When Scream Factory announced their collector’s edi­tion release for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, there were hor­ror fans that won­dered if it was nec­es­sary.  After all, the film had got­ten a good spe­cial edi­tion DVD set in 2006, com­plete with cin­e­matog­ra­pher-super­vised trans­fer and fea­ture-length doc­u­men­tary, that was lat­er upgrad­ed to an equal­ly nice 2012 blu-ray reis­sue.  However, Scream Factory have put some excel­lent work into their new set, col­lect­ing the past extras and the old­er trans­fer and adding a new trans­fer plus even more extras to cre­ate a 2 blu-ray pack­age that gives fans more of a good thing.  A lot more.TexCM2-blu

For starters, this set includes the 2006 trans­fer approved by cin­e­matog­ra­pher Richard Kooris as well as a new 2K trans­fer tak­en from the inter­pos­i­tive film ele­ment.  The new trans­fer was used for this review and it looks gor­geous, bring­ing depth to the fre­quent night pho­tog­ra­phy and dark inte­ri­ors while also bring­ing out the col­or and detail: check out Mondo Digital’s com­pre­hen­sive review of mul­ti­ple TCM2 edi­tions for more on its HD his­to­ry.  Both 5.1 and 2.0 loss­less stereo mix­es are pro­vid­ed for each trans­fer.  The 5.1 mix was used for this review and it offers a well-blend­ed mix with good sur­round use of music (and chain­saw buzz).

Fans will be hap­py to know the 2006 edi­tions are car­ried over and fleshed out with a fist­ful of new bonus good­ies, all spread out over the set’s two ful­ly-load­ed blu-rays.    Without fur­ther adieu, here’s a tour of this set’s boun­ty of sup­ple­men­tal mate­ri­al…

Disc 1:

Commentary 1: This pairs direc­tor Tobe Hooper with mod­er­a­tor David Gregory.  Hooper is his usu­al low-key self here as he touch­es on the whirl­wind nature of the pro­duc­tion, his satir­i­cal inspi­ra­tions and a num­ber of scene-speci­fic mem­o­ries.  He’s par­tic­u­lar­ly good when talk­ing about the cast and Gregory does solid work keep­ing him primeTexCM2-05d with inter­est­ing ques­tions.

Commentary 2: Actors Caroline Williams and Bill Moseley join FX design­er Tom Savini and mod­er­a­tor Michael Felsher on this bois­ter­ous track.  Not much mod­er­a­tion is need­ed here as the three main par­tic­i­pants spin off an array of scene-speci­fic fac­toids about loca­tions, onscreen peo­ple and the chal­lenges of dif­fer­ent sce­nes as they talk and joke their way through the film.  Good lis­ten­ing for fans who want to get a “you are there” per­spec­tive on the film’s shoot.

Commentary 3: This track pro­vides the crews’-eye per­spec­tive via the rec­ol­lec­tions of D.P. Richard Kooris, pro­duc­tion design­er Cary White, prop mas­ter Michael Sullivan and script super­vi­sor Laura Kooris.  There are lots of tales of pho­to­graph­ic and design chal­lenges the film pre­sent­ed plus reflec­tions on work­ing with Hooper, whom they all loved, and the cast.  They also speak frankly about the pres­sure-cook­er atmos­phere cre­at­ed by Cannon’s TexCM2-06painful­ly short sched­ule and edit­ing demands.

It Runs In The Family Extended Outtakes (29:37): Both L.M. Kit Carson and actor Lou Perryman have passed on since the 2006 spe­cial edi­tion was done so their mem­o­ry is hon­ored here by the inclu­sion of exten­sive out­takes from their 2006 inter­view ses­sions.  Carson has all sorts of inter­est­ing details to share from all phas­es of the sequel’s pro­duc­tion while Perryman has some fun tales of deal­ing with make­up effects and even a few sto­ries from the pro­duc­tion of the first Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Behind The Scenes Footage (43:35): a gen­er­ous selec­tion of mate­ri­al from Tom Savini’s on-set cam­corder, show­ing the work involved in the char­ac­ter make­ups and how a few key gore effects were staged.  You also get to see Hooper in action on the set,  hav­ing fun direct­ing despite the pres­sure of the shoot.

Deleted TexCM2-07Scenes (10:57): a few notable trims includ­ed in video workprint form.  The high­lights are a mas­sacre of yup­pie foot­ball fans, includ­ing a great head-split­ting effect, and Joe Bob Brigg’s unused cameo.

Additional Disc 1 Extras: six image gal­leries, a pair of trail­ers, sev­en t.v. spots and an alter­nate open­ing cred­its sequence with a dif­fer­ent sound­track cue.

Disc 2:

House Of Pain (42:32): a new fea­turet­te about the make­up FX tak­en from inter­views with FX assis­tants John Vulich, Gino Crognale, Bart Mixon and Gabe Bartalos.  They reveal how they got their jobs with Savini and reveal him to be a boss who was not only kind but trust­ed them all with artis­tic respon­si­bil­i­ty.  From there, they get to dis­cuss the dif­fer­ent effects and char­ac­ter make­ups in great detail.  It’s an excel­lent sup­ple­ment to the FX-ori­ent­ed mate­ri­al in It Runs In The Family and hor­ror fans will love it.

Yuppie Meat (18:59): a dual inter­view piece high­light­ing Chris Douridas and Barry Kinyon, the two actors who played the yup­pies dis­patched in the film’s open­ing scene.  Kinyon was actor who stum­bled intoTexCM2-08 act­ing on this film while Douridas was a radio pro who dab­bled in act­ing.  Both have plen­ty of neat scene-speci­fic sto­ries, par­tic­u­lar­ly those about the spe­cial effects, and some nice mem­o­ries of Savini and Hooper.

Cutting Moments (17:19): an inter­view with edi­tor Alain Jakubowicz, who reveals how he became a key edi­tor for Cannon Films and how his eleven­th-hour work on Invaders From Mars earned him the edit­ing gig on Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.  He talks about how he and Hooper bond­ed over the com­e­dy in the film and used that to dri­ve their approach to cut­ting the film.

Behind The Mask (13:48): a quick chat with stunt­man Bob Elmore, who was the dou­ble for Leatherface in the film.  He reveals how he moved from stunts to dou­bling in a vari­ety of oth­er sce­nes in the film involv­ing the chain­saw. He also says some inter­est­ing things about Hooper’s inten­si­ty on the set.

Horror’s Hallowed GroTexCM2-09unds (24:33):  This episode of Sean Clark’s ongo­ing loca­tion-vis­it series offers a neat insight into how some set­tings were stitched togeth­er from mul­ti­ple loca­tions and, sad­ly, just how many loca­tions are gone today.  There’s also a quick cameo from Williams.

It Runs In The Family (1:21:41): the clas­sic fea­ture-length doc­u­men­tary on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 that Michael Felsher helmed back in 2006.  Many key cast and crew mem­bers are involved as it explores the film’s his­to­ry via speci­fic sec­tions devot­ed to the writ­ing, the cast, the effects, etc.  The vignette style allows it to go deep, par­tic­u­lar­ly on the actors’ dif­fer­ent styles and how the pro­duc­tion trans­formed film pro­duc­tion in Austin.  In short, a must-see for any fan and a per­fect way to close this set.

To read Schlockmania’s film review of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, click here.