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A LANDMARK IN HORROR CINEMA RETURNS MORE FRIGHTENING THAN EVER
TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE ARRIVES ON
UHD FEBRUARY 28, 2023
Tobe Hooper’s Original Classic Comes to Dark Sky Films UHD on February 28, 2023,
In a Director-Approved 4K Restoration Packed with Extras
Available in 4k UHD and 4k UHD Steelbook​

A LANDMARK IN HORROR CINEMA RETURNS MORE FRIGHTENING THAN EVER
TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE ARRIVES ON
UHD FEBRUARY 28, 2023
Tobe Hooper’s Original Classic Comes to Dark Sky Films UHD on February 28, 2023,
In a Director-Approved 4K Restoration Packed with Extras​

Dark Sky Films today announced the long-awaited UHD release of the 1974 horror classic THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, the groundbreaking thriller that has often been imitated but never equaled. The film will arrive in the 4K restored version, complemented by a frightening array of bonus materials, on February 28, 2023.

Violent, confrontational, and shockingly realistic, director Tobe Hooper’s THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACREterrified audiences in a way never thought possible when it was unleashed on a politically and socially tumultuous America in 1974. Facing a storm of controversy, censorship and outcry throughout its troubled release, this masterpiece of horror has stood the test of time to become a landmark motion picture and cultural milestone.

Now, for the first time, Dark Sky Films proudly presents its director-approved 4K restoration of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE on UHD, bringing all the scares and the screams into terrifying focus and clarity, making for an immersive viewing experience audiences won’t forget. For both new viewers and long-term devotees, this is THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE as it has never been seen or heard before.

The film follows a group of young friends (played by Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail and Teri McMinn) road-tripping by van through Texas who fall victim to a bizarre family of cannibals – including a huge masked madman known as Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen) who always has a gas-powered chain saw at the ready. The shocker originated many elements of the slasher genre that would soon explode: the use of power tools as murder weapons, a hulking faceless killer, a desolate rural setting, and the sadistic slaughter of innocent young victims.

Upon its initial release in 1974, THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE was banned in several countries, and many theaters in the U.S. stopped showing it due to complaints about its violence. But the low-budget film was hugely successful, grossing more than $30 million domestically, and is now regarded as one of the best and most influential horror movies. It led to a franchise that continued the story of Leatherface and his family through sequels, prequels, a remake, comic books and video games.

THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE arrives in deluxe 4K UHD and 4K UHD Steelbook editions, each containing a bonus disc containing a wealth of supplemental materials. Disc 1 holds the 4K UHD feature film and four commentary tracks: writer-producer-director Tobe Hooper, actor Gunnar Hansen and cinematographer Daniel Pearl; actors Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger and Paul A. Partain with production designer Robert Burns; Tobe Hooper solo; and Daniel Pearl, editor J. Larry Carroll and sound recordist Ted Nicolaou.

Disc 2, a Blu-ray, contains the new, never-before-seen feature-length documentary The Legacy of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and several featurettes. These include “The Cinefamily Presents FRIEDKIN/HOOPER,” a conversation about the film between Tobe Hooper and The Exorcist director William Friedkin; “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Shocking Truth”; “Flesh Wounds: Seven Stories of the Saw”; a tour of the TCSM house with Gunnar Hansen; “Off the Hook with Teri McMinn”; and “The Business of Chain Saw: An Interview with Production Manager Ron Bozman.”Filling out the generous package are deleted scenes and outtakes, a blooper reel, trailers, vintage TV and radio spots, and much more to thrill fans old and new.
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THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE
Release date: February 28, 2023
4K UHD SRP: $44.98
4K UHD Steelbook SRP: $54.98
Running time: 83 minutes (feature)
*plus over 400 minutes of extras (2 discs)*
Language: English
Rated R​


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Ron,

There appears to be some discrepancy with this Dark Sky Press Release and the Amazon posted link. The Amazon link shows a February 7th release date with MPI being the listed studio/company releasing this disc. However, the Press Release states February 28th is the release date and the studio/company releasing the 4K/UHD is Dark Sky.

Are two different studios/companies releasing this title on 4K/UHD? If not then something is amiss.
 

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Ron,

There appears to be some discrepancy with this Dark Sky Press Release and the Amazon posted link. The Amazon link shows a February 7th release date with MPI being the listed studio/company releasing this disc. However, the Press Release states February 28th is the release date and the studio/company releasing the 4K/UHD is Dark Sky.

Are two different studios/companies releasing this title on 4K/UHD? If not then something is amiss.

I don't know. My guidance was the cover art matched and it was a new listing.
 

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Nirvana for SteelBook collectors.

Only an additional $10 for packaging.
 

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Ron,

There appears to be some discrepancy with this Dark Sky Press Release and the Amazon posted link. The Amazon link shows a February 7th release date with MPI being the listed studio/company releasing this disc. However, the Press Release states February 28th is the release date and the studio/company releasing the 4K/UHD is Dark Sky.

Are two different studios/companies releasing this title on 4K/UHD? If not then something is amiss.
Dark Sky is the horror imprint for MPI. Suspect content will be identical to their 4 disc blu-ray edition.
Amazon has updated the Dark Sky/MPI release date from February 7th to February 28th.
 

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I believe the 4K transfer was done in 2014 when he was still alive.

Correct. Personally, I'm waiting for the Second Sight edition.

There's nothing in the press release for this 4K that screams "Must Have". The specs read like they're just highlighting the "wealth" of extras and the scan/transfer is more of a footnote. Extras are nice but I (and I'm sure many of you) am in this for the PQ. While a 2014 scan can still be considered good, technology has evolved considerably since 2014. I have no idea what Second Sight will use for their release but they do very high quality work. I'd be surprised if they just churned out an old transfer.
 

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In all honesty, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has outstanding cinematography by Daniel Pearl. Whether 4K is necessary or not, I have no idea, but there's something viscerally unnerving about the film between the disturbing subject matter and the fact it's lit every bit as well as a Malick film. Especially that final shot.
 

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In all honesty, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has outstanding cinematography by Daniel Pearl. Whether 4K is necessary or not, I have no idea, but there's something viscerally unnerving about the film between the disturbing subject matter and the fact it's lit every bit as well as a Malick film. Especially that final shot.
There's no doubt that some prints of TCSM have a definite "grindhouse" feel to them, but it is a beautifully shot film. The 1080p masters have been truly impressive, considering the production's low-budget origins. However, I don't believe HDR has anything to offer, and there's no way there is 4K of resolution in the frame, well shot or not. It's the law of diminishing returns, much like 8K. There is no appreciable benefit beyond a certain point.
 

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