The Texas Chain Saw Massacre - The Seriously Ultimate Edition [Blu-ray] 
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Tobe Hooper's original classic in the most feature-packed edition ever available wotj 5.1DTS, 20PCM and remastered original mono audio mixes, commentary with director Tobe Hooper, cinematographer Daniel Pearl and actor Gunnar Hansen, commentary with actors Marilyn Burns, Paul A Partain, Allen Danziger and art director Robert A Burns, The Shocking Truth documentary, Flesh Wounds documentary, a tour of the TCSM house with Gunnar Hansen, an interview with Tobe Hooper and writer Kim Henkel, Off The Hook documentary with actor Teri McMinn, The Business of Chainsaw documentary with production manager Ron Bozman, deleted scenes and outtakes.
This sensational, extremely influential, 1974 low-budget horror movie directed by Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist, Lifeforce, Salem's Lot), may be notorious for its title, but it's also a damn fine piece of moviemaking. And it's blood-curdling scary, too. Loosely based on the true crimes of Ed Gein (also a partial inspiration for Psycho), the original Jeffrey Dahmer, Texas Chainsaw Massacre follows a group of teenagers who pick up a hitchhiker and wind up in a backwoods horror chamber where they're held captive, tortured, chopped up, and impaled on meat hooks by a demented cannibalistic family, including a character known as Leatherface who maniacally wields one helluva chainsaw. The movie's powerful sense of dread is heightened by its grainy, semi-documentary style--but it also has a wicked sense of humour (and not that camp, self-referential variety that became so tiresome in subsequent horror films of the 70s, 80s and 90s). OK, in case you couldn't tell, it's "not for everyone", but as a landmark in the development of the horror/slasher genre, it ranks with Psycho, Halloween, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Well, despite my initial scepticism, I'd argue that this latest release is actually quite justified.
Personally, I'm not always convinced that older, lower-budget films really benefit much from the hi-def treatment, and with its grainy 16mm picture, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre hardly seems like an ideal candidate for such a presentation.
So, the transfer on this latest Blu-Ray edition comes as something of a revelation. Yes, the picture is heavy with film grain and obviously it doesn't have the striking sharpness of a modern blockbuster and yet, the remastering has been so remarkably well done, with such richness of colour and surprising clarity of detail, that even within the circumscribed limitations of the source material, the hi-def format is a very fitting showcase for such a great presentation. Audio too is well-served with a choice of 5.1 DTS, stereo, or the original mono soundtrack.
As for the film itself, it hardly needs stating that it is one of the pioneering classics of modern horror cinema. Like Night of the Living Dead, another low-budget independent production, it has clear commercial considerations, but is elevated somewhat by how well constructed it is. The cinematography and art direction in particular are quite startling. Like many American films, it exploits the country's fear of it's own rural lower-class and explores the idea of dark secrets and depravity lurking beneath a veneer of homely familiarity - themes that were quite prescient at the time even if they've since become a little clichéd.Read more ›
and scrap the previous Ultimate edition blu-ray release by Second sight films
Get this new 40th Anniversary edition by Second sight films
this film has been given a new 4K blu-ray transfer supervised by Tobe Hooper himself
the transfer is the exact same blu-ray transfer from the U.S. edition
the picture quality looks very clear not much Grain
for a film that is 40 years old now the picture is the best it is ever going to get
plus Tobe hooper also supervised the sound quality
and added a new 7.1 Master audio mix which really does boost the sound quality up
much better boost than the 5.1 master audio which is the old mix been around for maybe 5 years now
the new 6.1 or 7.1 mixes are better
but the old 5.1 master audio option & stereo option is on this blu-ray anyway
they're old Audio mixes now it's time boost it up to 7.1
Disc 2 has the special features which are exactly the same as the U.S.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
classic vhs horror well protected another great movie to my collectionPublished 1 month ago by JOHN
Well im over the moon about the 40th anniversary version the steelbook is great goes well with the rest of the 40th anniversary suff eg the figures but on to the bluray the picture... Read morePublished 3 months ago by 88
dont need blu-ray this film seems better "low res" one of the must see films. the first time you see leather face,or the family diner are classic..
A sublime horror movie and about as perfect as lesson in horror as you're going to get. It's simply a must see. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very memorable horror film done on a tight budget which delivers a great result.
The Blu Ray features some nice enhanced colours and very well captures the sound mix... Read more