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Saw (2004)

Cary Elwes , Leigh Whannell , James Wan  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (657 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell, Danny Glover, Ken Leung, Dina Meyer
  • Directors: James Wan
  • Writers: Leigh Whannell, James Wan
  • Producers: Daniel J. Heffner, Gregg Hoffman, Jason Constantine, Lark Bernini, Mark Burg
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (657 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006SSOHC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,497 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Saw" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio commentary with director James Wan and writer/actor Leigh Whannell
  • Fear Factory's "Bite the Hand That Bleeds" music video
  • Making of "Bite the Hand That Bleeds"
  • Making of Saw

Editorial Reviews

Adam (Leigh Whannell) wakes up in a dank room across from Dr. Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes) and the body of a guy who has blown his own brains out. Not a happy place, obviously, and it gets worse when both men realize that they've been chained and pitted against one another by an unseen but apparently omniscient maniac who's screwing with their psyches as payment for past sins. Director James Wan, who concocted this grimy distraction with screenwriter Whannell, has seen Seven and any number of other arty existential-psycho-cat-and-mouse thrillers, so he's provided Saw with a little flash, a little blood, and a lot of ways to distract you from the fact that it doesn't make a whole hell of a lot of sense. Wan and Whannell (who's not the most accomplished actor, either) pile on the plot twists, which after some initially novel ideas become increasingly juvenile. Elwes works hard but looks embarrassed, and the estimable Danny Glover suffers as the obsessed detective on the case. The denouement will probably surprise you, but it won't get you back the previous 98 minutes.--Steve Wiecking

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Danny Glover, Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell. The horrifying tale of a serial killer so deranged that his MO is to get his victims to play sadistic games in order to survive-that is, to kill each other or die trying so he can teach them the value of life. 2004/color/100 min/R.

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79 of 100 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The "Jigsaw Killer" plays another bloody little game November 17, 2004
When I went to go see "Saw" late last night I was thinking "saw" as the past tense of see and not "saw" as the noun ("a hand or power tool or a machine used to cut hard material and equipped usually with a toothed blade or disk") or as the verb ("to cut with a saw"). What was I thinking? "Saw" is in the Grand Guignol of "Seven" and "The Bone Cutter," and apparently had to make some last minute cuts to avoid getting saddled with a NC-17 rating. That alone with give you an indication of what first time director James Wan and first time writer Leigh Whannell were going for in "Saw," even with only $1.2 million to make the film and 18 days to shoot it.

Adam (Leigh Whannell), a young man, wakes up underwater in a dark room with a chain around his ankle. He is not alone, and when the light come on he finds himself is what appears to be a long abandoned public restroom. At the other end is Lawrence (Cary Elwes), who is also chained to a pipe. On the floor in between them, out of their reach, is the corpse of a man who apparently killed himself with a gun. In his hand is a tape recorder. After becoming oriented to his strange surroundings, Adam discovers a plastic bag in his pocket, containing an envelope. Inside is a key and a small cassette tape with the words "Play Me." Let the game begin.

Beyond that you really do not want to know that much about this before you see it, and given the dreck that passes for horror thrillers in recent years "Saw" is worth the seeing in the theater. The last time I actually went to see a film in this genre in a theater was probably "Hannibal," and I have not had any reason to regret being selective in this regard.
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89 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beast is Disease, blood is merely a symptom March 1, 2005
With some of the PG-13 tripe coming out as horror nowadays, SAW is a refreshing step back into the good old days where horror meant blood, and blood meant horror. No annoying harpies or pretty pictures of hell or tragically humanized vampires here, just an ingenious killer with an obscure motive.

SAW dives right into the depths of the madness too, opening with our killer's current victims, two men chained on opposite ends of a filthy restroom, a body in the center clutching a cassette player and a handgun. Each man is given a tape to play, which provides him with a nice dilemma to ponder during his captivity. The background of the killer and the events leading up to the men's current situation unfolds nicely during narrated recollections and well-placed flashbacks, while the actual motive stays hidden underneath the obvious delight the killer derives from the simple pleasures of torture.

Because SAW also brings to film an excellent `Whodunnit?', I am not going to elaborate on the storyline any further. Suffice to say that Cary Elwes and Danny Glover give excellent performances (Elwes surprising me since I have only seen him in comedy roles), the photography is good, the killing methods tasty, the blood not really overdone but still dosed out well, and the plot sustainable.

