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One of last week’s coolest bits of news was that Scream Factory is bringing 1994’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation to Blu-ray for the very first time later this year, in the form of a full-on Collector’s Edition. They debuted the cover art last week, which featured stars Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger (as seen above).
Famously, The Next Generation was filmed before McConaughey and Zellweger became big time stars but released after they broke out, reportedly leading both actors’ agents to embark on a quest to prevent the film from actually being released at all. Oddly enough, all these years later, both actors have now been removed from the Blu-ray art.
Scream Factory shared the newly edited artwork this week, noting “We did have to remove [them] due to unforeseen issues with sub-licensing this title.”
That’s the official answer, at least…
Here are the early details on the release:
• This will be branded as a “Collector’s Edition” that will come with a slipcover (guaranteed for three months after its original release date). U.S. and Canada territories (Region A).
• Extras and specs are still in progress and will be announced later in August. What we can confirm today is that we will have a high-definition transfer of the theatrical cut. We are working on obtaining the extended version and will update you on the progress in the future.
• The newly-commissioned artwork pictured comes to us from Joel Robinson (Silent Night Deadly Night, The Serpent and the Rainbow, Ninja III, etc). This art will be front-facing and the reverse side of the wrap will the original theatrical poster design.
National street date is planned for September 25.