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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 [DVD]

Dennis Hopper , Caroline Williams , Tobe Hooper    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Jim Siedow, Bill Moseley, Bill Johnson
  • Directors: Tobe Hooper
  • Writers: Tobe Hooper, L.M. Kit Carson
  • Producers: Tobe Hooper, Henry Holmes, James Jorgensen, L.M. Kit Carson, Menahem Golan
  • Format: Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Swedish, Danish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct 2001
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KFTA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,482 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Opinion is mixed as to whether Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is a worthy successor to Tobe Hooper's seminal slasher flick. The story picks up 14 years after the events of the first film, which have long since passed into local legend. On a relentless search for the maniacs who murdered his wheelchair-bound nephew Franklin, Lieutenant "Lefty" Enright (Dennis Hopper) is drawn to the scene of a brutal roadside killing in Red River, Texas. He soon forms an alliance with Stretch (Caroline Williams), a feisty female radio DJ who inadvertently broadcasts the chainsaw murder of two drunken frat boys live on her late-night phone-in request show. At Lefty's request she replays the tape on air and soon after receives a terrifying visit from two deranged fans, Leatherface and Chop Top, who are intent on killing her. Stretch escapes, and together with Lefty follows the trail of the gruesome twosome into the bowels of the deserted San Jacinto historical theme park, which hides a Leatherface house of horrors.

In contrast to the chilling, snuff movie scenario of the original, Hooper whoops it up with this 1986 sequel brimming with gruesome humour, without welching on the thrills. Writer LM Kit Carson (Paris, Texas) reworks Leatherface into a tragic, almost naïve figure trapped beneath a horrific façade and fleshes out his thoroughly dysfunctional family with the introduction of baby brother ChopTop--a steel-plated Vietnam vet. Leatherface's old man (now called Drayton Sawyer) and Grandpa are carried over from the first film. Dennis Hopper is clean cut but dead-eyed in a typically manic performance as the cowboy detective driven by revenge--think of an embryonic Frank Booth from Blue Velvet with a fetish for power tools. TCM2 is a wildly imaginative experiment in terror that stays true to its trashy exploitation roots.

On the DVD: The lack of extra features on this disc (apart from the standard theatrical trailer) is a major oversight given that TCM2 has had no previous theatrical or video release in the UK. A director's commentary would have been especially welcome, as well as the addition of the deleted scenes featured on the US laserdisc and special edition VHS versions of this film. Static menus provide options to watch the film with English, Spanish or Italian dialogue and subtitles in Danish, Norweigian and Swedish. The main feature is of more than adequate picture quality and presented in 16:9 anamorphic format. --Chris Campion

Product Description

DVD Special Features:

Original theatrical trailer
Interactive menu screens and chapter selections
Soundtrack: English Dolby Surround 2.1, Italian mono, Spanish mono
Subtitles: English for the hard of hearing, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
1.85:1 widescreen 4:3



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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'm going to review several versions of this film's release, going backwards chronologically. Hopefully it's labelled well enough you can dip in and grab the one you want.

REVIEW OF THE 2013 (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 Blu-ray) from ARROW:

Truly a milestone, this may well be Arrow's best ever release (the Lifeforce Blu-ray [Limited Edition Steelbook] is another contender). It features 3 discs and one book, neatly grouped by a slipcase but in seperate books, making for an elegant package.

THE PACKAGE:

The artwork on the box is not my preference (to this day the only digital release of these films to use the Breakfast Club spoof artwork is the German Blu-ray, and no home video release has ever used the Howling-inspired poster with Leatherface cutting through a door) but it's very good and just about the best original cover it could have had, much better than the awful Gruesome edition cover in the US (which attempted to make it look like a sequel to the 2003 remake) or the even older cover of the first dvd with an unappealing picture of Dennis Hopper. The packaging is nice to hold but looks somewhat vulnerable to shelf wear (you'll want to be careful). Also included is a Certificate of Authenticity, complete with "Limited Edition Pressing Number" (and on the back of which is finally and thankfully a reproduction of Cannon's original "Breakfast Club" spoof poster!), and there's also an Arrow Video postcard (mine was for an upcoming release of "Remo: Unarmed and Dangerous" aka. Remo Williams).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "..GREAT SEQUEL, AMAZING ARROW BLU-RAY.." 26 Nov 2013
Format:Blu-ray
I think this movie gets too much negativity, its really worth checking out, especially now arrow films has given it the royal treatment on Blu-ray, the story carries on nicely from the original in the best way possible, Tobe Hooper once again directs, in many ways the sequel is better than the original, we get an amazingly insane performance from Bill Johnson who plays the role of the infamous Leatherface, the rest of the cast too is fantastic and all add to a deeply insane portrayal of one of the most messed up families in movie history, and of course a youngish Dennis Hopper playing the lead who is hunting down the family for revenge, this movie takes on a darker edge than the original which is no surprise really as it was made 12 years after, this movie thanks to Arrow films has been given a great HD transfer and had scenes restored so it has more gore than previous UK DVD releases, this box set also contains a very cool book and extra bonus discs crammed full of hours of features and bonus early films from Tobe Hooper plus more, this really is the holy grail version of this movie, a must for fans and horror buffs in general, its a great film, everyway as fun as the original, crazy over the top violence, black comedy, this truly is also a classic too, there wasn't another good chainsaw movie made after this one!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Same Director, Wacky New Direction. 9 July 2012
By Ben
Format:DVD
Personally I did enjoy this movie, it's a completely over the top cheesy/goofy 80's B-Movie. It was directed by "Tobe Hooper" who created the 1974 original, why the change from a serious, ominous film was changed into a basic spoof is beyond me but I still like this movie.