Lets face it fans, we don't go to horror movies to learn how to do decoupage, we go to get scared and grossed out. SAW fulfills that primal hankering, leaving you to utter `blech' and `bravo' in the same troubled breath, and wondering what your punishment would be like under the careful ministrations of this psychopath.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Horror Classic May 25, 2007
SAW is a true horror classic no doubt about it. Damn he {or she} who remakes this film...EVER. In the world of gore-porn and endless remakes or "re-imaginations", {I have to say this ~ Rob Zombie is pathetic for "re-imagining" Halloween...thanks for trashing it Rob} SAW stands alone as a film that is sick, very disturbing, scary, intense, frightful, mentally numbing, thrilling, avante garde, theatrical, spontaneous, evil, and macabre! This is a film where the villains recorded voice is as disturbing as his actions..and the villain is not even revealed until the last minute of the film...literally the final scene. The film cannot be compared to Se7en because we see most of the torture in the film and the villain takes up more time giving his monologue than Jigsaw's "Most people are so ungrateful to be alive...but not you...not anymore."

Two men wake up in a grimy abandoned bathroom chained and unable to escape. We see a dead man laying in the middle of the floor. His tape recorder reveals the two men are part of a deadly "game" in which only one of them will survive...if he can find the primal instinct..the "will" to survive. As the film progresses we learn about "Jigsaw" who tortures his "test subjects" in order to make them appreciate their lives they have apparently abused. Jigsaw's "test subjects" include: Jeff a man who attempted suicide but failed, Amanda the drug addict, Adam the voyeur photographer and loser, and Dr. Gordon a doctor who neglects his wife and daughter. Jigsaw makes them realize their blessings in his tortuous devices where the subject must maime his/her self or another to escape.

The films gives us clues to the identity of Jigsaw, directing attention to the orderly called Mr. Hindel aka "Zepp"...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking addition to the horror genre
SAW (2004), for better or worse, is a landmark film. Very LOW in budget, yet very HIGH in concept, this film basically broke the mold for the way horror films are being presented... Read more
Published 7 days ago by BackToGood
5.0 out of 5 stars So scary!
This is the best of the saw series. The story was the best, the acting was the best, the rest is history. Kudos to a classic
Published 1 month ago by K Chop
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the series
It didnt get any better than the original SAW Edge of your seat stuff. No game - must see. Love this film
Published 1 month ago by moviemave
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
perfect thank you very much. no issues what so ever. all good with order, shipping, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.perfect thank you very much. no issues what so ever. Read more
Published 1 month ago by bryan baldasaro
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all in the game...
Watched SAW again after a few years and the twists, turns & shocks still yet me. The plot still stands out as very original in the crowded vault of "cops track serial... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bonemonkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Best
Brilliant!!!!!!!! This has been my all time favorite movie ever since it came out. Would have never guessed the ending
Published 2 months ago by jess
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarey Movie
I am not into this kind of movie, but my brother in law loves them. So, we bought it as a gift for him. He says it is great.
Published 2 months ago by jsbailey57
5.0 out of 5 stars The best and most thought provoking...
horror film made. I am normally very good at predicting the ending of a movie. This one had me shocked and surprised at the end. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bodhi Kyle
3.0 out of 5 stars item in ok condition
i was giving this as a gift and the case looks like something was sat on the papers were ripped in the movie cover...
Published 3 months ago by denise foxx
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST watch for Horror fans!
This is not what you probably think it is. It's not a gore-fest flick like the 'Final Destination' series is. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cow
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What's the differance between this and the original movie????
I copied and pasted this from my review:

Here are the differences for those of you wondering between the theatrical release and the uncut version. These shots were cut to retain an R rating, about 8 seconds total:

-When they first notice the body in between them in the bathroom, there is an... Read more
Oct 22, 2007 by KiWiSouP |  See all 3 posts
Blu Ray
You are right; there are ZERO special features, or anything. It does have 6.1 and 5.1 audio tracks, and subtitles, but that's about it. The movie itself DOES look better than the DVD version, but for some reason it's not the unrated version. That's pathetic, given the amount of space on a Blu-ray... Read more
Jul 30, 2010 by Phillip |  See all 3 posts
Product Casing
I also got the boring copy, what's going on amazon? This is false advertising, though it may say 'casing may vary' you should at least show pictures of the boring one or even take off the cool looking ones if you cant supply it!!! GRRRR!!
Dec 9, 2006 by One Winged Angel |  See all 5 posts
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