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on 14 January 2015
Good quality dvd.
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on 25 July 2014
great horror dvd
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on 18 June 2011
A REAL GOOD WATCH! SOUNDS STRANGE BUT TRY AND WATCH THE 1978 VERSION AFTER THIS ONE AS THIS ONE IS MEANT TO HAVE TAKEN PLACE BEFORE THAT ONE. (HENCE WHY ITS CALLED THE BEGINING). A REAL GR8 FILM TO HAVE. BASIC OF IT IS A GROUP OF TEENS TRAVEL ON THERE WAY TO THE ARMY BUT STUMBLE ACROSS THE CRAZY HUMAN EATING FAMILY! THE ONLY THING THATS EASY TO TELL IS THAT THERES NO SURVIVOURS CAUSE IF THERE WAS THEN IT WOULD MAKE THE 1978 VERSION REAL STUPID! ... GR8 ONE TO HAVE.
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on 14 January 2015
There is no Blu-ray of this in the UK and most probably wont be. So if you want a Blu-ray of this get the French uncut version. It works on UK players and plays in English.

You can buy it on the French Amazon (Amazon.fr) :

http://www.amazon.fr/Massacre-%C3%A0-tron%C3%A7onneuse-commencement-Directors/dp/B00CB3IGJ6/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1421215664&sr=8-3&keywords=texas+chainsaw+massacre+blu+ray
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on 23 February 2007
This prequel to the highly enjoyable remake is a very mixed bag. It's basically a retread of the previous film, including many scenes that are carbon copies which does make you feel a little disappointed. Knowing that this is set before the remake does make the ending rather obvious and meant that for me there was a severe lake of tension. It's also a very short film, featuring almost no real build up for the characters before launching into the blood and guts. It's not all doom and gloom though as R Lee Ermey reprising his role as Sheriff Hoyt is absolutely tremendous and the levels of gore and violence on show are enough to keep most blood fans happy.

I would say this is a two star film that gets three because of Ermey and the gore. Entertaining but nothing you haven't seen before.
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VINE VOICEon 26 May 2007
Pay little attention to the naysayers that are damning 2006's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" as an awful horror movie. I mean, when critics of a film criticise it for its grimy focus upon gore enthusiasts of the no-hold-barred variety of horror should be all too aware that, like numerous other under-rated horror movies recently (example: "Saw III"), "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" was being called awful before it even arrived on screens. There can be no denying it, naysayers had already decided beforehand that another sequel (well, this time a prequel) in the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" series would be catastrophically adapted and lacking in original content. Also, folks were well aware that the gore content would be expectantly high and thus see fit to comment on it. In this day and age, a horror movie like this 2006 outing isn't so much scrutinized as it is readily dismissed. If it turns out to be gorey, well people will just criticise it for that. I have a suspicion, though, that had the gore been non-existant people would have just as enthusiastically shamed the movie for the exact opposite reason (alike 2006's under-rated, but admittedly flawed, "When A Stranger Calls"). Viewed as a collective effort by an enthusiast of the horror genre, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" delivers the following: Gore, scares, suspense, eeriness, disdain, judgment, profanity and undoubted quality.

Naturally, the originality is thin when it comes to this 2006 prequels plotting. Greatly resembling previous efforts in the series, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" primarily focuses upon an unfortunate group of friends who inadvertently come into contact with the murderous Hewitt family. Vietnam-bound brothers Eric (Matthew Bomer) and Dean (Taylor Handley) are being accompanied by their respective girlfriends as they prepare to be sent out to war (once again in the case of Eric). However, Dean confides to girlfriend Bailey (Diora Baird) that he intends to rip apart his draft card and make a run for Mexico with her. Meanwhile, Eric's girlfriend (and feature protagonist) Chrissie (Jordana Brewster) isn't focused upon early on and heads up proceedings late in the day. When the group crash into an unfortunate cow, their car is mangled and certainly unfit for usage. So when creepy makeshift Sheriff Hoyt (R. Lee Ermey) shows up, shooting a biker girl in the process, they are driven by him to his home, immediately aware that something's amiss with the man in question. Soon enough the group are terrorised by the Hewitt clan with the exception of Chrissie, who's still free but makes the undoubtedly unwise choice to attempt a rescue of her friends from the family including everyone's favourite chainsaw-wielding madman, Thomas "Leatherface" Hewitt (Andrew Bryniarski).

Jordana Brewster isn't particularly outstanding as lead protagonist Chrissie. Displaying the sort of emotion and expression better suited for a Gus Van Sant movie, Brewster by no means does an awful job but doesn't amount to being the standout performer. Portraying brothers Eric and Dean respectively, Matthew Bomer and Taylor Handley accurately and believably convey a mixture of terror and confusion throughout proceedings, doomed though they appear to be. Rounding of the protagonist batch, Diora Baird is instantly forgettable. The star performer of the entire picture is R. Lee Emery, succeeding in being equally as scary as the signature antagonist Leatherface. Emery mixes the right amount of ingenuity and crude evil into his diverse character that one truly believes he's the maddest of the lot (in this case moreso than Leatherface). Andrew Bryniarski doesn't exactly need to be a talented actor to suitably portray Leatherface, he just has to fit the part appearance-wise. That, he does.

Originality was never going to be a certainty when it came to a motion picture that follows in the footsteps of numerous in its respective series let alone when faced with the fact that its been conceived in the year of 2006. Whatever problems this gritty horror movie has in the originality department cease to matter, however, almost from the offset. Where the motion picture excels is in its timing and deliberate harshness. Brutal and unforgiving from beginning to end, this self-sufficient horror movie becomes increasingly relentless as it goes along and doesn't at all fail in chilling its audience to the bone. The fact that this is a prequel to events in the 2003 reworking means that viewers know the family won't be defeated, opening a wide range of possibilities in scaring the audience by the apparent affirmation that no-one shall be escaping alive and thus providing "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" with enough ammunition body-wise to shock and torment.

By no means, however, does "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" resultantly become contrived and predictable. To the contrary, the experience is innovative and surprising to an extent that many of its predecessors have failed. Unashamedly featuring the birth of the infamous Leatherface and unforgivingly mutilating its central protagonists at every opportunity, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" provides fans of the genre with the required goods. It plays by its own rules and is all the better for it.

"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" also finds immeasurable strength in the style that directer Jonathan Liebesman and cinematographer Lukas Ettlin allow the action to unfold in front of the camera. Shot in a style reminiscent of gritty B-movie horrors of years gone by, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" is a throwback to numerous classic gore-laden horrors before it. Though it won't by any stretch of the imagination go down as a classic in its own right, the stylings (also intriguingly reminiscent of 2005's "Wolf Creek") of this horror movie make it a thoroughly enjoying experience for any fans of the horror genre unimpressed by recent efforts.

More than a body-count snuff movie and absent of the silly-mindedness of others in the series (i.e "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation") 2006's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" treats the audience with respect. Delivering what's expected of it by any open-minded enthusiasts, this movie stands as one of the more superior efforts at this type in recent years.
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on 17 June 2015
As expected
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on 4 June 2009
How on earth can anyone who likes horror not like this? It's superbly bloody and well acted(especially Lee J Ermey as Sheriff Hoyt)
I think some people who like rom-coms have been posting on this site.
For future reference you guys, the clue is in the title !!!
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on 22 February 2015
Excellent
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on 14 August 2014
Love.This is in the beginning so we dont really know who Leatherface is or his family or his birth and this film introduces the actual chainsaw and the struggles that they go through
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