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Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974 Original Version/Umbrella Entertainment /Australian Import Blu-ray)


Picture: B     Sound: B-     Extras: B+     Film: B+



PLEASE NOTE: This import Blu-ray can be played on all machines, is Region All/Region Free and can be ordered from our friends at Umbrella Entertainment in Australia at the website link provided at the end of the review.



There are many, many horror films out there, but not many have reached to royal status of Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  By today’s standards of “torture-porn” horror films like Hostel and SAW, Texas Chainsaw Massacre may not be nearly as gruesome, but for its time it was terrifyingly jaw dropping.  The film was banned, picketed against and adored by younger generations.  It was cruel, gritty, gruesome, and based on fact making all the more appealing.


The low budget Texas Chainsaw Massacre has engrained itself into the pop culture psyche; spurring on a plethora of knock-offs, sequels and remakes that for the most part don’t stand even close to the original.  If you say Chainsaw Massacre or Leatherface, people just know what you are talking about; even if they have never seen the film.  The title alone spawns images of screaming teens and bloody violence; having had such an unprecedented effect on the genre that the like of Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street can’t even do.


We have covered the film multiple times on this site and this release from Umbrella seems to be exactly like that of the previous Dark Sky’s release.


The technical features are adequate and are way better than previous DVD releases, but remains problematic in both picture and sound.  The picture is a 1080p 1.77 X 1 Widescreen that is brighter than previous releases with solid colors and light/dark levels, but far from perfect.  The grit and grime is still there, but has been restored to some degree.  The problem remains in the source that (once again) was low budget and gritty to start with.  The sound is available in a DTS 5.1 Track or a 2.0 Stereo Track, both get the job done but the 5.1 track is more engrossing.  The directionality is off and the dialogue feels distant at times as well, but adequate nevertheless.  All extras are the same as the Dark Sky’s release, so nothing new but GREAT extras that are all worth watching.


For our previous Blu-ray coverage of this film, please follow the link below to the U.S. release:





A classic horror film that has aged well and will still have fans clawing at the walls.



As noted above, you can order this import Blu-ray version exclusively from Umbrella at:





-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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