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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Importing this DVD was well worth it. I'm glad I bought it because it is the best of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series. The DVD coems ith both versions of the film, the un-rated and the R-rated version. You cannot buy it in the UK yet as it has only recently been allowed by the BBFC. I highly recommend importing it. It arrived in just 11 days! You'll need a region 1...
Published on 23 Dec. 2003 by karabiner98

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3.0 out of 5 stars The saw is family
Michelle and Ryan are travelling from L.A to Florida, she's delivering the car they're driving for her father. They have to stop to get gas, here they meet the pervert owner Alfredo and a drifter trying to get home called Tex. After an altercation involving Tex and Alfredo, Michelle and Ryan speed off down a road not on the map that they were told about by Tex. Suddenly a...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The saw is family, 22 July 2011
This review is from: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3: Leatherface [DVD] (DVD)
Michelle and Ryan are travelling from L.A to Florida, she's delivering the car they're driving for her father. They have to stop to get gas, here they meet the pervert owner Alfredo and a drifter trying to get home called Tex. After an altercation involving Tex and Alfredo, Michelle and Ryan speed off down a road not on the map that they were told about by Tex. Suddenly a huge vehicle is chasing them down, they almost hit an oncoming vehicle driven by Benny and both vehicles crash. Benny who escapes uninjured goes to check if Michelle and Ryan are okay, they tell him that they're being hunted down by a man in a mask with a chainsaw. He seems skeptical at first until they show him the chainsaw marks on their car, before long the three of them are fighting for their lives. They're being hunted by the Sawyer family, and they're after fresh meat.

I liked how the movie opens, similar to the first film with a narrator telling us about the events of the first film leading up to the present. It would have been great if they managed to get John Larroquette, this was rectified in the remake. The acting was very decent, Kate Hodge was possibly a little over the top at times, then again I've never witnessed a woman being terrorized by redneck cannibals first hand, so it might have been spot on. The support cast were fun, William Butler, Joe Unger, Tom Everett, Miriam Byrd-Nethery and Jennifer Banko play their roles well. R.A Mihailoff played Leatherface pretty well, there's a great moment where he's playing a word game and keeps putting food when it shows a person.

The main attraction in the film for me was Viggo Mortensen in an early role before he became famous, he had already appeared in Witness and Prison but was still pretty unknown. My favourite actor and performance in the film came from Ken Foree who played Benny, I've been a big Foree fan since I first saw him play Peter in George A. Romero's classic zombie film Dawn Of The Dead. Caroline Williams who played radio jockey Stretch in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, has a very small cameo early on in the film playing a reporter, she doesn't speak but the camera lingers on her for a few seconds.

The direction is pretty good by Jeff Burr, he had just directed the very watchable From A Whisper To A Scream and Stepfather 2. There's plenty of blood and gore, but nothing excessive or gratuitous. Tobe Hooper was initially set to direct, but pulled out to make the terrible Spontaneous Combustion instead. Kane Hodder, better known as Jason Voorhees was the stunt coordinator, and special effects maestro Greg Nicotero worked on it as a make up artist.

The DVD has the cut and x-rated version of the film, the x-rated version has a commentary with the director and several cast and crew, deleted scenes, alternative ending and the saw is family, a very informative twenty-eight minute documentary. Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 isn't as good as the second, it's not even close to the first, it's a masterpiece compared to the awful The Next Generation: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4. It's a well acted, dark, atmospheric, gory movie that was a whole lot of fun.
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2.0 out of 5 stars THE DECLINE OF THE FRANCHISE - IT WAS BOUND TO HAPPEN AT SOME POINT., 13 Nov. 2008
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THE STORY

Two college students (Kate Hodge and William Butler) are traveling through Texas about a decade after the original movie supposedly took place. They pass a police checkpoint where a large amount of horribly mutilated bodies have been found, not boding well for the future.
After running over an Armadillo one of their tires blows, conveniently near the Last Chance gas station, where they meet a hitchhiker named Tex (Viggo Mortensen) and the crazed gas station attendant (Tom Everett). A fight between Tex and the gas station attendant erupts, during which the couple witnesses Tex apparently getting shot and the couple flees.
At night the two break down again (sure sucks to be them!) and they are attacked by Leatherface, whom they manage to escape from in the last minute. After evading a collision with another driver (Ken Foree) they wreck their car.
A hook-handed man named Tinker offers assistance, but turns out to be a member of the infamous chainsaw family and the three are separated. The couple is captured after Ryan gets caught in a bear trap and taken to the chainsaw family's secluded house in the woods.

