Saw III is a benchmark in the franchise; with the first film a success, and the sequel a great follow-up, people were thirsty for more. The result was a controversial, but satisfying end to the first trilogy of the Saw series. To begin on a personal note, I think that the Director's Cut is overall disappointing. It's neat to see some of the footage axed from the theatrical release, but I don't think it integrates well in the end. These additions serve no purpose - it doesn't add to the story, or further build up the chemistry between the characters. Some of the excluded content is still absent, so overall; it doesn't bring any feelings of enhancement to the now two hour cut. The pace is slower and leaves a sour impression afterwards. Making it past the horribly reconstructed ending of the movie, I'm confident that anyone looking to buy Saw III will be happy with the uncut
edition, you can always look up the changes online.
There's no argument that Saw is a well known franchise in cinematic history, if you enjoy it or not. But the third movie is considered to be the "icing on the cake," with its excessive violence and shock value. While I agree that it certainly isn't for the squeamish, I disagree with the criticism on the terms of it being "over violent." It can paint a house with its buckets of gore, but that doesn't sell the effect: it's the emotional aspect which captures it. The relationship we have with our leading cast is what makes it powerful; it's a definite sign of character development done right. I could go on a huge praise on how this movie could change humanity, but I would just be ridiculed.
Saw III benefits in the same way how the previous installment did; taking the same general idea, and implying in a new formula. This is what makes the first trilogy enjoyable - all three are different from each other, but not too deviating at the same time. It's done just right, and that perfectly sums up this movie. There are some things to nitpick, such as the lack of empathy on some of the lesser roles, and probably the overall production. It feels over the top at times; but sitting down and watching it is as enjoyable as it was the first time. It isn't a masterpiece, but it excels and goes beyond the expectations established within the genre.
It is a horror film though, and well deserving of that title; so keep that in mind if you aren't a seasoned macabre fanatic. Go for the uncut edition, because if you have or plan to watch it, chances are that you've seen the previous two already. If you haven't, then check out the first trilogy of the Saw movies. If you've enjoyed all three movies, then try out the second trilogy.