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Sadako [Blu-ray] (2012)

Satomi Ishihara , Kji Seto , Tsutomu Hanabusa  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Satomi Ishihara, Kji Seto, Ysuke Yamamoto, Tsutomu Takahashi
  • Directors: Tsutomu Hanabusa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, 3D, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: June 4, 2013
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,883 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"I was really frightened...a great 3D experience"

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Sadako waits, a vicious spirit, hungry for blood and souls. What began as a haunted videotape, passed from hand to cursed hand all those years ago in THE RING, has only gotten easier to find. Sadako waits. And it's not just on tape anymore. At a local high school, there is a rumor. An online video of someone committing suicide. If it were only a prank, or the work of a deranged artist in town, the students wouldn't be killing themselves after watching it, would they? The police would have a theory about the quickly-growing body count? And what about the woman in white with long hair? Sadako is always hungry. And she's no longer alone.


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Terrible, But A Bit Hairy March 8, 2013
Historically, everything in the "Ring" media franchise has been pretty rock-solid. The main films are classics, and Koji Suzuki's original novel is on par with many things Stephen King has written. The various manga adaptations have also been entertaining, and from hearsay, the TV drama was solid. Heck, even the Dreamcast game, "Ring: Terror's Realm" is so bad that it's actually brilliant as a comedic experience.

So when somebody finally decided to update the infamous antagonist Sadako to be relevant to a modern audience (read: not in a videotape), I was reasonably excited. But while "Sadako 3D" does manage to succeed in being a relatively frightening horror flick with an interesting backstory, its confusing placement in the continuity and the lukewarm plot make it the weakest link of the series.

"Sadako" follows a young school-teacher who is haunted by a traumatic childhood experience in which she was almost killed by a psychotic man wielding a knife. To save herself and her classmates, she let out a deafening scream which shattered glass and killed the attacker. She was then shunned by her peers, with the exception of one boy who ended up becoming her fiance. Fast forward to the present, where rumor has it that a mysterious video is circulating on the internet that acts as a virus of sorts, and forces people into suicide. When one of her students is afflicted, the teacher finds herself embroiled in the story of how the video virus came to be, and tries to stop it before it consumes the world by infecting the entire internet.

Kudos should be given to the concept of the film, directed by series newbie Tsutomu Hanabusa (who also wrote the script, along with veteran horror writer Yoshinobu Fujioka).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sadako 3-Dud June 29, 2013
By orvuus
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Ack! This is horrible. Familiar premise to Ring (Ringu) fans -- a cursed video claims lives mysteriously. Unfortunately from the beginning this film has three strikes against it: 1.) everyone by now is at least passingly familiar with the cursed video concept; 2.) this movie does not make a convincing progression on this concept (a mad loner wants to strike back by harnessing the power of Sadako simply because his website got "burned" i.e. criticized?); 3.) the 3D gimmick and the CGI thrown in look like they were done on someone's home computer -- badly done and inserted randomly in the movie. The actresses and actors are good enough, but due to the bad script, direction, and effects this movie is completely scare-free for me. Out of desperation or lack of ideas the roughly last one third becomes something like a Universal monster movie (but making less sense); and then, worst of all, ... well, I'm not going to give out a spoiler but let's just say this movie does not end like the other Ringu movies. In fact, this movie has nothing to do with the other Ring movies -- not in terms of director, actors, or even storyline. Give it a miss.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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... Unfortunately for viewers, it's not fictional. This movie takes the extra step of not only being about a video that makes people want to kill themselves: it lets you know exactly how that would feel. Time warps are apparently now possible because this bluray turned 93 minutes into six excruciating hours.

The acting isn't to blame and the photographic 3D is good. Everything else, from the convoluted, canon-decimating plot to the ridiculous pace and headscratching dialog will make you rue the day you got sucked in to this hot pile of wasted opportunity with extra cheese.