THE MOVIE

LEATHERFACE: THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3 (TCM 3) gained some notoriety before its release as the MPAA refused to give the movie an R rating. A very heavily censored (or rather butchered) version later was given the R but it is very badly edited. The unrated version was banned in England and unavailable until 2003, it was also banned in other countries and due to the original and the first sequel being banned in Germany it never was officially released there.
TCM 3 failed commercially. This was mostly blamed on the censorship for the R rating and the rated version is virtually unwatchable, as large chunks were just cut out of the movie, making many scenes incomprehensive and very hard to follow. With the unrated version now being largely available in the US and UK, it becomes more and more apparent that the censorship is not the only issue with TCM 3...
Unlike the preceding entries in the franchise, TCM 3 was not filmed in Texas, but in California, losing much of its authenticity.
TCM 3 is a (bad) rehash of the first two movies, but nowhere near as vicious, macabre or shocking as its predecessors. There is some gore in the unrated version (not nearly enough to justify the controversy though, in many scenes the camera still shies away) but overall it is a huge let-down compared to parts 1 and 2.
The acting ranges from terrible (William Butler) to mediocre, nobody really stands out, and it lacks the presence of a real menacing Leatherface and Jim Siedow or a strong protagonist like Dennis Hopper. Kate Hodge is usually a pretty good actress, but even she pales compared to Marilyn Burns from the original. Viggo Mortensen's performance is the best so far, but still not convincing. He went on to star in far better movies and roles. There really isn't much to go for here, I even liked THE NEW GENERATION with Matthew McConaughey better. Stick with Parts 1 & 2 and THE BEGINNING, ignore the rest. If you must see/own TCM 3, make sure you get the Unrated/uncut version and avoid the sloppily edited R rated print or you'll be in for a very bad surprise.

THE DVD

Reviewed version: 2004 EiV UK DVD
Feature running time: 82 mins. (uncut) / 78 mins. (cut)
Rating: Unrated (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 / 16:9
Audio: English 5.1
Subtitles: None
Extras: Unrated (uncut) and R Rated (theatrical) versions of the movie, Audio commentary, Alternate Ending w/o audio (5:08), Making of (27:57), Deleted Scenes (9:20)
Region: 2 (locked)

Picture quality: C+
Audio quality: B
Extras: B
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well-acted, keeps you on the edge of your seat, 5 May 2004
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This review is from: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3: Leatherface [DVD] (DVD)
I first saw this film while living in Georgia, U.S.A., in it's R-Rated (Restricted) version. For years thereafter I heard and read that a "stronger" version still existed. Now, with it's DVD release here in the UK, I am able to say that the rumours were true. The DVD is absolutely packed with extra features, including an outstanding, in-depth "making of" type documentary, as well as some pretty shocking deleted scenes. The only thing missing is the film's original trailers, quite surprisingly. The film itself is extremely well-acted, especially by the lead, Kate Hodge. It is however, not the most pleasant film you will ever see and if the filmmakers intended it to be a grueling and punishing experience, they definitely succeeded. Ken Foree, from the original Dawn of the Dead, is also superb in a key role. The script was written by a noted American horror novel writer, who specialised in "splatter" or over-the-top horror. This may give you some indication of the nature of the proceedings. The film doesn't entirely gel, probably due to the many cuts and all of the editing to comply with the censors, in order to secure a more mainstream release. Unfortunately, despite featuring several strong performances, excellent (and very gruesome special make-up effects!!) and stunt work supervised by Kane Hodder, who portrayed Jason Vorhees in several of the Friday the 13th films, the completed film is left damaged and confused in several key places. But, it is still one of the better entries in this particular series and is well-worth a look as a unique and interesting horror film. The DVD gives you the option of watching either the uncut (self-labelled X-rated) version or the cut version. There seems to be only about three or so minutes difference in the two version's running times, however. Also featured in the cast in an extremely impressive and prominent role is Viggo Mortensen of The Lord Of The Rings. Peter Jackson, who directed The Lord Of The Rings film trilogy, was even once in the running to direct this film!! The notoriety of this film and it's unique cast are reasons enough alone to at least see, if not own this DVD.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty enjoyable !! !! !! !!, 30 Dec. 2006
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I for one love slasher flicks and horror movies, especially the ultra gory ones. This certanly didnt come into the category of anything even remotley bloody or violent, it has some bloodnless scenes but not as much of an atmosphere as the first Texas Chainsaw Massacre film to make them disturbing or add effect. And i was shocked by the fact that on the back of this they describe this film as "the most controversial horror movie of all time". As this is barely violent OR well know.

