The Texas Chainsaw Massacre [Collector's Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] [2003]

  • SKU: 6254652
  • Release Date: 03/30/2004
  • Rating: R
Director Marcus Nispel's over-the-top remake of Tobe Hooper's unrelenting horror masterpiece arrives on DVD in fine form with New Line Home Entertainment's Platinum Series double-disc release of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image offers a near-perfect presentation of cinematographer Daniel Pearl's lush photography, save for some serious signs of edge-enhancement. Likewise, the English DTS-ES Surround Sound audio mix provides an eerie and effective grab bag of directional effects in addition to providing an ideal showcase for the shrieking, room-shaking buzz of the ever-familiar saw. Other audio options include English Dolby Digital EX 5.1 and English Dolby Digital Stereo Surround, with optional English and Spanish subtitles. As with their other Platinum Series releases, New Line has seen fit to include an abundance of extra features that, though slightly repetitive, will certainly have fans swooning. Starting off the extras, three audio commentary tracks cover the "Production," "Technical," and "Story" aspects of the feature, and it won't take viewers long to get the drift that there may have been a few too many cooks in this kitchen. From the revelation that the man driving this project is none other than The Bachelor and Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? producer Mike Fleiss to the admittance by the director that he has never seen the original film, the "Production" commentary is something of a mixed bag; and, while the "Technical" commentary provides interesting, detailed information regarding the photographic and special-effects techniques used in the film (the latter of which is covered more comprehensively in the "Chainsaw Redux: Making a Massacre" featurette), it's the "Story" commentary that offers the most compelling listen, with actors' comments and script changes offering a depth that may have been somewhat lacking in the final product. The aforementioned feature-length making-of documentary "Chainsaw Redux: The Making of a Massacre" offers production insight from such contributors as producer Michael Bay and executive producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, a chilling glimpse at an all-too-eager Andrew Bryniarski (Leatherface) as he gets onto character and freaks out the actors, and an exciting look at what might have been one of the bleakest horror endings ever committed to celluloid had screenwriter Scott Kosar had his way. Male lead Eric Balfour's hilarious exit on the last day of shooting must be seen to be believed. "Severed Parts" offers an intriguing look at footage that was left on the cutting room floor; although an alternate opening and closing (complete with S.W.A.T. team raid on the family farm) certainly aren't missed in the final product, a few omitted character revelations as well as some excised violence offer a glimpse at a film that would have truly gone for the throat (or crotch as it may be). Viewers in search of a real scare, however, need look no further than "Ed Gein: The Ghoul of Plainfield," a short documentary covering the shocking true-life atrocities that inspired the film. The phrase "truth is stranger than fiction" has rarely rung more true than here, and though much of the featurette is presented with cheesy stock footage, the story of Ed Gein is still powerful and frightening enough to resonate through the somewhat hokey execution. Shot-on-video screen tests for stars Jessica Biel, Eric Balfour, and Erica Leerhsen offer testament to the power of a scream thanks to Leerhsen's formidable shriek, and a handful of trailers (including producer Michael Bay's original audio-only preview) offer a fun look at the film's promotional campaign. A music video for the Motograter song "Suffocate" exposes the new Texas Chainsaw's nu-metal roots, and potential filmmakers get a crash course in production thanks to such DVD-ROM features as script-to-screen comparison and a storyboard viewer. Rounding things out nicely is a bloodstained envelope ominously labeled "Evidence Enclosed," containing numerous grainy, black-and-white stills of chainsaws, mallets, items made from human body-parts, and other chilling images.
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Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (123 out of 129)

Special Features


  • Bonus items: Removable metal faceplate and evidence file with crime-scene photos
  • Three feature-length commentaries on the Production, Story and Technical aspects of the film, featuring producer Michael Bay, director Marcus Nispel, actors Jessica Biel, Eric Balfour, and more
  • Alternate opening and ending
  • "Severed Parts": Deleted scenes documentary on what was cut from the film and why
  • "Chainsaw Redux: Making a Massacre": Comprehensive feature-length documentary covering the film's origins, casting, and production through makeup, film scoring, marketing, and fan reaction
  • "Ed Gein: The Ghoul of Plainfield": Shocking documentary on the real killer that inspired the film
  • Screen tests featuring actors Jessica Biel, Eric Balfour, and Erica Leerhsen
  • Art galleries featuring production and "Leatherface" concept art
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • TV spots
  • Motograter "Suffocate" music video
  • DVD-ROM content: Script-to-screen, storyboard viewer, link to original website and more
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
One of the most infamous horror films of the 1970s is revisited in this remake produced by action-spectacle maven Michael Bay. In the summer of 1973, four teenagers -- Erin (Jessica Biel), Morgan (Jonathan Tucker), Kemper (Eric Balfour), and Andy (Mike Vogel) -- are driving through Texas on a road trip when they pick up a hitchhiker, Pepper (Erica Leerhsen), who is on her way to Mexico to score some dope. With Pepper adding to the party atmosphere, the other four decide to join her, but as they're passing through a small town in Travis County, they see a bloody and distraught girl (Lauren German) wandering by the side of the road, and after stopping to help her, they realize she's been involved in something horribly traumatic. As the kids try to help the girl piece together the story of what happened, they find themselves drawn into the web of a murderous family of subnormal cannibals. Inspired -- like the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Psycho, The Silence of the Lambs, and Deranged -- by the crimes of Wisconsin multiple murderer Ed Gein, this remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre also features narration by John Larroquette, who narrated the original film (it was his first screen credit), as well as supporting performances by R. Lee Ermey, Andrew Prine, and Andrew Bryniarski. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Jessica Biel
    Jessica Biel - Erin Hardesty
  • Jonathan Tucker
    Jonathan Tucker - Morgan
  • Erica Leerhsen
    Erica Leerhsen - Pepper Harrington
  • Mike Vogel
    Mike Vogel - Andy
  • Eric Balfour
    Eric Balfour - Kemper Hardesty



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Leatherface Never Looked So Good!

