Saw: Uncut Edition James Wan

Re-released in order to capitalise on the new sequel, appropriately titled Saw II, this two-disc uncut edition of the first film (packaged in a nifty blood pack case) offers more extras you may or may not need. The film is a gritty, psychological slasher that for some reason remains under-appreciated even though it brought a thrillingly original idea to the horror genre and grossed 50 times what it cost to make. First-time director Wan and writer/actor Leigh Whannel are responsible for the concept, and within all of the games played and blood shed is a terrifically misleading whodunit? that leaves you in the dark until the final scene. Wan and Whannel provide a new commentary, this time with actor Cary Elwes, who helps bring new light to the film and adds even more colour to the pair's vibrant Aussie personalities. Wan admits there are some additional shots for this new version, but it's hardly noticeable without his guidance. The trio stresses how little prep time was involved going into the film, which resulted in some improv work, and it's even more interesting to learn that because they were so strapped for time and cash almost every single shot was used in the film. "Hacking Away" is a three-part featurette that breaks down the stages of production. Here, everything is revealed, from the quick and seemingly easy job of getting a production company involved to the fact that Wan made up a lot of his shots on set as the camera was rolling to how cramped it was in the dingy room where they shot the majority of the film. Elwes even confesses that he actually received a minor cut on his leg in the film's most unforgettable and gruesome scene. Also included is the original short film that started it all, featuring Whannell in a different but familiar role from the feature length version. Plus: gallery, storyboard sequence, production team commentary. (Maple)