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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre [VHS] [1999]

Marilyn Burns , Edwin Neal , Tobe Hooper    Suitable for 18 years and over   VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail
  • Directors: Tobe Hooper
  • Writers: Tobe Hooper, Kim Henkel
  • Producers: Tobe Hooper, Jay Parsley, Kim Henkel, Richard Saenz
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 4front
  • VHS Release Date: 5 May 2003
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZZZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,005 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This sensational, extremely influential, 1974 low-budget horror movie directed by Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist, Lifeforce, Salem's Lot), may be notorious for its title, but it's also a damn fine piece of moviemaking. And it's blood-curdling scary, too. Loosely based on the true crimes of Ed Gein (also a partial inspiration for Psycho), the original Jeffrey Dahmer, Texas Chainsaw Massacre follows a group of teenagers who pick up a hitchhiker and wind up in a backwoods horror chamber where they're held captive, tortured, chopped up, and impaled on meat hooks by a demented cannibalistic family, including a character known as Leatherface who maniacally wields one helluva chainsaw. The movie's powerful sense of dread is heightened by its grainy, semi-documentary style--but it also has a wicked sense of humour (and not that camp, self-referential variety that became so tiresome in subsequent horror films of the 70s, 80s and 90s). OK, in case you couldn't tell, it's "not for everyone", but as a landmark in the development of the horror/slasher genre, it ranks with Psycho, Halloween, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. --Jim Emerson

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Actors: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail
Director: Tobe Hooper
Manufacturer: 4front

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review specific to this Blu-Ray edition 15 Feb 2010
For a film that has been the subject of more DVD editions than most, a Blu-Ray release was inevitable, but do we really need yet another edition, (a seriously ultimate edition no-less)?
Well, despite my initial scepticism, I'd argue that this latest release is actually quite justified.

Personally, I'm not always convinced that older, lower-budget films really benefit much from the hi-def treatment, and with its grainy 16mm picture, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre hardly seems like an ideal candidate for such a presentation.
So, the transfer on this latest Blu-Ray edition comes as something of a revelation. Yes, the picture is heavy with film grain and obviously it doesn't have the striking sharpness of a modern blockbuster and yet, the remastering has been so remarkably well done, with such richness of colour and surprising clarity of detail, that even within the circumscribed limitations of the source material, the hi-def format is a very fitting showcase for such a great presentation. Audio too is well-served with a choice of 5.1 DTS, stereo, or the original mono soundtrack.

