The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Tobe Hooper
Starring: Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Jim Siedow
Rated: UR/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Scream Factory

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In 1974, horror fans rejoiced upon the release of Tobe Hooper’s masterpiece, The Texas Chain Saw 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!

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Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre part 2 is a very weird and entirely enjoyable movie. One of my favorite horror movies ever made, it is also a movie I get a bit nostalgic over due to renting it as a kid from the video store. This was actually the very first Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie I had ever seen and that means I did actually see it before I ever saw the original. Oddly enough, I like this one better than I do the original. Being a product of both Cannon Films and Tobe Hooper apparently wanting to give himself a laugh, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, came to the world in 1986 with a lot of shock. Not entirely due to the bloody content, but more so due to everyone being shocked to find that is nothing at all like the original, outside of Leatherface, Grandpa, and the Cook being brought back. The plot follows a very over-acting and awesome at doing so, Dennis Hopper, as he plays the character of “Lefty”. Lefty teams-up with a character named “Stretch”, who is played by Caroline Williams. She’s a DJ who just so happens to be recording when a couple frat boys call-in to the show while they are being killed by the cannibal family at the start of the film. The movie is just so strange and bizarre, but the dark comedy really works and it makes for a movie I can watch again and again. It isn’t the most logical film in the world, but it may be one of the most entertaining. It doesn’t pack the biggest body count you’ll find in a Texas Chainsaw movie, but that doesn’t get in the way of the movie offering up lots of gore regardless. We also get Bill Mosley as “Chop Top”. His most iconic role in my opinion and for very good reason. He almost outshines Leatherface in general here, but then again, it is hard to top Bill Johnson’s performance as the love-stricken and torn Leatherface. His sad eyes and mannerisms really blends well with the dark comedy and over the top environment.

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Now, I know we’ve seen this movie on Blu-ray before. We’ve had the Fox Blu-ray (that HD master is actually on the second disc here). We’ve had a Blu-ray from Arrow Video over in the UK as well, which I’ve not seen. But I can tell you right now that the new 2K scan this movie has on this release is AMAZING. This is the best I’m sure this movie will ever look and you can see a difference from nearly the first shot. And don’t think the detail in the transfer goes away once this movie moves over to a more underground setting in the last half. The transfer really shows how awesome the setting is and it even adds to the already creepy and strange mood and atmosphere of the movie. Add with that a whole disc worth of extras (not counting the ones on disc one not even listed on the back of the box) and we have the ultimate edition for a movie I feel outshines the original in a number of ways. There is a whole lot of things to love about this odd film. The only way I can see someone not liking it is if they are just so hardcore about the original that they can’t adapt to the new and funny tone of this one. I think this is the best Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie and I think that this is the best version of it to own if you had to just pick one. It looks amazing, it is amazing, and this might be the best release we’ve seen so far this year from Scream Factory.

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Extras

Disc 1
– NEW 2016 2K HD Scan From The Interpositive 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
– NEW Behind-The-Scenes Footage Compilation From Tom Savini’s Archives
– 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
– MGM’s Original HD Master With Color Correction Supervision By Director Of Photography Richard Kooris
– NEW House Of Pain – An Interview With Makeup Effects Artists Bart Mixon, Gabe Bartalos, Gino Crognale And John Vulich
– NEW Yuppie Meat – An Interview With Actors Chris Douridas And Barry Kinyon
– NEW Cutting Moments – An Interview With Editor Alain Jakubowicz
– NEW Behind The Mask – An Interview With Stunt Man And Leatherface Performer Bob Elmore
– NEW Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – Revisiting The Locations Of The Film – Hosted By Sean Clark Plus A Special Guest
– 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…
Quality of Transfer: 100%

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