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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre [40th Anniversary] [4 Discs] [2 Blu-rays/2 DVDs] [Blu-ray/DVD] [1974]

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  • Release Date: 09/16/2014
  • Rating: R
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (263 out of 270)

    Special Features


    • 4 Feature Commentaries:
    • Writer-producer-director Tobe Hooper, actor Gunnar Hansen, cinematographer Daniel Pearl
    • Actors Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, and Paul A. Partain, and production designer Robert Burns
    • NEW commentary with writer-producer-director Tobe Hooper
    • NEW commentary with cinematographer Daniel Pearl, editor J. Larry Carroll and sound recordist Ted Nicolaou
    • Collector's Edition Bonus Disc:
    • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: the shocking truth
    • Flesh Wounds: seven stories of the saw
    • A tour of the TCSM house with Gunnar Hansen
    • Off the Hook with Teri McMinn
    • The business of Chain Saw: an interview with production manager Ron Bozman
    • New deleted scenes & outtakes
    • Grandpa's Tales: an interview with John Dugan
    • Cutting Chain Saw: an interview with editor J. Larry Carroll
    • Deleted scenes & outtakes
    • Blooper reel
    • Outtakes from"The Shocking Truth"
    • Horror's hallowed grounds: TCSM
    • Dr. W.E. Barnes presents "Making Grandpa"
    • Still gallery
    • 40th anniversary trailer
    • Trailers
    • TV spots
    • Radio spots

    Synopsis


    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    Tobe Hooper's influential cult classic continues the subgenre of horror films based on the life and "career" of Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein, which began with Alfred Hitchcock's own influential cult classic Psycho. When Sally Hardesty (Marilyn Burns) hears that the Texas cemetery where her grandfather is buried has been vandalized, she gathers her wheelchair-bound brother Franklin (Paul A. Partain) and several other friends together to see if grandpa's remains are still in one piece. While in the area, Sally and her friends decide to visit grandfather's old farmhouse. Unfortunately, a family of homicidal slaughterhouse workers who take their job home with them have taken over the house next door. Included amongst the brood is Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen), a chainsaw-wielding human horror show who wears a face mask made out of human skin. Sally's friends are rapidly exterminated one-by-one by the next-door neighbors, leaving only Sally left to fight off Leatherface and his clan. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Marilyn Burns
      Marilyn Burns - Sally
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      Paul A. Partain - Franklin
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      William Vail - Kirk
    • Image coming soon
      Teri McMinn - Pam
    • Gunnar Hansen
      Gunnar Hansen - Leatherface



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 270 reviews

    97%
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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      ReLIVE the horror like never before!

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      S1L3NT
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      After viewing several of the previous editions of this horror classic and still being less then satisfied with the overall picture and sound I was beginning to lose hope.... Until THIS came along! When they announced the release of this 40th Anniversary Edition, you can understand my skepticism. But, after reluctantly purchasing it I popped it in my Blu Ray player as soon as I got home. And to my shock (literally) I was blown away. Right off the bat I could tell they took special care with this one. The picture was remarkably crisp. You can always tell when credits role up the screen if a print has been remastered well or not. Because the letters look so well defined. And the rest of the film did not disappoint. Granted, its never been a beautiful looking picture. It was shot on dirt cheap 16mm filmstock. Its safe to say that its a downright ugly piece of work. But one that definitely benefits from its 4K scan and extensive restoration process! Hats off to the guys at Dark Sky Films for their tremendous efforts in cleaning this thing up. It really SHOWS! Those 70s bright colored short shorts from the famous low angle tracking shot of the girl walking up to the house, really pop. The picture retains a thick layer of natural grain but for once Im glad they didnt tamper with that and try to smooth it out with digital noise reduction because in that very grain lies fine detail and it is stunning. The overall sharpness is a major improvement over anything else that has come before. And as I mentioned before, colors are nice and vivid. This is definitely the BEST the film has ever looked. And about its "gritty" texture, if youre anything like me then you will appreciate that it adds to the grindhouse feel of the movie. Now for the sound. This is where this Blu Ray really SHINES! I thought I was blown away by the picture, but the sound actually beats it. This 7.1 DTS HD-MA remix takes full advantage of the rear speakers and will have you ducking and flinching as the chainsaw zoomz all around the soundstage. It truely is scary all over again. Its powerful and though it will never be a sonic experience like any modern horror film (obviously this wasnt shot yesterday) it is a DARN GOOD listen! Very enveloping and frightening. Even in the quieter moments there are subtle sounds of ambience surrounding you at all times. Crickets, wind, etc. But when Leatherface revs up his chainsaw its like watching it for the first time all over again. Its truely a revelation. As for the special features, this release is packed with enlightening bonus content both recycled and brand new features that are sure to peak your interest. Its always fun to hear war stories about the actors' and filmmakers' experiences while making this horror masterpiece. And as an added bonus, it also comes with standard definition DVDs of the film and the special features (4 discs in all) so thats a plus. The only reason I didnt give it a flawless 5-star rating is because it doesnt have any other language tracks. Just the new 7.1 mix, the 5.1 track, a 2.0 stereo track and the original mono sound. But it woulda been cool to have a Spanish language audio track or something. Other than that its amazing and, in my opinion, the DEFINITIVE version of this cult classic!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Version of this Film Yet..4K This Soon!

