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Saw (2004)

Cary Elwes , Leigh Whannell , James Wan  |  R |  DVD
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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 (672 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006SSOHC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,801 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

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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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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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82 of 104 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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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Believe the hype August 15, 2004
I'm a hard sell when it comes to horror/thriller type of flicks (even though I was pretty surprised on how much I enjoyed the 2003 version of 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre'). And aside from 'Kill Bill' (1 or 2), I cannot remember the last time I was genuinely excited to see an upcoming movie - oh yeah, I can, 'Return of the Jedi' - OK then, so that puts this in perspective.

The clever thing about 'Saw', is its primal simplicity in explaining the human condition. That is, when push comes to shove, a person will do some unsettling things to stay alive (remember that poor SOB that was caught under a boulder in the Rockies a couple winters ago - and had to cut off his own arm with a friggin' credit card to free himself?!). Now imagine you're in a similar siutation, BUT, you don't have to cut your own arm off - just some stranger. The bitter pill goes down a little easier, huh?

'Saw' if nothing else, is simple and unapologetic - and well it should be. 3 hour bio-pics like 'Ghandi' and 'Braveheart' need 20 richly developed characters and $100 million budgets - not horror movies. Besides, a lot of great flicks have ridiculously pedestrian plot lines (remember 'Speed'?). Moreover, if you took at least one social science class at college, 'Saw' is basically a grizzly 90+ minute version of Maslow's Experiment or the Prisoner's Dilemma (you may have to crack open a textbook to cite the reference).

Brass Tax folks - you WILL say to yourself during the movie, "She's not gonna do what I think she's gonna do?"; or "Please, don't tell me what I think is coming next, is actually coming next!". Either way, do yourself a favor and see it in the theater because 1) It may become a classic on the sub-genre; or better yet 2) It'll become a big cult film - and you'll earn bragging rights, 'cause you saw it BEFORE the hype.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the Saw movies
This definitely was a brilliant idea by James Wan and his associates; create a low-budget film and have it blow up to make millions of dollars and spawn 6 (pretty soon 7) sequels... Read more
Published 13 days ago by The Reviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars saw is better on blu ray but this Halloween people are going to play a...
I first saw saw on DVD than i got the movie on blu ray it's a better picture than DVD.so if you like this movie than you should get the blu ray. Read more
Published 19 days ago by thomas henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a scary sleepover!
Great for a scary sleepover!
Published 26 days ago by NJ Reader
1.0 out of 5 stars WAS
REMEmber skysaw on the lp eno did? remember hairpeace/bedpeace?
remember the Alamo?

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Published 28 days ago by gcd
4.0 out of 5 stars Saw = *4* stars
On the review site www.rottentomatoes.com only 42% of the critics liked this movie. But the Audience score is 87% enjoyed it so I deem it worth of *4* stars because 87% of its... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Devils.Advocate666
5.0 out of 5 stars This is still the better of the rest of the saw
I bought this import version so I could get the special features on this compared to the American release which just has the movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by michael ickes
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Saw
Saw movies are some of my favorite horror/suspense movies. Not just the blood and guts but the story line is what gets me to watch them over and over again. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Daniel
1.0 out of 5 stars Very bad bought it thinking it was new and it was ...
Very bad bought it thinking it was new and it was all scratched up really bad unable to play !!! 👎👎👎
Published 1 month ago by Ruben
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent!!!
Published 2 months ago by Fredrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw The Special 2 Disk Edition
I like the extended 2 Disk Edition. I like watching how they made the movie. Saw is one of my favorite Horror Trilogy. Tobin bell like to play Deadly games to victims.
Published 2 months ago by Tony Iovine
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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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