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Saw - Unrated (Two-Disc Special Edition) (2004)

Cary Elwes , Leigh Whannell , James Wan  |  Unrated |  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: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (Dolby Digital 6.1 EX)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (664 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,014 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Saw - Unrated (Two-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Case Packaging May Vary
  • 16:9 widescreen feature - newly remastered alternate cut
  • On-set preview of Saw 2
  • Hacking Away at Saw - Behind the Scenes
  • Exclusive episode of "Full Disclosure Report" - Go inside the real Jigsaw investigation
  • Alternate storyboard sequence
  • Jigsaw's workshop (Build a puppet DVD-ROM)
  • Saw Director's art gallery
  • Trailers
  • Saw: Director's original short film in 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio

Editorial Reviews

Saw opens with a gruesome scenario: Two men are chained to the walls of a grimy bathroom with a bloody corpse lying on the floor between them. Tape recordings tell them that one of the men has to kill the other, or his wife and child will die. The corpse is holding a gun in one hand, but it's out of reach...but whoever has locked these two up has thoughtfully provided a hacksaw that can't cut through the heavy chain, but might cut through a little flesh and bone. From there, Saw jumps back and forth as the two men slowly unravel how they know each other and that their tormentor is one of those all-knowing, all-capable serial killers (it goes without saying that Saw is hugely influenced by Seven and the movies of Dario Argento), a fellow known as Jigsaw who disguises his voice and lets a creepy puppet (lifted almost directly from the eccentric animations of the Brothers Quay) be his visual representative. But imitation isn't inherently bad; what puts Saw ahead of its horror compatriots is a gleeful enthusiasm that a dozen sequels to Halloween couldn't muster. Saw has problems--it's clumsily overwritten (every detail of what's going on, no matter how visually evident, will be explained by the characters); most of the situations are static and implausible; and though the cast includes talented veterans like Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) and Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon), the acting has the depth of a puddle. The rapid pace and frequently frenzied camerawork keep things in motion and while the philosophical underpinnings of Jigsaw won't challenge Hegel or Schopenhauer, they do offer more food for thought than most contemporary horror. Discriminating fans of the genre who like their gore with a glimmer of an idea will embrace Saw.

The Uncut Edition differs only slightly from the theatrical release; it reinserts a little more gore that was cut to get an R rating and tightens up the editing (the uncut version is actually a teensy bit shorter than the theatrical release). The extras are plentiful (if a bit thin): Two audio commentaries (one by director James Wan, screenwriter/actor Leigh Whannel, and Elwes), one by the producers--thankfully, no one takes themselves too seriously. Also included are a trio of typically self-congratulatory making-of featurettes ("He was amazing to work with" etc.), an animated storyboard of a sequence they couldn't afford to shoot, a DVD-ROM game in which you can construct your own puppet, a couple of self-mocking Easter Eggs, and lots of promotional stuff for Saw II. There's a very curious faux-news show purporting to be an investigation of the "real" Jigsaw, which uses clips from the movie as if they were documentary footage--it's hard to say whether this is a misguided attempt to make the movie seem creepier or a bit of flimsy humor. Most fans will find the regular DVD release satisfactory; this special edition is largely for hardcore enthusiasts. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

Danny Glover, Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell. The horrifying tale of a serial killer whose deranged MO is to have his victims play sadistic survival-type games-that is, to kill each other or die trying-in order to teach them the real 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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5.0 out of 5 stars How much blood would you shed to stay alive? June 27, 2008
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and disturbing!!!
Great movie
Published 1 day ago by Craig A. Cameron
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 13 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 17 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
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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
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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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