Putting all of that aside this is actually a decent slasher film and is surprisingly well acted featuring some actors you might see in some more modern horror flicks.

Leatherface, the infamous and much loved horror icon, looks great in this Texas Chainsaw Movie and has the most incredible chainsaw!!!!

The story is basically the same as every other TCM film but does have a better cast and a more fast paced story as well as a very wel paced out story.

I would suggest most slasher fans watch this as its much better than the abysmal "next generation" Texas Chainsaw Massacre film and is a decent addition to a great slasher series.

Enjoy
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 23 Dec. 2003
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Importing this DVD was well worth it. I'm glad I bought it because it is the best of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series. The DVD coems ith both versions of the film, the un-rated and the R-rated version. You cannot buy it in the UK yet as it has only recently been allowed by the BBFC. I highly recommend importing it. It arrived in just 11 days! You'll need a region 1 encoder, but thats not a problem if you have a DVD ROM in your computer.
I love this film, it is worth every penny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars STITCH, 23 Jan. 2015
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The above 5 stars are for the service
and the fact Ken Foree(star of the greatest film
EVER made,DOTD) graces it with his presence.
The extras are quite tasty though.Every cloud.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but this is still a cut version!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, 11 Jun. 2013
This review is from: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3: Leatherface [DVD] (DVD)
This is a short review.. very short basically this film is ok. The newer remakes have more gore than this. OK now the important bit.. This dvd says Uncut & and Cut versions I have a timecoded VHS copy which is very old, years old actually. Got this hoping this Dvd was going to be UNCUT.. But sadly this is a cut version less gore. It might be a uncut UK release. But it is still cut.. and on a chainsaw kill too, the woman on the tree and other bits. So no true uncut version.. :(
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3.0 out of 5 stars Leatherface goes Hollywood, 7 Jan. 2013
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With LEATHERFACE: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Leatherface went Hollywood and the results are much better than you'd expect. Compared to similar genre films of the period - A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Shocker and Child's Play 2 - Leatherface stands as most sincere attempt at being a horror movie, probably more effective as such than any of the films I listed, and with only "Jason Takes Manhattan" being a more entertaining film. When one considers what a troubled, rushed production this had (compared to even "Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2"), this becomes all the more amazing.
Now, you probably know if you're reading this that "Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2" satisfied few people on it's release. It's easy now to see now what a great sequel this was, despite some haphazard reediting by Cannon Films behind the director's back, and a score rushed in a couple of weeks, but at the time it was really nothing like the original and so received a lot of negative press. People weren't really ready for it's mix of direct sequel to the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", jokey spoof shenanigans, satire of American big business/Reaganomics (owes a bit to "Motel Hell" here) and really twisted psycho-sexual scenes in the Stretch/Leatherface romance scenes.
Three years later, with the Nightmare Series beginning to lose money with the aforementioned "Dream Child", and New Line put in bids for both Friday the 13th's Jason Voorhees (but not any other characters or the title), and for a two-picture option on Leatherface and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre title, but again, none of the other characters. New Line, rather admirably for an independent company that was just beginning to be a major player, did not play it safe and attempt to put out a truly watered down film from the get go. Anyone in their right mind had every right to expect a backwards horror with the goofy tone of the later "Nightmare..." sequels, but populated with rednecks, and to be fair New Line made a lot of smart decisions early on, including hiring David J. Schow (who wrote the excellent book "The Kill Riff") to do the story, and to return to the horrifying and brutal tone of the original. Early ads copied the conceit of the "Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan" teaser in misleading the audience into thinking a classier picture was being advertised, until the big reveal, but here in the admittedly excellent Leatherface teaser (a spoof of John Boorman's Excalibur), audiences were being mislead that Part 3 was going to follow the tact of Part 2 and be spoofy, which no doubt hurt the approach they were going for.

