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Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (Unrated) (DVD)

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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

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

Product Details

  • 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: September 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KJU1KK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,341 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (Unrated Edition)" on IMDb

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There is a distinct lack of tension or build up to the violence.
Chet Fakir
It's just one complete blood and gore fest, if you don't like "bloody" movies, this one is NOT for you.
JennieGupMom
If you love horror and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the you need this movie.
North Gate

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Uhnghrid on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 4, 2007
Format: DVD
I am sick of hearing the complaints and negative response from those who either worship the orginal and will never allow any other form of the story of Thomas Brown Hewit to be told and i am sick of those who hate remakes and preqeuals complaining about a movie simply due to the notion that it is a remake.

I am a horror fan, i don't accept nor love every movie that is horror but i do embrace the changing face of horror. It is is not the 1970's anymore and some of you need to deal with this. In every genre of film-making things are a changing. The style of film made these days is different to the 1970's as was 1970's film-making different to the 1960's.

Things progress and evolve and I for one am delighted that after 20 years of the orginal the concept of TCM is even still around. Be grateful for the fact that you are even getting a second run of these films after some dreadful 80's and 90's sequeals to the orginal. TCM part 4 would have to be the worst film ever - Thomas was reduced to a transexual of the highest camp - pure stupidy.

So here are producers and directors who are at least producing some horror films and further enhancing the surreal story of the Hewit family with some hardcore gore and a very contempory film-making concept and you guys still have to complain.

You know those who say Rod Zombie got the 70's style in The Devils Reject (another terrfic film) and that TCM: The Beginning didn't are fooling themselves. Film style gives away in both film that it is not 1970's film making and guess what - IT'S NOT THE 1970'S ANYMORE. I like the 1970's slasher myself but gee guys - time has moved on.
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41 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Anton Ilinski on 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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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 22, 2006
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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Disc Problem!?!?!?!?
Mine did that. it seems we have cheep dvd players...the disc is fine. trust me.
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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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