Movie Review: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 was directed by Tobe Hooper from a screenplay by Hooper and L.M. Kit Carson. The film stars Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Bill Moseley, Bill Johnson, Jim Siedow, Lou Perryman and Ken Evert.

This 1986 direct sequel to Hooper’s horror masterpiece takes place twelve years later and follows disc jockey Vanita “Stretch” Brock (Caroline Williams) who goes live on the air where she ends up playing a recording of a couple of high school yuppies getting slaughtered out on the highway. This doesn’t set well with the cannibalistic Sawyer clan who have now gone into hiding. The highly disturbed Chop-Top (Bill Moseley) and his chainsaw-wielding maniac brother Leatherface (Bill Johnson) was listening to the broadcast so they end up paying her a surprise visit to confiscate the evidence where they end up trashing the place and shell-shocking the beautiful disc jockey. The gruesome twosome end up kidnapping Stretch and take her back to their new underground hideaway that sits beneath an old amusement park. This is also where things go from insanely weird to batshit crazy!

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Enter Texas Ranger Lefty Enright (Dennis Hopper) who has sought to avenge the brutal murder of his kin for over a decade. With an arsenal of chainsaws in hand, Lefty ends up locating the underground compound that Leatherface, Chop-Top, The Cook and Grandpa now call home. While Lefty slowly makes his way into the bowels of hell, poor Stretch continues to simply try and survive the chaos and insanity that is the Sawyer family. She also finds out that Leatherface has taken a liking to her and this also buys her some time as this bloody nightmare of hers continues. She finds herself surrounded by enough body parts and inbred family members that it would drive the sanest person mad. Lefty finally finds his way into the inner sanctum where he quickly tells Stretch to get out and he wastes no time getting his revenge on the Sawyer clan with his own unique style of bloody justice. While the walls come tumbling down around Lefty and his targets, Stretch finally makes her way outside with one more obstacle to pass before she’s completely free from the madness that she’s escaped from. This horrifying experience also leaves Stretch scarred forever.

First of all, I remember sneaking into the theater when this movie came out in 1986 and I had been scarred by the original not too long before I witnessed this sequel. I’ve been a big fan of this weird and bizarre entry by Tobe Hooper from day one and this release looks absolutely stunning! I loved the story and the continuation of the Sawyer family as well as the introduction of these new characters. There’s still the blood and gore and honestly there’s probably more than the first movie but this sequel includes one little extra ingredient – humor. The relationship between Chop-Top and Leatherface is hilarious to watch and it helps make this sequel something special and different from its predecessor.  Lefty Enright is a man driven to exact his revenge on this family of likable weirdo cannibals, and finally there’s Stretch who starts out as the damsel in distress and ends up as this mentally and physically scarred survivor. To me, this movie fits perfectly next to Hooper’s 1974 horror classic and the rest of the sequels are pretty forgettable. Hooper does a fantastic job bringing something new and original to the table, all of the acting is fantastic and the cinematography is simply stunning and beautiful at times. It’s all about the lighting!

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The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the all-new artwork by Joel Robinson who never disappoints when it comes to the new covers he cranks out for Scream Factory. The reverse sleeve features the original artwork and movie credits. The first Blu-ray disc features matching new artwork and the artwork on the second disc has more of a sawed look, kind of like the chainsaw has gotten to it, plus it’s a nice touch. Inserting the two discs, the menu screens were simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the original HD transfer looks and sounds great but this all-new 2K HD upgrade is about as good as it gets when it comes to the picture and sound quality. This high-definition upgrade is crisp and clear to the max. Another job well done by the mighty Scream Factory!

Bottom line is, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 was already one of my favorite horror movies/sequels and after watching this 1986 classic on this comprehensive 2-disc set, I have fallen in love with it all over again. Tobe Hooper delivered a very unique sequel to his 1974 horror masterpiece that ended up being a classic in its own right. This is one of those kind of movies that simply gets better as it ages and over the years this strange and bizarre horror sequel has stayed sharp. I’m aware of the previous HD release by Arrow but what Scream Factory has delivered is easily the cream of the crop and the pinnacle to any TCM home video release. The movie looks and sounds like new plus there’s 10 hours of extras included! The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 has never looked better and rides again on this beautiful 2-Disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray that releases on April 19th. The buzzz is back and this is definitely a must have!

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 101 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Good Stuff! This 2-Disc set is loaded with some amazing extras. Besides the two different HD versions of the movie, Scream Factory has also included a number of all-new featurettes, interviews and commentary. There’s also the vintage extras that have been imported over from previous releases like the trailers, TV spots and more. All in all, there’s over 10 hours of bonus features that also includes nearly 5 hours of Scream Factory exclusives. As the old saying goes, everything but the kitchen sink is included here!

Disc 1: (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: (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)
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