Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Saw VI Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 22.0 GB
Film Size: 16.1 GB
Film Rating: Unrated
Region: A

The Video
Saw VI comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation that is good, but not quite as strong as the previous film in the series. The Saw films are known to be dark and gritty, and this sixth outing is no different.

The majority of scenes are dark and that’s when black levels become particularly important. I’m happy to report that black levels are solid for the majority of the film, although there were a few moments where I thought they could have been a bit inkier.

Fine detail is present from beginning to end, but not always brought out due to many slightly out of focus shots. Whenever the scene is in focus, detail and clarity is sharp and ever present.

Dazzling would not be the word to use for the video presentation, but fitting and pleasing would.
I think the high-def encode is pretty accurate to the source and I can’t find too many things to complain about. I don’t think the visuals are as strong as the previous film, but they are generally very strong. I’m sure most viewers will be satisfied by this high-def effort. 8/10.

The Audio
A 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included and packs quite the punch. Lionsgate is known for providing full-fledged 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio tracks for many of their high-def releases, and are almost always very impressive. Saw VI, like the previous film, takes the 7.1 and creates a fitting and immersive experience.

The Saw films are filled with sound effects and the placement of the effects make sure to use the surround sound whenever possible and fitting. The direction of the track is very strong and will leave you on the edge of your seat. The film’s music is also extremely aggressive, although clear and impressive at all times.

Dialogue is also quite nice, sounding about as clear as one could expect from the situations. It’s definitely a very chilling and creepy mix, this is one track that will have your home theater setup working hard from beginning to end. I’m very impressed by the mix, it's not the best track you have heard or will hear on Blu-ray. But as far as this film is concerned, they took the effects and created a demo-worthy edge of your seat high-definition track that will easily impress any viewer. 9/10.

The Extras

Audio Commentary
With Producers.

Audio Commentary
With Director & Writers.

The Traps of Saw VI (8:51) (HD)
See the many traps in the film and how they were done with plenty of behind-the-scenes footage.

Jigsaw Revealed (6:01) (HD)

A Killer Maze: Making Saw: Game Over (10:41) (SD)
Go behind-the-scenes at the Saw attraction in Universal Studios.

Music Videos (15:06) (SD)
Mushroomhead - “Your Soul Is Mine”
Memphis May Fire – “Ghost in the Mirror”
Hatebreed – “In Ashes They Shall Reap”
Suicide Silence – “Genocide / Saw VI Remix”

Theatrical Trailer (:51) (HD)

BD Touch
Those with an iPhone or iPod touch and download the BD Touch app from the app store to use your phone as a remote for your Blu-ray disc.

Also From Lionsgate (11:11) (HD)
Trailers for other Lionsgate films

Save your favorite scenes or where you left off and return to them later.

‘Saw’ on Blu-ray
The first Saw film is included as a second Blu-ray disc, it features white disc art but identical to the original domestic Blu-ray release.

There are not many extras, but I did enjoy the audio commentaries. The look at the traps was also very neat and we got behind-the-scenes footage at how many things were done. Including Saw on Blu-ray is a plus for those who don’t own the previous films, but chances are if you are interested in the sixth film than you have already seen the previous ones. Overall I am pleased by the extras, they are informative and fun. 7/10.

The Movie
Saw VI, the sixth film in a series that seems to keep going and going and going. Thanks to one of the audio commentaries, we become informed that there are at least three more films planned, with mention of a shocking twist in the ninth movie.

I’ve been a big fan of the Saw series, despite the franchise going and going, the quality has stayed surprisingly solid all things considered. When films are given so many sequels, usually by now we would have experienced a few awful sequels.

The Saw series did hit a low point with its fourth film, but the quality has since become better and better, which is now to number six. The sixth film is definitely among the best in the series, easily competing with the quality of the first few films.

To those who are new to the Saw series, you may consider picking this release up as it does include the original film. You can start with the original and decide if it’s a series you want to continue. For those new to the series you could also start with this latest movie, a lot of it will not make sense, but as a standalone movie it’s quite solid and easy to understand overall.

The Saw series is known for bringing the gore, and this one is just as strong as any other. This movie is definitely not for those who get nauseous by the sight of blood or excruciating pain. Gory films always make me feel a bit sick to my stomach, but at the same time I can never take my eyes off the screen.

The one complaint I do have is the acting at times was a bit weak, but it’s definitely far from the worst I have seen, particularly among horror films. The story is a very solid continuation in the series, and despite this many sequels, I find myself excited for the next film in the series.

To those who have given up on Saw by now, mostly thanks to the fourth film, I definitely think the series is worth continuing as you may find yourself surprised by the redeeming quality of this film. Saw is not nor has ever been Oscar worthy material, but I’m fine with that. . I definitely enjoyed Saw VI; it’s everything a Saw film should be. It’s sick, it’s tense, and it’s a good time! 8/10.

Blu-news Summary
The Blu-ray release is great, featuring a solid video presentation and demo-worthy audio track. Extras are a bit bland, but I appreciate what is included. Overall Saw VI on Blu-ray is ‘Highly Recommended’ to fans and ‘Worth A Look’ to all others.

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