Saw 1-6 Box Set DVD|
Saw was the ultimate success story: an independent film that transcended its low budget origins to become one of the highest-grossing horror films of 2004 and in doing so managed to revitalize a tired genre. The premise was simple: two strangers awaken in a derelict building and find themselves shackled and the centerpiece of a devious plan orchestrated by the dastardly Jigsaw. Each subsequent film in the franchise has explored the Jigsaw character and broadened his canvas of murder and mayhem. This collection features the first six films in the SAW series. Box Set Comprises: Saw: With a dead body 'resting' between them two men (Whannell and Elwes) wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who's been nicknamed Jigsaw by the police because of his unusual calling card. Given six hours a hacksaw and a bullet the two men try to figure out a way to freedom. Hot on the 'Jigsaw's trail is Detective David Tapp (Glover) an equally insane cop who was once the victim of the Jigsaw's evil scheme Saw II: Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) the master of mind games returns to toy with a new set of victims once again chosen for their perceived lack of respect for life. His traps are crueller and even more mind bending than before. And this time the policeman (Donnie Wahlberg) on the case has more than his professional integrity at stake... Saw III: Jigsaw has disappeared. Now aided by his new apprentice Amanda (Shawnee Smith) the puppet-master behind the cruel intricate games that have terrified a community and baffled police has once again eluded capture and vanished. While city detectives scramble to locate him Dr. Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh) is unaware that she is about to become the latest pawn on his vicious chessboard. One night after finishing a shift at her hospital Lynn is kidnapped by the deranged Amanda and taken to an abandoned warehouse where she meets Jigsaw aka: John Kramer (Tobin Bell) who's now bedridden and on the verge of death. Lynn is told that she must keep the madman alive for as long as it takes Jeff (Angus Macfayden) another of his victims to complete a game of his own. Racing against the ticking clock of Jigsaw's own heartbeat Lynn and Jeff struggle to make it through each of their vicious tests unaware that Jigsaw and Amanda have a much bigger plan for both of them... Saw IV: Now upon the news of Detective Kerry's murder two seasoned FBI profilers Agent Strahm and Agent Perez arrive in the terrified community to assist the veteran Detective Hoffman in sifting through Jigsaw's latest grizzly remains and piecing together the puzzle. However when SWAT Commander Rigg is abducted and thrust into a game the last officer untouched by Jigsaw has but ninety minutes to overcome a series of demented traps and save an old friend or face the deadly consequences... Saw V: Detective Hoffman and Agent Strahm clash as they each investigate the apparent continuation of the Jigsaw murders. Saw VI: The deathly traps and cunning plotting return for this sixth entry in the hugely popular SAW film series. The editor for all of the previous films Kevin Greutert makes his directorial debut with this picture once again written by FEAST writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton. With Special Agent Stahm (Scott Patterson) dead the sinister Detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) has emerged to carry on Jigsaw's murderous work. With the FBI drawing ever closer to maniacal Hoffman the detective is cornered into setting yet another gruesome game in motion: a blood-drenched pursuit that will finally shed light on the really reasons behind Jigsaw's grand scheme.from£24.98 | RRP:
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Saw 1-6 Box SetKashif Ahmed
'Saw': Macabre masterpiece full of nasty little surprises. Audiences were intrigued and captivated by this bombastic blend of psychological terror, fiendishly clever contraptions and an unnerving nosedive into the murky world of ecstatic mysticism by proxy (i.e. flageation or severe punishments used to induce an altered state of mind). Two men wake up in a room ankle-chained to one another, a body lies motionless on the floor, a reformed drug addict recounts her life-or-death encounter with the Jigsaw serial killer; the man who holds the key (often literally) to unlocking this sinister mystery.
Danny Glover deserves a lot of credit for making his character one of the most memorable of the franchise whilst Cary Elwes plays a man who's made to face himself with gob smacking results. 'Saw' is the first and finest of the long, and long ago tedious, franchise. 'Saw' gets straight to the point with a slick morality tale full of blood, guts, gore n' gusto: A landmark horror.
'Saw II' inventively inverts the original's sprawling narrative by confining all the main characters in one room: Detectives Donnie Whalberg and Dina Meyer are on the scene to try and stop madman Jigsaw from doing what he does best. Tobin Bell continues to creep us all out and brings an air of subtly to the now iconic character. Brutal, tense and claustrophobic: Good sequel.
'Saw III' a.k.a. 'The One Before It All Got A Bit Silly'. Jigsaw has health problems, Cancer to be precise, and he can't very well book himself into a hospital what with being a wanted serial killer and all. So he does what any self-respecting lunatic on the run might; he gets his first victim-turned-ally; Amanda (Shawnee Smith) to take a doctor hostage and perform a little brain surgery. The real star of this movie is Bahar Somekh, who plays Dr. Lynn. Somekh is a brilliant, hugely underrated, actress and I've been saying that since performance in 'Crash' (2005). Violence, torture, blood and guts by the gallon swirl around a fairly competent, albeit convoluted, narrative structure that threatens to go on and go and on...which it did, much to its own detriment. Saw III offer top drawer thrills and chills and should be seen by all.
'Saw IV': Not bad, all things considered. Jigsaw, despite the terminal turn of events in 'Saw III', still manages to find ingenious, characteristically depraved, ways to torment the world. Costas Mandylor and Athena Karkanis are on the case but it all starts to get a bit much. The film valiantly tries to keep Jigsaw in the mix and often succeeds, but there's no escaping the fact that this is franchise filmmaking at its most mediocre. Some good traps and a reasonable pace makes this just about watchable.
'Saw V': Saw goes from Wootz Steel razor to blunted butter knife, as the now somewhat pointless series, elbow crawls beneath the string net of studio greed towards the flagpole of guaranteed profits. Julie Benz crops up in a supporting role whilst the story moves forward with new its protagonists who work well within the constraints of a script and story that struggles to keep things interesting. Good, not great.
'Saw VI': Quite entertaining in its own right but well past its sell by date, the film is essentially a standalone TV show with tenuous links to the original characters. 'Saw VI' opens with a pair of moneylenders getting their comeuppance and attempts to show the Jigsaw syndrome as a state of mind or rather than being limited to one person. I suppose I ought to give the makers some credit for at least linking it in as part of the larger narrative: Mildly engaging horror, but a far cry from the original.
And just when you tought it was all over, along comes 'Saw VII' aka 'Saw 3D' (not in this set, you'll have to wait for another box set to get that and, no doubt, an ultimate edition of that set as well)...and I'm guessing they'll be a couple more sequels a few years down the line or, God help us, a re-imagined reboot of the first one!
The makers of 'Saw' don't seem to care about the law of diminishing returns and have, to their credit, meticulously constructed a franchise chamber as convoluted and often as painful as Jigsaw's torture devices. And yet there's no denying that 'Saw' was a game-changer; and even spawned a somewhat troubling sub-genre dubbed 'Torture Porn'. Many other directors stepped up to the plate with Eli Roth unsurprisingly scraping the bottom of the barrel with his 'Hostel' movies whilst even award winning auteur Roland Joffe got in on the act with 'Captivity'. But for all the imitators, 'Saw' stands alone as a cinematic mind f*** par excellence: In the '80s it was 'Elm Street', in the '90s it was 'Seven' and in the '00s it is 'Saw'.
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