the graphically explicit documentary about Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein, the real-life inspiration for Psycho's Norman Bates, The Silence of the Lambs' Hannibal Lecter, and Chainsaw's Leatherface. (This is grisly stuff, folks, so keep the kids away.) The remaining features are typical Platinum fodder--trailers, screen tests, a DVD-ROM storyboard viewer, etc.--but the deleted scenes are (in this case) worth a look, if only to hear an interesting anecdote about Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, and to confirm that Nispel originally went farther with gore before trimming for an R rating. All in all, these are great supplements to a film that, to everyone's surprise, is every bit as terrifying as its celebrated predecessor. --Jeff Shannon


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Alternate endings: Alternate ending & opening. Audio Commentary: 3 filmmaker commentaries covering story, production and more. With Director Marcus Nispel, Producer Michael Bay and more. DVD ROM Features: Script-to-Screen Feature Documentaries: --In depth "Making Of The Film" Documentary --"The True Story Behind the Film" documentary. Ed Gein: The Ghoul of Plainfield Music Video: Motogrator "Suffocate" Other: --Collectible & removable Metal Plaque--use for notebooks, lockers, or anything you want to decorate --Evidence File with Crime Scene Photos --Art Galleries, Screen Tests TV Spot: 7 TV spotsAlternate endings: Alternate ending & opening. Audio Commentary: 3 filmmaker commentaries covering story, production and more. With Director Marcus Nispel, Producer Michael Bay and more. DVD ROM Features: Script-to-Screen Feature Documentaries: --In depth "Making Of The Film" Documentary --"The True Story Behind the Film" documentary. Ed Gein: The Ghoul of Plainfield Music Video: Motogrator "Suffocate" Other: --Collectible & removable Metal Plaque--use for notebooks, lockers, or anything you want to decorate --Evidence File with Crime Scene Photos --Art Galleries, Screen Tests TV Spot: 7 TV spotsAlternate endings: Alternate ending & opening. Audio Commentary: 3 filmmaker commentaries covering story, production and more. With Director Marcus Nispel, Producer Michael Bay and more. DVD ROM Features: Script-to-Screen Feature Documentaries: --In depth "Making Of The Film" Documentary --"The True Story Behind the Film" documentary. Ed Gein: The Ghoul of Plainfield Music Video: Motogrator "Suffocate" Other: --Collectible & removable Metal Plaque--use for notebooks, lockers, or anything you want to decorate --Evidence File with Crime Scene Photos --Art Galleries, Screen Tests TV Spot: 7 TV spotsAlternate endings: Alternate ending & opening. Audio Commentary: 3 filmmaker commentaries covering story, production and more. With Director Marcus Nispel, Producer Michael Bay and more. DVD ROM Features: Script-to-Screen Feature Documentaries: --In depth "Making Of The Film" Documentary --"The True Story Behind the Film" documentary. Ed Gein: The Ghoul of Plainfield Music Video: Motogrator "Suffocate" Other: --Collectible & removable Metal Plaque--use for notebooks, lockers, or anything you want to decorate --Evidence File with Crime Scene Photos --Art Galleries, Screen Tests TV Spot: 7 TV spotsAlternate endings: Alternate ending & opening. Audio Commentary: 3 filmmaker commentaries covering story, production and more. With Director Marcus Nispel, Producer Michael Bay and more. DVD ROM Features: Script-to-Screen Feature Documentaries: --In depth "Making Of The Film" Documentary --"The True Story Behind the Film" documentary. Ed Gein: The Ghoul of Plainfield Music Video: Motogrator "Suffocate" Other: --Collectible & removable Metal Plaque--use for notebooks, lockers, or anything you want to decorate --Evidence File with Crime Scene Photos --Art Galleries, Screen Tests TV Spot: 7 TV spotsAlternate endings: Alternate ending & opening. Audio Commentary: 3 filmmaker commentaries covering story, production and more. With Director Marcus Nispel, Producer Michael Bay and more. DVD ROM Features: Script-to-Screen Feature Documentaries: --In depth "Making Of The Film" Documentary --"The True Story Behind the Film" documentary. Ed Gein: The Ghoul of Plainfield Music Video: Motogrator "Suffocate" Other: --Collectible & removable Metal Plaque--use for notebooks, lockers, or anything you want to decorate --Evidence File with Crime Scene Photos --Art Galleries, Screen Tests TV Spot: 7 TV spotsAlternate endings: Alternate ending & opening. Audio Commentary: 3 filmmaker commentaries covering story, production and more. With Director Marcus Nispel, Producer Michael Bay and more. DVD ROM Features: Script-to-Screen Feature Documentaries: --In depth "Making Of The Film" Documentary --"The True Story Behind the Film" documentary. Ed Gein: The Ghoul of Plai

