Saw — The Final Chapter: Unrated Blu-ray 3D Review
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4; MVC Full HD 3D
- Resolution: 1080p/24
- Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1
- Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish
- Rating: Not Rated
- Region: A
- Discs: 2 (1x Blu-ray 3D + 1 x DVD +Digital Copy)
- Studio: Lionsgate
- Blu-ray Release Date: January 25th, 2011
- List Price: $49.99
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Editor’s Note: Portions of this review not related to this specific release were previously published as our Saw — The Final Chapter: Unrated Blu-ray Review
One would have thought that the novelty of Saw would have worn off some time ago, at least after the second or third film in the franchise, but here we are at the supposed “final chapter,” some seven films later and Saw is still around. There’s not much to say about the actual film other than the usual – there’s lots of blood, gore, and people being tortured. The deathtraps set by the film’s “villain,” Jigsaw (Tobin Bell), are increasingly elaborate, but after so many films, it has become difficult even to shock with these devices or to come up with new ways to kill and torture people that don’t somehow feel like retread.
This outing revolves around a group of Jigsaw survivors seeking help from self-help guru Bobby Dagen (Sean Patrick Flanery), but soon Jigsaw has Dagen inveigled in a new and bloody round of “the game,” which has the cops once again on the hunt for the brutal killer.
You won’t find anything new or anything more shocking than usual in this edition of Saw, but the film does promise to reveal all the questions and secrets of the franchise to bring it to its conclusion. Is it successful in that regard? Well, you’ll just have to endure the torture of sitting through it to find out for yourself.
Saw: The Final Chapter looks like a solid effort. It was shot in HD and shows a strong amount of detail and stability of colors and black levels. Every dripping ounce of vermilion blood pops from the screen in this AVC/MPEG-4 1080p encoding from Lionsgate. If the image falters at all, it is that there is a tendency towards video noise and, unlike some other HD productions we’ve seen, it doesn’t look very film-like in this presentation.
Unfortunately, the 3D doesn’t bring much to the table. For a film like Saw, there has to be some level of “wow” for a 3D presentation to even make sense and Saw’s 3D presentation is pretty mundane, to say the least. Depth of field is only average, sometimes looking downright flat, and there isn’t any real “pop out” to get viewers into the gory action.
Prepare to be encircled by a fairly aggressive DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 mix for Saw: The Final Chapter. When the screaming starts, this thing is relentless. The mix also fills the entire room with oodles of ambience, lots of directional panning, and atmospheric sound effects travel in every direction. None of this is distracting or fatiguing, however, with Saw’s relaxed high frequencies and good balance of dialogue to atmospherics.
You will not be disappointed with the strong dose of HD supplements and two audio commentaries provided on Saw.
The supplements provided with this release are:
- Producers’ Audio Commentary
- Writers’ Audio Commentary
- Deleted and Extended Scenes (1.85:1; 1080p/24) – Six deleted and extended scenes.
- Music Videos:
- Karnivool – “Goliath”
- Kopek – “Cocaine Chest Pains”
- I-Exist – “Pass Out”
- Dir en Grey – “Hagesha to Kono Mune Naka de Karamitsuita Shakunetsu No Yami”
- Danko Jones – “Full of Regret”
- 52 Ways to Die (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:14.15) – Designing the death traps.
- Theatrical Trailer (1.85:1; 1080p/24; Dolby Digital 5.1)
- LG Live
- 2D and 3D versions of the film
The Definitive Word
Another entry in the seemingly never ending Saw franchise offers up what it claims to be the conclusion of this once groundbreaking and now run-of-the-mill series of films. The Blu-ray 3D release offers a solid effort in 2D, giving vivid imagery of all the gore and an excellent 7.1 lossless soundtrack that will haunt your nightmares, but the 3D presentation is disappointing.