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Format: DVD
Sku: 40704437
UPC: 031398165415
UPC 14: 00031398165415
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Every Puzzle Has Its Pieces.
Obsessed with teaching his victims the value of life, a deranged, sadistic killer is abducting morally wayward people and forcing them to play horrific games for their own survival. Faced with impossible choices, each victim must struggle to win back his/her life, or else die trying.

"...amazingly evocative...  Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle
"...an ingenious machine for inducing terror...  David Edelstein, Slate
"It's gross as hell.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Editor's Note
Be prepared to be scared. James Wan's directorial debut, written by and starring Leigh Whannell, is a violent, bloody, psychologically exhausting and exhilarating exercise in terror. Adam (Whannell) and Dr. Gordon (Cary Elwes) are chained in a vile, disgusting bathroom, separated by a bloody corpse holding a gun and a tape recorder. They are each given a saw--the only obvious way out is to cut one of their feet off. A serial killer who specializes in torturing morally bereft strangers is playing a game with them: Gordon has less than eight hours to kill Adam or else the doctor's wife (Monica Potter) and daughter (Mackenzie Vega) will be murdered. As the two men engage in a battle of wits, alternately trying to help each other and secretly attempting to win the game, a series of flashbacks reveals the history of the madman and the pair of detectives (Danny Glover and Ken Leung) handling the case. Some of the torture scenes are excruciatingly horrible and hard to watch, a real treat for fans of the genre. Inspired by the work of David Lynch (BLUE VELVET, TWIN PEAKS) and Dario Argento (SUSPIRIA, INFERNO), Wan has created a scintillating suspense thriller that will have audiences continually shocked, repelled, frightened, and surprised, right up to the very last second (which Whannell has said was influenced by the endings of such films as THE USUAL SUSPECTS and THE SIXTH SENSE). The accompanying heavy metal soundtrack is appropriately scary as well.

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Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/23/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 100 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2004
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 16541
Video UPC UPC: 00031398165415
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Cary Elwes
Video Cast Info Danny Glover
Video Cast Info Dina Meyer
Video Cast Info Jeigh Whannell
Video Cast Info Ken Leung
Video Cast Info Charlie Clouser - Musical Score
Video Cast Info David Armstrong - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info James Wan - Director
Video Cast Info James Wan - Writer
Video Cast Info Julie Berghoff - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Kevin Greutert - Editor
Video Cast Info Leigh Whannell - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Mark Burg - Producer
Video Cast Info Peter Block - Executive Producer

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"[SAW] does a better-than-average job of conveying the panic and helplessness of men terrorized by a sadist in a degrading environment..." 10/29/2004 p.E24

Entertainment Weekly
"SAW is a gristle-cut B psycho thriller that would like to tap the sickest corners of your imagination." 11/05/2004 p.58-9

Sight and Sound
"SAW is gripping exploitation, laughing off claims to seriousness while giving its audience a more pungent ride than recent mainstream offerings." 12/01/2004 p.62-3

Rolling Stone
"Utterly nihilistic and relentlessly tense, SAW is a must for horror freaks." 02/24/2005 p.77

Rolling Stone
Ranked #9 in Rolling Stone's "Top 25 DVDs Of 2005' -- "First-time director James Wan and screenwriter Whannell have a way with splatter. Better duck." 12/01/2005 p.98

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 6 of 10
Saw is for hard-gore horror aficionados only. To appreciate Saw in its full gory, you have to - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 6 of 10
"Saw" is an efficiently made thriller, cheerfully gruesome, and finally not quite worth the ordeal i - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Elwes,Cary
Product attributeLabel:   Artisan Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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