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3.0 out of 5 stars Well-acted, keeps you on the edge of your seat, 5 May 2004
By A Customer
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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