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The Grudge 2 (Unrated Director's Cut) (2006)

Amber Tamblyn , Edison Chen , Takashi Shimizu , Toby Wilkins  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (513 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Amber Tamblyn, Edison Chen, Arielle Kebbel, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Takako Fuji
  • Directors: Takashi Shimizu, Toby Wilkins
  • Writers: Takashi Shimizu, Ben Ketai, Stephen Susco
  • Producers: Ben Ketai, Bill Bannerman, Doug Davison
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (513 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,542 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Grudge 2 (Unrated Director's Cut)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • East Meets West Featurette
  • Grudge 2: Storyline Development Featurette
  • "Ready When You Are, Mr. Shimizu" Featurette
  • Holding a Grudge: Kayako & Toshio Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Tales from the Grudge with Introduction from Sam Raimi
  • Cast & Crew Reel Change Montage

Editorial Reviews

The Grudge 2 is a spooky installment in Takashi Shimizu's hardworking Ju-on/Grudge series of horror pictures. It doesn't carry the disorienting thrill of the very first Japanese Ju-on features, but it's a lot creepier than anybody could have expected. The story picks up from the end of the first Hollywood version of The Grudge, and has nothing to do with Ju-on 2, Shimizu's Japanese sequel. Sarah Michelle Gellar returns (a distinctly supporting role) as an American woman traumatized by her experiences with a haunted house in Tokyo; younger sister Amber Tamblyn flies over to help out. This particular storyline doesn't have much meat on it; the murder house is still there, and people who go inside have a disconcerting habit of dropping dead. Fortunately, two other plots thread into the basic one: a group of American schoolgirls in Tokyo become intrigued by the legend of the house, and some Chicago apartment dwellers are unsettled by domestic anxiety and the weird sounds coming from next door. (This storyline, featuring Jennifer Beals, gives the film its extremely satisfying opening sequence.) As usual with these movies, sequences come to us in non-chronological order, and it's up to us to piece it together. You can guess where the film is going, but the slow trajectory toward its final sequences is surprisingly involving. The movie was widely panned upon its release, which says more about the presumption of the law of diminishing sequel returns than the film itself--it's a decent little horror flick. --Robert Horton

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Acclaimed producers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise have re-teamed with director Takashi Shimizu and screenwriter Stephen Susco to present this heart-stopping sequel to the smash-hit thriller, The Grudge. When Aubrey Davis (Amber Tamblyn, TV's "Joan of Arcadia") learns her sister Karen (Sarah Michelle Geller) has been hospitalized, she immediately flies to Tokyo. Once there, she learns her sister's horrifying story and discovers that the fatal supernatural curse has been unleashed. Now, as the grudge spreads across the world, a new host of unsuspecting victims are about to become infected by the force that can't be stopped -- and won't be killed.

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157 of 189 people found the following review helpful
Despite the $39 million that "The Grudge" earned in its opening weekend to make it the #1 film in the nation, I had low expectations when I popped this DVD in to watch. This was because my youngest daughter had rushed out to see the film (because it had Sarah Michelle Gellar a.k.a. "Buffy the Vampire" in it) and she was bitterly disappointed. While I would not trust her opinion as to what is a great movie (she loves "Gone With the Wind" but does not get "The Godfather"), I thought she would know what was a bad horror movie. Consequently, I think my expectations for "The Grudge" were so low that there was nowhere to go but up once I actually watched it.

I knew this 2004 horror film was a remake of the Japanese movie "Ju-on," in the tradition of "Ringu"/"The Ring," but I did not know that it was filmed in Japan by the same director, Takashi Shimizu (I tend to avoid finding out a lot about films until I actually see them so that I be pure of mind when I first watch them). This makes a big difference because the idea behind this production is behind both the strengths and the weaknesses of "The Grudge" as a film. However, since I lived in Japan for a couple of years, have enjoyed Japanese films in general and "Spirited Away" in particular, and have an ability to understand non-linear narrative forms, I have to admit that I have a peculiar position from which to view the film (so take what follows with a grain of salt).

As the opening of the film explains, "When someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage a curse is born. The curse gathers in that place of death. Those who encounter it will be consumed by its fury.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars completely satisfying October 15, 2006
WOW. That's the only thing I can say after reading all sorts of negative reviews. I admit, the very first time I watched the Grudge with my father NEITHER of us thought the movie was scary at all and couldn't understand its success, but after watching the movie a second time two months later by myself late at night I REALLY began to see how frightening the movie is. Probably contains the same amount of fear as the original Exorcist, another movie that's really effectively well done. You HAVE to watch the Exorcist and the Grudge at night to get the proper effect.

