The Texas Chain Saw Massacre | VHS (Iver Film Services, UK) | 5th Release

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United Kingdom

FF30 022

Iver Film Services Limited

» 1 VHS tape
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Out of Print

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» The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (uncut) (movie)

VHS, 90 min, PAL


 Movie Details

Original Title
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Alternate Title
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre


Tobe Hooper

Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail, Teri McMinn, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen, John Dugan, Robert Courtin, William Creamer, John Henry Faulk, Jerry Green, Ed Guinn, Joe Bill Hogan


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 Discjunkie's Comments

Packaging / Design

This is the 5th release of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre from Iver Film Services. The reason I wanted to pick this up was first and for most because of the awesome coverart. It's definitely a very rarely seen variation and not something I've ever come across before. Pretty much all sides of the inlay have been stamped with a red print that says "Capricorn Video" which is obviously a direct effect of it being an ex-rental. Even if this tape was supposedly released in june of 1983, there is actually a stamp on the back of the inlay that reads "2 SEP 1982". As for what this means your guess is as good as mine.

Apart from the stamps and stickers the front cover has an IFS logo printed in the lower right corner and a "Video Gold" logo in the top left corner. All these company variations on the front also indicates the rental status of this but once again I don't know for sure. In comparison to the 4th pre-cert release this one is lacking the "Not for sale outside the U.K." which would also make sense as rental copies are commonly not for sale anyway so there would be no need to label it as such.

The back cover has a couple of movie screen shots which I think is nice (the other pre-cert release doesn't) even if the entire inlay is extremely worn and faded at this point.

All in all definitely one of the most memorable cover alterations I've laid my eyes on - not only because of rarity but because of it's retroesque and painted quality instead of the typical photo-based imagery.

Disc contents / Extras

The VHS tape holds only the film but it's the fully uncut (pre 1984 Video Recording Act) 79 min 29 sec version of it. So as for uncut status this is definitely worth an extra point just for having the uncensored version of the film but it's obviously in poor comparison if you look at it from a perspective of the DVDs and Blurays we have on the market today.

As for tape length this release is pre-recorded on a 90 min cassette where as the 4th pre-cert release was issued on a 120 min cassette.


Originally released in june 1983.

This is the 5th release of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre from Iver Film Services. You can also check out the 4th release by clicking here.

"A Pre-Certification Video is any videotape (or laserdisc) issued in the UK before the introduction of the 1984 Video Recordings Act.

Pre-cert videos were not required by law to be submitted to the BBFC so the era was unregulated, leading to many uncut releases of videos which would have fallen foul of the BBFC's strict guidelines, and would therefore have been censored if submission to the board was a legal requirement. However, whilst many of the larger respectable companies simply issued their previously BBFC certificated cinema releases onto video to play safe as they feared there was bound to be a clampdown at some stage, some of the smaller independent companies decided to take advantage of the unregulated video rentals market by issuing "strong uncut" versions depicting graphic violence and gore. A whole barrage of titles previously banned by the BBFC from getting a cinema release suddenly ended up uncensored on home video."
- Wikipedia

 Visitors Comments

Gree | Location: Gelsenkirchen Posted 2012-06-11 (15:07)

where is the Cert.X word on this tape?

Bill Greaves | Location: Arizona Posted 2011-03-18 (23:45)

Hi. Well, this is a sight for sore eyes! I designed this cover for "TCM" back in the early 80s. The cover painting was by an airbrush illustrator named Roy Castle. It was printed by Abacus Press in Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire. The client was Iver Film Services, based at Pinewood Studios. They were one of the first companies to start selling prerecorded VHS tapes in the UK - before the major studios took VHS video seriously. But there weren't many films available for release - which is why IFS released video nasties and obscure productions. I must have designed a dozen or more titles - including "Night of the Bloody Apes"!!! (If you ever see a copy of the IFS release - that's me on the cover, holding the scalpel, covered in fake blood!) This is the first time I've owned-up to these designs! They were fun to work on.

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