The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
DVD + Blu-ray
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It has been called grisly, sick, and perverse," as well as raw, unshakeable, and the movie that redefined horror. It was attacked by churches, banned by governments, and acclaimed by only the bravest of critics. It stunned audiences worldwide and set a new standard in movie terror forever. In 1974, writer-producer-director Tobe Hooper unleashed this dark, visionary tale about a group of five young friends who face a nightmare of torment at the hands of a depraved Texas clan. Today it remains unequaled as a landmark of outlaw filmmaking and unparalleled in its impact as perhaps the most frightening motion picture ever made.
Bonus features include:
Brand new never-before-seen featurette with reclusive actress Terri McMinn entitled Off the Hook
Feature-length commentaries with director Tobe Hooper, cinematographer Daniel Pearl, actors Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Allen Danzinger, and art director Robert A. Burns
Featurettes The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth and Flesh Wounds
Theatrical trailers and TV and Radio spots
A tour of the Texas Chain Saw Massacre House with Gunnar Hansen
Deleted scenes and outtakes
Blooper reel and still gallery
the Ultimate, the zenith, the most exhaustive possible celebration and dissection of this horror classic. I d even wager that no one will be able to put out a better one in the next 10 years --Fangoria
- Exclusive featurette with actress Terri McMinn entitled "off the Hook"
- Commentaries from director Tobe Hooper, cinematographer Daniel Pearl, actors Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Allen Danzinger, and art director Robert A. Burns
- Featurettes "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth" and "Flesh Wounds"
- A tour of the Texas Chain Saw Massacre House with Gunnar Hansen
- Deleted scenes and outtakes
- Blooper reel and still gallery
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In Short this is a must own.
The Good Things
*Includes a number of special features; documentaries, deleted scenes, outtakes, and trailers.
*The movie is one of the freakiest ever made. It has some graphicness to it, but is not quite as bad as I thought it would be (newer movies like "Saw" are way worse). It achieves terror more through the creepy settings and unsettling ideas.
*Filming style is good. Has a lot of good camera angles and movements.
*Production design (for a low-budget movie) is good. The house they go to is the freakiest thing ever. Costumes are great. Make-up effects are great.
*Sound design is great.
*The story is simple, and straightforward.
*Characters are good and very well-acted. Writing is not bad.
The Bad Things
*Special features are in standard definition.
*Even though the blood and gore is limited, it is disturbing enough to scare some people away. Not reccomended to those who are easy to scare.
The Questionable Things
*The video quality on this disc is rather grainy and fuzzy. It has some cleaness, sharpness, and color to it, but its not the best. Still, the grain accentuates the film very well, and can be considered a good thing.
*Sound quality is okay.
This is truly one of the scariest films I've ever seen. Its creepy, unsettling, and intense. A definite precursor to modern films like "Saw," but without being overly graphic. This way, I see it as being very classy. Combined with a good cast of characters and a simple plot, its very effective. Everybody who can handle it ought to watch it at least once, for it is quite scary.
The film was originally shot using 16 mm reversal film stock. This restoration, for the first time, gets down deep into every beautiful grain of the film for your ( and my ) viewing pleasure. The color saturation has been beautifully restored as well.
I was curious to see if one particular frame of film that apparently was severely damaged along the way would appear in this version as it has appeared in every video version I have seen. It does not. It has been repaired.
Congratulations on an excellent job of restoration!