Sound & Vision - - ENTERTAINMENT - Bran­don A. Duhamel

2010’s Saw 3D was os­ten­si­bly the fi­nal film in the pop­u­lar hor­ror saga. And then, lo and be­hold, a mere seven years later, the fran­chise was re­booted with Jig­saw. Di­rected by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig, the story finds the elab­o­rate, grue­some Jig­saw killings mys­te­ri­ously start­ing up all over again. As be­fore, law en­force­ment is at a loss as to how the leg­endary se­rial killer Jig­saw—dead and buried!—could pos­si­bly be com­mit­ting these nasty new mur­ders. Mean­while, as is the tra­di­tion with Jig­saw, a fresh group of vic­tims has been en­snared in his in­tri­cate traps and forced to con­fess their own crimes or risk death. The gore-porn hor­ror fran­chise’s lat­est in­stall­ment de­liv­ers on all the ba­sics that have de­fined the se­ries over the years and in­cludes a twist end­ing view­ers will not likely see com­ing. If you are a fan of the Saw films, then Jig­saw should be wholly sat­is­fy­ing, although it may not count as a gen­uinely orig­i­nal take on this well-worn con­cept.

Jig­saw was shot on an Alexa Mini and uti­lized a 2K dig­i­tal in­ter­me­di­ate in the post-pro­cess­ing stage. The 2.40:1 im­age ar­rives on 4K Ul­tra HD in an HEVC 2160p (4K) en­code­ment with Dolby Vi­sion (com­pat­i­ble with HDR10) high dy­namic range. The Dolby Vi­sion is what re­ally makes the dif­fer­ence with this trans­fer. While the de­tail looks crisp and filmic, the ex­panded col­ors and pop in the high­lights are what bring this film to life. The ver­mil­lion paint on a wall, the eerie green glow of lamp­light, or the shock­ing elec­tric blue of, ahem, laser cut­ters: Jig­saw is, ar­guably, the best-look­ing film in the fran­chise on home video.

The over­head chan­nels in the Dolby Atmos (Truehd 7.1 com­pat­i­ble) mix carry an abun­dance of at­mo­spher­ics that re­ally as­sist in build­ing the ten­sion for this sort of hor­ror. But it’s not just the at­mos­phere: There are am­ple di­rec­tional sound ef­fects that move around the room.

We get ex­cel­lent dy­nam­ics and clear di­a­logue with a de­cent amount of ex­ten­sion in the low end as well.

Jig­saw comes with an ane­mic se­lec­tion of spe­cial fea­tures, in­cluded on both the Ul­tra

HD and Blu-ray Discs. There’s an au­dio com­men­tary with pro­duc­ers Mark Burg,

Oren Koules, and Peter Block, and two be­hind-the-scenes pro­grams. There’s the ex­cel­lent seven-part “I Speak for the Dead:

The Le­gacy of Jig­saw” doc­u­men­tary, which ex­plores the en­tire fran­chise as well as the new film, and the brief fea­turette “The

Choice Is Yours: Ex­plor­ing the Props.” An

Ul­tra­vi­o­let and itunes Dig­i­tal Copy is also in­cluded.

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