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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: Multiple Formats, 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 (231 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KJU1KK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,726 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

Editorial Reviews

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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good. January 13, 2007
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By ScottJ
Let me start off by saying that I have seen a many number of horror films over the last 8 years. When I mean many, I mean I have seen about 70% of all the horror movies made over the last 8 years. So when Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Beginning came out, I went and saw it in the movie theatre. AFTER ABOUT 10 MINUTES INTO THIS FILM, I COULD EASLY SAY THIS MOVIE IS NOT FOR EVERYONE.

The people who made this film accomplished a very rare thing. THEY MANAGED TO CREATE THE MOST BRUTAL, GORY, RAW, AND VIOLENT FILM I HAVE EVER SEEN! There are probably some people who can't even sit through watching a film this violent. All of the camera, music, and photography work are nothing short of perfect when it comes to shooting violence and brutality. I really have never seen anything like it in all of my life. All of the violence seems to just jump right out at you while you're watching this film. EVERY SCENE THAT INVOLVES VIOLENCE IS SET UP TO BE HEARD AND SAW UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL.

I'm not saying this is a great horror movie because after seeing it I realized there can be too much violence and pain in a horror movie. Nowadays isn't that what some fans want though? Don't some fans want to be totally shocked and scared the hell out of when they watch a film? That is why I give this film 5 stars because it manages to show you the most violence and brutality that a horror film can have to offer at this point in time.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Texas Hold 'em...Then Kill 'em January 22, 2007
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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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true "Chainsaw" epic December 22, 2006
By Devan
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
It was unplayable
Published 4 days ago by Dennyjam
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Leatherface that's all I have to say!!!

Thanks again
Published 9 days ago by Sharon Foster-Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 9 days ago by km
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film
Published 1 month ago by Miss D
5.0 out of 5 stars very mild gore
me and my brother read reviews saying that the movie was real gory. but we thought that it was very mild, we kept watching until the end just waiting for the part of the movie that... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tubby2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent movie followed original storyline nicely
Published 1 month ago by Candina
3.0 out of 5 stars Beter than The Next Generation in my book
I love The Texas Chain saw massacre franchise and this was okay but dos'ent fit somewhere in the story but it is kinda of a start in the beginning though so I give it 3 stars
Published 1 month ago by Game Matter
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite TCM by far!!
By far my favorite TCM movie out of all of them. Not to take away from the original, just wasn't my time and people my age expect more. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jscottgp2011
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 1 month ago by clay
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching and endearing tale of a man overcoming his limitations
This is a heartfelt biopic of Thomas Hewitt, aka Leatherface (Andrew Byrniarski), who overcame adversity to become the nation's foremost chainsaw massacrist. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Basementwatch
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does any1 know of a......?
I hope so but that might be next x-mas...
Jan 17, 2007 by Devon |  See all 2 posts
Disc Problem!?!?!?!?
Mine did that. it seems we have cheep dvd players...the disc is fine. trust me.
Jan 17, 2007 by Devon |  See all 7 posts
Slipcover problem
i got the same thing when i ordered mine through columbia house, they dont ship the covers for some reason?
Jun 30, 2007 by Michael T. Wrench |  See all 7 posts
is this a presequel to the remake or the good one?
its a prequel to the remake
Mar 8, 2007 by N. Richko |  See all 2 posts
Can somone enlighten me on what is different with the two versions? Be the first to reply
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