Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3

Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3

Kate Hodge
Director: Jeff Burr Cast: Kate Hodge
Kate Hodge
, Viggo Mortensen
Viggo Mortensen
, William Butler
William Butler
Jeff Burr

DVD (Wide Screen)

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Overview

Jeff Burr's Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III has never been looked too kindly upon, for all the right reasons -- funny then that New Line gave this such a grand DVD release. For a terribly flawed sequel to one of the seminal horror films of 1970s, the extras included on the disc are staggering. For starters, gore fans should be happy to know that both the rated and unrated cuts appear on the disc, so all of KNB's effects can now be seen digitally for the first time (the unrated VHS has been available for years). For those not familiar with the history of the film, the R-rated version is a complete mess and this DVD will tell you why. Often remembered for delivering little of the red stuff in the theatrical cut, here you can dig into two documentaries and one commentary on the hows and whys of the third film's turbulent production. From the infamous MPAA battles to New Line themselves sabotaging the film through their desperate need for another horror franchise (A Nightmare on Elm Street 5 had just come out and bombed), the fate of Leatherface is mapped out extensively through various candid interviews that fill the disc. From horror scribe David Schow to the many bits with director Burr, everyone featured has stories which paint a picture of a truly hindered production. The film itself is presented in its original 1.85:1 widescreen picture, while the audio benefits greatly from the remastered Dolby Digital EX 5.1 and DTS ES 6.1 Surround Sound tracks. To be sure, time was put into this release, as evidenced by the blood-red menus and the inclusion of an alternate ending and probably one of the best modern horror trailers out there -- the Lady of the Lake teaser for the film (which you get to hear the full story behind in the meat of the extras). If there's anything annoying about the disc, it's that the commentary track consists of the very same interviews which make up the lengthy "The Saw is Family: Making of Leatherface" documentary. With no scene-specific discussion, you end up sifting through a lot of the same talk repeatedly between the main two features of the DVD -- plus look out for Burr's comments on the chainsaw in the film, because you'll hear the exact same audio clip of it more than once! Gripes aside, New Line most assuredly should be praised for giving such high treatment to such horror dreck for which they themselves are partly to blame.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2003
UPC: 0794043637728
Original Release: 1990
Rating: R
Source: New Line Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital Surround EX]
Time: 1:26:00
Sales rank: 2,306

Special Features

Closed Caption; Rated and unrated versions of the film; Widescreen version of the film; Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround Sound; DTS ES 6.1 Surround Sound; Stereo Surround Sound; English subtitles and closed captions; Filmmaker commentary; "The Saw Is Family: Making of Leatherface" documentary; "We Know What to Do With Them Parts": Deleted scenes; Alternate ending; Theatrical trailers; DVD-ROM content

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kate Hodge Michelle
Viggo Mortensen Tex
William Butler Ryan
Ken Foree Benny
Joe Unger Tinker
Tom Everett Alfredo
Michael Shamus Wiles Checkpoint Officer
Miriam Byrd-Nethery Mama
R.A. Mihailoff Leatherface
David Cloud Scott
Beth de Patie Gina
Dwayne Whitaker Kim
Jennifer Banko Little Girl
Ron Brooks TV Newsman
Tom Hudson Actor

Technical Credits
Jeff Burr Director
Robert Adams Songwriter
Annette Benson Casting
James L. Carter Cinematographer
Michael De Luca Associate Producer
Robert Engelman Producer
Kim Henkel Consultant/advisor
Joan Hunter Costumes/Costume Designer
Kane Hodder Stunts
Jim Manzie Score Composer
Nicotero Kurtzman & Berger EFX Group Makeup
Pat Regan Score Composer
Suzanne Sanders Makeup
Brent Schoenfeld Editor
David J. Schow Screenwriter
Robert Shaye Producer
Mick Strawn Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Only the Beginning/Main Titles
2. Good Conversation
3. Rest in Pieces
4. The Middle of Nowhere
5. Gas and the Crazy Man
6. The Fastest Tire Change
7. Like Two Cars in the Night
8. The Survivalist Turf
9. Not out of the Woods
10. Two for the Chainsaw
11. "Yakety-Yak"
12. The Family Butcher
13. Soup Yet?
14. A Surprise for Junior
15. One Down
16. The Hit-to-the-Head Business
17. Shooting the Party
18. "You and Me" and Toast
19. All Over Texas
20. End Credits

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