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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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Director: Marcus Nispel

Cast: Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Erica Leerhsen

     
 

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Director Marcus Nispel's over-the-top remake of Tobe Hooper's unrelenting horror masterpiece arrives on DVD in fine form with New Line Home Entertainment's Platinum Series double-disc release of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image offers a near-perfect presentation of cinematographer Daniel Pearl's lush photography,…  See more details below

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Director Marcus Nispel's over-the-top remake of Tobe Hooper's unrelenting horror masterpiece arrives on DVD in fine form with New Line Home Entertainment's Platinum Series double-disc release of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image offers a near-perfect presentation of cinematographer Daniel Pearl's lush photography, save for some serious signs of edge-enhancement. Likewise, the English DTS-ES Surround Sound audio mix provides an eerie and effective grab bag of directional effects in addition to providing an ideal showcase for the shrieking, room-shaking buzz of the ever-familiar saw. Other audio options include English Dolby Digital EX 5.1 and English Dolby Digital Stereo Surround, with optional English and Spanish subtitles. As with their other Platinum Series releases, New Line has seen fit to include an abundance of extra features that, though slightly repetitive, will certainly have fans swooning. Starting off the extras, three audio commentary tracks cover the "Production," "Technical," and "Story" aspects of the feature, and it won't take viewers long to get the drift that there may have been a few too many cooks in this kitchen. From the revelation that the man driving this project is none other than The Bachelor and Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? producer Mike Fleiss to the admittance by the director that he has never seen the original film, the "Production" commentary is something of a mixed bag; and, while the "Technical" commentary provides interesting, detailed information regarding the photographic and special-effects techniques used in the film (the latter of which is covered more comprehensively in the "Chainsaw Redux: Making a Massacre" featurette), it's the "Story" commentary that offers the most compelling listen, with actors' comments and script changes offering a depth that may have been somewhat lacking in the final product. The aforementioned feature-length making-of documentary "Chainsaw Redux: The Making of a Massacre" offers production insight from such contributors as producer Michael Bay and executive producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, a chilling glimpse at an all-too-eager Andrew Bryniarski (Leatherface) as he gets onto character and freaks out the actors, and an exciting look at what might have been one of the bleakest horror endings ever committed to celluloid had screenwriter Scott Kosar had his way. Male lead Eric Balfour's hilarious exit on the last day of shooting must be seen to be believed. "Severed Parts" offers an intriguing look at footage that was left on the cutting room floor; although an alternate opening and closing (complete with S.W.A.T. team raid on the family farm) certainly aren't missed in the final product, a few omitted character revelations as well as some excised violence offer a glimpse at a film that would have truly gone for the throat (or crotch as it may be). Viewers in search of a real scare, however, need look no further than "Ed Gein: The Ghoul of Plainfield," a short documentary covering the shocking true-life atrocities that inspired the film. The phrase "truth is stranger than fiction" has rarely rung more true than here, and though much of the featurette is presented with cheesy stock footage, the story of Ed Gein is still powerful and frightening enough to resonate through the somewhat hokey execution. Shot-on-video screen tests for stars Jessica Biel, Eric Balfour, and Erica Leerhsen offer testament to the power of a scream thanks to Leerhsen's formidable shriek, and a handful of trailers (including producer Michael Bay's original audio-only preview) offer a fun look at the film's promotional campaign. A music video for the Motograter song "Suffocate" exposes the new Texas Chainsaw's nu-metal roots, and potential filmmakers get a crash course in production thanks to such DVD-ROM features as script-to-screen comparison and a storyboard viewer. Rounding things out nicely is a bloodstained envelope ominously labeled "Evidence Enclosed," containing numerous grainy, black-and-white stills of chainsaws, mallets, items made from human body-parts, and other chilling images.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Marcus Nispel's remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a valiant effort to bring Hollywood horror back to its grisly roots, though for all its brilliant photography and brutal intensity, the remake ultimately crumbles under its pandering to the new audience to which it's obviously catering. Where there were once disturbing, unsettling images juxtaposed with sly social relevance, the story is now reinterpreted into a nasty tale of ugliness that, while still chock-full of scares, is void of the shocking, under-your-skin feel that Tobe Hooper's original continues to instill decades after it dug into society's subconscious and changed horror films forever. That said, it's unfair to compare the two films too much, as even the last two dismal Chainsaw flicks were basically remakes of their archetypical ancestor, though the fact remains that producer Michael Bay and company refused to fully grasp why the first film still manages to resonate years later. If their idea was that the original was scary because it had elements stemming from real life weirdo Ed Gein, then why throw in the puritanical slasher ideals in the early moments, immediately separating the viewer from fact to popcorn-loving movie fiction? The answer undoubtedly goes back to the post-Scream youth culture which the filmmakers are nurturing, resulting in an annoying ploy that immediately singles out the perfect-bellied and curvaceous Jessica Biel to be the final survivor in a situation in which not one character should be safe. Thankfully, the rest of the film doesn't fall into too many more stereotypical pitfalls, but it's exactly that sort of thing that makes this mean fright flick far less gonzo and more a by-the-numbers slasher. That said, there are some high points to the flick -- the first being the original cinematographer Daniel Pearl's return behind the camera for this Leatherface epic. His painterly eye does wonders with the budget and lends this horror film an unbelievable look, thanks to his 30-plus years of experience in the field (even if it'd been over ten years since his last feature). It's the feel he brings to the piece mixed with the truly gnarly imagery of the picture that gives the film the uniqueness by which it can live up to the high standard under which it's labeling itself. Another class act with the film is the cast, namely Andrew Bryniarski as Leatherface. Hitting a near home-run as the unstoppable killing machine, the newest chainsaw chopper surprisingly shines in a few subtle moments sure to remind you of the crazed, multi-dimensional work of his earliest predecessor, Gunnar Hansen. Another relief is the young cast members themselves, who tend to not fall into the atypically horrible modern genre acting, with Biel handling her own as the film's newest scream queen and the rest of her crew pulling their weight with the all-too-real mayhem erupting around them. R. Lee Emry also shows up for more of his hilarious foul-mouthed schtick, this time turning in a much more macabre role that is more akin to the outrageous performances known in the series. It's too bad, then, that things just aren't pointed in the right direction. The film works as a modern gore-fest, but loses sight of the original's integral pieces, such as incredibly unnerving sound design, non-music-video-style editing, and frankly, a madman like Hooper at the helm. Better thought of as just another revisionist sequel than a direct remake, Nispel's Texas Chainsaw is better than the jaded horror fan would think, scary-as-hell to any newbie looking for a nasty time, but ice ages away from the original.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/30/2004
UPC:
0794043703126
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital Surround EX]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
55,764

