Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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Director: Tobe Hooper

Cast: Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain

     
 

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One of the most savage and influential horror movies of the 1970s gets the deluxe treatment in this DVD release. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has been given a new letterboxed transfer from the original negatives at the aspect ratio of 1.85:1, while viewers have a choice of two audio tracks -- the film's original mono sound mix, and a new mix in Dolby DigitalSee more details below

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One of the most savage and influential horror movies of the 1970s gets the deluxe treatment in this DVD release. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has been given a new letterboxed transfer from the original negatives at the aspect ratio of 1.85:1, while viewers have a choice of two audio tracks -- the film's original mono sound mix, and a new mix in Dolby Digital Stereo. The dialogue is in English, and no multiple language options have been included. Bonus material includes an alternate audio commentary track featuring director Tobe Hooper, cinematographer Daniel Pearl, and actor Gunnar Hansen; a collection of outtakes and deleted scenes; a blooper reel; a gallery of production stills; and several trailers from the film's original release and subsequent re-issues.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The granddaddy of "splatter" movies, this 1974 shocker transcended its low-budget, drive-in origins to become a milestone in horror-movie history. Even today, 30 years later, Texas Chainsaw Massacre retains the visceral force that gripped Watergate-era moviegoers and left them quaking in their seats. While not the first film directed by Tobe Hooper, it was far and away his best up to that time; he followed it with such worthwhile genre entries as Eaten Alive, The Funhouse, and Poltergeist (that last with assistance from Steven Spielberg), but even the director's most fervent acolytes agree that Massacre remains his magnum opus. Based loosely on the case of real-life serial killer Ed Gein (which also inspired Psycho and, for that matter, Ed Gein), this gritty chiller pits a group of young revelers against a deranged, rural Texas family practicing cannibalism in their remote, ramshackle home. Hooper's perverse vision suffuses every frame, and his "Leatherface," played by Gunnar Hansen, is the epitome of the American hunter gone insane. Of the other cast members -- all unknowns -- only leading lady Marilyn Burns stands out, but she is unforgettable as the lone survivor of this bloody rampage, brutalized almost beyond belief and propelled only by her will to live. Although Massacre isn't nearly as gory as many of the subsequent films it helped spawn, it has a surfeit of graphic, disturbing images that remain indelibly etched on the American pop-culture psyche: who can forget the suit-and-tie-clad "Leatherface," wearing a mask stitched quilt-like from the skinned flesh of his victims, racing through the house and yard with chainsaw in hand? Macabre and unrelenting, but not without memorable moments of black humor, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre habitually places high on lists of the Top Ten Horror Movies, and once you've seen it you'll know why!
All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
Fans of today's gore-and-guts shockers may be surprised to learn that this notorious shocker is among the least bloody of modern horror films. But looks can be deceiving. It still packs quite a punch, and may well be the scariest film ever made. Director Tobe Hooper adopts a documentary-like style using static set-pieces, grainy film and a no-nonsense technique. This method was necessitated by budget, of course -- the film was made for next-to-nothing, using drama students from the University of Texas -- but for some odd reason, it works. It's not really a movie. As it unfolds, it comes across as a filmed nightmare, and it gets under the viewer's skin like no horror movie before or since. The scene in which Marilyn Burns is held captive at the cannibal family's dinner-table is almost surrealistic in its relentless depiction of insanity and horror. By the time they wheel down Grandpa (John Dugan), it's nearly unbearable. Suffice it to say that fans of relentless horror should make this film their first priority.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2003
UPC:
0013023213395
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
R
Source:
Geneon [Pioneer]
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:24:00

Special Features

A new widescreen digital superscan transfer supervised by director Tobe Hooper; New stereo surround soundtrack re-mix supervised by director Tobe Hooper; Original mono soundtrack; Audio commentary featuring director Tobe Hooper, director of photography Daniel Pearl, and star Gunnar Hansen(Leatherface); Deleted scenes and alternate footage; Blooper reel; Original theatrical trailers and television spots for other films in the "Chainsaw" series; Posters and collectibles; Still photos

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marilyn Burns Sally
Allen Danziger Jerry
Paul A. Partain Franklin
William Vail Kirk
Teri McMinn Pam
Gunnar Hansen Leatherface
Jerry Lorenz Truck Dtiver
William Creamer Bearded Man
John Henry Faulk Storyteller
John Larroquette Narrator
Edwin Neal Hitchhiker
Jim Siedow Old Man
John Dugan Grandfather

Technical Credits
Tobe Hooper Director,Score Composer,Camera Operator,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Wayne Bell Score Composer
Ronald M. Bozman Production Manager
Robert A. Burns Art Director
Larry Carroll Editor
Kim Henkel Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Buzz Knudson Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Pearl Cinematographer
Sallye Richardson Asst. Director,Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Logos [:22]
2. Titles/Grave Robbing [4:49]
3. Visiting the Cemetery [5:20]
4. The Hitchhiker [7:36]
5. Out of Gas at the Service Station [6:15]
6. The Old Franklin Place [6:16]
7. Going for a Swim/The First Victim [5:20]
8. Getting Hooked [4:37]
9. Searching for the Others [6:41]
10. Night Falls [5:05]
11. Franklin Is Attacked/Sally Runs for Her Life [5:46]
12. Refuge in the Service Station [7:53]
13. Bringing Sally Home [5:42]
14. Dinner Party [4:17]
15. "Grandpa, We're Gonna Let You Have This One" [2:55]
16. Escape From Hell [2:25]
17. Tantrum / Credits [2:13]

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