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Blu-ray Review: Horror Comes Home With ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition’

Blu-ray Review: Horror Comes Home With ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition’

'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre'

‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’

It’s hard to believe that ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ has been around long enough to terrify four generations of moviegoers! Originally released in 1974, the film didn’t receive the warmest welcome from movie critics who deemed the film “grotesque” and “an abomination.” However, it is words like those that often fuel the curiosity of film fans! It didn’t take long before word of mouth and a terrifying trailer would capture the imagination of young people around the nation and made Leatherface a household name. The story for the film, written by director Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel, focuses on five young people who set out for a weekend getaway. However, everything isn’t all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows as the group fall victim to a chain saw-wielding madman and his demented cannibalistic family in desolate Texas countryside.

Even 40 years after it’s release, ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ remains one of the scariest movies ever made. It was mind-blowingly unique for its time, and there’s still no other film quite like it today. This film is a gritty and raw with a documentary-like visuals which and a layer to the fear generated by watching it that is very tangible. One highlight of the film is the haunting performance delivered by the late Marilyn Burns; an genre defining performance that paved the way for the Scream Queens to come! To be totally honest, the film has never looked so good. Even though it was shot four decades ago, the transfer to Blu-ray has done this release wonders and breathed new life into it. In addition, the audio has been remixed in 7.1 surround sound.

The special features included on the set are a nice addition. The set features several commentary tracks including thoughts from director Tobe Hooper, cinematographer Daniel Pearl, production designer Robert Burns, Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger and Paul Partain; which offer some incredible insights to the film. For those looking to delve even further into the film’s lore, there are two documentaries included; “Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth” and “Flesh Wounds.” Whether you are a first time viewer or revisiting the classic flick, this release doesn’t disappoint.

In addition to the Collector’s Edition, there is also a mind-blowing Limited Deluxe “Black Maria” Edition of the film that is also available for superfans of the franchise! Take a look at the details at this location >

THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITION DVD & BD COMBO FEATURES:

4k Digital Transfer, 7.1 Surround audio

EXTRAS:
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

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‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Black Maria Limited Edition’ To Be Unleashed In September

‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Black Maria Limited Edition’ To Be Unleashed In September

'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre'

‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’

THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE received a mixed critical reception upon its initial release – the Los Angeles Times called it “despicable” – but horror fans immediately recognized it has a breakthrough in unbearable suspense. The story, written by director Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel, is dreadfully simple: Five young people on a weekend getaway in remote Texas countryside fall prey to a chain saw-wielding butcher (dubbed Leatherface because of his mask made of human skin) and his demented cannibalistic family. Thanks to startling scenes such as a woman being impaled on a meat hook, horror cinema would never be the same. Violent, confrontational and shockingly realistic, the film terrified audiences and was the most buzzed-about release of its time (a buzz fueled by the marketing campaign that claimed it was based on a true story).

Thrust upon an America disillusioned by the Vietnam War and Watergate, the 1974 shocker faced a storm of controversy, censorship and outcry. But this masterpiece of horror has stood the test of time to become a landmark motion picture and cultural milestone, having opened the (sliding steel) door to the entire slasher genre of the 1980s and beyond.

In addition to the Limited Deluxe “Black Maria” Edition of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE , the film will also be released as a standard DVD, Blu-ray and DVD/Blu-ray Combo on September 16 at retail outlets nationwide.

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THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE 40th ANNIVERSARY BLACK MARIA LIMITED EDITION BOX SET

Street Date: Exclusively at gorgon-video.com only September 16, 2014
Street Date: retail outlets nationwide October 14, 2014
SRP: $99.98
Rate R
4K Digital Transfer, 7/1 Surround audio

EXTRAS:
A 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

THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE 40 th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITION DVD & BD COMBO
Street Date: September 16, 2014
SRP: $49.98
Rated R
4k Digital Transfer, 7.1 Surround audio

EXTRAS:
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

THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE 40 th ANNIVERSARY DVD OR BD
Street Date: September 16, 2014
SRP: $24.98 DVD / $29.98 BLU-RAY
Rated R
4k Digital Transfer, 7.1 Surround audio

EXTRAS:
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

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