The original 1974 "Texas Chainsaw Massacre"celebrates it's 40th anniversary in 2014. Back in March, a restored print played at Austin's SXSW Film Festival. And horror fans can own it when it hits DVD and Blu-ray on September 16, 2014 (via Gorgon Video).
The film will be released in a 4k digital transfer, with 7.1 surround audio. And while it's available in basic packaging, "Chainsaw" fanatics will want to spring for the deluxe "Black Maria" edition (named for the big-rig truck which appeared in the film's finale). Indeed, the discs are housed in a truck replica.
Also included in the packaging is a replica of Leatherface's blood-stained apron and mini-one sheet posters. But the set isn't just about the packaging. All "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" DVD/Blu-ray releases have been chock full of special features, but the 40th anniversary set looks like the definitive version.
Here's a list of all the bonus features from the 'Black Maria' DVD & Blu-ray combo pack:
4 feature commentaries:
* 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 Tobe Hooper
* New commentary with 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"
* Tour of the "Chainsaw" 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
* Outtakes from "The Shocking Truth"
* Horror's Hallowed Grounds: "Texas Chainsaw Massacre"
* Dr. W.E. Barnes presents "Making Grandpa"
* Still gallery
* 40th Anniversary Trailer
* TV Spots
* Radio Spots
The 'Black Maria' set will be available exclusively from Gorgon Video on Sept. 16 for thirty days and will hit Amazon and other major retailers in October. It currently retails for $99.95. You can get price info and disc details for the 2-disc combo available for pre-order on Amazon by clicking here.
It's worth noting, that this edition was compiled before the recent passing of "Chainsaw" star Marilyn Burns, who died on August 5, 2014. No word on if any additional material to document her legacy will be added.