Special Features

Closed Caption; Bonus items: Removable metal faceplate and evidence file with crime-scene photos; Three feature-length commentaries on the Production, Story and Technical aspects of the film, featuring producer Michael Bay, director Marcus Nispel, actors Jessica Biel, Eric Balfour, and more; Alternate opening and ending; "Severed Parts": Deleted scenes documentary on what was cut from the film and why; "Chainsaw Redux: Making a Massacre": Comprehensive feature-length documentary covering the film's origins, casting, and production through makeup, film scoring, marketing, and fan reaction; "Ed Gein: The Ghoul of Plainfield": Shocking documentary on the real killer that inspired the film; Screen tests featuring actors Jessica Biel, Eric Balfour, and Erica Leerhsen; Art galleries featuring production and "Leatherface" concept art; Original theatrical trailer; TV spots; Motograter "Suffocate" music video; DVD-ROM content: Script-to-screen, storyboard viewer, link to original website and more

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jessica Biel Erin Hardesty
Jonathan Tucker Morgan
Erica Leerhsen Pepper Harrington
Mike Vogel Andy
Eric Balfour Kemper Hardesty
Andrew Bryniarski Leatherface
R. Lee Ermey Sheriff Hoyt
David Dorfman Jedidiah Sawyer
Lauren German Teenage Girl
Terrence Evans Old Monty
Marietta Marich Luda May
Heather Kafka Henrietta Sawyer
Kathy Lamkin The Tea Lady
Brad Leland Big Rig Bob
Mamie Meek Clerk
John Larroquette Narrator
Andrew Prine The Old Man

