Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (Blu-ray / DVD

Saw 3D: The Final Chapter on Blu-ray and DVD (click for larger image)Reviewed by Uncle Creepy

Starring Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell, Sean Patrick Flanery

Directed by Kevin Greutert

Distributed by Lionsgate Home Entertainment

The words “Game Over” have been uttered several times by different characters throughout the Saw franchise, and after the really stinky Saw V we thought for sure the series had gone the way of the saber tooth tiger. Then it happened. Saw VI came out and literally did the impossible by getting the series back on track. Director Kevin Greutert defied the odds and as a result was asked back to deliver, this, what Lionsgate ensures will be the “last entry” into their storied franchise. As if you could ever keep a good ghoul down!

Essentially, Saw: The Final Chapter, as it’s known now for this release, focuses on the exploits of Jigsaw survivor Bobby Dagen (Flanery) a self-help guru who has gained celebrity for his books and appearances and time spent teaching other “survivors” how to cope with the nightmares they’ve been put through via the legacy of the hardest working corpse in horror. Of course this gets the attention of Jigsaw’s partner in crime, Detective Hoffman (Mandylor), and before you can blink, flesh is flayed, entrails are flying, and this film is looking to send the franchise out with a bang.

Saw 3D: The Final Chapter on Blu-ray and DVD (click for larger image)Therein lies the problem, however … said bang turns out to be the most sensationalistic set of traps yet — made even more juicy in this unrated cut. Things so intricate that any and all logic is thrown out the window never to be applied. What made Saw VI so good was that along with its own set of unrealistic killings, it actually had something to say. A good story to go along with all that delicious grue. Saw 3D, while an immense amount of fun, seems more content with just upping the body count and flying way over-the-top to the point of completely ignoring Jigsaw’s message in favor of turning into a straight slasher flick by the film’s end. Don’t get me wrong; it was easy to enjoy Hoffman’s stab-you-in-the-throat-a-thon, but the whole thing just felt as if it were totally outside of the franchise’s element. Still, the movie does a good job of tying up most of the many threads and subplots, leaving only a couple hanging. Just in case, I guess!

The Blu-ray looks good. Damned good. It handles the film’s dark palette well with deep, rich black levels along with some truly intense splashes of color … and blood. In 1080p the film’s scenes of violence are as razor sharp as the implements our resident maniac uses to maim his victims. Couple these moments of delightful devilry with the 7.1 DTS-HD master audio track, and every bone-snapping moment is rendered in nauseatingly good detail. The DVD fares well, too, but really, as usual, there’s no comparison.

In terms of bonus materials each package (of which there are three available – DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D) shares the same special features except for the fifteen-minute featurette 52 Ways to Die, in which some of the series’ key creators sit down and talk up their favorite traps. Once they’re done, we get a pretty cool numbered kill montage that spans the series. This feature is only available in the high definition packages so sorry, DVD owners. Time to upgrade! Also included are two commentary tracks, of which we highly recommend the writers’ track featuring scribes Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton. These two shed a lot of light as to what was going on with the film, which was originally conceived as two separate features, as well as give away a few secrets. Who were the pig-men who showed up toward the end? Listen and you’ll find out their identities. Really good stuff. Add on several music videos, six deleted scenes which offer a bit more Jigsaw, and a trailer; and we are done. Not a bad haul at all.

If you really think this will be the last we hear from Jigsaw, we have several copies of Freddy’s Dead and Friday 4 to sell you. Characters as endearing as everyone’s favorite psychotic cancer patient will always find a way to get back into our nightmares, whether it be another sequel or the most horrifying possibility of all … a remake.

“Game Over”? Like hell it is!

Special Features

  • Producers’ commentary
  • Writers’ commentary
  • 52 Ways to Die featurette (Blu-ray only)
  • Deleted scenes
  • Music videos
  • Trailer


    3 1/2 out of 5

    Special Features:

    3 1/2 out of 5

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    Steve Barton

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    • MagusMaleficus

      When Hoffman stabbed one dude after the other with that knife, I thought I was watching an Assassin’s Creed movie set in modern times.

