» United Kingdom
» Iver Film Services
» 1 VHS Tape
» Square VHS Box (see sidenotes)
» Unknown amount
» The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (uncut) (movie)
» VHS, PAL
» 4:3 Fullscreen
» The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
» 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
This release is one of the most puzzling items I’ve yet to come across and the packaging is no exception. The exterior box might look like an unusual style VHS box but it is in fact an old box issued for the super 8 (8mm film reels) format and the inlay is then obviously also… yeah, you guessed it – a super 8 inlay.
This was the very first VHS rental version issued of the film in the UK and apparently Iver Film Services decided to make use of a dual-function Super 8 box which could hold both a VHS tape and a Super 8 reel (not at the same time though). And so, unlabeled VHS tapes we're put into the standard Super 8 boxes already issued (using the Super 8 cover art) and then the box was simply re-labeled as a VHS set by adding a small sticker on the bottom left corner of the cover (easily covering the part that said "Super 8 sound & picture").
Overall I think this a really remarkable box set with it's odd mix-and-match format qualities and the Super 8 style box definetly makes for a unique and interesting looking VHS case to say the least.
Still, the front cover doesn't actually lock in any way so it just folds open if you don't handle it properly (and the tape isn't secured in any way either so I suggest handling it with special attention).
The film is uncut. Yeah, that's all I got.
This is the first VHS rental version of the film by Iver Film Services but they would later re-release it with 3 addition cover variations in various packaging styles.
Back in the 1980s the home video format was brand new and rental stores was the only way to get a hold of movies on VHS (there wasn’t a retail market at this time). In Sweden, we didn't have our own release of the film just yet but several copies of this UK rental set was imported and passed off as a genuine Swedish release (what can I say, there really wasn't a lot of focus on legal issues back then).
Europa Film was one of the companies that imported the film into Sweden (I'm guessing it was done by many other but it's quite hard to track them down today) and sometimes they would stick their own label on it but for the most part it seems they just imported the set and then sent it off to the local Swedish rental stores without any real re-packaging or modifications.
Due to the fact that there really wasn't a lot of info on the box (no barcodes, no company info - apart from the IFS logo, no copyright marking and no tape label) figuring out the origin of this release has been a puzzling task for Swedish collectors for many years.
For the longest of time I've been reading reports on how this was supposedly a release from the Swedish company Esselte - which is an understandable assumption as Esselte actually did release several rental tapes in some very similar looking square boxes. Yet, it's only now, after some serious research that I've actually been able to conclude that Esselte actually had absolutely nothing to do with this release (apart from possibly importing a couple).
Furthermore; due to the Studio S scandal of 1980, most copies of this box set were taken out of circulation in Sweden and the film was later completely band in Sweden as of 1984. For more info on the Studio S scandal please check Wikipedia or read about in the sidenotes on my Studio S & Videovåldet review.