Saw Uncut Edition- Disk 1:
* A fun commentary by Leigh Whannell, James Wan, and Cary Elwes. The three joke around and praise everyone involved in the production, talk about improvised scenes, mention shots put back in for the uncut edition, and even discuss Elwes turning down "Critters 3."
* Commentary by producers Mark Burg, Gregg Hoffman, Oren Koules. This track gives some interesting background information into the film's financing. Basically, the producers took a risk and used their OWN money to make "Saw." It's always great to see folks believing in a person's vision/dream. I'm glad the gamble paid off.
Saw Uncut Edition- Disk 2:
* A nearly 4 minute director's art gallery.
* A 2 ½ minute alternate storyboard sequence of an action sequence in Jigsaw's Workshop.
* "Hacking Away At Saw" (36 minutes) is a behind-the-scenes look at pre-production, production, and post-production work on "Saw." The featurette discusses how the story was written, how it was funded, where it was shot, how stylish editing was done to hide flaws and or gaps, etc.
* "Saw: The Original Short Film" (9 ½ minutes) is the gem of this 2 disk set. The short centers around a police officer talking to a man about being abducted and waking up with a trap on his jaw. Considering it's a low budget short, I have to say it's as equally impressive and creepy as the finished version in the feature length film.
* A weird mock news report about Jigsaw titled "Full Disclosure: Piecing Together Jigsaw" (14 ½ minutes).
* A DVD-ROM game tiled "Jigsaw's Workshop."
* A 3 ½ minute preview of the opening scene from "Saw 2."
* Previews for "High Tension," "Undead," "Desperate Souls," "Dark Harvest 2," "Ghostwatcher 2," and "Saw 2."
Saw 2- Special Edition- Disk 1:
* Previews for "Reservoir Dogs" DVD, "The Descent," "See No Evil," "Ju-On 2," "Saw 2," and "Saw 3."
* A commentary track by Darren Lynn Bousman, David Hackl, Kevin Greutert. This is a laid back and humorous commentary in which the three basically point out how flawed their film is. They mention all the continuity mistakes, slightly rough direction, and even poke fun at the production designer. Worth a listen.
* Commentary by James Wan and Leigh Whannell. This is another amusing commentary track in which writer Leigh Whannell points out films he ripped off ("The Shining"), and talks about the fans, the gore, and the even the bad PhotoShop work done on a photograph seen in the film.
Saw 2- Special Edition- Disk 2:
* "The Scott Tibbs Documentary" (26 minutes) is a completely flat and obnoxious fictional docu done by a fictional rock band member.
* An artsy and amateurish two-minute short film by Darren Lynn Bousman titled "Zombie." Viewers have the option to hear Darren's commentary on the short as well.
* A touching 6 ½ minute tribute to the late Gregg Hoffman (a producer of the first two "Saw" films).
* A 49 ½ minute collection of behind-the-scenes featurettes titled "The Saw Phenomenon," "Conceiving A Sequel," "The Players," "The Sets," "Cinematography," "Sound Design," and "Fun On Set." These 7 featurettes are all very brief and mainly discuss how "Saw 2" got a new director, a bigger budget, and how they gave fans what they wanted to see.
* An interactive Play Me set-top game in which you answer questions.
* "The Story Behind The Story"( 3 ½ minutes) is a quick little featurette in which the writers discuss how the story was inspired by a news story on a creepy criminal.
Note: Viewers have the option to go directly to the extras or they can wander through a 3D Jigsaw Lair and find the extras.
Saw 3 Director's Cut- Disk 1:
* Previews for "Saw 2- Special Edition" DVD, "The Descent," "Chicago Massacre-Richard Speck," "Night Of The Living Dead 3D," and "Captivity."
* A commentary track by Darren Lynn Bousman and J Larose. Right off the bat you can tell Darren is tired of doing commentary tracks. With all the double-dips for "Saw 2" and "Saw 3" (and eventually "Saw 4"), I can't say I blame him. Regardless, Darren lets loose some interesting "Saw 4" tidbits and shares his love of transition shots and Shawnee Smith.
* A commentary track by Leigh Whanell. Leigh talks about the overwhelming fan response to the series, the excitement of buying a Jigsaw action figure, and characters (mainly Amanda and her test).
* Actors Tobin Bell and Shawnee Smith also have a commentary track. While the two are sometimes quiet, they seem to be having a good time recalling the fun they have on set with the cast and crew. The two also chat about how the appeal of the "Saw" series is due to strong characters and intricate continuity.
Saw 3 Director's Cut- Disk 2:
* A sneak peek at a scene from "Saw 4." Without giving away too much, the scene involves two men (one with his eyes sown shut, one with his mouth sown up) chained to a machine that is pulling in the chain little by little.
* A text questionnaire in which Darren Lynn Bousman, David Armstrong, Cristy Becker, Tobin Bell, Troy Begnaud, Kevin LeBlanc, James Wan, and Leigh Whannell talk about their favorite scenes, lines, and traps.
* An interactive trivia game titled "Jigsaw's Plan."
* A 14 ½ minute featurette titled "Looking Tortured" in which viewers are given the directions (and materials) needed to re-create four make-up jobs.
* A 3 ½ minute music video titled "Killer Inside Messed Up World Remix."
* "Choose The Death" contains commentary (as well as concept art) on 10 different death scenes from "Saw 2" and "Saw 3." The scenes are as followed: "Kerry's Angel Trap," "Frozen," "Eric In Chains," "Classroom," "The Meat Grinder," "Twisty Tin," "Michael's Trap," "Gus's Gun Trap," "Obi's Oven," and "Hand Trap."
If you already own these 3 particular editions of the 3 "Saw" films, there's no point in picking this set up. If you are a fan of the "Saw" films and want to own them, then by all means run out to the store and buy the "Saw Trilogy" box set before "Saw 4" is released.
Film and television enthusiast Nick Lyons recently had his first book published titled "Attack of the Sci-Fi Trivia." It is available on Amazon.com.