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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 Limited Edition [Blu-ray]
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2003
If you're looking for a movie about the human spirit, or a movie that can change the world... then find something else. If you're looking for a brutal and disturbing slasher flick that's both ridiculous and cheesy (but is still a good time), then "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2" is the perfect thing for you. From the original source behind "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," Tobe Hooper brings forth a disgusting and sometimes humorous sequel that will make you feel guilty for enjoying it.
Dennis Hopper plays a Texas Ranger, Lefty, who's bent on revenge and wants compensation in blood for the murder of his brother's children (from the original movie). A radio DJ may be his only hope of getting the murderers responsible, as she claims to have a tape of one of the murders taking place. The tape happened when a couple of goofballs decided to call her show, only to end up running into a chainsaw murderer and ending up dead. Lefty advises her to play the tape on air to draw the killer or killers out... the only problem is that the cannibalistic family has a record of "taking care" of witnesses in their own way. The results all lead up to a terribly disturbing and disgusting slasher flick that you won't forget (even if you want to).
Now, the movie is enjoyable if you take these few things under consideration: 1) This movie was not made with hopes of making it on the AFI list of Greatest Movies one day. 2) It doesn't live up to the original, so don't even think of setting your expectations that high. 3) This is a ridiculous and sometimes cheesy movie that its only purpose is really to shock, disgust, and perhaps even get a rise out of you. If you take all of these things into account, the chances of you enjoying this movie will increase.
What really makes the movie work is Dennis Hopper. He is usually a joy to watch in any movie, and this one is no exception. I don't know if the movie would be that great had he not been in it, as he really takes his character to the limit (and has fun in the process). The sequel is much more disgusting and violent than the original, but isn't really as shocking. Still, it is a pretty enjoyable flick if you're in the right mood and take it for what it is.
All in all, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2" is a great time if you know what you are getting yourself into and you know what to expect. Again, this is not "Citizen Kane" we're talking about; this is a stupid and goofy slasher flick that's only aim is some kind of entertainment. And, I happen to think that it achieves that, at least in my eyes. If you're looking for a goofy and disturbing slasher flick, this may be the one for you.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2009
Forget all of the negative review this movie has gotten over the years, Tobe Hooper's outlandish sequel to his landmark debut is a non-stop sick joke from the first frame to the last. When I first saw this movie way back in 1990, I wasn't prepared for what turned out to be the funniest and craziest movie I had seen in a long time. A sly political jab at 1980s consumerism gone mad in blood dipped sheep's clothing, Hooper's sequel is parts satirical comedy and parts over the top gore fest as the sawyer clan face Regan's america head on and Leatherface coming to terms with his own sexuality. Yes, its that kind of movie. Recently seeing it again, it still retains its comedic slant and horrific power and proves Hooper is a force to be reckoned with when he gets the right handle on the material.

The story is easy. Two annoying yuppies are butchered by the demented Leatherface on a deserted highway. Unknown to him, their murders are heard by a local radio station that the yuppies are calling at the time of the attacks. Now, the cannibal clan (led by the excellent and only returning TCM cast member Jim Siedow) have to stop the radio station getting this news out. But get the news out they do, and Dennis Hopper (in full-on loony mode following his knock out performance in David lynch's Blue Velvet) enters the picture as the uncle of one of the victims from the first picture. Teaming up with the Radio stations' DJ (played by the spunky and talented actress Caroline Williams), they both enter the clans lair for a blood drenched finale which features dueling chainsaw's that has to be seen to be believed! Hooper's direction is wild and kinetic, and one feels how studio execs must have felt when he presented them with his first cut. The cast are very good throughout, a minor quibble has Dennis Hoppers character almost disappear halfway through, only to re-emerge as the hero towards the insane finale. The screenplay by L.M. Kit Carson (didn't he write upmarket flicks like PARIS, TEXAS?) is crazy and manic in equal measure, and presents the audience with extreme characters from both sides of the human pysche and funny dialogue that fits right in with this insane world that director Tobe Hooper first created. His stylish colour scheme, expert direction and belief in the script which allows his cast to just go off the hook is a testament to his talent and creative abilities.

