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Saw (2004)

Cary Elwes , Leigh Whannell , James Wan  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (663 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 (663 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006SSOHC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,539 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Saw" on IMDb

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  • 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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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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21 of 26 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How much blood would you shed to stay alive? June 27, 2008
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Heck yeah! Finally, a mainstream horror movie that's not afraid to be gritty. No campy, PG-13 family-friendly crap. No teenagers running around having sex and then getting hacked by a lumbering serial killer. Just 2 men locked in a dirty bathroom, cryptic clues left by a deranged killer, and a puppet.

The beauty of this movie is in its simplicity. The entire film was shot in one building with an extremely low budget. The two main characters, a photographer named Adam and a surgeon named Lawrence, wake up one day to find themselves locked in a grimy bathroom, chained to pipes on opposite sides of the room. In between them, there is a dead body with a gun in one hand, a tape recorder in the other, and his brains blown out and pooling on the floor. From then on, the two men must work together to solve the puzzle the killer, Jigsaw, has left them, and get out of their situation alive.

Jigsaw is a serial killer who uses "traps" to test his victims. His basic M.O. is that he puts them in situations, often with medieval-like torture devices, that will either kill them horribly, or leave them alive with permanent psychological and/or physical damage. Most of the time, these traps relate in some way to the person's lifestyle. Jigsaw's goal is to teach people to be grateful to be alive.

There are many misconceptions people have about this movie. First of all, it's not THAT gory. Yes, there is blood aplenty, and the traps Jigsaw sets for his victims(including a web of barbed wire a man must plow through, and a device hooked into a woman's jaw that could potentially permanently rip her mouth open) are just sick. But most of the horror comes with the THOUGHT of how painful the traps are, and not necessarily what is shown on screen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Saw
Creepy and well written, unlike the other movies in the series. I re watch this every once in awhile and also remember how well done it is.
Published 11 days ago by Erik Therme (author of Mortom)
5.0 out of 5 stars The first and best saw film yet
Saw is a great horror flick with a great story. The plot is simple. Two men wake up in a germy dirty bathroom chained to pipes and they soon realize that a killer named Jigsaw... Read more
Published 15 days ago by J Chapell
3.0 out of 5 stars No real difference in blu-ray
This review is not on the movie (which we enjoy therefore we upgraded to blu-ray). I just thought the quality was almost identical to DVD and not much, if any, of an improvement. Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Hummel
4.0 out of 5 stars SAW Review
This was an enjoyable addition to the horror genre. The guessing game the viewer must play with to regard to who the real jigsaw killer is keeps you guessing until the end.
Published 1 month ago by Tara Culliton
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I thought it was good. Good story and everything. I like these kind of movies and would recommend it to people who like mystery and stuffs.
Published 2 months ago by iLikegames
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 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago by bryan baldasaro
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great purchase. I strongly suggest any one to buy this. Well...
This is a great purchase. I strongly suggest any one to buy this. Well worth the money for this product.
Published 4 months ago by MovieLover0505
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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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