Saw III: Uncut Version (2006)
Deleted Scenes-Never-before-seen deleted scenes
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-The Details of Death: TheTraps of SAW III
Featurette-Behind The Scenes- Darren's Diary: The Anatomy of a Director
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-The Traps Of SAW III
Teaser Trailer-Incubus & Bandidas
|Year Of Production||2006|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||2,4,5||Directed By||Darren Lynn Bousman|
Sony Pictures Home Entertain
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Unknown||English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
There is no denying; the three Saw films have given the horror genre a decent boost over the past few years. (Read my reviews of Saw and Saw II.)
What began as a mere pipe dream for creators, James Wan and Leigh Whannell has become one of the most anticipated series of horror films in recent years. The disturbing and grotesque traps set by Jigsaw and his protégé Amanda, have been the source of morbid fascination, as the audience witness and indeed, experience each victim's life or death dilemma.
Saw III certainly lifts the bar in terms of gory detail and will have many constantly turning their heads away from the screen. It is claimed that we have been given the full, uncut version on DVD, which includes footage not previously seen in the cinema. (See censorship notes below.)
Saw III picks up where Saw II left off, with Detective Eric Matthews (Donnie Wahlberg) shackled by the ankle in the dark and frantic about locating his missing son. He is forced into making a life changing decision that will free him of his chains. Unfortunately, the predicament of Detective Matthews leads his friend and colleague, Kerry (Dina Meyer) into a gruesome trap of her own and with diabolical results.
The evil genius, Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) is now very close to death from cancer, but he still has one more game to play. He assigns Amanda (Shawnee Smith) the task of kidnapping a doctor and bringing her to the lair in order to keep him alive long enough to witness the results of his final game. Dr Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh) becomes part of the game herself, when an explosive device is placed around her neck. This device is linked to Jigsaw's heart monitor - if he flatlines, she also dies.
Jigsaw's final sadistic game involves a man called Jeff (Angus Macfadyen). Sometime ago, Jeff had his life shattered by the untimely death of his young son. A grossly negligent driver had run down his son and received only minimal punishment through the judicial system. Subsequently, Jeff has become consumed by hatred for the people he blames for the tragedy and the lenient sentence. Jigsaw will now give Jeff the chance to assess his own moral character. In a series of macabre puzzles, Jigsaw places three of the people involved in the tragedy including, a dodgy witness, the judge and the driver, at the mercy of the victims father. Jeff must choose to show compassion or to wreak serious revenge on those who let he and his son down.
Without giving anything away, the conclusion of Saw III sees the story nicely tied off. As it stands now, this film is an apt finale to a refreshing brand of horror film. But when all three Saw films have been such huge successes at the box office, I guess it's logical that the franchise would move onto Saw IV. This film is set to go into production on April 16th 2007, for a cinema release in late October 2007. Early rumors suggest that the fourth installment may be a prequel to the existing trilogy - only time will tell.
The video transfer for Saw III is on par with the two previous Saw films.
The film is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, which is 16x9 enhanced. The film's original aspect ratio is 1.85:1.
As was the case with the previous Saw films, Saw III is rarely bright and luminous; most of the action takes place in dark and gloomy surroundings. Sharpness and clarity is subsequently very important and thankfully, it held up very well. A few scenes exhibited some grain, but generally blacks and shadow detail were of excellent quality.
The colour palette is again heavy on dark colours, especially dark and dirty greens. This palette combined with the gritty production design adds considerably to the atmosphere of the film. The colours appeared natural and well balanced.
There were no MPEG artefacts that I noticed in this transfer. Apart from the aforementioned grain, there was very little to complain about. Film-to-video artefacts were negligible and film artefacts were non-existent.
Unfortunately, there are no subtitles available on this DVD.
This is a single sided, dual layer disc. The layer change occurs at 60:21 and is very well placed.
The audio transfer is also very good and is a key player in creating the appropriate eerie atmosphere.
There is one audio track available on the DVD, English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s).
Dialogue quality was excellent throughout - I had no problems hearing and comprehending any of the dialogue. There were no adverse issues with audio sync.
The original music score is again provided by Charlie Clouser. Clouser also wrote the music for the two previous Saw films. The score is very heavy on effect more than musical content, which certainly enhances the atmosphere. Additional music is again provided by various heavy rock bands including, Slayer, Hydrovibe, Helmet and All That Remains.
The surrounds were used to great effect, totally immersing the viewer within the horrors on the screen. Direct and ambient sound was constantly active from all areas of the room and heightened the viewing experience.
The subwoofer was also heavily active throughout and rarely got a break.
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The selection of extras is interesting, but all are too short to be totally comprehensive.
The main menu is similar to the previous Saw films. It features animation, 16x9 enhancement and samples of eerie sounds effects from the film.
Someone with a video camera follows director, Darren Lynn Bousman around during the filming of Saw III. Although there is a lot of tension during the shoot, the camera also captures a lot of the fun as well.
As the title suggests, this piece highlights the traps in the film. Relevant crew members discuss the concept and function of the traps.
This very short piece discusses the special effects used in many scenes and their function in the film. Again, relevant crew members discuss how these effects were used to enhance the general "gross" factor in the film.
There is censorship information available for this title. Click here to read it (a new window will open). WARNING: Often these entries contain MAJOR plot spoilers.
There is an unrated R1 edition of Saw III available. It features a few significant extras that are not available on the R4 edition. Apart from having the same extras featured on the R4 version, the R1 has the addition of three audio commentary tracks. The first of these with Darren Lynn Bousman (Director), Leigh Whannell (Writer/Exec Producer), Peter Block & Jason Constantine (Exec Producers). The second features Producers, Oren Koules and Mark Burg and the third commentary features Darren Lynn Bousman, Kevin Greutert (Editor) and David Armstrong (Director of Photography). The R1 version also has English and Spanish subtitles.
The R1 edition certainly appears to be the superior of these two versions.
If you're a fan of the Saw films, there will probably be enough dark and morbid fun in this third installment to please you. Personally, I had hoped the creators would now move onto a new project and leave the Saw films as a trilogy, but with box office success, usually comes never ending sequels. In the horror genre especially, plots can be easily revamped and resurrected for future films, prequel or sequel. I just hope that this innovative horror trilogy doesn't become just another tired formula in the genre.
The video and audio transfers are both of a high quality.
The selection of extras is limited, but still reasonably good.
|DVD||JVC XV-N412, using Component output|
|Display||Hitachi 106cm Plasma Display 42PD5000MA (1024x1024). Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080i.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.|
|Amplification||Panasonic SA-HE70 80W Dolby Digital and DTS|
|Speakers||Fronts: Jensen SPX7 Rears: Jensen SPX4 Centre: Jensen SPX13 Subwoofer: Jensen SPX17|