As for the film itself, it hardly needs stating that it is one of the pioneering classics of modern horror cinema. Like Night of the Living Dead, another low-budget independent production, it has clear commercial considerations, but is elevated somewhat by how well constructed it is. The cinematography and art direction in particular are quite startling. Like many American films, it exploits the country's fear of it's own rural lower-class and explores the idea of dark secrets and depravity lurking beneath a veneer of homely familiarity - themes that were quite prescient at the time even if they've since become a little clichéd.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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If you want to know how effective TCM is as a horror movie, consider this: director Tobe Hooper was aiming for his film to be given a PG rating, the finished product having little bad language or gore. Instead it was subject to censorship around the world, with the BBFC's director James Ferman declaring that he had a "problem" with the film and refusing to pass it for an 18 certificate. Having your horror movie banned largely on the strength of the atmosphere it creates is high praise indeed. It's interesting to consider why the original "chainsaw" is so more effective than the recent sequels, all of which had the advantage of a higher budget, glossier production and so on. For me, it's very much a case of "less is more". The sparse direction, mundane but creepy dialogue and characters and the low-tech discordant soundtrack all build up a feeling of dread long before Leatherface makes his first appearance, and the basic camerawork and grainy 16mm look add to the realistic documentary feel. The "fish out of water" scenario worked just as well for Alien as it did for this film - in rural Texas, no one can hear you scream. When the horror finally kicks in, it's unrelenting - the suffering of Sally Hardesty is the classic "female in peril" plot device turned up to eleven, and it's this that so upset James Ferman. Technically speaking, this blu-ray release is a significant improvement on the DVD. The HD transfer certainly betrays the film's low-budget origins - the transfer is grainy and uneven with the occasional scratch, but it's sharp and colourful and looks much better than the standard-definition picture. This is probably the best the film will ever look, short of a full-blown theatrical restoration. Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A landmark film 30 Mar 2004
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Format:VHS Tape
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is undoubtedly one of the scariest films ever made and its raw power remains undiminished to this very day. Made in the hot wastelands of Texas in 1974 with an incredibly low budget, director Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist) has somehow created a genuine fright machine which changed the face of the horror genre completely. The story revolves around a group of teenagers being chased, terrified and murdered when they stumble upon a canabilistic family in the countryside. The main character, Leatherface, has become one of the most notable villians in cinema history; his remorseless killings were loosely based on real life 1950's Texan murderer Ed Gein. You will know already whether this sort of film is for you - if you enjoy slasher thrillers and behind-the-seat suspense, this is the ticket. I stress however that this does not come beautifully presented or has special effects - it is filmed much similar to that of a documentary and is often described as 'gritty'. But don't let this put you off - this actually adds to the realism of the situation and makes it a much scarier experience. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a classic of its generation and deserves to be part of any respectable film collection. Just don't watch it alone.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who will survive and what will be left of them 5 July 2007
Having seen most of the very best horror films as a youngster in the 1980's, I never got to see this until it was finally lifted from it's ban in 1999 and I have to be honest, when I did see this for the first time, I was a little disappointed, I am now convinced that the reason for this was because of all the hype and the fact that I had waited such a long time to see it plus I watched it in the daytime (not a good idea for a horror film of this quality). I say this because everytime I have watched it since that disappointing first time, I find it more scary on every repeated viewing and I seem to appreciate it more and more as up until about two years ago (at the time of writing) this wasn't even in my top ten horror films, it definitely is now and it will probably stay there for the rest of my life.

This film has such a depressing and grim feel to it and to me this is all the scarier for it as a horror film, it is probably for this reason that some people find it boring because I did on first viewing. if like me you are a huge fan of horror movies and was disappointed with this on first viewing, not because of the lack of gore (if that is all you are interested in then watch the remake) but because it just didn't somehow do it for you, then I would urge you to watch this a few more times late at night as you might just change your opinion about it, I am sure if I can then other people can (I can't be that unique).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 12 days ago by amanda anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic horror movie!
Texas chain saw massacre is great classic horror film. This blu-ray has sharp picture quality and good extras. Highly recommended!
Published 3 months ago by Petri Pentikäinen
5.0 out of 5 stars The master
Billed as being based on true events in the back roads of Texas it's no wonder people fell for this cunning cinematic statement. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Trevor
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
This is one of the scariest horror films ever, with incredible atmosphere.

When will we see a Blu-ray edition of Tobe Hooper's other masterpiece, Salem's Lot? Read more
Published 5 months ago by Enterprising
5.0 out of 5 stars Best pre Halloween slasher
Once you have seen this film you'll never forget it. There's nothing bad about this film. It rocks from beginning to end.
Published 5 months ago by BigAl82
Published 5 months ago by HAN XIAO
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Horrorfilm Ever !
Since the dawn of time, man has entertained one another by telling chilling tales of the mad and macabre. Read more
Published 9 months ago by WriterofWords
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad film
Although the plot is okay.. the music and acting is terrible.. Even the plot isn't great and could be improved. I would give it 2/10, a bad film. Read more
Published 9 months ago by mikethemoose
3.0 out of 5 stars The texas chainsaw massacre 1974
Well, it was a great movie, and plot and stuff, just one thing........ The quality. It was a bit crappy, and i didn't get subtitles on it, so, but a great movie otherwise.
Published 9 months ago by Jarand Barkved
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Horror Film EVER!
This has to be my most favourable horror film ever as it brings chills to your spine, and it makes you feel like running from the texas chainsaw massacre yourself. Read more
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