After a Decade of Silence... The Buzzz is Back!
In 1974, Tobe Hooper quite literally changed the face of horror with his landmark film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Although the hulking Leatherface and his trusty power tool left an indelible mark upon the cinematic landscape, it wouldn't be until 1986 that the buzz came back... in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2!
Relocating the cannibalistic Sawyer clan to a cavernous, labyrinthian dwelling beneath an amusement park, Hooper's deliciously demented sequel sees Leatherface and Co. continue their murderous exploits afresh. This time around, local DJ Stretch runs afoul of the Sawyers when she gets mixed up in the brutal slaying of two youngsters. Meanwhile, Lieutenant 'Lefty' Enright, is hell-bent on avenging the murder of his nephew Franklin in the first movie.
A cult classic in its own right, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 serves up a heady blend of gratuitous gore, socio-political critique and jet-black humour - whilst Dennis Hopper's unhinged turn as Lefty needs to be seen to be believed! Whichever way you skin it, Leatherface's second cinematic outing is an uncompromisingly delirious vision from one of horror's great directors.
3-Disc Limited Edition
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
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Havent watched it yet but great price and came super fast, 6 days to my door in Greece. Thank you very much Zavvi!
A great release of a somewhat misunderstood and slightly underappreciated genre classic. The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre set the tone and gave the audiences a new kind of terror. Instead of showing too much the movie managed to get under peoples skin (literally!) by using clever moviemaking techniques and sound design to prove its point. At this point Tobe Hooper had already managed to become one of the great horror movie directors with a movie that stands side by side with other genre classics like Psycho. The 80's came and styles changed. When the opportunity arose (in a form of a several movie deal with Cannon Films) Hooper did something that might have seen like a miscalculation, but in hindsight something that's quite commendable. Instead of trying to "one up" the original, or following on its tails, Hooper re-invented the movie and instead turned it into a parody of 80's era excesses with stabs towards consumerism and yuppie lifestyle among other things. The original already had blacker than black humour that was mostly lost on audiences. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 has the kind of humour that's so blood red that some people might have hard time digesting it. People didn't really get the sequel at the time of the release and because of this the movie didn't receive the acclaim it should have got. Also the production had it's share of troubles for example with censorship. At this day and age the movies have changed and it's easier to appreciate the artistic point of view and stylistic change Hooper took with TCM 2. The movie contains harsh violence that's amped up to borderline comic levels. It's a comedy of terrors with a very underlined message. Underneath it all there's also a heart. A heart that tells Saw is the Family! IMAGE QUALITY: The movie has been released on VHS and DVD, but until this Arrow Films edition there haven't been a release with such clear and clean image quality and losless audio. I've seen the movie several times, but with this release it really felt like seeing the movie for the first time. Especially the daytime shots literally look like they could have been shot yesterday. There are some minor instances where the movie film based origins (especially those shot at low light levels) betray the medium and look a bit rougher, but nothing really distracting. Therefore i wouldn't rate the image quality as reference quality, but considering the age of the movie i'd rate the quality as **** (Four stars). AUDIO QUALITY: The movie contains a lossless audio track which is clean of any dropouts, or clitches. The soundtrack isn't very dynamic, but strong enough to carry the movie and again fits the era and the movie in question. EXTRAS: The Bluray contains many extras which i've yet haven't had time to go thru properly. The early Hooper movie Eggshells is the most interesting of the extras. It's an early movie that pre-dates the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre and as such should prove to be an interesting artifact of seeing how the filmmakers style developed. There are also several other extras on this three disc package so i'm sure the fans of the movie will get their moneys worth, and even better understanding of the movies and how it came to be. I would recommend this movie to gorehounds and people who like wild and wacky 80's movies and aren't too scared ot things going a bit red at times. A special mention goes to Dennis Hopper who plays... well... Dennis Hopper. A raving lunatic with a mission that is. A big thank you to Arrow Films for doing this fantastic restoration and quality package.