    • Cinemascribe

      I’m pretty much on the same exact page as you are about this one Creepy. Saw VI remains my personal favorite and as such, to an extent I considered Saw The Final Chapter a step down. However, I also enjoyed the film more than some of the previous entries in the franchise (Saw IV and III come to mind) and there’s no denying that it’s a hell of a lot of fun. Hoffman has been my favorite character for a few films now and watching him go entirely batshit in the last act was in and of itself worth the ticket price.

      A tip to anyone who rocks the Blu-Ray and is considering the 3D version….don’t bother. Theatrically, the 3D was more immersive than it was about throwing things at the audience (there are a few such moments, but not nearly as many as you’d expect given the premise) and even in that regard, it was no great shakes. There were one or two decent moments where the sense of extra spatial relationships shone through (most notably the shot of Chester Bennington as seen through the broken windshield in the car trap..it was as if I could have reached through the broken glass..) but, for the most part, you won’t be missing much with the 2D format.

      Personally, I don’t have Blu-Ray..I’m still on DVD and will be for a while yet. This is one of the rare instances where I lucked out,because the R rated cut of Saw The Final Chapter was more than splattery enough to satisfy my inner gorehound. I don’t require an unrated version. Seriously, I was astonished at the fact that the theatrical cut got away with a mere “R”. That movie was brutal.
      “I’m saying that I’m an insect who dreamt he was a man…and loved it. But now the dream is over..and the insect is awake.” – Seth Brundle

    • fceurich39

      i have the other 6 on dvd but this one i am getting on blu-ray sonce i heard the dvd is only the r-rated version is that true based on the cover art not saying unrated like both blu releases?

      • Uncle Creepy

        The DVD is unrated as well.

        • Cinemascribe

          The DVD which accompanies the Blu-Ray is Unrated,but the standalone DVD-to my knowledge- is the theatrical cut.

          By the way, UC, I’m curious- did you catch that the “brazen bull” mechanism in the scene involving Joyce was designed to look like a pig mask? I admit to missing that the first time I saw the film . Then I had the opportunity to view a clip of the sequence again and ,yep, it’s basic form includes a snout and ears. Nice touch.

          One thing that left me conflicted: I loved John’s flashback with Bobby..the dialogue was pitch perfect and it definitely left me cracking a diabolical grin ..but damn,man, how about that DJ Jazzy Jigsaw outfit Tobin was rocking in that scene? That was really off the wall.

          “I’m saying that I’m an insect who dreamt he was a man…and loved it. But now the dream is over..and the insect is awake.” – Seth Brundle

    • Terminal

      I stopped after part three. In order to see this I’d have to go back and re-watch 3 and then continue on to this chapter and frankly I could give two fucks enough to go through all of that trouble. Good review.
      “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

      • LifeMi

        Watching any Saw movie post part 1, let alone part 3, is a trial in and of itself. Equal parts frustrating, confusing, pathetic, and just plain sad. Sad that a franchise that started off with as much potential as that first film had went to SHIT with all the sequels, including parts 3 and 6.

        • Vanvance1

          I’m part of this club. Three was so awful it stopped me in my tracks. I keep thinking about watching four because the Feast writers are behind it, but three was so epically awful I haven’t managed to get past the bad memory.

          • Terminal

            I didn’t think part three was awful, I just didn’t see a reason to continue on. Any hope of interesting characters were completely dashed after the third film. I never mustered up the enthusiasm to see part four.
            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

        • Terminal

          I just didn’t seethe point after part three. When it ends on the little boy in the box I shrugged and thought “That’s about it for me with this series.”
          “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

      • nonserviam03

        Just go to Wikipedia and read the synopsis for everything up until Part 6. That one is worth at least doing that.

        • Terminal

          I tried but I don’t want to fall asleep.
          “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • nonserviam03

            Either way I’d still say Part 6 is worth checking out.