The Grudge benefits greatly when it comes to maintaining a moody atmosphere and a pretty interesting story. I say "pretty interesting" because the storyline isn't the best, or the easiest to understand. Just interesting enough to get the job done. The Grudge also benefits when it comes to not giving away too much or too little. In fact, this is probably its strongest point.

Every time something scary happens, you see just a "little bit" of that scary monster boy or some kind of strange shadow effect, which is *very* important if you want to effectively scare someone. If the scary boy had appeared on screen for longer than a few seconds it wouldn't have scared me nearly as much because I would have gotten used to seeing it. The boy appears, and then he's gone. Not giving away too much REALLY works with this movie. You see, to really scare me you simply CAN'T put a scary monster on screen for long periods of time and you HAVE to create a moody atmosphere to make the film believable. The Grudge works *extremely* well it this area.

The fact that something scary happens almost always unexpectedly in the Grudge allows me to give the film another compliment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better February 20, 2007
This movie had its creepy moments but it wasn't as good as the first. One of the biggest problems I found was that the female spirit didn't make that horrible croaking noise very much. One of the most frightening things about her was the noise she made, so even though many of her appearances were still creepy (except the mirror scene) to me she didn't seem as scary.

The Grudge jumped around in the timeline which was frustrating at first but when I got used to it I found it interesting and actually enjoyed the disorientation. I expected the same jumps in time in the Grudge 2 and sadly found a pretty linear timeline.

Finally, the thing that simply annoyed me was the fact that nearly everything and everyone in the movie was American. The three schoolgirls consisted of two Americans and one Japanese native who for some reason seemed to be attending a basic kanji class. Even the school counselor was American. The main character goes to a little run down village and meets an old Japanese mystic who speaks perfect English. I almost forgot that much of the story was taking place in Japan.

I wanted to like this movie as much as the Grudge but like many sequels it seemed haphazard.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Director's Cut is GREAT! February 22, 2006
I caught the theatrical release of this film on HBO and loved it! Definitely a must-see for any fan of Asian-style horror, creepy atmospherics, and nightmare imagery.

What really surprised me, though, was how much BETTER the Director's Cut is. The ending in this version is absolutely terrifying and macabre, much more so than the PG-13 release, and easily on par with the chilling climax of "The Ring". (It's not surprising they had to tone it down for the MPAA.) If you saw this in the theater and liked it, you have to check out this version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i like scary movies (even the not so scary ones)
what can i say, i like scary movies (even the not so scary ones)
Published 12 days ago by Hilary Hatch
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Scare!
One of the very few horror sequels that surpasses it's original. Scream 2 was the other. The ending especially was an unexpected surprise. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars A now classic Japanese horror film available in stunning blu-ray...
If you haven't seen 2003's The Grudge, you're missing out. I originally bought this years ago on DVD but I have since lost that copy and just recently purchased the blu-ray version... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nigel Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars I think this movie was even better than the first though I had to...
I think this movie was even better than the first though I had to watch it with all my lights on. I didn't like the charater Sarah Gillar played being killed I think they could... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stella C. Balobina
3.0 out of 5 stars Its an okay Movie but will never become a Classic Movie...
I really rate this film as average... I enjoy watching it but it will only be an average film. It gets *3* stars from me!
Published 2 months ago by Robert Pylant
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible..
This movie did nothing for had a few creepy moments but the storyline was horrible, no plot, & no resolution at the end. Read more
Published 3 months ago by punker911
5.0 out of 5 stars I was not disappointed when I bought this!
I love this movie! It is dark and creepy and coincides with Japanese culture since ghosts are a big part of Japanese lore. You will not be disappointed if you buy this! Read more
Published 4 months ago by RangerFan12
3.0 out of 5 stars Overrated but not bad
I finally got around to watching this in 2013. I had wanted to for quite some time since I keep hearing that "If you liked The Ring then you will love this". Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jonathan M. G. Wright
3.0 out of 5 stars "When someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage a curse is born. The...
I found this horror film watchable, but still it disappointed me a little as it is nowhere near the level of "The Ring". Read more
Published 5 months ago by Maciej
5.0 out of 5 stars Grudge 2
We have Grudge 1 & it scared my husband. We wanted to get the other Grudges so we can see how they compare. I'm giving them to my husband for Christmas..
Published 6 months ago by Ricki
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