This set is stunning ...from the transfer to the extras are all top notch, as well as the commentary...this set also includes an extensive book with tons of photos...another beautiful Arrow release...get it before they're gone..
AMAZING! I can't stress it enough! This release, this box, the book, the three discs, the extra features, the movie itself - This has got to be one of the coolest movie-boxes of all time. There's only one thing that could have done it better - if it had been a Steelbook as well... / F. G. Mariestad, Sweden
Excellent movie from arrow film well worth the price
This edition is what fans of TCSM2 have been dreaming about. It has everything you could ask for. The movie, a slew of special features, a booklet containing a gorgeous amount of info about the feature, as well as two of Tobe Hoopers hard-to-find early features. To top it off, the packaging is artfully done with care. As a fan, I couldn't ask for a better package.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, is not the best movie (it's fun tough), but this editon is insane alot of extras and nice book.
nice follow up to the original texas chainsaw massacre..disc is loaded with a wealth of extras and a great booklet...
Of course TCM2 is not as shocking or great as the first one. But it is still good if you are a fan of the series and horror films in particular. What makes this a five-star-review is the kind of boxset the film got. It looks beautiful and has nearly everything you could want from a movie. Bonus material is a ton and you just HAVE to be happy with this set. Collectors need this!
I'm a huge movie fan, but have never been a massive collector. I've owned and seen 1000's of films from all sorts of genres, but I always sell on and buy more. My actual collection of films is limited to only about 80 films, and this set sits proudly amongst them. Brought to you by Arrow Films, who make a variety of awesome releases, this edition of the second of the Texas Chainsaw series really stands out in any collection. Not only have they taken the original transfer to make the video for the film in true HD (a process overseen by the original director of photography), but they've also included the original uncompressed audio files too, and a ton of extras. On the TCM 2 blu ray, we have extras such as commentaries, and alternate as well as deleted scenes. There's a documentary about the films creation and lasting appeal, and a few interviews too. Even with these alone, this set would be well worth the price it cost me. But there's more. On disc 2, we have two of Tobe Hoopers early works, a short from 1964 (10mins) called Heisters, and his first feature length film from 1969, Eggshells (90mins) Both of which have been painstakingly crafted to 1080p from their original source materials. Tobe Hooper also provides commentary on the latter of these two. We also have an interview with the man himself, as well as a trailer reel featuring all the trailers for every one of Hoopers films. And there's still more. The final part of the collection, is a fantastic book covering everything you wanted to know about Tobe Hooper, chainsaws and more, with writing on the director’s early works by Brad Stevens, an investigation of Tobe Hooper’s three-picture Cannon deal by Calum Waddell, new writing on The Texas Chainsaw 2 by Kenneth Muir, a look at the film’s long battle with the BBFC and an exclusive interview with Hooper by Stefan Jaworzyn, author of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Companion, rounded off with an appraisal of the highs and lows of the Texas Chainsaw franchise by Joel Harley, all illustrated with archive stills Every part of the collection is put together with care and attention to details, and it's great. A lot of the time, extras on blu ray releases can seem superfluous, and like they're just there to make it seem like you get something more than you need. Commentaries from people who do't want to be in the studio, gag reels that are pointless, and a trailer if you're lucky. But the extras here are expansive, and disc 2 could have even been justified having it's own release. TCM2 by Arrow Films is a worthy addition to anyones collection, I can't recommend it enough.
This blu ray would make the perfect gift for the horror aficionado in your life. Texas Chainsaw 2 is to Texas Chainsaw 1 what Evil Dead 2 is to Evil Dead 1: a manic, high energy follow up. Both veer off the originals straight horror template into something approaching cartoony monstrosity. As with Evil Dead 2, Texas Chainsaw 2 moves fast, barely pausing for breath and goes over the top. The boxset contains the full UNCUT movie in all its uncensored glory. Picture quality is good and sharp. The picture has a nice grainy look that never compromises the quality. There's two other discs highlighting some of Hooper's early works complete with interviews and the like. The set also contains a lavish booklet, postcard and individually numbered cert. This is a great package. For those who are put off by the negative critics reviews of this, kudos must be given to Hooper for doing something different. He could have made the same movie again but chose to go down a different bombastic and surreal path. And the actress Caroline Williams playing the heroine in hell puts in a fantastic and charismatic performance. In a nutshell, if you like Evil Dead 2 you will like this.
