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Saw IV 2-Disc SE

Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead but that doesn’t end Jigsaw’s reign of terror. During the autopsy of his body, a small cassette is found on which the serial killer announces “the games have just begun”. Little later, SWAT Commander Rigg gets abducted and thrown into a deadly game where he needs to overcome several deadly traps in order to finally save veteran Detective Hoffman…

Sound and Vision:
The image quality is what you expect from a recent release with good contrast, clear images and plenty of detail. Several scenes have some intentional grain and/or are stylized to benefit the atmosphere that has to go along with them and this is done in a decent way as well.

The soundtrack does its job nicely with good use of the surround speakers and subwoofer where necessary.

– Audio commentary track by director Darren Lynn Bousman
– Props of Saw IV
– Darren’s Video Diary
– Behind the Scenes
– Deleted Scenes
– TV Spots
– Film Clips
– Traps of Saw IV
– Interview with cast & crew
– Photo Gallery
– Liner Notes
– Trailers

Except for three features (Props of Saw IV, Traps of Saw IV & Darren’s Video Diary) we get the usual stuff from Dutch Filmworks which means it’s not all that great. Still, nice for the fans though.

Saw immediately became a hit success upon release thanks to the cruelty of the traps that were set up for the victims and the original plot twists. By now we’ve come to the fourth movie and they seem to be getting released on an ever increasing speed and this does not benefit the overall quality. The storyline lacks originality, the traps are hardly surprising anymore and the acting isn’t a savior for the movie either.

Does that mean Saw IV is an utterly bad movie? Well… no. It’s just that it doesn’t manage to rise above the average horror movie anymore and we’ve seen it all before. If you don’t mind that, you can still enjoy more Jigsaw but the “blown off your feet” feeling already went away after part 2 and there’s nothing that you get in return.

Our Score:

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