After a no frills vanilla release, MGM fix the initial mistake they made with the first TCM release. Now with added extras, the film seems to have been accepted for what it should have been: An honest sequel to a great original. Thankfully, the extra features are pretty good as the cast discuss their personal memories about making this bizarre movie. I would have appreciated a little more input from Tobe as he is MIA on most of the disc but to be honest, it's great to see this movie in the special edition format. Forget the 'Saw-lite' cover and the bad reviews, this TCM is the only sequel to own and shows the recent remakes how it should be done. Highly recommended.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 27 May 2010
A word of warning for anyone thinking of picking this up, perhaps for reasons of nostalgia - don't. Hooper blows this sequel within the first minute - instead of the ominous atmosphere of dread created by the original we get a pair of irritating Dougie Howser types screeching and whooping and getting involved in a car chase with grandpa or is it leatherface and look, his chainsaw is even longer than last time and.. - sorry, I can't go on. I found this unwatchable for 2 reasons - the contempt Tobe Hooper shows for his original (still his only decent film) and the sad sight of Dennis Hopper going through the motions for a pay cheque (thank God for Blue Velvet which erased this performance from the memory banks)
I realise some people will claim that, hey, it's a totally different film from the first one, that the director wanted to do something different. My view is that the TCM was lightning in a bottle and the reason we didn't get a proper sequel is because Mr Hooper simply wasn't up to it. Avoid this and the other sequels and the remake and the TV whatever - just rewatch the original and marvel that such talent can disappear so completely.
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on 18 November 2014
An excellent package about this cult film, although I really don't think this film is worth this deluxe treat......
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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 chainsaw, and it happens off-screen, while the rest of the film is also virtually bloodless. Nah, it's not something I rate highly.

This bizarre sequel only crossed my radar when I saw it on sale rather cheap and I was surprised by how much I liked it. Taking place 13 years after the first movie it opens with a couple of Yuppies being massacred with a chainsaw (sadly, the only chainsaw massacres in the whole movie) and the case promptly investigated by renegade Texas Ranger 'Lefty' Enright (the brilliant Dennis Hopper). The sound of the killing is caught on tape by radio DJ-type lady 'Stretch', who Lefty uses as bait to lure Leatherface out of the shadows. The trail leads to the labyrinthine catacombs beneath an abandoned amusement park for an epic showdown that doesn't really happen.

The problem begins with the second half in which Dennis Hopper seems to wander off into a different movie and nothing really becomes of his character while Stretch runs screaming from a horny Leatherface. It's a bit disappointing in this regard, but the wonderful set-design and gore effects keep it interesting. I just wish that there was more fodder for the titular chainsaw.

A lot of people consider this to be a spoof, but I don't think so myself. Horror movie-making had changed a lot by this point in the 80s. With slashers and the tools of their trade gaining popularity the genre moved away from gritty, grindhouse darkness and into something more colorful and mainstream (for better or worse). TCM2 is just a reflection of that. It's trash, but it's highly energetic and manic trash that's never boring, despite its shortcomings.

The Blu-ray is in very nice-looking 1.85:1 1080p (the back of the box incorrectly states a 1.78:1 aspect ratio) with a DTS HD-MA 2.0 soundtrack and loads of good extras. Fans of the film ought to be very pleased with MGM's effort here.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 July 2011
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre films are all very nasty films and in terms of violence this second installment is no different. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is directed by Tobe Hooper who did the well known original. However Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is I think the best of all of them and the most rewatchable as it has a very 80s feel and a sense of humour that reminds me of other horror favourites like Return of the Living Dead, Fright Night and Friday the 13th Part 6. The films soundtrack is very good, score music and songs. Dennis Hopper is the most famous actor in the film but all the cast is very good. This sequel is the only one out of the series that does directly link and follow on from the original film, rather than a reimagining or remake that the others seem to be. Be warned though it is bloody and grim in places.
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on 4 February 2015
Excellent transfer jam packed with extra features booklet and box set with nice looking artwork
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on 14 August 2014
Arrived early in top condition, very enjoyable movie if you are into the leatherface series.
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on 21 April 2015
excellent film really scary,and bloody.great packageing and excellent on time delivery.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2010
Don't expect anything like the first movie in the series. The Texas chainsaw massacre 2 comes of as some sort of warped (and not very funny) comedy. It's not scary at all, mostly just ridicolous. Furthermore Tobe Hooper makes some almost unforgiveable errors like copying many of the famous scenes from the original Texas chainsaw massacre. There's a few good lines here and there and a pretty grim, atmospheric underground setting ... But if you are to watch this, set your expectations really low - forget its kinship to the original chainsaw movie and the horrible fact that it's made by Tobe Hooper - and you might get through it.
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