It’s been imitated and remade, but never equaled. Tobe Hooper’s THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE rose from a notorious 1974 sleeper sensation to rank as one of the greatest horror films ever made.

Now, to mark the film’s 40th anniversary, Dark Sky Films is presenting the digitally re-mastered masterpiece on Blu-ray for the first time in a stunning Limited Deluxe “Black Maria” Collector’s Edition box set!

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THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE appears in an all-new 4K digital transfer and with a newly created 7.1 surround sound mix supervised by director Hooper (Poltergeist). This release marks the only transfer of the film to go back to the original 16mm A/B rolls, the actual film that rolled through the cameras. The Limited Deluxe “Black Maria” Edition of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE will be released at retail in October but will be available exclusively at GorgonVideo.com for 30 days starting September 16, 2014. Fans of the film will recognize the unique packaging as a replica of the iconic “Black Maria” cattle truck that comes to Sally Hardesty’s rescue when she’s being pursued by Leatherface, a fitting nod to the legions of TCSM enthusiasts who were instrumental in keeping the film at the forefront of the genre throughout for the past 40 years and a true collectible display piece.THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE received a mixed critical reception upon its initial release – the Los Angeles Times called it “despicable” – but horror fans immediately recognized it as a breakthrough in unbearable suspense. The story, written by director Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel, is dreadfully simple: Five young people on a weekend getaway in remote Texas countryside fall prey to a chainsaw-wielding butcher (dubbed Leatherface because of his mask made of human skin) and his demented cannibalistic family. Thanks to startling scenes such as a woman being impaled on a meat hook, horror cinema would never be the same. Violent, confrontational, and shockingly realistic, the film terrified audiences and was the most buzzed-about release of its time (a buzz fueled by the marketing campaign that claimed it was based on a true story).Thrust upon an America disillusioned by the Vietnam War and Watergate, the 1974 shocker faced a storm of controversy, censorship, and outcry. But this masterpiece of horror has stood the test of time to become a landmark motion picture and cultural milestone, having opened the (sliding steel) door to the entire slasher genre of the 1980s and beyond.In addition to the Limited Deluxe “Black Maria” Edition of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, the film will also be released as a standard DVD, Blu-ray, and DVD/Blu-ray Combo on September 16th at retail outlets nationwide.

THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE 40th ANNIVERSARY BLACK MARIA LIMITED EDITION BOX SET

Street Date: Exclusively at GorgonVideo.com only September 16-October 15, 2014
Street Date: Retail outlets nationwide October 14, 2014
SRP: $99.98
Rate R
4K Digital Transfer, 7/1 Surround audio


INCLUDES:
A Leatherface apron
Theatrical mini-poster
SPECIAL FEATURES:
4 Feature Commentaries:
– Writer-Producer-Director Tobe Hooper, actor Gunnar Hansen, Cinematographer Daniel Pearl
– Actors Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, and Paul A. Partain, and Production Designer Robert Burns
– NEW Commentary with Writer-Producer-Director Tobe Hooper
– NEW Commentary with Cinematographer Daniel Pearl, Editor J. Larry Carroll and SoundRecordist Ted NicolaouA Collector’s Edition Bonus Disc:
– The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Shocking Truth- Flesh Wounds: Seven Stories of the Saw- A Tour of the TCSM House with Gunnar Hansen

– Off the Hook with Teri McMinn

– The Business of Chain Saw: An Interview with Production Manager Ron Bozman

– New Deleted Scenes & Outtakes

– Grandpa’s Tales: An Interview with John Dugan

– Cutting Chain Saw: An Interview With Editor J. Larry Carroll

– Deleted Scenes & Outtakes

– Blooper Reel

– Outtakes from “The Shocking Truth”

– Horror’s Hallowed Grounds: TCSM

– Dr. W.E. Barnes Presents “Making Grandpa”

– Still Gallery

– 40th Anniversary Trailer

– Trailers

– TV Spots

– Radio Spots

THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE 40 th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITION DVD & BD COMBO
Street Date: September 16, 2014

SPECIAL FEATURES

4 Feature Commentaries:
– Writer-Producer-Director Tobe Hooper, actor Gunnar Hansen, Cinematographer Daniel Pearl
– Actors Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, and Paul A. Partain, and Production Designer Robert Burns
– NEW Commentary with Writer-Producer-Director Tobe Hooper
– NEW Commentary with Cinematographer Daniel Pearl, Editor J. Larry Carroll and Sound Recordist Ted

Nicolaou Collector’s Edition Bonus Disc:
– The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Shocking Truth

– Flesh Wounds: Seven Stories of the Saw

– A Tour of the TCSM House with Gunnar Hansen

– Off the Hook with Teri McMinn

– The Business of Chain Saw: An Interview with Production Manager Ron Bozman

– New Deleted Scenes & Outtakes

– Grandpa’s Tales: An Interview with John Dugan

– Cutting Chain Saw: An Interview With Editor J. Larry Carroll

-Deleted Scenes & Outtakes

– Blooper Reel

– Outtakes from “The Shocking Truth”

– Horror’s Hallowed Grounds: TCSM

– Dr. W.E. Barnes Presents “Making Grandpa”

– Still Gallery
– 40th Anniversary Trailer

– Trailers

– TV Spots

– Radio Spots

THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE 40 th ANNIVERSARY DVD OR BD
Street Date: September 16, 2014
SRP: $24.98 DVD / $29.98 BLU-RAY
Rated R
4k Digital Transfer, 7.1 Surround audio

SPECIAL FEATURES:
4 Feature Commentaries:

– Writer-Producer-Director Tobe Hooper, actor Gunnar Hansen, Cinematographer Daniel Pearl

– Actors Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, and Paul A. Partain, and Production Designer Robert Burns

– NEW Commentary with Writer-Producer-Director Tobe Hooper

– NEW Commentary with Cinematographer Daniel Pearl, Editor J. Larry Carroll and Sound Recordist Ted Nicolaou