Technical Credits
Marcus Nispel Director
Jeffrey Allard Executive Producer
Michael Bay Producer
Greg Blair Production Designer
Stacy Brownrigg Sound/Sound Designer
Matthew Cohan Associate Producer
Ted Field Executive Producer
Lisa Fields Casting
Mike Fleiss Producer
Randy Fletcher Asst. Director
Andrew Form Executive Producer
Brad Fuller Executive Producer
Scott Gallagher Art Director
Scott Martin Gershin Sound/Sound Designer
Kim Henkel Co-producer
Tobe Hooper Co-producer
Steve Jablonsky Score Composer
Scott Kosar Screenwriter
Bobbie Mannix Costumes/Costume Designer
Gregory Nicotero Makeup Special Effects
Daniel Pearl Cinematographer
Pat Sandston Associate Producer
Glen Scantlebury Editor
Scott Stoddard Makeup Special Effects
Guy Stodel Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc One
1. Introduction [2:48]
2. August 18, 1973 [5:37]
3. "They're All Dead" [4:59]
4. Pit Stop [4:38]
5. Old Crawford Mill [5:57]
6. A Short Walk [8:34]
7. Wrapping Up [4:48]
8. Vestiges [3:56]
9. "Bring It!" [4:49]
10. Detained [9:22]
11. Face to Face [5:24]
12. "Poor Sweet Boy" [4:45]
13. "Finish It" [5:52]
14. Basement Escape [7:43]
15. Slaughterhouse [6:34]
16. Rescue [5:44]
17. Epilogue [1:05]
18. End Credits [5:27]

