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Saw (Special Edition) [DVD]

Leigh Whannell , Cary Elwes , David A. Armstrong    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Leigh Whannell, Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Ken Leung, Dina Meyer
  • Directors: David A. Armstrong
  • Producers: Charlie Clouser, Mark Burg, Gregg Hoffman
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Entertainment in Video
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BQ7D76
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,251 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Adam (Leigh Whannell) wakes up in a dank room across from Dr. Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes) and the body of a guy who has blown his own brains out. Not a happy place, obviously, and it gets worse when both men realize that they've been chained and pitted against one another by an unseen but apparently omniscient maniac who's screwing with their psyches as payment for past sins. Director James Wan, who concocted this grimy distraction with screenwriter Whannell, has seen Seven and any number of other arty existential-psycho-cat-and-mouse thrillers, so he's provided Saw with a little flash, a little blood, and a lot of ways to distract you from the fact that it doesn't make a whole hell of a lot of sense. Wan and Whannell (who's not the most accomplished actor, either) pile on the plot twists, which after some initially novel ideas become increasingly juvenile. Elwes works hard but looks embarrassed, and the estimable Danny Glover suffers as the obsessed detective on the case. The denouement will probably surprise you, but it won't get you back the previous 98 minutes.--Steve Wiecking

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This tense horror is the directorial debut for James Wan, and the first screenplay written by actor Leigh Whannell, who also stars. Two men, Adam (Whannell) and Dr Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes), wake up to find themselves chained to pipes in a room they have never seen before. Between them lies the dead body of a man with apparently self-inflicted gunshot wounds. As they begin to piece together the circumstances that led to their predicament, the pair realise they are the latest victims of a serial killer known as the Jigsaw, who orchestrates situations in which his captors will be driven to kill each other. They also learn that the killer has taken Gordon's family hostage. How can the men possibly outwit this sadistic psychopath in time to save themselves and the hostages?

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DIABOLICALLY CLEVER AND RIVETING...SEE SAW... 15 Jun 2005
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This film, which was shot in a scant eighteen days, is stunningly original in concept. I confess that I was totally riveted to the screen for the entire running time of the film, as was my son. Edgy and somewhat surreal, the film clearly demonstrates that the director, James Wan, can certainly do more with less, as the film was shot on a shoestring budget. Yet, he also knows that less is sometimes more, as he keeps the actual amount of on screen gore to a minimum. In doing so, he forces a viewer's imagination to work overtime, which serves to create more suspense than a visual statement of the obvious.
The plot is diabolically clever. It appears that a maniac is on the loose, placing people in fiendish situations that are truly matters of life or death, virtually ensuring that someone dies. The deaths occur in a highly unusual manner, indicative of a complex and maniacal mind at work. Detectives Tapp (Danny Glover) and Sing (Ken Leung) are on the case and hot on this maniac's trail. When on the verge of his capture, however, everything goes wrong, and Detective Tapp becomes somewhat unhinged after a total debacle ensues.
Meanwhile, Dr. Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes), who was himself a suspect in the case, suddenly finds himself in a filthy, ancient, cavernous bathroom, along with a young man named Adam (Leigh Whannell). Both are chained to pipes in the wall and are disoriented and unsure as to how they got there. Between them and just beyond their reach lies an apparently dead man in a pool of blood, ostensibly killed with the gun that he still holds in his hand. Then, Dr. Gordon and Adam discover that a series of cryptic instructions have been left for them to follow. Each instruction clearly delineates just how precarious their position is.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You dont know me, but I know you 21 Feb 2005
Format:DVD
What a surprising film. At last, a fresh, original horror film that isnt Japanese!
Some of you may think Im overrating this movie, you may even think its a load of crap. However, if you do think that, then i would strongly have to disagree. Im not a huge fan of the old video nasties (Driller Killer, The Burning, etc), but I would say of all the more recent horror movies, Saw is as close as you get to being in the spirit of the "Nasties".
If you are reading this, you are probably already familiar with the basic story of the movie, so I'll spare you the whole "Once upon a time..." section, and get right to the good/bad bits.
In actual fact, I didnt focus on any gaffs in the film, which is surprising for me! I just sat back and went on a rollercoaster ride, and I'd advise you (assuming your a hardcore horror fan, like myself!) to do the same.
Word of warning, this is quite a violent, grizzly film. While it does contain a fair share of on-screen violence, it does sometimes revert to the old "Texas Chainsaw" trick, in that it doesnt show you everything, but leaves some stuff to the imagination. However, as you can see this is the Uncut version, this does not happen too often!
The Killer in this movie is quite unique, in that he doesnt actually kill people, he finds horrific ways for them to kill themselves, his "games" as he calls them. He also isnt the usual "guy in the white mask" as in most horror flicks. He has two main 'forms' in this film. First, we see him in a black/red robe, which isnt completely original, but still not the white mask were so sick of. He does, however, have a pig-mask (I thought it looked like a pig anyway, correct me if Im wrong), which is quite creepy and disturbing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To my surprise, I really like this film 6 Nov 2008
By Tonkfan
Format:DVD
I love a good horror movie, and this is original, witty and very, very dark and gory.

