Saw (2004) - Widescreen Edition

Genre(s): Crime / Drama / Horror / Mystery / Thriller
Lions Gate || R - 100 minutes - $14.98 || October 4, 2004
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2005-02-25


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: James Wan
Writer(s): James Wan (story) & Leigh Whannell (story), Leigh Whannell (screenplay)
Cast: Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Leigh Whannell


Theatrical Release Date: April 22, 2004


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Director & Writer/Actor Commentary
  • 'Making-Of' Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots
  • Rated and Unrated Music Videos
  • Making of the Unrated Music Video
  • Poster Gallery


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Already a cult fan favorite, Saw comes to DVD for more to see what they missed, and I am one of them. I have a friend who went wild over the movie, to the point that it may be one of the best movie he had seen last year (2004). So, I finally got my copy in the mail and to my surprise, it was indeed good, but just good. I'm not the biggest horror genre fan but it was nice to see that this was not merely a blood fest (in actuality, there wasn't a whole lot), there was an actual story and some good, thrilling moments.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

While the film may have a few surprises hiding around the corner, the disc's special features does not. With so little features (and no deleted scenes) I have to wonder if there's an unrated version coming...

One of the few enjoyable and wothwhile features is the commentary from director James Wan and writer/actor Leigh Whannell, both of whom are good friends who just wanted to make an independent film. I love listening to these kind of tracks as they mix a good amount of banter and behind-the-scenes trivia (including how the movie was made in 18 days). There's little kiss ass talk about how excellent Danny Glover was (though they were still very very grateful/surprised he actually signed on). A very fun listen that's worth your time if you like commentary tracks.

That's where the good stuff ends unfortunately as the rest is pure crap. First up is a two and a half minute 'making-of' featurette called "Sawed Off": Inside Sneak Peek at the Making of Saw; this is even worse (and worthless) than the gruel I usually watch. There are some short interviews and the other normal stuff that comes with it. It's a shame as I would've liked to watch more.

Next are the rated and unrated music video for "Bite the Hand That Bleeds" from Fear Factory. Although it is original to include two versions of the same song, I don't know why. I guess there was some interest when comparing the two, but like the 'making-of' featurette, it is worthless. Also, if you can't get enough of the music video, you can watch how they made the unrated version. Again, this is actually original but merely filler.

Lastly, there are the typical theatrical trailers and TV spots. I like to watch these just to see how the film was cut together for marketing purposes and even to see what was cut out. Also included is a poster gallery, which plays on its own like a short featurette starting with a closeup of the poster before panning back for the full reveal.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

I was a little surprised to find that I was watching the movie with the DTS surround on (I have DTS as my default setting on my DVD player). Why surprised? Because I barely noticed which is unfortunate since DTS is normally far superior to anything out there. Anyways, for what's there, it still sounds decent enough. As for the picture, it is very grainy but that's the way the filmmakers' wanted it. For what it is, the dark nature comes through nicely and there's little to complain about here.



.::OVERALL::.

If you enjoy a good horror/thriller, then Saw is your kind of flick. Personally, I think it was a bit overrated in a way. There are some gross moments, but I've seen worse before. Besides the commentary, the rest of this disc is pretty useless. Despite the nifty packaging, this Saw looks too hacked up and may be re-released if/when the sequel comes out.