Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III [DVD] [1990]

  • SKU: 5965547
  • Release Date: 09/30/2003
  • Rating: R
Jeff Burr's Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III has never been looked too kindly upon, for all the right reasons -- funny then that New Line gave this such a grand DVD release. For a terribly flawed sequel to one of the seminal horror films of 1970s, the extras included on the disc are staggering. For starters, gore fans should be happy to know that both the rated and unrated cuts appear on the disc, so all of KNB's effects can now be seen digitally for the first time (the unrated VHS has been available for years). For those not familiar with the history of the film, the R-rated version is a complete mess and this DVD will tell you why. Often remembered for delivering little of the red stuff in the theatrical cut, here you can dig into two documentaries and one commentary on the hows and whys of the third film's turbulent production. From the infamous MPAA battles to New Line themselves sabotaging the film through their desperate need for another horror franchise (A Nightmare on Elm Street 5 had just come out and bombed), the fate of Leatherface is mapped out extensively through various candid interviews that fill the disc. From horror scribe David Schow to the many bits with director Burr, everyone featured has stories which paint a picture of a truly hindered production. The film itself is presented in its original 1.85:1 widescreen picture, while the audio benefits greatly from the remastered Dolby Digital EX 5.1 and DTS ES 6.1 Surround Sound tracks. To be sure, time was put into this release, as evidenced by the blood-red menus and the inclusion of an alternate ending and probably one of the best modern horror trailers out there -- the Lady of the Lake teaser for the film (which you get to hear the full story behind in the meat of the extras). If there's anything annoying about the disc, it's that the commentary track consists of the very same interviews which make up the lengthy "The Saw is Family: Making of Leatherface" documentary. With no scene-specific discussion, you end up sifting through a lot of the same talk repeatedly between the main two features of the DVD -- plus look out for Burr's comments on the chainsaw in the film, because you'll hear the exact same audio clip of it more than once! Gripes aside, New Line most assuredly should be praised for giving such high treatment to such horror dreck for which they themselves are partly to blame.
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (14 out of 14)

    Special Features


    • Rated and unrated versions of the film
    • Widescreen version of the film
    • Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround Sound
    • DTS ES 6.1 Surround Sound
    • Stereo Surround Sound
    • English subtitles and closed captions
    • Filmmaker commentary
    • "The Saw Is Family: Making of Leatherface" documentary
    • "We Know What to Do With Them Parts": Deleted scenes
    • Alternate ending
    • Theatrical trailers
    • DVD-ROM content
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3
    Upon stopping for gas and directions on the Texas back roads, bickering yuppies Michelle (Kate Hodge) and Ryan (William Butler) get harassed by leering service-station owner Alfredo (Tom Everett). When the helpful intercession of a hitchhiker named Tex (Viggo Mortensen) leads to violence, the couple flees the area. Eventually, an unknown truck forces them off the road and into an accident with the sports utility vehicle of Benny (Ken Foree), a well-armed survivalist. Pursued by unknown assailants, Benny and his fellow accident victims must abandon both vehicles and armaments. Eventually all three end up trapped on the boggy forest estate of a family of cannibalistic serial killers who range in age from a feral little girl (Jennifer Banko) to an aged matriarch (Miriam Byrd-Nethery). The clan also includes the title character, whose chainsaw-wielding rampages are among the few direct links between this installment and the earlier two films in this series. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Kate Hodge
      Kate Hodge - Michelle
    • Viggo Mortensen
      Viggo Mortensen - Tex
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      William Butler - Ryan
    • Ken Foree
      Ken Foree - Benny
    • Joe Unger
      Joe Unger - Tinker



    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Still a decent film.

      Posted
      Signification

      This is the weakest of the first three "Chainsaw" movies (I never bothered watching "The Next Generation"), but it's still a worthwhile film. The direction is good, and it features some decent special effects by KNB. The making-of documentary chronicling the film's production is particularly engaging -- the director was hired at the last minute and was fired for two days in the middle of the shoot. I'm surprised the film turned out so well considering these conditions (although my favorite movie "Apocalypse Now" faced many more hardships during its production). The deleted scenes have a few more violent shots and more in-depth interviews with the director and Greg Nicotero. The DVD includes both the unrated and R-rated versions, although I would never watch the R-rated version (in the documentaries, they show how horribly edited the violence is). Recommended.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Been Waiting a Long Time for this on Blu

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      caliaga
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      This is a grossly underappreciated Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequel, and it's great to finally have it on Blu-ray. This is far from a perfect disc, but it's far better than the film has looked or sounded in previous home video incarnations.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      texas chainsaw ehh

      Posted
      keggers
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      My least favorite of the texas chainsaw massacre films, didn't really care for most of the cast. This one didn't really have that high of a scare factor. It is a enjoyable film and I do really enjoy it but not as much as the others.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Pretty good movie!

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      jetfilms2
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      Enjoyed the movie, has pretty good special effects for the time. It's a different feel from the first two. Has some pretty good special features. Film looks pretty good on HD.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Yes!

      Posted
      Rwellmon
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      This was the last great film in the series before they started the reboots. It has the same feel that the other two before it have. Claustrophobic and gritty. Love it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Been waiting

      Posted
      Iceberg
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      Been waiting for this to be put out on blu ray. Now my TCM blu ready set is complete. Great transfer of the film. Also it's the unrated cut

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Adult Horror

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      Festus
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      Good addition to your Texas Chainsaw Massacre collection. Not as good as the first two but excited to see it on Blu-ray.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great flick

      Posted
      Natas
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      As is with the sequel, this one is extremely different than the original. It's a lot of fun, looks great on blu ray

      I would recommend this to a friend



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