Great fun for any horror fan and with an ending I really didn't see coming, this shouldn't disappoint.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DARE YOU SEE SAW!! !! !! !! 19 Dec 2005
Format:UMD Mini for PSP
SAW is one of my favorite films of 2005 and has an absolutley great story which goes well with some decent acting (although the acting can be pretty bad at times).
As i was saying earlier probably the main reson i likr this film so much is because of it's amazing story. The other thing you have to watch in this film is the ending which is one of the best a horror film has ever has, i wont tell you what happens besause it will spoil it but it really will stick with you!
This film isn't really violent but very sadistic at times. The killer in this film doesn't really kill people, he tests them and finds ways of making them kill them-selves because he doesn't like the way people live their lives, he thinks the gift of life isn't something you should waste! (or in short he is completley and totaly mad!)
This is a great film that any horror fan with a PSP should get!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Simply put, Saw is the best horror movie I've seen in years. I know some people don't seem to like it, but this horror fan is just wallowing in the bloody effectiveness of this extremely dark, intelligent, gory masterpiece of a film. It's such a thrill to see something certifiably different make its way to movie screens; these days, Hollywood horror filmmakers have gotten so lazy that they can't even make sequels of films - instead, they just remake old horror films that don't need remaking. Frankly, I'm a little tired of watching teenagers get slashed up in the woods by rednecks and inbred mutants. I want something new, something fresh, something bold, something ruthless in its execution, something that engages my intellect while assaulting my senses. Saw fits the bill perfectly.
As Saw moves toward its gory denouement, it unleashes a number of great surprises, and the ending is well-nigh perfect - I certainly didn't see it coming. You may think you know what is going on, but I'll wager that you'll be mistaken. Best of all, there's no deus ex machina plot device to ruin everything - i.e., as surprising as the final revelations are, everything comes together in a heartbeat to make perfect sense. I really can't say enough about the script put together by Leigh Wannell and James Wan - it's bloody brilliant. I love this movie.
The Bad Man in Saw is downright sadistic; rather than merely hunt his victims down and kill them himself, he creates elaborate "games" that lead to painful deaths brought about by the participants themselves.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A thriller given a bad name by terrible sequels
The Saw franchise got given a bad name by its more recent titles (e.g. Saw III/IV onwards) as a series with no thought, that focused purely on showing as much on-screen violence as... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Angus E
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Watch!
Good film! Obviously saw created its own horror genre of gore and crime! I did enjoy it, but they have brought too many out now and the storyline changes to much. Read more
Published 21 days ago by taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Very good product, i like this, would recommend seller again.
Published 23 days ago by Kirloj
5.0 out of 5 stars BY FAR THE BEST HORROR 🎥EVER!!.SET'S THE TONE FOR EVERYTHING THAT'S TO...
You could quite easily ⌚ this 1st 🎥 and really enjoy it.'THE' best horror 🎥 EVER! Just continues to get better and better,but this first one is a corker!....
Published 1 month ago by johntmma
5.0 out of 5 stars I want to play a game....(spoilers)
Two men wake up at opposite sides of a dirty, disused bathroom, chained by their ankles to pipes.

Between them lies a dead man loosely clutching a hand-held tape player... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is a good movie and is worth seeing. It is also worth noting that the saw franchise is famous for being gory, well I didn't find them as gory as you would expect, especially... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Craig
4.0 out of 5 stars gory but good
If you love blood and guts with a mystory twist then this is the film to watch its simlair to Texas chain saw masica(with all the blood and stuff and trying to get way) I love the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Get yourself 'chilled' first.
I am not, but if you are sensitive to stress & gore these Saw films are not for you. Jigsaw has started on a seven dvd, treat of righteous score settling. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ross R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw 1
Bought this item so that it would complete the set. I love the Saw films. Watched it again once it arrive (delivery was very prompt) and loved it.
Published 8 months ago by Karen Nicholls
4.0 out of 5 stars Yeah I saw it. That is to say I seen it
Saw really should be exempt from most criticism as James Wan managed to pull of a helluva trick considering the innumerable restrictions and compromises that made the shoot very... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Inspector Gadget
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