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Saw IV [Blu-ray]

Tobin Bell , Costas Mandylor , Darren Lynn Bousman    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Scott Patterson, Justin Louis, Donnie Wahlberg
  • Directors: Darren Lynn Bousman
  • Producers: Mark Burg, Gregg Hoffman, Oren Koules
  • Format: Dolby
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Z63ZMO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,812 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Fourth installment in the popular 'Saw' franchise. Upon the news of Detective Kerry's murder, two seasoned FBI profilers, Agent Strahm (Scott Patterson) and Agent Perez (Athene Karkanis) arrive at the depleted police precinct and help veteran Detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) sift through Jigsaw's (Tobin Bell) latest grizzily game of victims and piece together the puzzle. But the SWAT Commander Rigg (Lyriq Bent), the only local officer who has yet to experience Jigsaw's handiwork, is suddenly abducted. Thrust into the madman's harrowing game, he has but 90 minutes to overcome a diabolical series of interconnected traps - or face the deadly consequences.

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Now we’ve arrived at Saw 4, it’s fair to suggest that most will be familiar with the conventions of the franchise. The dastardly, and really quite sick, Jigsaw (played, as usual, by Tobin Bell) has once again been devising a series of testing, intricate traps to test his human subjects, and naturally when these go off, there’s a fair slice of the film’s budget set aside for the requisite blood and gore. If you weren’t already aware, Saw films are absolutely not for the squeamish.

The twist with Saw 4 is that it digs into the backstory of Jigsaw, although it’s fair to say that it soon becomes a platform to layer on some more deadly traps. Mixing in flashbacks and present day events, the formula is ultimately well worn and well obeyed. Surprises are in short supply, even if there is the odd jump from time to time.

There is a law of diminishing returns with Saw 4, however, and as the franchise matures the tricks because less impressive and the blood and guts quotient increases to compensate. Furthermore, director Darren Lynn Bousman occasionally goes overboard with his flash cuts, proving a distraction from the carefully constructed scenarios that were the trademark of the original.

Still, criticisms aside, Saw 4 is here to do a job, and it has little qualms about getting on with it. Firmly made in the ‘more of the same’ mould of sequels, it’s compact, grisly and absolutely not the last film in the series. It might not be ambitious, but you can’t deny it’s not good at its job. --Jon Foster --This text refers to the DVD edition.


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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By El Maxo
Format:DVD
I used to be the type of person who thought 'the Saw films? Ugh, torture porn! What kind of sickos would actually want to watch this filth?' Of course, like so many others, I was judging the films before I'd even seen them. However, all that changed when I watched the original Saw at a friend's sleepover. I found it to be an excellent film which had a strong plot and an equally strong cast. It was not, as I had previously guessed, a story based around torture but the traps were expertly woven into the plot. Of course, this set me off to watch the rest of the series and I have not yet been disappointed. One of the truly great things about this franchise is that all of the films inter-link. As such, there is a real reward for fans of the films. Having said this, I would say to anyone reading this that you will most appreciate this film if you have previously seen Saws 1-3. If you haven't, it is an understatement to say you won't have a clue what's going on at some points! For me, Saw 4 is my favourie in the franchise. For one thing, it is the most stylishly shot film in the series - the whole thing looks darn good. This is especially true of the end of the film - it really is the most epic moment in any if the series. The twist is one of the absolute best as well. In conclusion, you really don't have to be a fan of horror to watch the Saw films. I'm not, and I have the whole collection. They are plot-driven, well-made and worthwile films. And in my opinion, Saw 4 is the best of the bunch!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely gory 17 Aug 2009
By Dr Evil TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
'SAW IV' begins where SAW III finishes - Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead. 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 grisly 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.