Bonus points for the crap CGI glass that makes you feel like you're in an unreleased 80's music video. But the points have a negative value.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Sad Entry to the series March 15, 2014
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I felt through out this film that they were trying too hard to make an America friendly film. It just felt so dull and plodding setting up the story. The kills as such were really pathetic for the most and 3-D did not help. The majority of the effects were CGI if not all and not done terribly well.

Most of the kills are simply a poor looking CGI arm coming out of a computer screen and deaths that appear to be suicides... YAWN.

Near the end when everything comes together, it picks up a bit and i like the creepy well monsters but it still leaves you unfulfilled in the end and not even worth an average rating. This does not add at all to the Ring/Sadako story in any way and very likely will not be viewed a second time by me as it is nothing more than a cash-in on the name with no substance to add to the Sadako mythology.
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In Japan, similar to America, they have horror films that continue to be released every few years.

For Japan, one of those horror films that continue to be released are the "Ring" films, based on the novels by Koji Suzuki. Films that have inspired American and Korean remakes and an visual image that remains a scary figure for people in Japan, to this day.

The antagonist for the films is an entity known as Sadako Yamamura and for each film, it appears the history of the long dark black haired woman (or in the novel's case, a hermaphrodite) wearing white, seems to be muddled. A person with a "Ring Virus", a person that was born with psychic powers and in the past, she is able to kill people with a cursed tape which in the past had traveled a person's body and killing them.

Of course, things have changed a bit with Sadako's storyline and the same can be said about the fifth film titled "Sadako 3D", a film based on Koji Suzuki's novel "S" and is directed by Tsutomu Hanabusa. It's also a chance for the film to bring Sadako to a modern era via attacking people through PC/cell phone technology and also using 3D technology to give audiences more of a frightening experience at the cinema.


"Sadako 3D" is presented in 1:85:1 aspect ratio and one disc comes with both the 3D and 2D version of the film. First, let's discuss the 2D version of the film. Shot digitally, picture quality is very good for "Sadako 3D". Skin tones are natural, black levels are nice and deep. I saw no artifacts or banding or any negative issues during my viewing of the film. Good amount of detail during closeups and outdoor scenes are vibrant and colorful, while darker scenes are ominous and creepy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Movie
This was a Christmas gift for my husband. He said this is a great movie. These are the types of movies that he likes.
Published 6 months ago by Connie Alchediak
1.0 out of 5 stars The Screen Writers Never Watched Ringu
Ringu was an interesting concept for a horror movie, a young girl with powerful ESP is ostracized tossed in a well and kills people through a VHS (for the young and clueless, how... Read more
Published 8 months ago by A Fan
2.0 out of 5 stars False Hope; this movie should be changed to "sci-fi"
This review has *slight* spoilers.
This is not a true Ring "conclusion". I'm a big Koji Suzuki fan; I've read all his books. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Austin
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Scary Japanese Horror, Good 3D
Somewhat tired rehash of The Ring series, with the updated "die if you watch it" video now being streamed online.
Good acting, directing, and production values. Read more
Published 13 months ago by anthony45
3.0 out of 5 stars Well ... (Pun intended)
I've always said that horror films tend to be easiest to make because - on the face of it - they require the smallest investment in characters. Read more
Published 13 months ago by E. Lee Zimmerman
3.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity
The Ringu franchise gets a 21st century update in this fourth instalment of the classic horror series. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jordan
2.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray Review: "Sadako 3D"
Oh, "Sadako 3D." How unfulfilled I was left after watching you. I waited many months for a proper U.S. release and Well Go USA fulfilled my want. Read more
Published 13 months ago by ERSInk . com
3.0 out of 5 stars "Sadako 3D" not bad at all. Decent blu-ray transfer.
The "Ringu" franchise is a fascinating phenomenon. This latest chapter in the series is not a bad film. It has its creepy and shock moments. But it is a little over-the-top. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Asian Mack
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Don't Listen To The Cover
You'l love Sadako 2 3D then ;)
Jun 24, 2013 by Matthew |  See all 2 posts
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