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      bigboybutan
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      I own every edition of this film going back to the special edition VHS versions (yes, I am a fan). I also am a huge Videophile and up to this point had been very disappointed at the lack of Blu-ray support going back to the 4 disc Gold Steelbook edition on regular DVD as the Best edition available through Best Buy in the past. Well this 4 disc Anniversary Edition not only brings the film to Blu-ray but as a bonus has a 4K compatible transfer mastered from the original print which I viewed on my Sony 4K 60 inch and Sony 4K Dvd player I purchased at Best Buy about 6 months ago and while phenomenal, there is still very little 4K blu-ray films being remastered at this point. To see a film almost 40 years old be remastered for 4K just makes this box set a MUST OWN for any fan of the film. Even if you do not own a 4K capable television or monitor yet-you will soon as the prices are decreasing immensely by the month, so just buy this version so you will be prepared to view it in the future...The picture quality and Daniel Pearl's historic cinematography is stunning in 4K from the original theatrical 35MM print..I would not even be able to fit the multitude of bonus features on the 4 Discs, but trust me there are many new features Exclusive to only this box set that are not on the older dvd 4 disc one...Some are repeated, but there are FAR more than enough to make this purchase worthwhile for the extra Commentary tracks from Tobe Hooper and Pearl-ALONE. Buy this NOW...You won't regret it...and will be glad you have a 4K copy waiting for you as who knows if they remaster this again in the future or not?

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Outstanding Restoration

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      bornloser196
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      When The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was released in theaters I was 6 years old. Horror movies frightned me as a child, yet my father insisted that I watch this movie in a theater with him. I covered my eyes through out the entire movie. It wasn't until I was teenager during the 80's that I watched horror movies in theaters. When The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was first released on VHS I watched it for the first time and immediately noticed how influencial the movie is. Although it was not as gory as some of the other horror movies that I watched during my teens, watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre made me feel as though I was experiencing another individual's nightmare. It is regrettable that my eyes were closed while the movie was playing all of those years ago. I would have had the privelage of watching a milestone in American cinematic horror. Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th may be classics, but Tobe Hooper probably introduced the masked murdering madman to American audiences first. The extras are extensive and the restoration has made The Texas Chainsaw Massacre look better than ever.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Awesome Steelbook and Transfer

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      KyleHach
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      This Steelbook artwork is an awesome addition to any TCM/horror collection. The transfer here also looks amazing, especially considering the film was shot on 16mm in 1974. It looks really great. The only special features are 4 separate commentaries with various cast and crew, which is my only complaint here. Wish there were more features but the amazing packaging and transfer still makes this a pretty solid recommend. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the most effective and visceral movies ever made. It's amazing that it is just as alive and potent in 2018 as it was in 1974. The movie is beyond deserving of its legendary status and this is a nice addition to the collection. Get it while you can!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      I fell for it.

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      NY2LA2013
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      The 2018 blu-ray re-release of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre had me very excited to say the least. I already own a collector’s edition 2-disc DVD steelbook from 2006, but was very happy for the opportunity of an upgrade. Well, was I mistaken. The new blu-ray is pale in comparison to the older DVD. It is a less stylized design, offers the same special features, and doesn’t even come with a digital copy. So, I ask myself, what was the point of the re-release other than to sucker in die hard Chainsaw fans and steelbook collectors. It’s not terrible, and for those who didn’t purchase the awesome 2006 DVD steelbook, I’m sure it will satisfy. But for me, it was somewhat of a letdown.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Tobe Hooper's masterpiece

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      DWolfe47
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      The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has become one of the most influential horror films of all time thanks to it's gritty realistic documentary approach and at the time novel choice of locale. The new Dark Sky restoration sports a 4K restoration which I'm surprised to say really does surpass the already phenomenal previous release with a much more natural looking picture quality and grain levels. Sound is also quite a boost here given there's several different sound mixes including the original audio mix, a 2.0, a 5.1, and the new 7.1 mix supervised by Tobe Hooper. There are several versions of this great release, a single disc release for those who want the bare basics which is the film and four commentaries plus there's a big special edition with the special features from the previous releases. Either way this release surpassed my expectations and reaffirmed my faith in the new 4K restorations being done.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Strange package for a strange Movie

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      MattyB
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      Alright, when I first saw saw this thing I thought it was so dumb I just had to buy it. That right there should tell you about the product and my idiocy in one swoop. The transfer to Blu-ray is good but otherwise its the same old TCSM with four commentaries on it. The apron in the package is nothing special for all those out there looking for collectible(and display-able) items. I'll probably end up using it as an actual ordinary kitchen apron. The "mini" poster is nice but of a small and unusual size so it will be hard for me to frame like I do my other posters. I don't regret the purchase but at the time I did have money to burn (no longer the case). I would skip this if you already own the movie or unless you are a die hard fan and have to buy every version they release which seems every few years. Who knows what weirdness will be invented for the Fiftieth Anniversary package since this is only the fortieth.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      In a word: Horrifying

      Posted
      prlwctd

      This 1974 classic from Tobe Hooper is nothing short of sensational. With its documentary-esque photography and nerve-wracking moments, this is, in some ways, the ultimate horror film. Like Psycho & The Silence of the Lambs, this film is partially based on the real life exploits of murderer Ed Gein. Five friends (a girl, her boyfriend, her best friend, her brother, and her best friend's boyfriend) go into a graveyard in Texas to confirm that an acquaintance's grave hasn't been disturbed, following reports of grave robbing in the area. Needless to say, they don't leave quickly enough as they encounter a family of wackos who have them in mind for their next meal. The climax (which reinforces the notion that shooting dinner scenes is hard on actors) will have the viewer on the edge of their seats.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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