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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre [Blu-ray]
(Tobe Hooper, 1974)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: Dark Sky Films
Region: FREE (repressed version coded region 'A')
Feature Runtime: 1:23:24
Feature film disc size: 21.48 Gig
One dual-layered disc
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: September 30th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Video codec: ?
• Commentary with actors Marilyn Burns, Pail A. Partain,
Allen Danziger, and art director Robert A. Burns
• Blooper Reel (2:22)
• 'Making Grandpa' Makeup slideshow
• "The Shocking Truth" Outtakes (7:33)
Blu-ray exclusive "Off the Hook" with Teri McMinn (17:01)
Product Description: It has been called “grisly,” “sick,” and “perverse,” as well as “raw,” “unshakeable,” and “the movie that redefined horror.” It was attacked by churches, banned by governments, and acclaimed by only the bravest of critics. It stunned audiences worldwide and set a new standard in movie terror forever. In 1974, writer-producer-director Tobe Hooper unleashed this dark, visionary tale about a group of five young friends who face a nightmare of torment at the hands of a depraved Texas clan. Today it remains unequaled as a landmark of outlaw filmmaking and unparalleled in its impact as perhaps the most frightening motion picture ever made...
Introduction: "The film which you are about to see is an account of the tragedy which befell a group of five youths, in particular Sally Hardesty and her invalid brother Franklin... For them, an idyllic summer afternoon drive became a nightmare. The events of that day were to lead to the discovery of one of the most bizarre crimes in the annals of American history. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."
The original “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” is a film of awful beauty and terrible power. It is made of screams, bones, spraying blood, chicken feathers, tall grass, two hot days, and threatening old houses. Its sound design is an ingenuous, repetitive cacophony of roaring power tools, terrified screeching, crunching flesh, and endlessly humming engines. The score replaces melody with ominous rumbles and percussive noises. I covered my ears—I couldn’t hear myself think—the chainsaw just keeps going and going, recreating in the minds of the audience precisely the thought-drowning and confused torment of the characters. “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” is the direct descendent of that other low-budget horror classic, “Night of the Living Dead.” Similarly, we can’t imagine it maintaining its nightmarish intensity with a large budget, classy effects, or any kind of polish. Both films have big budget remakes which opened to critical rejection. No, “Texas Chain Saw Massacre’s” all-out attack on the senses feels just like a nightmare: grainy, blurry, washed out, raw, with voices that die in the air while the rumble of the chain saw goes on and on.
Excerpt from Friday and Saturday Review located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Being such a limited production, it's easy to anticipate that you can't do a lot with the original 16mm ECO camera negatives by rendering them to 1080p resolution. This is more or less true - you can't, even digitally, get a 'silk purse from a sow's ear'. I've never even seen this film before and I had nothing to compare it to - but you could see the pragmatic production levels - especially in the first 20 minutes. It looked quite weak - no depth - artifacts, speckles - but after that first initial 1/3 of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre the image quality settles down a bit with some much improved visuals. Colors seem to become more prominent, outdoor scenes show superior detail (where virtually none existed prior). Noise is, obviously, inherent when pushing the source to this level and this is still light years from the best this format can produce. So while I was certainly not expecting the more extravagant attributes of dual-layered Blu-rays - (the feature takes up 21.48 Gig) - I was moderately impressed with the re-mastering. I'm not certain but thought I saw some DNR usage via the two sky scenes that have a weird softness. I can only state, though, that fans of the film will probably be quite thrilled with how this looks in high-definition and I suspect most, especially those who've seen it in other digital forms, will be very satisfied with the visual appearance of this Blu-ray. It's a minimal budget film made almost 35 years ago. Hopefully the captures below will give you an idea of how it will look on your system.
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September 23rd, 2008
Introduction: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 7500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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