When the remake of “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” came out, there was more controversy among genre fans than there has been about any other movie in recent history. Its release into theaters silenced critics as the film went on to gross over $80 million dollars. So, what do you do for an encore? Try to make the DVD just as horrifying.The double disk set of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” is sure to quench the thirst of any horror fan. Before even popping either disk into the player there is plenty to amuse yourself with. For starters, a metal plate comes included in the package. Also, in an unusual move, the box unfolds like a centerfold in the shape of a chainsaw (which is aptly the background art-work). To assist in making the “inspired by a true story” feel even more real, there is an envelope filled with crime scene photos included for your pleasure.
Once done with the physical extras, it is time for the DVDs. As a film, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” will indisputably scare you. (Especially, as I found out the hard way, if you are planning a trip to Texas a few weeks later.) However, it should be noted that the latest release minimally resembles the original film. In fact, it would make more sense if the filmmakers just called it a sequel.
The first disk includes pretty much just the movie and a handful of commentaries that are pretty standard. The second disk includes deleted scenes (including the original beginning and ending), with introduction from director Marcus Nispel. One can also find a documentary about Ed Gein, whose terrifying life inspired the story of the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” However, the documentary exposes to viewers exactly how much the two (Leatherface and Gein) have in common which is not very much.
“Texas Chainsaw Massacre” is the ultimate in DVD entertainment, a good movie filled with a lot of unique extras to keep you captivated.
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