The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
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From the director of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre this ghastly and hilarious (Variety) sequel descends into your deepest darkest fears as a wacked-out lawman goes after human meat-cutters with his own high-octane chainsaws in a horrific showdown with the legendary leatherface and his entire cannibalistic family. For 14 years former Texas Ranger Lefty Enright (Oscar® nominee* Dennis Hopper Hoosiers) has been obsessed with finding the psychotic mass-murderers who killed his brother s children. And today he s in luck. A tough as nails late-night disc jockey (Caroline Williams Days of Thunder) has caught the ghouls on tape in the act of slicing and dicing a couple of fun-loving rich kids. When she volunteers to help Lefty persuades her to play the tape on-air to lure the maniacs out of hiding. But what she doesn t know is that she s the only witness to this diabolical family s butchery who hasn t been carved up for somebody s supper just yet!System Requirements: Running Time 100 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: HORROR Rating: R UPC: 027616851536 Manufacturer No: 1000837
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The film was released on bare bones DVD back in 2000 but MGM released a special edition DVD edition dubbed The Gruesome Edition in 2006 which did the film's legacy justice. That same edition and HD master was used for the film's bluray release in 2012.
For Scream Factory's 2 disc collector's bluray release, they have released what in my eyes is the definitive release of the film. All of the extras from MGM's bluray including the two commentary tracks, the feature length making of documentary, deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer were ported over. New to this collector's edition is a third commentary track, 30 minutes of interview outtakes with the late & great screenwriter L.M. Kit Carson and sadly deceased actor Lou Perryman, still galleries, TV spots, 43 minutes of behind the scenes footage, a special effects featurette called House of Pain, interviews with the actors who played the two yuppies from the beginning of the film, the editor Alain Jakubowicz and stuntman Bob Elmore. Sean Clark also contributes a new episode of his Horror's Hallowed Grounds.
Not content to stop there, on disc one you also get a brand new 2K scan from the film's interpositive and on disc two for purists they included the MGM transfer which was approved by the director of photography. How does the new 2K transfer compare? It in my opinion blows the 2012 transfer away! Colors are greatly improved, the print damage seen intermittently in the MGM transfer is gone, fine detail is improved, skin tones look more natural and not as hot and the black crush seen particularly in the 3rd act from the old transfer is gone as well. While I have been critical of some of Scream Factory's past HD transfer attempts for films such as "Mad Max" & "Escape from New York", I can safely say that their new 2K transfer of TCM2 does not disappoint and looks positively amazing.
I should mention that the Tobe Hooper early short films included on the region B Arrow Video bluray release which also used the old MGM transfer aren't included in this release. But truly they aren't missed in my eyes and the ample amount of film specific extra content with Scream Factory's release more than make up for their omission.
While I usually frown on having to double (and in some cases triple) dipping my favorite films, it is more than worth it in this case. The new 2K transfer looks positively stunning and the new extras alongside the previous extras make this release truly definitive. Dog will hunt!!
The high-definition transfer aside, it's the extras that make this one a must-have for fans of the film and the franchise. The centerpiece is undoubtedly "It Runs in the Family," a multi-part look at the movie from inception to release, visiting most of the production departments along the way. The writer talks about the various drafts and script iterations; the actors and actresses weigh in on the highs and lows of filming in Austin, Texas in one of the hottest parts of the year; we get an extensive look at the special effects shop, with contributions from maestro Tom Savini and his SFX team; and my favorite feature of all, an episode of Sean Clark's always excellent "Horror's Hallowed Ground," which covers the few filming locations that are still standing (many are now parking lots or office buildings). Additional features delve even further into the thoughts and reminiscences of the cast and crew, and disc one also features a number of optional commentary tracks, including one with the director, Tobe Hooper.
The special features alone are worth the price of admission, and getting two versions of the movie (the original HD version and a new scan in 2K resolution done in 2016) makes this the definitive version of TCM2 available anywhere. I strongly recommend it for fans of the movie, unless of course you're one of those who can't stand the direction it took.
Trust me this is a must own!
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