Release Date: 10/26/12
Studio: Turbine Media
Collection Number: 1221
The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre has tons of great collector friendly editions. From Flesh-like hardboxes to big chainsaw shaped packaging, blu-ray's to DVD's. The sequels on the other hand, that's an entirely different story.
I love the Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, it's as zany and colorful as the original was ominous and bleak. I was ecstatic when I leaned that Turbine Media was giving the under-appreciated sequel the similar treatment they gave the original Chainsaw flick.
With that said, I will say that the original's release was way more loaded, extra discs, booklet, there's just a lot more to it. But this edition is certainly nothing to guffaw at, it's the best treatment this film has ever (and possibly will ever) be given.
This release is limited to 5000 and there are two options, the normal stand alone release and the deluxe version. The deluxe version comes with two extras, a t-shirt with the sequel's logo and a lenticular picture featuring alternative poster art.
The film is presented (much like the original) on 2 discs, a blu-ray and a dvd. Both having similar audio options: You get your English/German 5.1, 2.1, and three different audio commentaries. Rounding out the disc is the original Cannon trailer. All the discs in the set of various subtitle options, thankfully none of which are hardcoded. This is a very English friendly release. I will note that Turbine's release is slightly inferior to MGM's US blu-ray release as far as the PQ goes. Just something to keep in mind.
The third disc is full of special features. Much like Turbine's Chainsaw '74 disc, if you've managed to pick up the newer US releases you've likely seen most of these. "It Runs In The Family" is focal point of this disc, it's a very well done feature length documentary about the film. It's informative and a very easy watch. You'll learn some of the scrapped subplots about the film, along with the trials and tribulations of getting the film made.
Also included are a five deleted scenes along with a short gallery of images from the film.
All in all, Turbine's release of '74 is the clear winner, you really get more bang for your buck with that set. This however is a wonderful edition for those who love the sequel. Reviewing these releases over the last few days reminded me how much I absolutely love these two films. The original is perfect, a movie that could never be recreated. The sequel, while scoffed at for being so different, it a fun ride with a great OST and some very memorable lines and characters.
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