The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - 35th Anniversary Edition

Production Year: 1974
Release Date: 03/16/12
Studio: Turbine Media
Collection Number: 1052

Last year saw a lot of excellent releases on the home video front.  Here in the US we obtained some of our most wanted films in high definition along with a slew of limited editions.  Things were no different overseas causing many of us die hard collectors to import.  One of my very first "big" blu-ray purchases last year was the German import of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Recently the same company gave this awesome treatment to the sequel which I received last week.  Having both sets side by side I decided that it's time we take a look at what Germany is offering us Chainsaw fanatics.

Let's first discuss the contents and the packaging.  The edition comes housed in a nice cardboard slipcase, there's a removable cardboard flap displaying the contents.  Both the front and back images have the title so either one looks great displayed.


The inner digipack is amazing with the back having a nice panoramic view of Leatherface, the Hitchhiker, and Sally.  On the opposite side where the discs are housed you've got various iconic images from the film.


 The discs themselves each have an image to set them apart.


The last item included is a small book.  This is not a 3 page pamphlet like some releases have, this is a fairly thick write up on the film.  Being that this is a set exclusive to Germany, the booklet and some of the other contents of the set are not English friendly, thankfully however, that doesn't carry over to the discs themselves.  I will note though, while most of the video content is English friendly, it is locked to B/R2, so keep that in mind if you're planning on purchasing.


Onto the discs.

The first two discs are your main features.  The blu-ray was remastered from a 16 MM print.  Both discs contain 5.1 English and German tracks, 2.0 Stereo/Mono tracks, along with two commentary tracks featuring the cast and crew.

Discs three and four are special features.  If you've managed to pick up the US Dark Sky releases you've probably seen most of what is on disc three.  "The Shocking Truth," "Flesh wounds," and "Off the Hook" are all solid featurettes taking you inside the making of the film.  Disc four houses "A Family Portrait" a must see documentary shot during the 80's.  While the documentary is a nice bonus, it's still widely available in the US.  There are some new features here however.  The first is a short series of clips comparing the remake to the original.  While this is nothing spectacular I've all but avoided the remake since it's release back in 2003 so it was interesting to see the similarities and differences.  Rounding out the disc is a censorship discussion featuring none other than Germany's own shock-director Jorg Buttgereit.  This feature is definitely a highlight of the set, but it's also a let down if English is your native tongue as this one does not feature subtitles.

All in all this is an exellent release worthy of importing.  A true must-have if you're a fan of the original.  It's a pity the US has yet to get a real "collector friendly" release since the cool "meat pack" edition Pioneer gave us all those years back.

So what are you waiting for!?

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