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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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. Extra features include a music video for the Motograter song "Suffocate," television spots, and a theatrical trailer.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Motograter's music video "Suffocate"; Seven TV spots; Original theatrical trailer; Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround Sound; DTS ES Surround Sound; Stereo surround sound; English subtitles and closed captions; Spanish subtitles; DVD-ROM content
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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: 3/30/2004
  • UPC: 794043683428
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital Surround EX, Digital Theater Systems
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 22,462

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 Voice Only
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 --
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 [6:10]
7. Wrapping Up [2:23]
8. Vestiges [4:49]
9. "Bring It!" [3:56]
10. Detained [4:49]
11. Face to Face [9:22]
12. "Poor Sweet Boy" [5:24]
13. "Finish It" [4:45]
14. Basement Escape [5:52]
15. Slaughterhouse [7:43]
16. Rescue [6:34]
17. Epilogue [5:44]
18. End Credits [1:05]
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not so bad

    i thought it was good, it wasnt the best horror remake lets say. but i thought the acting was ok and the killings were awesome, leather face looked extra wicked and more scary then the orig Gunner Hansen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    good slasher

    this is definately a slasher, but a very good one, with the most disturbing characters out of almost any movie. thumbs up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Remake is a massacre!

    The remake Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a massacre compared to Tobe Hooper's version. Movie was not very scary and I was disappointed, what I like was R. Lee Ermey and the gore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREATLY IMPRESSIVE

    I love this movie! This may be one of the best horror movies I have ever seen. Certainly everything you need in a horror movie is in this! Awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    One of the scariest movies ever. I was literally in tears.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    scary my favorit horror movie ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Decent.. NOT THE BEST horror film

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome! great remake

    This movie was a great remake. Better than the original. It had frightening plot and great acting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best of the best horror

    One of the greatest horror movies of all time. I recommend this movie to anyone whos into a good scare.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great

    very good film

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Terrifying

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    'Chainsaw' Remake

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best of them all

    The original chainsaw is a classic, and had high expectations for the remake and it delivered. This is the best of all five movies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2004

    Exceptional horror movie!

    I always wanted to see the original TCM because of the historical aspect. So when this actual version came out I thought 'better than nothing'! And seriously: I never was more scared than this time...a perfect script, a astonishing casting, great photography and a very sexy Jessica Biel. Suspense at its best! Meanwhile I saw the original movie from 1974 and with the exception of some very interesting shots I have to say that I was some kind of bored and disappointed. Luckily Marcus Nispel didn't try to retell the original story in this remake but only took over a very raw storyboard from the original story -and this is the big difference- with some interesting psychological background. What the original score never did! That's the reason why the remake is very scary: you think it could really happen to you! We all hope not...nevertheless enjoy the movie! Mad...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not Another Teen Movie!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I actually liked this sick movie

    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....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The scariest movie ever

    It was the scariest movie ive ever seen!When i saw that movie i was scared because i was watching it in the night.

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