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Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The: Special Edition=
    The Region 1 version of this DVD misses out on;
  • 16x9 enhancement
  • Documentary-The Shocking Truth
    The Region 4 version of this DVD misses out on;
  • Trailers
  • TV Spots
    This is a tough call. Normally, the availability of 16x9 enhancement and the documentary would make this a fait accomplis for the Region 4 version. Unfortunately, that is not necessarily the case here.

    When comparing the original release in Region 4 to this release, this new 16x9 enhanced version is definitely significantly sharper...until the image starts to move significantly. Then, it dissolves into an interlaced mess. Whilst the original Region 4 release has a softer picture, the relative clarity of pans make it much easier to watch. I suspect that at 68cm or below, the interlacing blur won't be too much of a problem, but it will be for anyone watching this on a decent-sized screen.

    For now, I have to say that transfer-wise, the previous release of this DVD is to be preferred to the current release. Extras-wise, the opposite applies. Not having seen the R1 version, I cannot comment on its relative quality.