Great set and features, nice Arrow release and individually numbered card inside. Not the best film but good quality box set and nicely done
It's from Arrow, so you know it is going to be a good edition. The film itself is not as good as the original, but it is fun
Tobe Hooper's 1986 sequel to his original 1974 classic is given the definitive blu-ray treatment in Arrow's 3 disc 'Ultimate' edition. The set includes two blu-ray discs; the movie itself plus a fair chunk of extras on disc 1 which is region B locked; two early movies from Hooper on disc 2 which is region free and the same material repeated on disc 3, a region free DVD. The movie itself probably needs little introduction to would be punters, suffice to say it was too over the top for the UK censors in '86. It's a thrill ride of excess both in terms of grossness, wit and very black humour. The image and sound quality are terrific and in terms of the extras it beats the US release hands down. This is probably the best treatment this movie is going to get prior to a 4K release, so if you love the franchise grab it now, it's a limited edition. Oh, I almost forgot to mention the 96 page book which also comes with the package - good stuff.
TCM2 will always be classed down in history as a questionable movie. The return of Tobe Hooper prompted a lot of promise that audiences would be freaked out a second time after the extreme TCM. Unfortunately that was not the case. This movie is far from what the original movie is about. Gone is the intensity & suspense that made the first movie outrageous. What you are left with is a subtle 80's horror flick with minimal scare factor which focuses more on putting you off the family itself with their twisted way of life as opposed to extreme torture. Over the years, this movie has been accepted as it is by many fans including myself. There are elements that make for Hooper's signature directing which ou will find appealing. This package is also quite superb. Boasting the great slipcovers as well as the bonus Blu-Ray which includes Hooper's earlier works. You also get a small booklet crafting some great photos of the movie and offering great insight. This in all with a limited card showing each box set to be individually numbered. (Limited Edition) If you are a fan of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, then this is without doubt the definitive edition to buy!
Just purchased this brilliant edition for a great price of £11.99! A film which many dismissed upon its release for being so starkly different to the original. They missed the point that Hooper was in fact taking a different more comical direction and almost parodying the original's seriousness. The cover of the film is the Breakfast club for gods sake!! Blu ray quality is excellent , 3 discs with awesome special features! Buy this now!!
Tobe Hoopers own Follow up to the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre gets a new Blu-ray release thanks to Arrow Films getting five stars because it also contains Tobe Hooopers earlier works namely the heisters a ten minute short film parody of AIP Roger Corman works and also a good feature lengh documentary "It runs in the Family" and the package also has a good hundred page booklet detailing the films history at the BBFC and looks at other Chainsaw films in a very good release.
A must have BD! Excellent definition and extras!
I'm really impressed with this little set that Arrow Video have just recently released. Comes with 2 Blu-ray discs, one being the movie and the other containing two short films from Tobe Hooper's earlier days, which are 'Eggshells' and 'The Heisters'. These short films are also included on a third DVD disc. The main prize here is the 100 page booklet based on the making and legacy of the film. The transfer for the movie is very solid, detail is sharp, colours are vibrant and the image contains just the right level of grain. I was also impressed with the LPCM 2.0 audio, very clear, with sounds such as background noise that I've never heard before! Now onto the extras, this movie has a great selection of special features, included are - an extensive making about the film with interviews from cast and crew, two commentaries (one by director Tobe Hooper), a couple of featurettes and to finish it off is a few deleted scenes, image gallery and the trailer. Overall a fantastic set at a great price! It's also Limited Edition, limited to 10,000 sets I believe, so each set comes with its unique number printed onto a small postcard.