Movie Review: JIGSAW (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

JIGSAW was directed by Michael and Peter Spierig from a screenplay by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger and stars Tobin Bell, Laura Vandervoot, Callum Keith Rennie, Brittany Allen, Matt Passmore and Hannah Emily Anderson.

The Jigsaw Killer is back and taking his signature brand of twisted scenarios to the next level. In the latest terrifying installment of the legendary SAW series, law enforcement find itself chasing the ghost of a man dead for over a decade, embroiled in a diabolical new game that’s only just begun.  Has John Kramer, the infamous Jigsaw Killer, returned from the dead to commit a series of murders and remind the world to be grateful for the gift of life?  Or is this a trap set by a different killer with designs of their own?

Jigsaw (fka Saw Legacy) is the eighth installment in this long-running horror franchise and follows a new series of murders that all bear the markings of the Jigsaw killer. The thing is, John Kramer (Tobin Bell) has been dead for years now so has he actually returned from the grave or is their a sinister copycat killer that has started a deadly new game? One thing is for sure, the traps have all been set. There’s a new group of potential victims that’s introduced and they’re all guilty of crimes that they must confess to or suffer the extreme consequences. They’re also given choices just like the previous victims because, you know, Jigsaw is fair like that. As the law enforcement gathers the clues and gets closer to solving this mysterious new case, all the pieces of this new puzzle slowly come together with a twisted unveiling left for the finale.

When Saw first burst onto the scene back in 2004 it was a major game changer that brought torture porn to mainstream along with complex and twisted storytelling. It also introduced the audience to an antagonist that wasn’t supernatural or superpowered. John Kramer was a smart man who did all of these things to these people  for a powerful reason and this new chapter continues telling his story plus it’s able to pass the torch. Each installment has featured some crazy traps and a twisted ending and Jigsaw carries on this legacy in style. It has a smart story, the traps are back along with the blood and gore but there isn’t as much as the previous sequels. Instead, this movie stays closer to the original and depends less on the red stuff and more of the mystery surrounding these new murders. Oh yeah, Billy the Puppet is back, too! Jigsaw is much more of a whodunnit murder mystery than a full blown torture porn but never fear because there are some creative kills in the movie – especially the one with the lasers! Needless to say, this movie has everything hardcore Saw fans want to see.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear and the picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Jigsaw was a welcomed return in the Saw franchise after the long break and I really did enjoy the watch. We got a Saw movie every Halloween for seven years straight from 2004-2010 and then there was a seven year hiatus. A much needed one I might add. The thought-provoking story was well conceived and links closely to the others, especially the first one. This chapter serves as a sequel and a prequel because there’s two different storylines happening in Jigsaw and that’s as far as I’ll go with that because I don’t want to spoil things in case you haven’t watched it yet. The Spierig brothers did a good job bringing this new chapter to life and the editing was perfect because the story is so complex. The cast was great, and yes, Tobin Bell is back for more fun and games, but how they pulled this off is the cool part. The creative traps are also back (old and new) and with them comes blood and gore. All in all, I’d say this new chapter falls somewhere in the middle of the pack in the Saw franchise because it’s not the best entry but it’s definitely not the worst. Jigsaw will be available on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack on January 23rd and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 91 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos / Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / English Dolby Digital 2.0 / EDA

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include an all-new 7-part documentary, some audio commentary, a behind-the-scenes featurette and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Audio Commentary with Producers Mark Burg, Oren Koules, and Peter Block
  • “I Speak for the Dead: The Legacy of Jigsaw” 7-Part Documentary (1:21:56)
  1. “A New Game”
  2. “You Know His Name”
  3. “Survival of the Fittest”
  4. “Death by Design”
  5. “Blood Sacrifice”
  6. “The Source of Fear”
  7. “The Truth Will Set You Free”
  • “The Choice is Yours: Exploring the Props” Featurette (06:27)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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