Saw VI (2009) - Unrated Director's Cut [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Horror / Thriller
Lions Gate || Unrated - 90 minutes - $39.99 || January 26, 2010
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2010-02-03


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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

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Kevin Greutert
Writer(s): Marcus Dunstan & Patrick Melton (screenplay)
Cast: Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Shawnee Smith


Theatrical Release Date: October 23, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Feature Commentaries
  • 3 Featurettes
  • Music Videos
  • LG Live
  • Copy of Saw 1


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 7.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH

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.::THE FILM::.

I may be alone with this idea, but I thought the first Saw film sucked. The acting was way over the top and I was almost waiting for the two characters at the end to start kissing. I hated it and ignored Saw II when it hit theaters. Somehow, a DVD copy of the second film ended up in my hands and after I watched it... I decided to get the third film a go. I enjoyed it and waited for Saw IV (which many didn't like - but I did) to hit Blu-ray and from then on I promised myself I would continue watching the series as each one hit Blu-ray. Saw V was confusing, but the inclusion of Julie Benz helped a bit, and now Saw VI, well, it's not really doing anything different besides requiring people to re watch all five previous films first since it's so damn confusing.

Since so many of the male characters look the same, I was a little bit confused watching Saw VI after not re-watching Saw V right before; bad decision on my part. Mark Hoffman (Mandylor) is the 'new' killer in this installment and he has a whole new game planned for insurance agent William Easton (Outerbridge) who screwed over John (i.e. Jigsaw) years before. Had William allowed John to take part in an expensive, yet irrational medical experiment, he wouldn't have to make the tough choices ahead of him in the film.

Mark captures William and several other individuals (their relation to William remain a secret until the end) and makes him compete in several traps to see if he is willing to take a little pain to save a few people (or make a decision on how many and who to kill). While this is going on, Mark finds out that the Police believe there is a Jigsaw copy-cat killer and are deciphering a Jigsaw tape to find out the true voice.

Once more, the series gets a little bit staler. While some of the traps are creative (even making use of some classic ones), it's all too obvious how the film will end. Granted, there are some surprises in who is related to who (and who is not), but for the most part as the viewer you can see several minutes ahead to the outcome and become bored with the same formula over and over. Saw VII is apparently going to be the last, so hopefully they end it on a high note.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Peter Block, Mark Burg and Jason Constatine

Commentary with Kevin Greutert, Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton

Traps of Saw (9 Minutes) - Like previous films, this takes a look at how each trap in the film was conceived and designed.

Jigsaw Revealed (6 Minutes) - Tobin Bell discussed the creating of his character and how he continues to allow him to grow through each series.

Making Saw: Game Over (10 Minutes) - A look at the attraction that was created at Universal Studios.

And last are a few music videos.

LG-Live - Another year, and another new interactive thing the studios put out in hopes of catching new viewers. This time we get the option of Twittering what movie we are watching, telling out friend on Facebook, or getting some ring tones/wallpaper. Wow.

Also included is a Blu-ray version of the first Saw film. While this does sport different artwork for the disc, it's 100% identical to the original release back in 2007. Looks like Lionsgate has dropped the Digitial Copy from Saw VI.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Saw VI is presented in 2.35:1 (MPEG4) on a 25GB Disc. This is the best looking version of Saw yet. Even though it still maintains itís expected grainy look throughout the film, characters and the traps appear to visually look better and seem more in focus. I quickly compared it to Saw V and the difference is pretty noticeable.

Lionsgate has included an English 7.1 DTS MA track for this release. Within the first few minutes you will understand why Lionsgate seems to care about Blu-ray - everything sounds good. From the blood curdling screams to the slight buzz of a telephone they got everything here right - and even amped it up to 7.1 for those lucky individuals with that setup.



.::OVERALL::.

Fans of the series will no doubt enjoy this film, but if you are a casual viewer who does not re watch the previous five films beforehand you will no doubt be confused on what the hell is going on.