Leatherface (2017) Blu-ray Review
Studio: Lions Gate
Release Date: December 19, 2017
Run time: 88 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD MA 7.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50 / 1 DVD
“Leatherface” is the new installment in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise and let me tell you that it was quite a surprise. It’s a prequel which I didn’t like when I heard it, we’ve seen what happens when they try to explain much of the backstory of iconic horror characters. The best example is Rob Zombies’s Halloween remake.
Thankfully “Leatherface” doesn’t make the same mistakes as did the Halloween remake they don’t explain you much of “Leatherface’s” childhood or any of that. The plot is fresh for a Chainsaw film, almost all previous films in the franchise have had the same plot, this one changes it and its quite interesting to see. There is plenty of gore in this film which is what I expect from a Chainsaw film and I was not disappointed, the performances were also good from everybody.
The movie has its flaws throughout, but they are not anywhere near as bad as some of the reviews make them out to be. I would set your expectations to low-medium, because this film takes its time to build up to “Leatherface” causing mayhem; and I think that’s why people seem to be disappointed by it.
Movie Content: 8/10
The print is presented in 1080p/VC-1 with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. “Texas Chainsaw” is a very impressive looking film on Blu-ray and follows suite with the remake and prequel releases on Blu-ray. Colors are deep and well saturated throughout the entire presentation. The color red really takes center stage in this film as we see the color red throughout splatter on walls, the ground, screen, etc. Blacks are strong and almost inky at times. Nowhere did the image ever appear soft with such strong colors and black levels. Flesh tones were also natural. There is some subtle grain in a few scenes, but never a distraction. Blue tints look very strong as this color is used in several scenes, especially when the teens are walking around in the dream world. Fans of the film will not be disappointed.
Video Quality: 9.5/10
The audio mix is presented in DTS-HD MA 7.1 mix. This is a demo worthy mix that could easily sell those on the fence about the format. The soundfield is immersive at all times no matter if it is the special effects or dialogue. I was literally amazed with the amount of panning from each speaker in the rears. It sounded as if there were all kinds of action going on in the room. Bass was punchy as it shows with the amount of effects. Dialogue is also well placed in the center channel sounding crisp and clear.
Audio Quality: 9.5/10
- Play Feature with Alternate Ending [HD]
- Behind the Bloody Mask: Making Leatherface [HD]
- Deleted Scenes [HD]
Special Features: 5/10
IF you are a longtime fan of this franchise, it is worth a viewing as you will not be disappointed as long as you go in with your expectations in check. I would rank this under “Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Beginning” but still higher than “Texas Chainsaw Massacre Next Generation” which some reviewers are comparing this to and this film is nowhere near bad like “Next Generation”.
Overall Rating: 8/10