Saw IV [Blu-ray]
Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead. Upon the news of Detective Kerry's murder, two seasoned FBI profilers, Agent Strahm (Scott Patterson) and Agent Perez, arrive at the depleted police precinct and help veteran Detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) sift through Jigsaw's latest grizzly game of victims and piece together the puzzle. However, when SWAT Commander Rigg, the last officer untouched by Jigsaw (Tobin Bell), is suddenly abducted and thrust into the madman's harrowing game, the officer has but ninety minutes to overcome a series of interconnected traps...or face the deadly consequences. Rigg's citywide pursuit leaves a wake of dead bodies, and Detective Hoffman and the FBI uncover long hidden clues that lead them back to Jigsaw's ex-wife Jill (Betsy Russell). The genesis of Jigsaw's evil is unveiled, exposing the puppet master's true intentions and the sinister plan for his past, present and future victims.
Even death itself can't bring the savage games of Jigsaw to an end, as Saw IV proves; if anything, the fiendishly clever serial killer (once again played by Tobin Bell) is equally capable of dealing out violent death while lying on a morgue slab as he was in life. Saw IV also offers a class reunion of characters from the previous three films, each once again up to their necks in Jigsaw's schemes. Chief among them is Sgt. Rigg (Lyriq Bent) from Saw II, who must place himself in Jigsaw's shoes in order to rescue Detective Matthews (Donnie Walhberg), who was abducted by the killer at the end of Saw II, and Forensic Hoffman (Costas Mandylor from Saw III), from another elaborate murder device. Meanwhile, FBI agents led by Scott Patterson (Gilmore Girls, Aliens in America) attempt to track Rigg as he carries out Jigsaw's horrific notion of justice from beyond the grave. Casual horror fans may find the endless puzzles and relentless nihilism of the Saw series wearing thin with this fourth entry, but the franchise's key selling points--the Sadean excesses of Jigsaw's macabre creations--remain as bloody and unsettling as ever. --Paul Gaita
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.25 x 0.4 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 22200
- Director : Darren Lynn Bousman
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Blu-ray
- Run time : 1 hour and 38 minutes
- Release date : January 22, 2008
- Actors : Tobin Bell, Scott Patterson, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell, Lyriq Bent
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Producers : Daniel J. Heffner, Greg Copeland, Gregg Hoffman, James Wan
- Studio : Lionsgate
- ASIN : B001053038
- Writers : Marcus Dunstan, Patrick Melton, Thomas Fenton
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #75,109 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Saw IV is probably the most fast-paced Saw movie to date. I was very surprised that they were able to keep the audience entertained, horrified, and on the edge of their seats at THIS late in the game. In my opinion, Saw IV is on par with Saw III, and is much better than the previous movies.
The fourth installment in the series introduces what may be at present a new trend for the Saw franchise - flashbacks. Plenty of flashbacks, all the while keeping to its roots of "testing" those "undeserving of the life they've been given." IV does a good job explaining events which led to John Kramer's eventual transformation into Jigsaw, as well as tying up any other loose ends left behind from previous films, most notably the ending of Saw II.
If you're a Saw fan, you should be pleased by this installment. If you're not a Saw fan, it's actually not a bad place to start. I know it's the fourth movie, but I felt like the fourth movie really summed up the previous movies quite nicely.
The start of the movie is the end by the way. After that, the FBI sends in a couple of agents (the guy has too many quick answers but is likeable). The SWAT commander is tested to see people like Jigsaw does and to test him. But, surprise, the detective is now Jigsaw's new recruit, and he will be tested. By whom? Saw IV's ending sets up Saw V for next Halloween.
The new traps get even more complex including the Swat commander's that has no trap; he just has to be patient. The detective from Saw III is still alive and he has to save him by doing Jigsaw's tests on a rapist, a psychopath chick, let a woman kill her husband to get free from his abuse, and not get to his buddy detective too soon.
The movie tells us all about Jigsaw and his ex-wife and how it all got started. The next one will obviously introduce a new Jigsaw. I wonder who else Jigsaw trained. It had to be someone since they kept the detective from Saw III alive.
The principle thing about the Saw movies is not to take your life for granted and miss out on things, and make people (criminals) no longer able to keep doing their sins. Saw IV didn't make a mistake though: the woman Riggs did rescue could have went to prison instead of getting herself killed.
Somehow, Saw IV just got better. I didn't think they could top Saw II or Saw III but they did. Without Tobin Bell, how will they make Saw IV top any of them?
Blu-ray picture is as good as the other 3 and the sound is the same quality as well. Although it claims that there are 7.1 channels when I can only get 5.1???
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El video está muy procesado con tonos rojizos y verdosos, lo cual es un distintivo en esta saga, mientras el audio es muy dinámico y claro, con frecuencias bajas impresionantes.
Video: 1.78:1 (1080p) Audio: dts-HD Master Audio 7.1 (48 khz, 24bit).
Es geht in die zweite Runde, nachdem Jigsaw gestorben war aufgrund seines Tumors sowie eines Kopfschusses, der "Killer" will dieses Mal einem Polizisten den seiner Meinung nach richtigen Weg weisen.
Im Grunde ganz gut gemacht, aber die dritte Fortsetzung (und hier noch der Beginn der zweiten Trilogie) wirkt erlahmt und bringt wenig neues