Monday, January 19, 2009

Saw V: 2-Disc Unrated Director's Cut Blu-ray Review

Saw V: 2-Disc Unrated Director's Cut Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonDisc Size: 21.9 GB
Film Size: 18.6 GB
Film Rating: Unrated

Video
Saw V comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The film looks fantastic in high-def despite the gritty and grainy look throughout. The film is dark, dirty, and quite grainy, but the high-def presentation looks very nice. Detail is quite stunning as well, and the screenshots don't do it justice (Mainly because the best shots were either too gory, or spoiled major parts in the film). Colors are vivid and rich, and black levels stay solid from beginning to end. It's not going to be demo material, but it looks very impressive when considering the style of film that is. 9/10.
Audio
A 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included, and steals the show. This track is aggressive, and very immersive. Dialogue was clear at all times, and I love what they did with it. Dialogue stays in the front and center for the majority of the film, but the track also expands to the rear speakers, one occasion there's a woman screaming from behind the viewer. The film's little effects, such as the traps also make a very nice use of the surround speakers, and come at you from every direction when the scene allows. It's very immersive, and very impressive. 10/10.

Extras

Disc 1:

Director's Commentary
Producer's Commentary
The Pendulum Trap (5:48) (SD)
The Cube Trap (5:13) (SD)
The Coffin Trap (5:44) (SD)
The Fatal Five (11:55) (SD)
Slicing The Cube: Editing The Cube Trap (5:03) (SD)
Theatrical Trailer (:50) (HD)
Also From Lionsgate (10:00) (HD)
MoLog (BD-Live)
Bookmarks

Disc 2:
Digital Copy (Compatible with iTunes and Windows Media)

Blu-news Summary
Saw V was definitely surprising, especially after Saw IV. The film definitely is an improvement over the previous film in all aspects, and can't wait for the next in the series. The film is difficult to suggest for all, particularly if you have not seen the previous installments. Like previous installments, Saw V does not lack in the gore category, and not for those who can't stand blood. The film was very well made for the most part, and a solid purchase for followers of the series.

The Blu-ray release is fantastic, with a top notch video presentation, and an immersive audio track. Extras are quite neat as well, giving you a look at all the traps, as well as behind-the-scenes. MoLog (A Lionsgate BD-Live feature) is back once again, and while not anything amazing, it can be fun. A Digital Copy version of the film is included as the 2nd disc, and great for fans of the film. The Blu-ray release is 'Highly Recommended.'

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