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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Saw: The Final Chapter’ Hopefully Ends Lackluster Series

Saw: The Final Chapter

CHICAGO – I’m old enough to remember how the “Friday the 13th” series made a promise of “The Final Chapter” after the fourth film only to return with “Friday the 13th: A New Beginning.” Let’s hope that “Saw: The Final Chapter” (also known as “Saw 7” and “Saw 3D”) does not follow the same pattern because this lackluster series truly needs to end now. At least give it a few years for some filmmaker to find what worked about it in the first place (for the record, I think the original “Saw” is a near-great horror flick…but the franchise went 1-for-7 overall) because this final film does not demand a follow-up. Please.

Slideshow: 13-Image Gallery For ‘Saw 3D’ Starring Cary Elwes, Betsy Russell

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Sean Patrick Flanery stars as Bobby in SAW 3D. Photo credit: Brooke Palmer

CHICAGO – This 13-image slideshow contains all of the official press images for the highly-anticipated “Saw 3D,” starring Cary Elwes, Betsy Russell, Costas Mandylor, Tobin Bell, and Sean Patrick Flanery. The film was written by Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunston and directed by Kevin Greutart. It will be released on October 29th, 2010.

Blu-Ray Review: ‘Saw VI’ Improves the Franchise, But Still Weak

Saw VI

CHICAGO – “Saw VI” opens with two people in a race to cut off as much flesh as possible before time runs out. It’s gross. It’s nauseating. It’s exactly what fans of this franchise have been looking for and what its critics have derided. The twist is that these victims are a part of the current financial crisis, making their torture something audiences, many of which have been impacted through loss of income, would more likely cathartically enjoy.

Blu-Ray Review: ‘Saw V’ Delivers Exactly What Fans Expect

Saw V
HollywoodChicago.com Blu-Ray Rating: 2.0/5.0
Blu-Ray Rating: 2.0/5.0

CHICAGO – The latest entry in the neverending Saw franchise, “Saw V” hit Blu-Ray this week and, well, it’s a little difficult to review. The video and audio are better-than-average, but the features are sub-par at best and, the movie, well, it’s basically exactly what you’d expect it to be. There’s a reason they hold these movies back from critics. Reviews of the actual film barely seem to matter.

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