The conflict of the production (late hiring of the director, filming in California not Texas) doesn't seem to have hurt the film as much as you'd think. The Hitcher, after all, used California for Texas rather well, and Jeff Burr had at this point done two solid horror pictures, "From a Whisper to a Scream" and "The Offspring", nor does the MPAA and New Line over censoring the film seem to have hurt it as much as you'd think. The original film was nearly bloodless anyway. No, what causes problems for this movie is that it slavishly follows the original's plot structure whereas Part 2 had not. They could not use any characters other than Leatherface in this film due to the licensing (though both Grampa and Stretch from Part 2 make cameos, if you look closely), but they seemed to have emulated these characters with ones that are almost carbon copies. So it's a reboot, you say? But it follows the original and, in some cases, Part 2 quite closely in some regards (when you try and factor Part 4 into the equation, which features a W.E. Sawyer as a character even though this film opens with a text claiming he was executed, things get really hairy).

Having said all this - the film has a lot going for it. The production values are strong, the music by Jim Manzie is pretty good (though the soundtrack generally isn't, though I do have fondness for Leatherface's thrash metal theme over the end credits), the acting is generally pretty top notch and the tone is a new one for the series that's not entirely unwelcome. It's still a morbid, cruel movie that plays pretty honest about human suffering (excepting Ken Foree's death) and while I wouldn't call it essential to a horror fan as I would the first two films (which I love), it really is nothing for anyone involved to be ashamed of. Having said that, some of the performances are really annoying. While over time, I have grown to appreciate some of this is intentional (William Butler's character is supposed to irritate the audience the same way Franklin did in the original), some of it is not and Tom Everett, pretty good in smaller roles in The Exterminator and Die Hard 2, here drives me up the wall. Kate Hodge as the lead is pretty good, but she gets some "You go girl!" moments that are handled badly, making me drive headfirst into cringeville. It's not that I want her to suffer quietly - the best part about Stretch in Part 2 was that she was both an incredible screamer and an inventive survivor - but Hodge isn't really suited to "Now I've gone crazy, with madness!" type speeches.
I'm not familiar with the Region 2 disc having imported the excellent New Line Home Video disc from the US when it was released. One can say what one likes about New Line Cinema's films and business practices, but they just do not skimp with their DVDS. This disc is from 2003 and still looks EXCELLENT upscaled on my Blu-ray player to my TV. The sound track (stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1) is an excellent remix, too. The extras include a "commentary" - actually just interviews stitched together, which makes for a dense and informative listen even if I long for a true commentary), a solid making of retrospective (with some very honest and intelligent comments on the film from many of the involved parties), the excellent teaser trailer I described earlier (widescreen and in 5.1!), deleted scenes with commentary and the alternate ending. Oh, and it lets you choose whether you want the R-rated (inferior) or Unrated versions at the front of the film, just like the similarly excellent Jason Goes to Hell disc New Line put out at the same time. The only thing missing that I wish was here is the Laaz Rockit "Leatherface" music video, but that's on YouTube anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME, 2 Jun. 2014
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I have seen many of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Films,
And to be honest this is the best one ever. It is just great
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5.0 out of 5 stars good delivery packaging, 22 Dec. 2014
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very quick delivery, good delivery packaging, item as described, great price, very pleased.
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