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on 13 June 2014
Reigion locked and dont work. wasted money and had to rebuy the same thing just in a standard dvd format
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on 22 May 2017
On opening the delivery I thought this looks fake, as writing is in English and another language. Then realise once playing it's locked to Region A, so need a multi region player to watch. No extras and no menus, just plays straight away. Seems like this is a fake copy as no official UK or US blu ray has been released. So have just ordered the 2 disc DVD which I would recommend for the special features and two versions of the movie!
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 12 December 2011
Remakes are never given an easy ride full stop. Remakes of classics are critically doomed before they're even filmed. And prequels to remakes of classics... well, most people wouldn't even go there.

Like it or not, the ultimate shock film of the 1970s aka the Texas Chainsaw Massacre was remade in 2003. And, believe it or not, it did pretty well - to my knowledge, ranking it alongside the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead as pretty much the only two good horror remakes ever worth watching. Therefore, a sequel was drawn up, only, if you watched the 2003 version, you probably knew that a sequel was going to be tricky (death of major characters and all that). Therefore, step forward the prequel...

Full marks to the makers for keeping it in the same vein as the 2003 version - they might as well have been filmed at the same time. The story kicks off a few years ago and interweaves two brothers and their girlfriends, travelling through Texas, with the family from hell and how they came to be that way. There's plenty of chainsaw-related gore and if follows the same formula pretty closely. Men all over the world will be sad to hear that - of course - Jessica Biel isn't in the lead role, but Jordana Brewster does her best to fill Jessica's shoes as she runs, bloadsoaked, from Leatherface.

It was never going to be a masterpiece, but it's a good addition to the (modern) Texas Chainsaw myth. The four unfortunate teenagers play their roles as well as any chainsaw-fodder can (and thankfully they don't do too many stupid mistakes which make you WANT them to end up skewered by a rotating blade), Leatherface is still pretty creepy, but, in my opinion R. Lee Ermey steals every scene as the psychotic Patriarch of the family. I wonder how many people have taken him up on an invite to dinner since he made this film?

Unpleasant and disturbing (as it should be).
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on 26 December 2008

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING is far superior to 2003 remake. My personal favorite in the series as it doesn't hold back.
R. Lee Ermey is the highlight in this picture, giving a brilliant performance as Sheriff Hoyt.
Director Jonathan Liebesman, doing a far better job than his predecessor Marcus Nispel, did well in maintaining the remake's style and color scheme. It does feel like these two movies belong together that way. Unlike the rather tame remake, the prequel packs a punch and this sure is no R rated teen movie.
TCM: THE BEGINNING does not reinvent the wheel, it pretty much offers the same as the previous TCM movies (a group of teens get trapped at a Texas farmhouse and are sawed down one by one).
Andrew Bryniarski (Leatherface) is the best Leatherface since Gunnar Hanson (sorry can't beat the original Leatherface!), displaying physical presence and raw brutality. Also fantastic: Jordana Brewster.
The Canadian Blu-ray contains the uncut, unrated version of the film (region A locked), the US Blu-ray from Warner Bros. only contains the censored R-rated print!
4.5 OUT OF 5.0 STARS.


Reviewed version: 2010 Alliance Films Canadian Blu-ray
Feature running time: 96 mins. (uncut)
Rating: Unrated (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 / 16:9
Audio: English DTS 5.1, English 5.1, French 5.1
Subtitles: NONE
Chapters: 16 (no menu)
Extras: Unrated version
Region: A (locked)

Picture quality: A
Audio quality: A
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on 5 February 2009
This prequel is a well thought-out addition to the TCM 'family'. To help you decide whether my opinion is relevant to your own tastes this is where I stand on the other TCM movies: I am a great fan of the original TCM (one of my favourite horror movies); I thought the sequels were rubbish but I enjoyed the remake.

The movie helps give a context to the TCM by explaining Leatherface's youth and how the Hewitt family evolved into the freaks we were introduced to in the seventies. The script flows well with a good mix of uncomfortable brutality and black humour that we associate with the best of the franchise - look out for the scene with the ladies drinking tea and discussing cakes - trust me, its not as serene as it sounds! Unlike many modern horrors the main characters are likeable and not at all annoying; the acting is of a decent standard.

One of the main strengths of the original movie was its ability to include lots of gore and brutality without loss of suspense (a rare feat in horror movies); this movie comes close to emulating this and you will no doubt find your fists clenched as you yell warnings at the tv and every so often you will need to remind yourself to breathe.

Buy this movie, watch it late, watch it alone.
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on 28 October 2010
I'm a fan of horror films, and had it down on my list of 'ones to watch', it certainly didn't dissapoint!

I watched it alone,in the dark and from the first minute it drew me in,
this film had plenty of moments where you didn't want to watch but you find yourself watching it and it had me shouting at the TV, due to some of the characters being a bit to caring towards there friends!! ¬_¬

Overall I rate this film 5*, although im not usually one for 'torture' this one actually had a story and excitment in it, It's worth the money!
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on 15 October 2011
It is an amazing horror, I watched it with my dad who usualy lauths at the chessy jump scenes in most common horrors, but not a grin was broken. You can take it very seriously and I cant wait to watch it again with my girlfreind :)
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VINE VOICEon 21 February 2007
The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a very effective low budget horror that manages to translate sheer terror effectively using very little blood and gore. The big hollywood remake was completely the opposite, using as much gore as possible and even though it wasn't a patch on the classic original, it was still a decent enough stand alone horror.

'Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning' is another example of Hollywood churning out poor prequels when there is no more scope for poor sequels. It's not even a prequel to the original but a prequel to the remake. This film is just an excuse for 87 minutes of sadistic, gratuitous violence, a million miles away from what the original was all about. As usual, four teenagers with model good looks heading through Texas, run into the deranged Hewitt family and are tortured, stabbed, beaten, disembowelled, skinned and of course, chainsawed to death. A flimsy plot like this works fine on genuinely scary films like Wolf Creek but 'TCM: The Beginning' isn't even that scary, just nasty. The violence is so OTT that you become detatched from it all pretty quickley.

The film attempts to build an unneceassary background story around the infamous leatherface character and shows his mother dying during childbirth at the abattoir where she worked and the unwanted child tossed away with the bad meat. He is found in a bin by mama Hewitt and adopted. Then we see how Hoyt kills the local Sheriff and assumes the role himself. Apparently leatherface has a degenerative skin condition which is why he feels the need to wear his skin mask. I found it scarier when he was just an inbred mentalist, who wants to hear about Leatherfaces feelings?

Like This? Try: Wolf Creek
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on 20 May 2014
Big fan of the texas chainsaw massacre films and loved the remake, great performance from legendary R. Lee Ermey as the evil Sheriff Hoyt. The film explains very well of the texas chainsaw origins and shows more of an insight to the story. bloody, gory and truly terrifying, the way a slasher film should be...
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on 11 July 2007
I loved the remake though it couldnt touch the original and this prequel does it justice as Tobe Hooper shared some involvment in the making, the back story is creepy and Leatherface hasnt lost the edge. This is a great installment to the series. Now lets hope New Line churns out the rumored Elm Street Prequel or The Elm Street Murders.
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