The Texas Chain Saw Massacre | VHS (Iver Film Services, UK) | 4th Release

 Product Details

Product Type
VHS

Origin
United Kingdom

UPC/EAN/Barcode
FF30 022

Distributor
Iver Film Services Limited

Contents
» 1 VHS tape
» Clamshell VHS Case

Out of Print
Yes

Still in Collection
Yes

Purchased At
www.ebay.co.uk


 VHS 1

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

Type
VHS, 120 min, PAL

Subtitles
None


 Movie Details

Original Title
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Alternate Title
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Year
1974

Director
Tobe Hooper

Cast
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

IMDb
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072271/


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 Video Review

 Discjunkie's Comments

Packaging / Design

This is the 4th release of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre from Iver Film Services. This case uses a rather unknown (in comparison to DVDs and Blurays) cover art even if it's been seen on a few other releases from Iver Films. Overall I'd say the cover art is good and quite stylistic and unique for it's time and suits the movie quite well.

As for rating-logo's and such there's simply no need for it - cause this thing was never rated (Duh!). Still, I am surprised about the lack of logo's of any kind on the front as it's just so un-advertising.

Unlike the 5th pre-cert release this one actually has "Not for sale outside the U.K." but apart from that the two seem to have exactly the same info on them.

All in all quite a cool and unusual cover design for the time but if it's an effect of wanting to do some different or from the lack of money to pay for full colour imagery is yet to be known.


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 120 min cassette where as the 5th pre-cert release was issued on a 90 min cassette.


Sidenotes

Originally released in november 1981.

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


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