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5.0 out of 5 stars See Saw
Claustrophobic, disturbing and uncomfortable these words adequately describe Saw. As a terminal cancer patient John "Jigsaw" Kramer subjects people who he sees as unappreciative of life, of dubious morality or to just teach a lesson; to tests in the form of a deadly game. Torturous devices are attached to their body and "Billy" the puppet gives instructions of how to get...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon need to learn how to catalogue their films!
I've just gone to see if Amazon are selling the amazing film "Mahler" directed by the late.great Ken Russell....Instead it directs me to this pile of b*****s.! Also to the intellectuals at Amazon UL..Ken Russell did NOT direct..produce or indeed star in Crocodile Dundee...Pretty sad
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5.0 out of 5 stars See Saw, 11 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Saw Quadrilogy [DVD] (DVD)
Claustrophobic, disturbing and uncomfortable these words adequately describe Saw. As a terminal cancer patient John "Jigsaw" Kramer subjects people who he sees as unappreciative of life, of dubious morality or to just teach a lesson; to tests in the form of a deadly game. Torturous devices are attached to their body and "Billy" the puppet gives instructions of how to get out of their situation. From drug addicts, to photographers and even a rapist are subjected to these macabre devices

Saw does induce questions of morality, especially the scene in Saw IV involving the proprietor of a hotel who is exposed as a rapist who videotapes his exploits. Does this man deserve to live or does he deserve a punishment that is as depraved as his act? The choice of himself gouging his eyes out in order to live, thus taking away his prime ability to gain pleasure from his acts or having his limbs severed when time runs out is a prime example of Jigsaw as a moral force in all the films.

These life or death choices are frequently extremely uncomfortable and psychologically does induce the thoughts that one could never perform the act needed to save oneself.

Saw II incorporates the theme of danger of revenge intertwined with the same dubious morality of the framing of people by Detective Matthews. Should the other prisoners in the house find out that his son is amongst them, what would happen? Although he is to be led out by former addict Amanda who is now Jigsaws apprentice.

The Saw films are convoluted and at times a little difficult to follow, as each film reveals more about Jigsaw and his life before his cancer diagnosis. It sheds light on the many factors that led him to become disillusioned with life and society and does build up empathy for him. But Friday the 13th this is not, and each sequel adds to the original, and at all times remains fresh with the sense of a continuous nightmare.

Although the amount of planning needed for each scheme seems to be rather implausible for one man to orchestrate, that is in some way answered with the revelation of jigsaw having more accomplices, why Amanda is such is clear, although at the end of Saw IV with a second person thrown in the mix, it does raise questions, however if the four films to date answered all remaining questions at the start of each new one, then it will follow that Saw V will tie this up.

It is horrific, intriguing, and beautifully put together. If you can get passed the gore, of which there is an abundance then the Saw films are as good as any top rate psychological thriller (Seven anyone?) but they also the greatest horror franchise of the last ten years at least and without a doubt the best written. Saw compels the audience to watch the next instalment, more than any other series of horror movies. For continued quality throughout sequels only Romeros "Dead" movies supass Saw.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint..., 17 May 2008
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This box set is an excellent buy for anyone who has seen and enjoyed the saw films, or like me, had seen the first three, but not the fourth and didn't own any of them.

They are all very well written and produced, each sharing its own twisting plot involving the charactors; which often refers to the previous installments in the sequels. This makes it essential really that you need to see them from the beginning to get the full gist of what's going on and truly get the most out of the storyline.

There's not much to say about the plot without giving too much away. The main character has a terminal illness and decides to spend the rest of his days testing the will of other humans; needless to say this involves a series of disturbing obstacles that his subjects must overcome, often forcing them to part with limbs or mutilate themselves in some way in order to survive/stay alive.

Although some bits are hard to watch, you have to admire the way everything is thought out and how it all comes together. It is not a horror film, but more like a psychological thriller in the way that it makes you think more than it will scare you. Not once is it particularly scary. Disturbing to some maybe, but not scary.