Sick, gory and horrible are understatements when describing this film. If you have seen any of the previous Saw films (and you should first if you're going to watch this) you will know that with each one the traps get more disturbing and more disgusting and this is definitely the case here. The opening scene (Jigsaw's autopsy) is literally stomach-turning and is probably the most realistic and graphic that I've ever seen in a film. The first trap you see is also very sick and it pretty much goes on like this throughout the whole hour and a half.

I recommend this to you if you've seen and enjoy the first 3 Saw films, as it does follow the story on quite well and also leaves the movie open for it's sequel at the end. If you can stomach it, give it a go as it is a decent horror flick, but just don't expect it to be a very plesant one.

FILM - 4/5
PICTURE - 5/5
SOUND - 5/5
OVERALL - 4/5
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars As usual, more of the same juicy Saw goodness 11 Jan 2009
Format:DVD
At the time of watching this I have to admit I wasn't expecting much. While an avid fan of the first two Saw movies I felt very let down by the third installment, and fully expected this movie to continue along the downward slope. Fortunately though it seems the creators have reverted more to the original formula rather than the over the top gore, boring premise, and weak twist present in Saw III.

But first off, criticism where it's due; Saw IV still has an inkling to go for shock value where it's neither needed nor particularly effective. The opening sequence, in which Jigsaw gets a no-holds-barred autopsy following his demise at the climax of the previous movie, is literally nothing more than gore for the sake of gore, and drags on enough for us to witness the extraction of various organs and the toe-curling screech of the bonesaw for far too long.
Also of note is the plot/twist for this installment. Without giving too much away: it's very close to what happens in Saw II, almost to the extent that it could be branded unoriginal.
However, these problems aside, Saw IV is a very good movie for fans of the franchise. The story takes a more psychological twist than usual, for the first time getting inside the head of Jigsaw as we explore his backstory through a series of flashbacks, and the plans he has laid for his final game. Don't expect any fascinating characters or oscar-winning performances outside of Tobin Bell, but eveyone fills their role adequately and manages to skirt around the familiar dialogue without too many cringe-inducing moments.

One other thing that stands out about this movie is its frantic pacing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars for followers only 12 April 2009
Format:Blu-ray
as stated in the other review you need to have at least seen Saw 3 before venturing here. But it's quite clever of the producers to turn Saw into something more akin to a proper series rather than simply another brain dead retreading of the original. The transfer is about what you expect of Saw. In other words grainy picture but still pretty decent and 7.1 dts sound making you feel everything. As with 3 and 5 the extras are the same as the Dvd version which is the only disappointment on an otherwise good disk
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Appreciating the Life given
Good quality DVD. Love the film, makes one think about real life.
Published 3 months ago by Lara
5.0 out of 5 stars A gore feast.
If you're a fan of Saw then you know what to expect. I brought this to complete my collection and help the story make sense. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ellzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Same as the other Saw's, amazing. My favourite film series. They're amazing and the on going plot line so wonderful.
Published 10 months ago by Joadz
5.0 out of 5 stars part of collection
this is a great bloody film love the character (jigsaw) I have the rest of these film this was to help finish the collection
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Saw what?
More like Saw 3.5, as this film takes places simultaneously with the previous installment. If you ever wondered why no one came to help any of the characters in Saw 3 then Saw 4... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Inspector Gadget
4.0 out of 5 stars Saw iv
Missing this one in the set. Arrived in good time, good condition. No problems and good value for money. Good to have complete set.
Published 14 months ago by k sparrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Bits & Pieces!!
Unlike many films that keep getting more and more sequels, Saw IV gets more inventive than the previous 3 movies. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Martin Harris
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the original.
Not as good as the original. Ok I guess. Only watchable once. It;s an okay product but not a must.
Published 17 months ago by JG
4.0 out of 5 stars Saw gore
This is one of the better stories and I liked this one as much as 1&6 the last saw wad a let down
Published 21 months ago by andy minnock
4.0 out of 5 stars A definate improvement!
I really liked the first two SAW films and thought they were very clever, above-average horror films. Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2012 by G. Stephenson
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