hus, allowed him to live. Getting the worst of it is William Easton (Peter Outerbridge), who has to choose which of his employees will live and die as he makes his way through Jigsaw's elaborate traps, which include a wire maze with jets of scalding steam and a merry-go-round with a shotgun.

Carrying out Jigsaw's twisted wishes are police detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor), via numbered envelopes with explicit instructions Jigsaw left to his wife, Jill (Betsy Russell). Don't get too caught up in all the semantics and foresight such a Herculean effort would require, because it may make your head explode. Just let the unending flashbacks be, so you can watch other people's heads explode.

That's what you want out of a "Saw" film, anyway, and "Saw VI" sure delivers the gore "? even more than you may want, starting with the "pound of flesh" prologue. Given the punishment doled out to the insurance scum here, the flick's practically cathartic for anyone who's been dealt a bad hand health-wise. Timely, this one, and when's the last time a horror film could be accused of that?

In an age where studios are cutting back on the extra features, it's nice to see Lionsgate still going full-force with special editions, including in-depth looks at the traps and Jigsaw's character development, plus a behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of Universal Studios' "Saw: Game Over" Halloween attraction.

The best feature, however, may be the inclusion of the 2004 original "Saw" on its own DVD. While it's unlikely anyone buying "Saw VI" won't already own the first one, hey, at least it's there. "?Rod Lott

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