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  • Actors: Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Eric Balfour, Erica Leerhsen, Mike Vogel
  • Directors: Marcus Nispel
  • Writers: Scott Kosar
  • Producers: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Mike Fleiss, Brad Fuller, Ted Field
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (DTS ES)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (598 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00018D44K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,948 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Michael Crane on March 30, 2004
Format: DVD
Just when you thought the original was disturbing, gross, disgusting, and frightening, now comes the updated version, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," which knows no limits when it comes to gore and intensely terrifying moments. Is it a remake? Not necessarily. However, it is more like a movie that pays tribute to a great classic by offering its own vision of a well-known nightmare of limbs and guts.
While characters and some of the story has changed, the deranged and murderous plot remains the same. An unspeakable turn of events (I will not give away how it all starts, as it is very different from the original) lands a group of teens in a nightmarish maze that throws a mutilated man who wields a giant chainsaw in their path. Not to mention the "crazy" family that turns out to be just as vicious and murderous. For these teens, a safe place is nowhere in their short and painful future.
As I said in the beginning, this is not a remake. Nor is this a sequel. So what is it? Well, I like to think of it as an "updated" version of the original--in fact, I consider it more of a tribute to the classic that redefined the horror genera as we know it. This movie, while much more darker, sinister, and sicker, is not trying to live up to the original, nor is it trying to outdo it. I had to smile, as this was not a step-by-step remake, such as the newer "Psycho" was. There are new elements, characters, and plot twists thrown into the mix. And to be honest... it works.
I must confess, I had an unquestionably hard time trying to watch this movie. There were a bunch of moments that made me want to shut it off, and yet--I continued to watch the debauchery.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Kendall VINE VOICE on March 26, 2005
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I had to wonder, initially, why anyone would go through the trouble of remaking a "classic" that already had numerous sequels to begin with. I came into it with "low expectations," in other words. But I must say that after watching it a couple times, I'm not disappointed with the effort.

The only reason for knocking it down to 4 stars is the clumsy framing device. It strives for the same sort of verisimilitude that the original had. Grainy archive footage of some State Investigators going down into the basement of the house of notoriety, filming the grisly scene. It's obviously not original stock footage, but just some attempted levity on the part of the filmmakers. It doesn't work. Yes, we all know that the original film was based on a true story, at least loosely. The actual dude who was the mass killer lived in Wisconsin, not Texas, but that's beside the point.

What this remake does deliver on is "fear factor" moments. The actors portraying the crazies really do sell their insanity, particularly in the "trailer trash" scene. The over the top Sherrif (fans of Full Metal Jacket will recognize Mr Psycho Drill Sargeant) is also very effective. If you have a good sound system hooked up to your DVD player, the soundtrack and sound effects alone will put you into mild seizure. That's something the original Hooper DVD can't deliver. Chainsaw noises will haunt your consciousness for at least a day or two!

I also like the way the production team depicted the Chainsaw guy. The quick cuts never give us a clear picture of the face. He's quicker than the original Leatherface. Moves like a cat. He's also not depicted as a totally brain dead avenger of Satan. Just a boy who had problems adjusting in grade school, I guess. "Vengence is Mine," sayeth the Leathered One!

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 6, 2004
Format: DVD
Well, this 2003 remake of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" creeped me out. Of course I waited until late at night to watch it, which is what you were supposed to do with a horror movie, because lately even when a horror film has a good start, such as "Jeepers Creepers," they almost always end up being laughable. Now, I will not go so far as to say this is a great horror film, and I am not suggesting that it replace the raw power of Tobe Hooper's original in any one's mind, but it sure creeped me out more than anything I have seen in a while (except for last month when I watched "The Exorcist" again).

What does this remake have working in its favor? Well, first the film is selective in what it takes from the original. We have the same beginning with the grainy film and the same narration talking about "one of the most bizarre crimes in the annals of American history" (again narrated by a now considerably more famous John Larroquette), and we have the same basic idea that a group of teenagers in 1973 make the mistake of running into Leatherface and his kin. But in terms of the specifics the screenplay by Scott Kosar does not treat the original like gospel: the hook is still there, but we lose the bizarre dinner scene where the original really lost me.

I was also surprised to see that cinematographer Daniel Pearl is back to show what he has learned since 1974, which is apparently a note. Maybe the music video sensibilities of director Marcus Nispel have something to do with this at well, but this horror film looks the way that horror films are supposed to look. You know that things are going well when you are getting the wiggins and the sun has not yet set in the film.
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