Sunday, 28 July 2013

Arrow Video to Unleash Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 in Glorious Special Edition


The Arrow Video folks have done it again. One of the few remaining distributors that actually care about putting out good home video releases have set their sights on one that it is shocking has taken this long to finally be released as a special edition in the UK/Ireland; The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. Though released on DVD here before, the special edition from America never made it over to us here. Until now, that is. And even better, this is going to be a beautiful Blu-Ray, and Arrow never skimp on their Blu-Rays. 3 discs. That's enough to get anyone's chainsaw revving. 

The first disc in the release seems to be pretty much a straight port of the US release and it's features, which I reviewed in depth HERE (and wasn't exactly crazy for). The main attraction with this release is the inclusion of director Tobe Hooper's first feature film, Eggshells, and a short, The Heisters, as well as some other Arrow Vid unique features. It'll be lovely to finally see Hooper's early work, and realised in such a loving manner.

Expect this one to be released in the UK/Ireland on October 14.

Here's the current list of features, as released on the Arrow Video website:


3-DISC LIMITED EDITION SET FEATURES:

-High Definition digital transfers of three Tobe Hooper films
-Original uncompressed audio tracks for all films
-Limited Edition Packaging, newly illustrated by Justin Erickson
-Individually Numbered #/10,000 Certificate
-Exclusive Limited Edition Extras

DISC 1 – THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2
-High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation from a digital transfer supervised by Director of Photography Richard Kooris
-Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
-Audio commentary with director and co-writer Tobe Hooper, moderated by David Gregory
-Audio commentary with stars Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams and special-effects legend Tom Savini, moderated by Michael Felsher
-“It Runs in the Family” – A documentary looking at the genesis, making-of and enduring appeal of Hooper’s film. With interviews including star Bill Johnson, co-writer L. M. Kit Carson, Richard Kooris, Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams, Tom Savini, Production Designer Cary White and more!
-Alternate Opening sequence with different musical score
-Deleted scenes
-“Still Feelin' the Buzz” - Interview with horror expert Stephen Thrower, author of Nightmare USA
-Original Trailer

DISC 2 [BLU-RAY] & DISC 3 [DVD] – TOBE HOOPER’S EARLY WORKS – LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE
-High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition (DVD) presentation of two of Tobe Hooper’s early works, available on home video for the first time in the world
-The Heisters (1964) Tobe Hooper’s early short film restored in HD from original elements [10 mins]
-Eggshells (1969) Tobe Hooper’s debut feature restored in HD from original elements [90 mins]
-Audio Commentary on Eggshells by Tobe Hooper
-In Conversation with Tobe Hooper - The legendary horror director speaks about his career from Eggshells to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.
-Trailer Reel of all the major works by Tobe Hooper

100-PAGE BOOK – LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE
-Exclusive perfect bound book featuring new writing on the film by John Kenneth Muir, an overview of the Chainsaw franchise by Joel Harley and an investigation of Tobe Hooper’s three-picture Cannon deal by Calum Waddell, illustrated with archive stills and posters with more to be announced!