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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (Unrated Edition) (2007)

Jordana Brewster , R. Lee Ermey , Jonathan Liebesman  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jordana Brewster, R. Lee Ermey, Taylor Handley, Diora Baird, Matthew Bomer
  • Directors: Jonathan Liebesman
  • Writers: Sheldon Turner, David J. Schow
  • Producers: Michael Bay, Mike Fleiss, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Tobe Hooper
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (DTS ES 6.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 16, 2007
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KJU1KK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,682 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (Unrated Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Jonathan Liebesman and producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller
  • Deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary
  • "Down to the Bone" behind-the-scenes featurette

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning is a prequel to the recent remake of Tobe Hooper's classic 1974 splatter film, with an emphasis on the vogue for torture and bottomless depravity that characterize contemporary horror. As one might expect, The Beginning is just that, an origins tale about the Hewitt family of backwoods Texas. Step by step, we discover the source of their taste for human flesh, penchant for snaring young people passing through, and, most of all, how young Leatherface (Andrew Bryniarski) came to choose his favorite power tool and wear a mask made of someone else’s flesh. R. Lee Ermey is very effective in his perverse authority figure mode as Hoyt, the lawman who earned his badge through unorthodox means and now supplies specialized food to the Lone Star cannibals. Much less interesting than Hooper's two Massacre films, The Beginning (on which Hooper has a production credit) is not so much a tribute to the films he directed but a more sadistic continuation of the franchise. --Tom Keogh

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The only thing more shocking than how it ended is how it all began! Born under unspeakable circumstances, a young orphan is taken in by the sick and demented Hewitt family and soon the seeds of a deranged murderer are planted. When two brothers and their girlfriends stumble across the house of horrors. Leatherface reveals his ravenous appetite for chainsaws and torture as the teens fight to survive.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good. January 13, 2007
Format:DVD
Well, it's a generic horror film, of course. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how unpredictable the plot is. It doesn't follow that sort of formula where it's obvious what's going to happen and who's going to die. The flow of events is actually quite dynamic and interesting. This makes the movie much better than one might expect.
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34 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS FILM IS JUST SOMETHING ELSE... December 5, 2006
Format:DVD
I was a bit sceptical going to a theater to watch "TCM: the Beginning". What can they possibly do to surprise me or to shock me whatsoever? - I thought. - What haven't I seen already to be touched by this? Furthermore it's the good old Texas Massacre, it's been remade once - what can there be in the prequel that was not in the three year-old remake? This "wrong time, wrong place" kind of movies which once produced a very nice example with a perfect title "Wrong Turn" seemed to tumble down into a dull routine like a genre of teen-slasher movies did a couple of years back. But... not yet. This one haven't tumbled.

Two brothers with their girfriends hit a cow making a total mess on a rural road in Texas. Sheriff arrives and soon we get to know he's not an ordinary sheriff. When he takes them to his isolated house you know already a REAL mess is about to happen. Yes, many wanted to know how Leatherface became what he's infamous for. And that's not the main interest of the film although we are told the whole story in the first 10 minutes. Surprisingly R. Lee Ermey's sheriff Hoyt steals the show here, making even Leatherface look like an innocent boy, and showing himself at his insane, maniacal best. So, like stepfather, like stepson...

What "TCM: the beginning" offers us after the four friends get into the house, is a true nightmare. You haven't seen anything like this neither in previous TCM nor in other films alike. I won't even mention the quantity of gore and all the physiological details of what's happening, but emotionally this movie just leaves you speachless. It's so dark, relentless and morally exhausting you won't believe it. It's intense to the extent I wanted to yell at times: Stop it! That's enough!
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true "Chainsaw" epic December 22, 2006
By Devan
Format:DVD
First of all, anything that came after the 1974 classic should not fall into immediate comparison. I hate it when these Internet critics take the remake, the sequels or this recent endeavor of the 'Chainsaw' franchise and line it up toe-to-toe with Tobe Hooper's masterpiece. It can't be done.

Having gotten that out of the way, I'll admit that I loved 'The Beginning' a lot more than the remake it is preceding. Afterall, everything they wanted to do in the remake is on full display here, and I can only point out one useless homage to the original that was probably intended for the remake itself (the heroine launching herself through a glass window to evade her maniacal captors). Aside from that, there is nothing about this film that I didn't like. In an hour and twenty minutes' time, I was put through the wringer and actually had to wipe my sweaty palms on the seat a few times because I was so caught up in the mayhem that unfolded, however unapologetically, in front of my eyes. Coming from me, that's a major compliment to how tense this particular installment was.