A documentary I watched claimed that this film has so much stuff cut that it's not how it was meant to be from the director. And it's not available in an uncut format.
Buy the "Gruesome Edition" if you can as my standard edition literally just has the film on the disc & a gallery I think. There's no special features at all, tempted to sell my version and buy the gruesome one!

But yeah worth a watch if your a Tcm fan, I own all the films including the two newest remake thingymajigs. Buy it, get some beers in & get your pals round!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "The Saw is Family!" 24 Mar 2003
Format:DVD
Made with little more than a healthy pay check in mind, Tobe Hooper returns to the gruesome family of characters he co-created with writer Kim Henkel in 1973 with this inferior, but fun, sequel. Far glossier than the original 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' this second instalment is more reminiscent of other 80's horror sequels like The 'Friday the 13th' and 'Nightmare' franchises in that it promptly succumbs to the standard pattern of a rock and roll soundtrack, a plot that is as absent of any meat on it's bones as is one of leatherface's hapless victims, and a lack of any genuine shocks or scares (only one moment of face-swapping gore truly stands out here). Whatsmore, the sets are overblown and ridiculous (the family now appear to reside in some kind of underground labyrinth as opposed to the simple farmhouse of the original), character development is completely forgotten, and the ending is plain embarrassing. That said, TCM2 is not without some saving graces - Dennis Hooper is camply hilarous as Sheriff Lefty Enright (Uncle to one of the original movie's unlucky teens) and the family themselves (particularly the eldest brother) still have some amusing moments on screen. This episode is primarily played for laughs, however, and they are not nearly so subtle as those found in the first part. Hollywood effects replace the unrelenting terror of the (far less gory) original and the film suffers as a result. It should be noted also that this DVD contains no extras, but the picture and sound quality are clean and well presented. All told, a decent horror flick and a fun ride - but not a patch on it's classic predecessor.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful Arrow Blu-ray transfer (Garish Colour!)
I was expecting a lot more from Arrow with this Blu-ray release, very disappointed indeed.

The colour saturation is terrible on this Blu-ray Arrow release, the skin... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Nigel Coles
4.0 out of 5 stars Limited, So Hurry!
This Limited Special Edition is really worth every penny for a fan! Buy if you are a fan of TCM!
I had never seen this film before I bought this edition. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fabian Rosander
5.0 out of 5 stars Tobe hooper in HD
This masterpiece is amazing ! The bonus and extras are super !
Thanks for the great job of ARROW for this limited edition !
Published 2 months ago by Diep BACH
5.0 out of 5 stars CULT CLASSIC IN A DEFINITIVE EDITION !
Every fan of the Texas Chainsaw sequel can say it, dvd editions (save the very first one) so far have been a satisfaction, including documentaries and deleted scenes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Wilson
1.0 out of 5 stars awful awful awful
absolutly awful film and the main reason is because of the way they have changed the leatherface character. Read more
Published 3 months ago by messi89
5.0 out of 5 stars Super movie
It's great to see this film in such a super quality.
there's really been lavished on both images and sound as the film appears razor sharp
Published 3 months ago by Niels Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent film
it was what i expected good quality and it is one of my favorate films of all time thanks alot
Published 5 months ago by stephen brodie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 80's horror
so Tobe Hooper did the sequel on his own possible mistake not involving Kim Henkel but its still a good film in its own merit. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dr P
5.0 out of 5 stars The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
This film is both funny and scary at the same time. Denis Hooper is excellent with the chainsaw and looks to be enjoying himself in this film.
Published 12 months ago by Four Star
3.0 out of 5 stars Texas Cheesecake
Hate me if you want, but I never understood the high regard for the first movie. Yeah, I get the grim documentary tone, and I respect that, but there is only ONE massacre with a... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Inspector Gadget
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