A Collector’s Edition of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2? How Wonderful!

Though I’m typically critical of Blu-Ray releases of delightfully crappy films – where bad prints and crummy audio are a part of the charm – I do occasional concede and admit when I am wrong. Today’s release by Scream Factory is one of those instances, and I am more than happy to be wrong about this one. A two-disc package of both the remastered Tobe Hooper classic and more bonus features than you can shake a stick at, this edition of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 is a thing of beauty. It looks great, sounds great, and reminds us that there is still a lot to preserve when it comes to grimy film.

Clips from the Blu-Ray extras and a restored trailer can be found HERE too.

And now, to the press release:

image004In 1974, horror fans rejoiced upon the release of Tobe Hooper’s masterpiece, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The movie raised the stakes of in-your-face filmmaking and changed the face of horror. Twelve years later, Hooper and the Sawyer clan are back with this deviously entertaining sequel, starring Dennis Hopper in one of the most deliciously crazed performances of his career.

For a decade, Texas Ranger Lefty Enright (Hopper) has sought to avenge the brutal murder of his kin by the cannibalistic Sawyer family – Leatherface, Chop-Top, The Cook and Grandpa. With the help of a radio DJ (Caroline Williams), who’s also bent on putting an end to the terror, Lefty finds his way to the Sawyers’ underground slaughter shop, where a battle of epic proportions will soon rage… and the line between good and evil gets chopped to bits!


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 [Collector’s Edition] Bonus Features:


Disc 1: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part Two (New HD Transfer)

·         NEW 2016 2K HD scan of the inter-positive film element

·         NEW Audio Commentary with director of photography Richard Kooris, production designer Cary White, script supervisor Laura Kooris and property master Michael Sullivan

·         Audio Commentary with director Tobe Hooper

·         Audio Commentary with actors Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams and special effects makeup creator Tom Savini

·         NEW Extended Outtakes from It Runs in the Family featuring L.M. Kit Carson and Lou Perryman (30 minutes)

·         NEW Behind-the-Scenes Footage Compilation from Tom Savini’s archives (43 minutes)

·         Alternate Opening Credit Sequence

·         Deleted Scenes

·         Still Galleries – posters and lobby cards, behind-the-scenes photos, stills and collector’s gallery

·         Theatrical Trailers

·         TV Spots

Disc 2: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part Two (Original HD Transfer)

·         MGM’s original HD Master with color correction supervision by director of photography Richard Kooris

·         NEW House of Pain – a interview with make-up effects artists Bart Mixon, Gabe Bartalos, Gino Crognale and John Vulich (42 minutes)

·         NEW Yuppie Meat – a interview with actors Chris Douridas and Barry Kinyon (19 minutes)

·         NEW Cutting Moments – a interview with editor Alain Jakubowicz  (17 minutes)

·         NEW Behind the Mask – a interview with stunt man and Leatherface performer Bob Elmore (14 minutes)

·         NEW HORROR’S HALLOWED GROUNDS – revisiting the locations of the film – hosted by Sean Clark plus a special guest (25 minutes)

·         It Runs in the Family – a six part feature-length documentary featuring interviews with screenwriter L.M. Kit Carson, actors Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams, Bill Johnson, Lou Perryman, special makeup effects artist Tom Savini and more… (84 minutes)

Deirdre Crimmins

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Deirdre (Dede) lives in Chicago (via Boston and Cleveland) with two black cats. She writes for Film Thrills, High Def Digest, The Brattle Theater, Rue Morgue Magazine, Birth.Movies.Death., and anyone else who will let her drone on about genre film. She wrote her Master's thesis on George Romero and is always hopeful that Hollywood will get its head out of its ass.

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