'The Beginning' takes place a few years before the remake (I would say the original but this revisits the Hewitt family, not the Sawyer family) and for a series of movies that are infamous for portraying scream queens falling under the clutches of a chainsaw-wielding maniac, this particular movie wears a lot of ambitions on its sleeve, especially when it comes to examining the psychological and situational underpinnings of this family's sick behavior. Depending on your stomach, you will either grow to understand Leatherface's actions or even pity him altogether. 'The Beginning' elevates Leatherface (Thomas Hewitt) from mere slasher status to a tragic character of, dare I say it, Greek proportions.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Texas Hold 'em...Then Kill 'em January 22, 2007
Format:DVD
When you talk about the TV shows Desperate Housewives, 7th Heaven, CSI, The OC and even The Guiding Light wouldn't you think it strange to mention The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in the same breath? Similarly, when you say R. Lee Ermey you're usually not talking about 2003 and 2006's Texas Chainsaw Massacre films, right?

The main actors in both The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beinning (2006) were plucked right out TV. And R. Lee Ermey?...He starred in both Texas 2003 and 2006, but we all know what we really associate that guy with...the colorful Full Metal Jacket (1987) boot camp sergeant, of course.

Ah, and let's not forget the up and coming Jessica Beil (2006's The Illusionist); while the 2003 remake of Texas Chainsaw was one of her first big screen films, I expect that we'll see a lot more leading roles from this fine young talent in the future.

I was lucky enough to find a very inexpensive 2 pack on sale at Amazon for the price that just one of the disks is selling for today. Unfortunately, as of this writing I see that Amazon isn't offering the same deal, but the two pack is still available.

Enough trivia. About the movies.

Might as well start at The Beginning (2006). The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning was perhaps one of the top 5 most shockingly brutal movies that I have ever seen. Torture. Brutal murder. Intense violence. All acted out superbly by a cast that mostly made you believe that this horrible stuff was happening.

The Beginning was directed by short-resumed Horror vet Jonathan Liebesman, and he mostly kept it real. He made his actors take their rolls seriously, unlike so many Horror movies that throw in teenage camp to dumb down the shock.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best
this is one of my favorite horror movies just love me some leather face this movie is a classic am glad they made the beginning so we can see just how it all started with out any... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Aretha Pratt
5.0 out of 5 stars I know Horror!
I know Horror. I have been watching horror movies for nearly half a century, and I have a personal collection of over 1300 movies and growing; a third of those movies are horror. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Mathew Torres
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it!!
It's super awesome so buy it or your not awesome not an awesome person!!!!!!!!!!!!! And awesome people are cool :)
Published 29 days ago by Shannon
5.0 out of 5 stars witness the birth of fear
I have the unrated Canada blu ray so i got the R usa version blu ray too i also saw this at the movies the first day it came out you can tell the diffrence between the two beings i... Read more
Published 1 month ago by thomas henry
3.0 out of 5 stars Iffy Film, Good Edition
This movie falls in the middle of how good the films are in the TCM series. It starts out with not so good acting from the kids but is blessed with the creepy performance by R. Read more
Published 1 month ago by B
5.0 out of 5 stars The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
You really will enjoy this DVD, but get ready for a lot of details, good choice if you like this kind of show.
Published 2 months ago by mariebailey
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Great dvd. good buy.. enjoyed it very much. I am happy with my purchase. I love horror movies and books.
Published 2 months ago by TERESSA30
5.0 out of 5 stars Texas Chain Saw Massacre Beginning
Exciting. Will keep you in suspense from beginning to the end, Great movie to watch when you want te be scared.
Published 2 months ago by Stephanie Arianna
5.0 out of 5 stars Off the "chain....saw"!
Ever since this came out back in 2006 I have to say that I have held this one near and dear. You need reasons? OK. I'll give them to you...... Read more
Published 3 months ago by C Dawg
4.0 out of 5 stars Great horror flick
I'm a big fan of horror movies and I definitely like this one. It's one of my favorite slasher movies. I like most of the Texas Chainsaw movies to be honest.
Published 3 months ago by Rebecca V
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does any1 know of a......?
I hope so but that might be next x-mas...
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Disc Problem!?!?!?!?
Mine did that. it seems we have cheep dvd players...the disc is fine. trust me.
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i got the same thing when i ordered mine through columbia house, they dont ship the covers for some reason?
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is this a presequel to the remake or the good one?
its a prequel to the remake
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Can somone enlighten me on what is different with the two versions? Be the first to reply
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