So all in all, I gave it 5 stars, although I would have given them each individually somewhere between 4 and 5; but altogether they are well worth the 5 stars and the money I paid for them.
Buy it if you watched and liked the rather feeble 'Hostel' and you can stand consistant and copious amounts of gore, or if you simply watched one or read about one and fancy seeing them all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Box Set of the Saw Horror Film Franchise 1 to 4, 16 May 2015
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This review is from: Saw Quadrilogy - Limited Edition Jigsaw Special Packaging [2004] [DVD] (DVD)
SAW 1:-

A couple of thirty-something men, Dr Lawrence Gordon, who's married with two kids, and an irascible, obstreperous fellow named Adam, awaken to find themselves locked up with chains in a disused public toilet. A third man is in the room, a chap who looks like he's committed suicide with a revolver. The two chaps don't have a clue about how they've ended up in the room. They listen to a tape recording, and a man with a distorted voice tells them the gruesome things they need to do if they want to live to see another day. The two prisoners then start to work together in an effort to survive their ordeal...
Danny Glover plays a police detective on the hunt for a serial killer, Jigsaw, a maniac who entraps people, and then gives them horrific experiences to endure as an escape route from death. Prior to Dr Gordon's capture, he was helping the police with their enquiries in the search for the madman. The cop has got close to catching the serial killer, but has always been one very short step behind...
This is a very slick and well crafted horror film. It has a few twists and turns, just enough to keep the viewer intrigued, but not so complicated as to leave you baffled. Jigsaw is a sinister and supremely vile bad guy, but because he's afflicted with a terminal condition, it does leave you nonplussed as to how he managed to devise and build his myriad death games. There's some gore, but nowhere near as stomach-turning as the later Saw movies. The 4.5 star film's macabre denouement is probably its strongpoint, setting things up very nicely for Saw II.

SAW 2:-

This particularly gory and slick horror film picks up where it's highly original predecessor ended. However, it's not necessary to have seen the original Saw, in order to understand and enjoy this sequel.
Jigsaw is a fifty-something serial killer with a terminal medical condition, a brain tumour. He kidnaps and imprisons people, and then sets them horrific tests of endurance if they want to avoid death. If you think of this flick as an extremely nasty version of the Japanese gameshow Endurance, made famous by Clive James, or even I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, you'll be in the right ball park.
Detective Eric Matthews, played by Donnie Wahlberg, is investigating Jigsaw's crimes and, aided by a SWAT team, manages to apprehend the maniac. However, Jigsaw has already imprisoned eight more hapless victims, each of whom needs to overcome his gruesome tests in order to stay alive. Detective Matthews is obsessed with the case, it haunts his dreams, and he soon finds himself drawn into Jigsaw's macabre game playing - his son is one of the prisoners. Meanwhile, the group of unfortunates has to endure Jigsaw's house of horrors, where traps are set involving poison, guns, fire, and hypodermic needles...
Unlike the first Saw movie, which had two chief protagonists pitting there wits against each other in a locked room, this film expands the concept and places a group of eight apparently unconnected individuals at Jigsaw's mercy, inside a booby-trapped, labyrinthine house, which is full of secret chambers and passageways. Donnie Wahlberg is by far the strongest actor here, and although the supporting cast give enthusiastic performances, they're not entirely convincing. Furthermore, most of the eight victims are decidedly unsympathetic characters, which makes it extremely difficult to feel bothered about what happens to them. On the plus side, the film is very lively and pacy, with some very interesting set designs and torture devices, and an engrossing clash of personalities between Jigsaw and Detective Matthews.
All in all, this is a worthy 3.5 stars sequel, which won't exactly test the grey matter, but is likely to quicken the heart rate.

SAW 3:-

This is the second sequel in the highly successful Saw horror movie franchise. You don't need to have watched the first two Saw flicks to enjoy and understand the story in this one. You should be forewarned though, that you do need a strong stomach to cope with several of the scenes in this film. The first Saw was moderately gory, Saw 2 was slightly more gruesome, and Saw 3 is even nastier.
Jigsaw is a fifty-something masked serial-killer, with a terminal brain tumour. His modus operandi is to trap victims, and then compel them to take part in the most horrendous tests of physical and mental endurance, if they wish to avoid death. Jigsaw has a new apprentice, Amanda, a thirty-something drug addict turned killer, who helps him to engineer and action his macabre and Machiavellian schemes. Jigsaw skilfully creates his own Dante's Inferno for his unfortunate subjects, and he knows absolutely no bounds when it comes to the torture he's willing to inflict upon them.
Jigsaw and his accomplice snatch a doctor, a very pretty thirty-something lady named Lynn Denholm, and they force her to give him the emergency medical treatment he needs to prolong his life.
Jigsaw also has a male captive, a forty-something chap named Jeff, who has to survive a series of very grim moral tests. If he passes the tests, he gets the chance to come face to face with the man who killed his young son Dylan. What follows then is the intertwined struggle of Dr Denholm and Jeff to outwit Jigsaw's perverse and sadistic game playing...
This is a decent horror flick, not on a par with the excellent original Saw, but more or less equal to Saw 2. As the Saw franchise progressed, it was clear that each group of movie makers wanted to up the ante with the torture porn and sadism, and although they largely achieved this, the increase in gross out scenes didn't necessarily make each later film scarier than its predecessors. There's a notable scene in this film reminiscent of the famous test of endurance in A Man Called Horse (Richard Harris), only far more graphic, and although it's certainly stomach turning, it's still not edge of the seat stuff or truly scary. This is also the first Saw movie with full frontal female nudity, there were no sexually explicit scenes in the first two flicks.
As with the vast majority of horror films, this movie's Achilles Heel is a lack of character development, to such an extent that you don't care too much about the individuals, which makes their chilling experiences far less involving. If the victims were more sympathetic, engaging and well drawn characters, it would make their grim ordeals a lot harder for the viewer to bear.
In any event, this is a decent if uninspired 3.5 star horror tale, always pacy and watchable, but lacking excellence in any particular aspect.

