Writer Leigh Whannell could never have foreseen in 2004 that a small low budget horror thriller that he wrote for himself to appear in and James Wan to direct would spawn a huge franchise that would run for twenty years earning a billion dollars to date. So successful was that first film that the Saw sequels were an annual event released at Halloween until 2010. Since then the release of the films has been intermittent and the franchise began to suffer from an increasingly convoluted timeline. But Saw X has given the franchise something of a much needed boost and earned both critical and commercial acclaim earning $105m at the worldwide box office and the film is now released on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD
This tenth film sees John Kramer (Tobin Bell) return and is all the better for it. The most disturbing instalment of the SAW franchise yet explores the untold chapter of Jigsaw’s most personal game. Set between the events of SAW I and II, a sick and desperate John travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure in hopes of a miracle cure for his cancer – only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, the infamous serial killer returns to his work, turning the tables on the con artists in his signature visceral way through devious, deranged, and ingenious traps. Read our review HERE.
Written by Pete Goldfinger & Josh Stolberg who had also written two of the previous installments but their script, written back in 2018, had originally been intended as the ninth film until Chris Rock, himself a huge fan of the franchise, approached the producers with an idea and he took the lead role Spiral (From the book of Saw) released during lockdown. With the franchise storyline having become so convoluted the writers took the series right back to ground zero making it John Kramer’s story. It wasn’t the only change, the franchise having mostly been shot in Toronto was going to be shot in Prague but a number of locations saw the film relocated to a Mexican setting where it was also shot.
This Home Ent release has a huge array of bonus features that takes in the making of the film with six chapters each looking individually at the reawakening of the series, cast & characters, locations, and of course those traps as well an interesting bit on the reintroduction of the original Lionsgate logo that appeared at so many of the early films.
There’s a decent commentary too with director Kevin Greutert (looking like U2’s bass player Adam Clayton) who has edited seven of the films right from the very start and this is his third film as director. He’s joined by the DoP and production designer but would have been even better if writer Josh Stolberg had been involved as his contributions on the featurettes have him as excited about the film as fans were at the time of the film’s release. There’s little about the film that isn’t covered with other bonus features including make up tests, 13 deleted scenes and of course the trailer making this something of an essential buy for the films huge fan base with an end credit scene that puts a different spin on what would follow
Related feature : Chris Rock in Spiral (from the book of Saw) reviewed here
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Here’s the Saw X trailer…..
Saw X is released on 4K UHD, BLU-RAY & DVD on 11th December2023