    Posted
    xtno

    It is pretty widely accepted that no one will ever be able to match the gritty, documentary-gone-wrong feel of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre and this movie does not try to. Instead, it turns a classic story into a visual masterpiece. While it uses its fair-share of horror movie conventions, it breaks through many of them by not only using blood and gore (trust me, there is still a lot of it) and a simplistic “run for your lives” storyline, but also visually interesting and almost poetic filmmaking. This movie scared a lot of people, despite that fact that half of it takes place during daytime/dusk. I think that is impressive in itself. Leatherface chasing you at night while you can’t see 10 feet in front of you and popping out of the dark will always make you jump. Leatherface chasing you though a laundry line full of white sheets while the sun is still in the sky and you can see everything around you is just darn cool to watch! In addition, this movie has a great cast. The hallmark of a TCM film is not only a good Leatherface (which this film has) but a seriously disturbing group of family and friends to match in psychological horror what Leatherface accomplishes in physical horror. To this end, R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket) and the rest of the Hewitt family deliver wonderfully sadistic performances. (If you want to see them take these performances to the next level, check out The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning which focuses much more on them) Jessica Biel and all of her traveling companions/victims also delver good performances. Despite that fact that most of them are clearly defined as cookie-cutter horror movie archetypal characters within the first three minutes of the movie, they all deliver believable performances (as far as each of their character-types allow). In my opinion, this is all you can ask for in a 90 minute scare-fest of a movie like this one. The fact that the villains are arguably better developed than the victims is in my opinion, a credit to the filmmakers’ ability to focus on what interests and ultimately scares the audience. Put all of this together and you get some seriously disturbing stuff executed through an involving and visually stunning movie. The documentary about Ed Gein is pretty interesting, too. This along with the other special features makes the special edition a must-have for any true TCM fan. Check out The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning if you like this one; or if you wish you could see more of R. Lee Ermy and the rest of the Hewitt family. It’s a little more gritty and less artistic, but a great ride, none-the-less.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Classic remake falls flat

    Posted
    SalemXIII
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    I'm a huge fan of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and this remake doesn't do it justice. I consider the original film my favorite horror movie ever, so I might be a little biased. The original movie was all about the physiological horror as the movie unfolds, but the remake is all about gore. The original isn't overly gory in my opinion, but yet is far more scarier than this bloody remake. Focusing on the gore really lessens this movie to a typical horror flick, which isn't bad, but it is what the movie was meant to represent. On the plus side, there are some wonderful new perspectives added to old scenes. Some of the changes hit right on the mark by reinventing the movie and not just rehashing the original. Still, the remake falls far under the original movie, proving just to be an average horror/slasher film.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not the original, but not bad

    Posted
    jeffthe13th
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    When I first saw this remake, I was not impressed. I felt that it just didn't live up to the standards of the classic 1974 original. After years away from it, I recently rewatched it on the Blu Ray Disc and found that it was better than I remembered. Leatherface was one big bad killing machine in this. And Old Monty was such a fun character. I still don't think it's as good as the original, but it has some great moments and it's effective. The Video quality on Blu Ray is Really good with a nice sharp video presentation and clear impressive audio. And this disc is FULL of bonus features all about making the movie, on the set, everything! If you love bonus features, this disc does not let you down.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Well done remake of a classic

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    HDEnthusiast
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    This is a retelling of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre with a more modern feel. Each actor does a decent job with the script they were given but it's not as great as the original. What made the original work so well was the atmosphere and how graphic scenes weren't too fleshed out. In this remake the gore is plenty and the scenery is kind of lost in favor of it. It's still a good remake compared to other terrible remakes of older movies but it doesn't capture the feel of the original movie. If you're a fan of Jessica Biel then it's a bonus point. Personally I'm not but her performance wasn't too terrible given the context of the movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Edge of your seat movie!

    Posted
    Chris07

    This movie will keep you entertained until the finish. It starts off good and finishes even better. Definetelly one of those movies that has you on the "edge of your seat." Really entertaining and I can't say it's not scary because overall it depends on the type of person you are. A great movie and I am mostly certain that you will enjoy watching it a 2nd time! I recommend buying The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning as well. Both great movies. Note: If your lost/confused in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, stop and watch The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning first. Then you will understand everything!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing film.

    Posted
    Signification

    I first watched this remake before I saw the original. I had no expectations, but I was still disappointed. There were a few things about it that I liked: the dark, grim atmosphere and R. Lee Ermey's character. I just didn't like the movie as a whole. However, on the 2-disc version, the documentary is great and is more engaging and entertaining than the film itself. So, if someone enjoys the film, I'd recommend that they buy the 2-disc DVD just for the documentary. Otherwise, I wouldn't recommend the movie. I'd give the movie 5/10, but I have no problem rounding up because of the DVD's special features.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    texas chainsaw

    Posted
    VapourTrail15
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    I bought this for a few bucks, I remember being in high school and seeing them on opening night with friends. We were excited, but let down by the end. Now, the movie seems dated and not very scary. The original still holds up pretty well considering it was from the 70's. This one, not so much....and it was only 10 years ago.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Letherface is back and bigger than ever

    Posted
    JoseFurry

    The collector's edition of this movie is amazing. It opens up to be a chainsaw. The two disc collector's edition also comes with a metal faceplate of Letherface and evidence photos of the movie based crimes. Behind the scenes look at the making is really good. The movie itself would keep you in awe and shock. Great buy, no a best buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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