SAW 4:-

This is the fourth instalment of the highly successful Saw horror franchise.
Jigsaw is a fifty-something, masked serial killer, with a terminal brain tumour, who's modus operandi is to abduct victims, and then give them the most gruesome physical and psychological horrors to endure and survive, as an alternative to death. His accomplice Amanda is a thirty-something, drug addict turned serial killer.
At the end of Saw 3, both Jigsaw and Amanda came to a well deserved grisly end. In this sequel, two FBI agents, Strahm and Perez, are tasked to find a SWAT Team Commander, Rigg, who has a history with Jigsaw and has been abducted. The two FBI guys are aided by a Detective Hoffmann, but Hoffman is soon abducted too. Jigsaw's corpse is dissected and a tape recording is found inside his stomach, which explains that, although he's dead, his evil games are going to continue...
The FBI investigate an abandoned police detention facility, which has been rigged with man-killing traps. The FBI are convinced that Jigsaw has a new follower, who's taken up the dead killer's mantle and continues to abduct and torture people. Meanwhile, Commander Rigg is given 90 minutes by his abductor, to save other prisoners, including Hoffman, from the most despicable and painful deaths, but his tasks always have unforeseen complications...
This movie continues with exactly the same formula as its predecessors, but with mixed results. It depicts scenes of torture and death in graphic detail, but the film proves the law of diminishing returns, in that the inventive scenes of horror seen in the earlier films, aren't developed in this movie. The lead characters are one dimensional and fairly uninteresting. There are barrel loads of blood and gore, but equally, there's a distinct lack of chills, thrills and tension.
All in all, this is a pacy, watchable, 3 star action-filled horror flick, but which lacks some of the originality and inspiration of the earlier movies. Furthermore, it really needed at least one strong and charismatic lead actor, somebody like a Donnie Wahlberg or Danny Glover, who featured in the earlier movies, and it does struggle a bit in the absence of any stand out performance by the cast (Wahlberg is in the film but it's only a minor, non-speaking role.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 23 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Saw Quadrilogy [DVD] (DVD)
Being a fan of the Saw films but never actually owning them I decided to buy this boxset of Saw 1-4. It's cheaper buying the boxset than purchasing the DVD's singly. Good value for money. I managed to get it all for £15. Bargin!
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4.0 out of 5 stars saw quadrilogy., 17 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Saw Quadrilogy [DVD] (DVD)
dark, moody sets, interesting plotlines (compared to alot of recent horrors/thrillers) I'm looking forward to watching the fourth movie soon and purchasing the fifth, sixth and seventh as, as the series progresses I have become rather interested in seeing how each film and its characters connect to one another.
good veiwing
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5.0 out of 5 stars scary as............., 31 Jan. 2009
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these are films you will watch again and again as you always want to see if the clues are there, deff not for the faint hearted, although i don't like horror's there is just something about these films that make you watch.................
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5.0 out of 5 stars scary, 23 Jan. 2014
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but very good. I like the fact they have some quirky storylines and surprise the viewer every time. my partner has been waiting a long time to watch these, i just hide under .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant DVDs and cheap with not a scratch amongst any ..., 1 Sept. 2014
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Brilliant DVDs and cheap with not a scratch amongst any of them. I bought 50 ish DVDs all in good working order
But the movie must watch
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 5 Dec. 2009
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Never watched Saw until No 5 & 6. Then just got hooked on it and wanted to know the whole story. Great value and brilliant film
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5.0 out of 5 stars Briliant, brilliant, brilliant, 8 Feb. 2013
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WHAT A HORROR FILM. wow i was blown away although i am a little confused as to what they are about, but they are fab!
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