Saw 3D (Original Score Soundtrack)
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Once again Charlie Clouser scores another Saw film, and does an excellent job. The tracks are great and it is definitely worth the $10.
It may not be the best SAW, but it's the best score of the SAWga.
SAW 3D may not be the best SAW film out there, but this score may very well be the best one of the whole series. All the songs on here have very distinct melodies, haunting instrumentals, and they are all dripping with emotion and passion.
It's the best score of the series in terms of accessibility outside of the film, as well as use in the film. SAW's score had some very interesting arrangements, but aside from "Hello Zepp" and "Zepp Overture", none of the songs were very easy to listen to outside of the film. SAW II's score even moreso. SAW III's score was my favorite of the series until 3D came out, and it's very easy to listen to outside of the film, sans a few of the songs. SAW IV's score is also great, but also not the greatest to listen to outside of the film. SAW V's score was appropriate for the movie, but probably my least favorite score of all. SAW VI's score is a wonderful revisiting/remix of many of the best arrangements in the franchise, so it's naturally one of the better scores in my eyes.
But SAW 3D's score is bar-none the absolute best score of the series, again both in terms of accessibility and application. All the SAW scores are appropriate for their movies, but not all of them have beautiful melodies and accessibility outside of their respective film. SAW 3D changes all of this.
My personal favorites are:
"Car Trap" - Very different song for the series, but used very well, and I love how the tempo speeds up alongside the trap.
"Roasted" - My least favorite scene/death in the series, but this song is so beautiful and haunting that it makes up for any negative feelings I have towards the actual scene.
"Tablesaw Intro" - Immediately when I heard this playing in the movie, I was thinking "Oh damn... SAW III might have some competition in terms of score." and it was a very accurate response, considering it turned out to be true. A great song and it's put to great use.
"Support Group" - Aside from the section of the song that is playing behind the flashback to the most pointless trap in the series, this song is great. It has a beautiful melody like "Baptism", but with devastating undertones behind it. Another strange song for the SAW series, but another great one. A little slower than we're used to, but chalk another complete winner up for the SAW 3D score.
"News Bar" - Most of the song is a strange revisiting/remix of "Baptism", but I appreciate it a lot. Not the greatest scene in the movie, but a great part of the score, regardless.
These are just my absolute favorites. I love pretty much every song on this score, and for $10 you are getting one of the most outstanding scores for a psychological thriller ever.
With all these glowing words to say, there is one drawback: It does not have all the arrangements found in the film. The song that plays behind the 'Blind planks' trap is not on here, nor is the song that plays on a flashback montage near the end for a certain character's death; and there are a couple other arrangemenets missing, but I'm unable to remember exactly which ones. These two are the biggies, though. However, the lack of these songs obviously doesn't kill the ingenuity of the overall score, so it's not a huge loss.
If you're a hardcore SAW fan, pick this up. If you're a casual SAW fan, pick this up. If you liked even one of the songs in SAW 3D, pick this up.
It's the best score of the series, hands-down. :)
Best score ever!
Charlie clouser does it again! These scores are great even though it's missing a few scores..like when Hoffman burns down his hideout and Jill's flashblacks before she dies...