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
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very good film
Guest More than 1 year ago
My brother saw this movie the day before I did. When I asked him what it was like, he said it was the scariest movie he had ever seen. When I saw the movie, I was shaking all over and looking away from the screen. I wanted to leave after seeing the actual footage of the crime scene. No movie has ever done that to me
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a horror fan to the bone and never before has a movie stirred such a cord in me. It wasn't the gore or the sex the film was after like all the others...it was pure fear, and all the actors in this film portrayed that fear to the ultimate peak. Leatherface is merely the tip of the iceberg. The other elements added to the horror in this film is what makes it a classic. I went to see this, without watching the original, and I was very surprised at how uncheesy and wonderful it was. I actually believed that it was oscar worthy and still do. Beil is absolutely, positively, great for this and she proves it in her acting. Believe me folks, this is no ordinary slasher flick...this is a great film for horror fans and non-horror fans alike!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie a while back,and to be honest NO movie has ever scared me....until now! I'm not kidding this movie is very scary!!!! It was done to the extreme, and normally I don't like remakes, but this movie is so much better than the first one, and there were other things in it that I don't remember in the first one. If you want something to scare you while you watch it, look no further. This is the scariest movie I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot. When I was in the theater watching this movie, I cannot tell you how many people screamed, and that's not normal in the theater that I go to. Have fun and make sure you have somebody to hold on to. It's great, but I could sleep that night, but most people I've talked to said they couldn't!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was the scariest movie I had ever seen until the remake came out. I went to go see this movie with three of my friends on Halloween of '03 and none could get to sleep that night, we kept calling each other to have someone to talk to at four o'clock in the morning. The scariest movie ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never seen the old ones but went to watch the new one in the theater and liked it. It was original, no fake computerized villain. That makes it a true sick horror flick. Man oh man was this movie sick. Mannn....
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was the scariest movie ive ever seen!When i saw that movie i was scared because i was watching it in the night.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not the usual teen slasher film. Not the dumb blonde running with a slow paced serial killer that manages to catch up with her. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre truely delivers a breath taking performance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best horror film I have seen in years. The original TCM was okay, but its remake is way better. The movie was scary even before Leatherface (the killer) even appeared. I also love the way each scene was shot. I definitely want to buy this on 2-disc dvd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never seen the orginal 'Chainsaw' film. But I can tell you that this one is terrifying. It is so scary, my legs were shaking toward the end of the film. It is a very unpleasant (but wonderfully crafted) atmosphere with a lot of hostility. The acting is good, with a very good performance from Jessica Biel. I really enjoyed this movie. You could consider a bit of it 'cliched' but it isn't as bad as something like 'I Know What You Did Last Summer.' I wanted this movie to end cause it scared me really bad but I wanted want more at the same time cause it's really good. This movie is like a test of strength and those who think they're brave enough or love the genre should definitely try this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For me it is pretty hard to get scared in horror movies. Then I went to see the texas chainsaw massacre. It scared me to death. At first it starts out the way a classic horror movie would. Five freinds pick up a hitchhiker who seems a little off beat. Then they stop there car for help. Thats when I thought the movie was just going to be typical and predictable. But no, it sared the pants of me. It almost made me pee my pants to be perfectly honest. I wanted to go to the bathroom but was to scared leatherface was waiting for me out in the hall. At first I began to cry I was so scared then began covering my head with my jacket. This movie is defanetly a 10. The acting by jessica beil is outstanding and the acting by R. Lee Ermy is fantastic. I will definatly buy this movie the day it comes to DVD. I can't give this movie enough compliments. I can't get over how good it is. The originall was good but this defenatly goes to the top of the list for my favorite classic movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is the greatest horror movie ever made! The whole time you will literaly be on the edge of your seat. From beginning to end you will be scared senceless! I strongly recommend it to anyone who is a big fan for the horror genera. Everyone in the cast was great, and the director did an outstanding job! I believe that it will be remembered for all time as one of the greatest movies New Line Cinema made! I give 5 stars, 2 thumbs up, A+, and I hope it will recieve an oscar for Best Movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Critics hold your venomous tongues! The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is in fact a marvelous remake of a marvelous classic horror film. It neither purports nor intends to be a ¿new and improved¿ version of the 1974 original. Instead, it borrows the original premise and adds wonderful new effects of lighting, sound, and digital technique. It also contains very cleverly choreographed and intense chase scenes, which in fact comprise much of the picture. I was also extremely pleased that the film was tasteful. Unlike the horror film dark age of the 1980s and early 1990s, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is not a festival of splattering blood and gore. Of course, in a film centered around murders committed by a large power tool there is almost inevitably some blood, but the film is not an anatomy lesson. It also, thankfully, contains no explicitly sexual scenes to divert the audience¿s attention from the storyline. The only criticism I can pay to this movie at all is that its dialogue is weak. Those seeking a strong script may be disappointed, but horror fans should be in for a treat!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not like on the first part of Freddy Vs. Jason, where the girl gets in the pLake Cryatal and acts all like she's scared.This movie was so realistic to me as an adult, it felt like when I went home, he was there.It's not one of thos movies where the soon-to-be-dead people live in big mansions, this is a film that really takes you away.I loved being only 19 years of age.That night I went back to my dorm and though, 'The director was really something.'I love this movie and will be buying it on the first day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The remake of 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' is mabye the scariest film I have ever seen (with 'The Blair Witch Project'), granted that I have seen 'The Exorcist'. It builds up the charecters so that you know what they are like. It isn't a graphic as I thought it would be. There are no bowells shown. In fact the worst thing in the film doesn't even happen by a chainsaw. The acting was surprisingly good, and so was the writing. There a a couple of scenes that you may not understand the first time you watch it. For example when Jennifer Beals goes into the trailer, and she starts yelling at the woman because she thinks she stole the baby. When you are wondering why she said all this, re-wind back to the beggining and watch where the hitch-hicker pulls the gun out of. Looks a little bloody doesn't it, and she didn't pull the gun out of where you think she did. The film is at perfect lenth too. It isn't too long, and it isn't too short. It runs at 98 minutes and half an hour of that goes to chasing, slahing, and hooking. 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' is NOT for small kids. I said it wasn't very graphic, but it is graphic enough to not let an 11 year old kid watch it. It is okay for teens, mainly because they most likely have heard and seen worse things on cable. I have to say the scariest things about the movie is the newsreel at the beggining and end, the 'small town' thing, and the fact that Leatherface runs. In other films like 'Friday the 13th' and 'Haloween', the killers walk and the victims run, but you know they are somehow going to appear in front of the victims and brutally slash them to death. In those films, the victim could have walked and still lived. But in this film, the killer runs, and if you have a fear of being chased, then that makes it scarier, and more suspensful, and when you see a madman coming after you with a chainsaw, you know that if you stop you are going to die. I rate 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' five stars for it's suspense, writing, acting, and of course because it is scary.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The original chainsaw is a classic, and had high expectations for the remake and it delivered. This is the best of all five movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story was so predictable, like most horror films, but had no real point to the movie. It wasn't very scary other than the fact that it had some truth behind it, althought I question how much of it was really true, but I didn't research it or anything, so i wouldnt really know. Decent .. but there are much better movies out there!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the greatest horror movies of all time. I recommend this movie to anyone whos into a good scare.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The original is better of course because its a classic. But the actual story is much stronger in this remake. It focuses more on what really happened than what the original looked like. i liked just as much as the first. Besides, the girls are hotter than the original. BUT, the new Leatherface is nothing to be compared to Gunnar Hanson. He was still good though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was a great remake. Better than the original. It had frightening plot and great acting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the scariest movies ever. I was literally in tears.
Guest More than 1 year ago
scary my favorit horror movie ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A real horror film that broke the recent onslaught of mind numbing horror flicks, this remake is in every way a classic with the original. An utter masterpiece of horror films. It kept me on the edge and im not known to be freaked out by horror films. Well done.