jigsaw

Bodies continue to turn up when the notorious Jigsaw killer returns for the eighth installment of one of the most successful horror franchises in history! In the latest terrifying installment of the legendary SAW series, law enforcement finds 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?

jigsawbluStudio: Lionsgate
Year: 2017
Release Date: January 23, 2018
Run time: 91 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 7.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50
Region: A

The ‘Saw’ series has been one of the highest quality horror series ever made. ‘Jigsaw’ is the eighth entry in the series and there is still yet to be a bad film made among them. Some are undoubtedly better than others, but I defy you to point me out one that is inherently bad. I also defy you to show me another horror series (even any type of series at all is rare) that has maintained quality across that many films. That’s why I was so happy that ‘Jigsaw’ was a brilliant movie, because if they had come back seven years later only to put forward a bad film for the sake of making money it would have ruined everything. Luckily that was not the case though.

While this one does follow the formula used in all the past films, it also feels quite unique in a number of ways. The original seven films were all set within a very tight time-frame. This one of course is pushing ten years into the future. This adds layers of intrigue to the proceedings, because how could ‘Jigsaw’ be committing these crimes when he died all those years back? And you just know they’re going to have a brilliant answer to that question.

As far as the traps go in this one, I’m not too sure how I feel. None of them were bad, however none of them really blew me away either. My favourite one (without giving away any spoilers) was actually the most simple one in the film involving a gun. The psychology behind that one is what I loved. I love when these films aren’t afraid to be intelligent.
Movie Content: 8/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. ‘Jigsaw’ out of all the films in the series has to be the most crisp looking film in the entire series of films on Blu-ray. ‘Jigsaw’ does retains the grit from the earlier ‘SAW’ films with some excellent details throughout. Colors are strong with no soft points. The film retains that industrial look from the past films with browns, reds, and yellows being the strongest colors in the mix. This time around a bluish tint also takes center stage throughout many scenes in the film. Black levels are deep and inky providing some excellent details in dark scenes. Flesh tones are natural. This print offers some great details throughout the entire film. I did not really notice any grain this time around which is a staple of the series.
Video Quality: 9.5/10

The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 7.1 mix. This DTS mix is aggressive throughout the film taking advantage of the soundfield. ‘Jigsaw’ continues the aggressive/bombastic mix as we found with the last few “SAW” films. This mix offers some very nice dynamics with each sound. You feel immersed at all times as this film is very atmospheric from listening to the traps as they are in operation, to the screams from their victims, gunshots, and many effects. The panning of effects is also well done as you can hear the chains of one of the traps pan across the rears. Bass is deep offering a rather thunderous rumble during the intense scenes. This franchise is a mix of sound effects and dialogue using its soundfield to its fullest. Dialogue is clear and crisp through the center channel with no issues. The mix is well balanced offering a consistent level during the intense scenes and the subtle moments when there is dialogue.
Audio Quality: 9.5/5

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Producers Mark Burg, Oren Koules, and Peter Block
  • “I Speak for the Dead: The Legacy of Jigsaw” 7-Part Documentary
  • “A New Game”
  • “You Know His Name”
  • “Survival of the Fittest”
  • “Death by Design”
  • “Blood Sacrifice”
  • “The Source of Fear”
  • “The Truth Will Set You Free”
  • “The Choice is Yours: Exploring the Props” Featurette

Special Features: 7/10

Final Thoughts

All and all, a solid and entertaining movie that manages to stand on its own while sticking to the series’ story. It was worth the price of admission!
Overall Rating: 8/10