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Saw II
Genre: Horror

Reviewed In Issue 107 (Apr 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Donnie Wahlberg, Franky G. Glenn Plummer, Beverley Mitchell, Dina Meyer, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Erik Knudsen, Shawnee Smith & Tobin Bell

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 2
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Special Features
Includes a three-minute Jigsaw's Game featurette, the theatrical trailer, four pleasant little explorations into the humane traps of Jigsaw (The Head Trap, The Needle Pit, The Hand Trap, and The Furnace) that can be viewed as a 20-minute featurette, a five-minute glimpse at the Bits And Pieces that went into the gore of Saw II, four storyboard-to-screen comparisons, a conceptual art gallery, and bonus trailers.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Lions Gate Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 18859
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For grisly violence and gore, terror, language, and drug content
(Retail Price): $28.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 93
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2005
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/14/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Darren Lynn Bousman
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Jigsaw's (Bell) got more death and destruction in his bag of tricks and allows detective Eric Matthews (Wahlberg) to detain him following a gruesome murder-by-head trap. It's time for Matthews to try and save a house full of victims (including his son) who have two hours to find an antidote to the poison that is slowly killing them. There are more death traps and twists to gross out most viewers, while fans of gore may want a Saw II (to) cut off their own body parts and join in on the bloody fun. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
Like the original movie, this anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture exhibits a sickening greenish tinge that is complementary to the gross storytelling. Images are a bit soft, but details are adequate. There is a gritty texture noticed at times, provided by film grain. Edge enhancement is not an issue for this DVD, but there is some pixel breakup detected. While resembling Saw, this DVD picture is a bit more refined. (Suzanne Hodges)

Although the Dolby