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Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Black [Blu-ray] [1974] [US Import]

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9cbf5da4) out of 5 stars 34 reviews
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ccc9870) out of 5 stars Are you wondering what is on the 5th disc? Read on... 23 Dec. 2014
By Ron2900 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
The review you are about to read is about "a film which is an account of the tragedy which befell a group of five youths, in particular Sally Hardesty and her invalid brother, Franklin. It is all the more tragic in that they were young. But, had they lived very, very long lives, they could not have expected nor would they have wished to see as much of the mad and macabre as they were to see that day. For them an idyllic summer afternoon drive became a nightmare. The events of that day were to lead to the discovery of one of the most bizarre crimes in the annals of American history, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre."

When Tobe Hooper's second film, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was released in 1974 it set a new standard for horror films to come. This groundbreaking and influential classic has been often imitated but rarely surpassed. Hollywood take note, so many big budget and over-hyped horror films have failed, commercially, critically and/or artistically, where this low budget independent film has succeeded.

I am reviewing the 40th Anniversary Black Maria edition of TTCSM.

This set features limited edition cardboard packaging built as a replica of the famous Black Maria cattle truck from the end of the film.

Exclusive to this set is a blood-spattered apron, an official theatrical mini poster, and a bonus 5th dvd.

The 2 blu-rays and 2 dvds in this set are the same as the ones in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo but in a case exclusive to this set.

VIDEO: TTCSM is presented 1:78 widescreen. And the new 4K master looks great. Keep in mind the film was shot on a low budget with cheap 16mm stock so this is never going to look like Avatar. The transfer, however, is the best this film has looked to date. It easily surpasses Dark Sky's 2006 Ultimate Edition DVD and Bluray.

AUDIO: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English LPCM 2.0, and English LPCM Mono.

SUBTITLES: English SDH and Spanish

EXTRAS: There is a generous heaping of extras in this set but unfortunately not much new stuff.
* There are four feature commentaries. Two are new to this set the other two ported over from the previous edition. I found the commentaries to be interesting and informative.
-Commentary One: writer-producer-director Tobe Hooper, actor Gunnar Hansen, and cinematographer Daniel Pearl
-Commentary Two: actors Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, and Paul A. Partain, and production designer Robert Burns
-Commentary Three (new): writer-producer-director Tobe Hooper
-Commentary Four (new): cinematographer Daniel Pearl, editor J Larry Carroll, and sound man Ted Nicolaou.

* The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Shocking Truth featurette

* Flesh Wounds Seven Stories of the Saw

* A Tour of the TCSM House with Gunnar Hansen

* Off the Hook with Teri McMinn

* Deleted Scenes and Outtakes (there are 15 minutes of new deleted scenes)

* A Still Gallery

* Trailers, TV and Radio Spots
Production Manager Roz Bozman interview (480p)

As far as new extras go...

* An interview with actor John Dugan

* An interview with editor J Larry Carroll

* A 20 minute segment of Horror's Hallowed Grounds hosted by Sean Clark. It offers a whirlwind tour of some of the film's most memorable landmarks.

So... What is on the 5th disc exclusive to the Black Maria set? It is a hour long dvd depicting an interesting conversation between Exorcist director William Friedkin and director Tobe Hooper before a Los Angeles screening of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

If you do not own a copy of TTCSM, I highly recommend The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition blu-ray/dvd combo over this set. It is ESSENTIAL and can be picked up for $20. The packaging on the Black Maria set is cool and the bonus dvd is interesting but overall I don't think it is worth the list price of $100. This is worth picking up though once the price starts to drop.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ccc98c4) out of 5 stars This is a great set for under $55 15 Mar. 2015
By Larry G. Boyle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is a great set for under $55.00. However, paying about a hundred bucks for it would be sheer lunacy. Where it's priced out now is a good deal.. You get the Black Maria Semi-Truck replica. (When it is closed it's half the size. The inner tray (second half of the semi) pulls out and that's where the 40th Anniversary goodies are. Mini-Movie Poster, 5 disc set (BD and DVD) and a life-size 'Leather Face' bloody butcher's apron. The best part is they went back to the original negatives and brought the quality up to 4K HD and 7.1 surround audio. This is the only version to have gone back
to the original A/B rolls for the final copy. There is a special sticker on the back with a copy of Tobe Hooper's signature authorizing this special edition and verifying the 4K and 7.1 technology. I have the last anniversary version that came in a steelbook and this picture and sound quality just blow that version away. (And that was the best copy at that time). I have several different versions of TCM. I'm one of those sucker collectors that buys these special editions. And this is the best so far. Can't imagine a better copy but we'll see when the 50th Anniversary set comes out.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c9e0f0c) out of 5 stars It's one of the greatest achievements in horror cinema 20 Jan. 2015
By J. Wingenfeld - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
What can be said about the movie The Texas Chain Saw Massacre that has not already been said? It's one of the greatest achievements in horror cinema. A deceptively crude film that reaches levels of stylistic brilliance in spite of its limited resources, Chain Saw is one of the few drive-in exploitation films to transcend that genre and become something avant garde. Few others have managed to achieve that feat (Basket Case comes to mind).

This wholly unnecessary box set makes up for its pointlessness by giving this iconic classic the epic treatment it deserves. While it would be nice if it came with more useful contents than just a bloody apron and a (pretty cool) poster, the real motive here (other than $$$) is presentation. There is a lot of room to play with inside the box that is wasted, however. How about some postcards, lobby cards, a booklet, a key chain, or any of that kind of swag that other sets offer.

Had I spent $100 on this baby and opened it up to find the bare contents inside, I'm sure my review would be less kind. But having received it as a gift I can review just the set itself and not my experience buying it. It's pretty freaking cool.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ccc9b4c) out of 5 stars Great, if you want to spend the $$$ ! 14 Nov. 2014
By C-Note - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is an excellent set. It contains 5 discs total - 2 Blu-rays of the film/special features, 2 DVD's of the film/special features, and one DVD know as the "exclusive bonus disc". I was going to purchase this edition through another site, to which I thought it was an exclusive...I'm glad I waited as Amazon came through again, and at a cheaper price too.

There are a few new features, but most seem to come from older releases.

The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was I already own this movie in numerous editions and formats, and thought, do I really need to buy another cash grab edition? Hell ya!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ccc9984) out of 5 stars CHAIN SAW HEAVEN 26 Dec. 2014
By Phil Roddy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
One of my all time favorite horror movies, plus 5 disks of in depth looks and commentary of the film, plus a cool Black Maria semi truck box equals one of the best box sets ever. Hours and hours of chainsaw horror to veg out to. If you do not have the 4 disk 40th anniversary version already. THIS is the set to get.
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