The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (40th Anniversary Black Maria Limited Edition) (Blu-ray) R

Who will survive and what will be left of them?
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 23 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: October 14, 2014
  • Originally Released: 1974
  • Label: Dark Sky Films
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: 4 Feature Commentaries:
    • Writer-producer-director Tobe Hooper, actor Gunnar Hansen, cinematographer Daniel Pearl
    • Actors Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, and Paul A. Partain, and production designer Robert Burns
    • NEW commentary with writer-producer-director Tobe Hooper
    • NEW commentary with cinematographer Daniel Pearl, editor J. Larry Carroll and sound recordist Ted Nicolaou
    • Collector's Edition Bonus Disc:
    • The Texas Chinsaw Massacre: the shocking truth
    • Flesh wounds: seven stories of the saw
    • A tour of the TCSM house with Gunnar Hansen
    • Off the hook with Teri McMinn
    • The business of Chain Saw: an interview with production manager Ron Bozman
    • New deleted scenes & outtakes
    • Grandpa's tales: an interview with John Dugan
    • Cutting Chain Saw: an interview with editor J. Larry Carroll
    • Deleted scenes & outtakes
    • Blooper reel
    • Still gallery
    • 40th anniversary trailer
    • Trailers
    • TV spots
    • Radio spots
    • Exclusive Bonus Disc:
    • The Cinefamily presents FRIEDKIN/HOOPER: a conversation about The Texas Chain Saw Massacre between William Friedkin and Tobe Hooper
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Dolby True HD 5.1 - English
    • Subtitles - English, Spanish

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
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Directed by
Edited by &
Narrated by
Screenwriting by &
Composition by &
Cinematography by
Art Direction by
Produced by

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"My family's always been in meat."
  - Hitchhiker (Edwin Neal)

Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 05/23/2003
"...CHAINSAW is one of the scariest movies of all time..."
Total Film - 07/01/2003
"...Tobe Hooper's horror classic remains as sharp as ever..."
Variety - 10/06/2003
"Few horror films can match the unflinching, sadistic force of this low-budget 1974 triumph..."
Ultimate DVD - 09/01/2006
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he film throws the American Dream into a hellish world of murder and cannibalism....Often copied, rarely equalled."
Total Film - 12/01/2008
5 stars out of 5 -- "CHAIN SAW remains one of the most punishing, exhilarating films ever made."

Product Description:

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE is, without a doubt, the granddaddy of all splatter films. Inspired by 1950s mass murderer Ed Gein, Tobe Hooper's debut feature opens with five unsuspecting teenagers driving in a van through sun-scorched rural Texas. After a terrifying exchange with a demented hitchhiker, the group ends up at an old farmhouse. At first, the house appears to be abandoned, but soon, the evil residents begin to wreak havoc on the youngsters' lives. With her friends and wheelchair-bound brother Franklin (Paul A. Partain) disappearing one by one, the terrified Sally Hardesty (Marilyn Burns) must summon the strength to escape from the ghoulish family of mass murderers, who are led by the gruesome, chainsaw-wielding Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen).

Hooper's low-budget exploitation horror film became a cult hit and favorite midnight movie that helped define the splatter genre by introducing such standard features as the house of terror, where innocent victims meet horrible ends, and the girl in peril who survives the mayhem to become the heroine. Spawning several sequels, as well as a 2003 remake, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE remains an untouchable work of sheer terror that continues to shock audiences all over the world.

Plot Synopsis:

The granddaddy of all splatter films. Five teenagers driving through rural Texas stumble onto an old farmhouse which turns out to be inhabited by a ghoulish family of mass murderers. Chainsaws and meat hooks are the tools of these white trash psycho-killers' trade -- they decorate their home with human bones, skin and other gruesome relics, supplementing the body count with corpses from the local graveyard when fresh victims are scarce. It looks like curtains for certain for the teen travellers trapped inside this house of horrors -- unless one scantily-clad female can elude the powertools and survive the night of terror intact.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: October 1974
  • TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE was director Tobe Hooper's first feature film.
  • The film's estimated budget was $350,000.
  • Featured songs by Roger Bartlett & Friends, Timberline Rose, Arkey Blue and Los Cyclones.
  • The film was loosely based on the real-life crimes of Ed Gein, which also inspired Hitchcock's PSYCHO.
  • John Larroquette makes an uncredited vocal appearance, providing the film with it's unsettling opening narration.

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