Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3

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Overview

Jeff Burr's Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III has never been looked too kindly upon, for all the right reasons -- funny then that New Line gave this such a grand DVD release. For a terribly flawed sequel to one of the seminal horror films of 1970s, the extras included on the disc are staggering. For starters, gore fans should be happy to know that both the rated and unrated cuts appear on the disc, so all of KNB's effects can now be seen digitally for the first time (the unrated VHS has been available ...
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Overview

Jeff Burr's Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III has never been looked too kindly upon, for all the right reasons -- funny then that New Line gave this such a grand DVD release. For a terribly flawed sequel to one of the seminal horror films of 1970s, the extras included on the disc are staggering. For starters, gore fans should be happy to know that both the rated and unrated cuts appear on the disc, so all of KNB's effects can now be seen digitally for the first time (the unrated VHS has been available for years). For those not familiar with the history of the film, the R-rated version is a complete mess and this DVD will tell you why. Often remembered for delivering little of the red stuff in the theatrical cut, here you can dig into two documentaries and one commentary on the hows and whys of the third film's turbulent production. From the infamous MPAA battles to New Line themselves sabotaging the film through their desperate need for another horror franchise (A Nightmare on Elm Street 5 had just come out and bombed), the fate of Leatherface is mapped out extensively through various candid interviews that fill the disc. From horror scribe David Schow to the many bits with director Burr, everyone featured has stories which paint a picture of a truly hindered production. The film itself is presented in its original 1.85:1 widescreen picture, while the audio benefits greatly from the remastered Dolby Digital EX 5.1 and DTS ES 6.1 Surround Sound tracks. To be sure, time was put into this release, as evidenced by the blood-red menus and the inclusion of an alternate ending and probably one of the best modern horror trailers out there -- the Lady of the Lake teaser for the film (which you get to hear the full story behind in the meat of the extras). If there's anything annoying about the disc, it's that the commentary track consists of the very same interviews which make up the lengthy "The Saw is Family: Making of Leatherface" documentary. With no scene-specific discussion, you end up sifting through a lot of the same talk repeatedly between the main two features of the DVD -- plus look out for Burr's comments on the chainsaw in the film, because you'll hear the exact same audio clip of it more than once! Gripes aside, New Line most assuredly should be praised for giving such high treatment to such horror dreck for which they themselves are partly to blame.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Rated and unrated versions of the film; Widescreen version of the film; Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround Sound; DTS ES 6.1 Surround Sound; Stereo Surround Sound; English subtitles and closed captions; Filmmaker commentary; "The Saw Is Family: Making of Leatherface" documentary; "We Know What to Do With Them Parts": Deleted scenes; Alternate ending; Theatrical trailers; DVD-ROM content
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2003
  • UPC: 794043637728
  • Original Release: 1990
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital Surround EX
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,157

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kate Hodge Michelle
Viggo Mortensen Tex
William Butler Ryan
Ken Foree Benny
Joe Unger Tinker
Tom Everett Alfredo
Miriam Byrd-Nethery Mama
R.A. Mihailoff Leatherface
David Cloud Scott
Beth de Patie Gina
Dwayne Whitaker Kim
Jennifer Banko Little Girl
Ron Brooks TV Newsman
Tom Hudson
Michael Shamus Wiles Checkpoint Officer
Technical Credits
Jeff Burr Director
Robert Adams Songwriter
James L. Carter Cinematographer
Robert Engelman Producer
Kane Hodder Stunts
Joan Hunter Costumes/Costume Designer
Nicotero Kurtzman & Berger EFX Group Makeup
Jim Manzie Score Composer
Pat Regan Score Composer
Suzanne Sanders Makeup
Brent Schoenfeld Editor
David J. Schow Screenwriter
Robert Shaye Producer
Mick Strawn Production Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Only the Beginning/Main Titles
2. Good Conversation
3. Rest in Pieces
4. The Middle of Nowhere
5. Gas and the Crazy Man
6. The Fastest Tire Change
7. Like Two Cars in the Night
8. The Survivalist Turf
9. Not out of the Woods
10. Two for the Chainsaw
11. "Yakety-Yak"
12. The Family Butcher
13. Soup Yet?
14. A Surprise for Junior
15. One Down
16. The Hit-to-the-Head Business
17. Shooting the Party
18. "You and Me" and Toast
19. All Over Texas
20. End Credits
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
      Rated Versin
      Unrated Version
   Set Up Screen and Sound Options
      Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround Sound
      DTS ES 6.1 Surround Sound
      Stereo Surround Sound
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
   Select a Scene
   All Access Pass
      Filmmaker Commentary (Unrated Version of Feature): Director Jeff Burr, Screenwriter David J. Schow, Greg Nicotero of KNB EFX, New Line Production Executive Mark Ordesky, and Stars William Butler and R.A. Mihailoff
      The Saw Is Family: Making Leatherface (28:00)
      We Know What to Do With Them Parts: Deleted Scenes Documentary (10:00)
      Alternate Ending (5:20)
      Original Theatrical Trailer (1:10)
      More From New Line
   DVD-ROM/Online Features
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Scary, NO, but it was average

    The movie was very predictable, Had a great idea and could have been scarier. I started this late at night by my self so i used to being scared in moives, but the creek part when the car went out was not as scary or horrifying as it should have been. The idea of cannibals in texas is great, but the acting was not. IT should have had leatherface included more, (ONE QUESTION WHAT IS THE SONG CALLED THAT IS IN THE CREDITS WITH THE WORDS LEATHFACE) IT is a great song

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2003

    Still no dvd?Get the unrated Laserdisc!

    I came across a sealed Laserdisc of the Unrated European release of this film a couple of years ago. I strongly suggest it's purchase! This is a real gorefest! The meanest of the series! Excellent extras too! Get Your mitts on this laser!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2002

    LEATHERFACE'S BEST EVER!

    This is my favorite of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre films.This movie has tons of gore,horror,and violence.Leatherface's best ever!This is a movie that will make you jump and scream.

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