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The Ring

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The Ring is the critically acclaimed, smash hit thriller David Ansen of Newsweek says "raises some serious goosebumps!" This cinematic thrill ride will keep you on the edge of your seat from the stunning opening to the astonishing conclusion! It begins as just another urban legend - the whispered tale of a nightmarish videotape that causes anyone who watches it to die seven days later. But when four teenagers all meet with mysterious deaths exactly one week after watching just such a tape, investigative reporter Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) tracks down the video...and watches it. Now, the legend is coming true, the clock is ticking and Rachel has just seven days to unravel the mystery of The Ring.

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With its disturbing images and a few good shocks, The Ring is the kind of frightfest you'll watch to set a chilling mood or spook your susceptible friends, but when you try to sort it out, this well-mounted American remake (of the 1998 Japanese hit Ringu, based on Koji Suzuki's popular novel) becomes a batch of incoherent parts. The negligible plot follows a Seattle reporter (Naomi Watts) as she investigates the death of her niece, the victim of a mysterious videotape that, according to urban legend, causes the viewer's death seven days later. (Fear Dot Com borrowed the same idea while avoiding this film's lofty pretensions.) The countdown structure follows the reporter, her son, and her estranged boyfriend into deepening layers of terror--all quite effective until the movie attempts to explain itself. At that you're better off shutting down your brain and letting the creepy visuals take over. --Jeff Shannon

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  • Actors: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, David Dorfman, Jane Alexander
  • Directors: Gore Verbinski
  • Writers: Ehren Kruger, Hiroshi Takahashi, Kôji Suzuki
  • Producers: Benita Allen, Christine Iso, J.C. Spink, Laurie MacDonald
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Anamorphic, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AGNMIK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,504 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ring" on IMDb

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 4, 2008
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Every horror buff knows -- the horror that creeps up on you gradually is much, much scarier the one who bounces out and yells "boo" as it decapitates somebody with a machete.

And sadly, most current "horror" movies lack horror, because it's easier to substitute it with screaming blondes, blood, guts and sharp objects. But "The Ring" is soaked in foreboding, creepiness and horrific imagery. Director Gore Verbinski relies heavily on the original Japanese movie for a lot of his remake's flavor, and the result is a slow-building terror that keeps twisting right up to the end.

Single mum Rachel (Naomi Watts) is attending her niece's funeral, after she died under bizarre circumstances. Several of her friends died on the exact same day, at the same time, which (surprise surprise) makes Rachel think this isn't a coincidence. So she investigates the mountain cabin all the kids stayed at a week ago, and finds an unlabeled videotape with a series of bizarre images -- and a curse that will kill you one week afterwards.

She enlists the help of her ex-boyfriend Noah (Martin Henderson) to help her unravel and break the curse. The secret of the tape is wrapped up in a young girl, Samara, who vanished from her adoptive parents' horse farm years ago. Somehow Samara's evil rage has lived in on her curse, and it will destroy Rachel, Noah and their son unless Rachel can find a way to escape it.

Remaking Asian horror movies is one of those movie trends that is hanging on in Hollywood, with everything from "The Grudge" to "The Eye" to "Bangkok Dangerous" getting the A-list Hollywood treatment. Some are good, some are mediocre, most are wretched.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paperbackstash on September 20, 2013
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I have yet to see the Japanese version of the Ring, so obviously, unlike other websites, I cannot comment onto whether or not the American version is superior or inferior. What I can say is that this was one hell of a movie, and in a way I'm pleased to be able to review it on it's own merit without the influences of another flick in my mind.

I went into it with mixed emotions. All have heard the hype of how terrifying or disturbing it is. Since I very very rarely become frightened by the cinema, I tried to rely more on the plot for my expectations. The story itself sounded...weak. A video tape that kills you after seven days??? I didn't see how it could be pulled off.

Thankfully I didn't go in expecting the best from all the hype, but in a way the worst, and I turned out very suprised in a positive way.

First of all - the story. Wow. Creative as hell, a real mind-twister - Gotta love mysteries. You just had to watch to the end once the movie itself pulled you in - much like what Samara does to her victims. ;) We begin with two teenage girls in a slightly modern, cliche manner and then are cut off to an episode that is supposed to be construed as frightening (for them, not me). We then jump to the character of Rachel, played by the very talented and appealing Naomi Watts, a reported and mother who was an aunt to one of the girls.

Her son was negatively affected by his cousins' death and is in many ways more than a simple little boy. He plays the part well - solemn, slightly off the rocker, and perhaps a little psychic. Rachel soon decides the death of her niece is worth a thorough investigation and ventures out into the rest of the tale with a mixture of optismism, skepticism and personal horrors all her own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michele on March 17, 2014
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It's so hard to find good horror flicks with a story. This one is excellent. The acting is great, the writing is great, and the visuals are disturbing. Don't watch alone!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dennis on August 18, 2014
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This movie was rented well after my initial viewing of the film when it was released and is one of the very few American remakes of a foreign film that surpasses the original in terms of quality. Well made and well cast and acted and directed.........just a very, very good movie that I highly recommend most especially if you happen to be lucky enough to have never seen it before. Scary, suspenseful and highly entertaining and the kid in the movie didn't steal the film from the grown up cast.
The only thing that defies true logic is the lead actress actually going down that well and pulling up the remains of the......well, anymore and I might spoil it. Rent it, buy it, whatever, just WATCH IT. If nothing else this movie provides yet another excuse to avoid the use of cell phones.....and gives me yet another reason to hate phones of any kind.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jessy on January 7, 2015
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One of my favorite horror movies of all time. I remember I was in college when I first saw it. I lived in the dorms across from a movie theatre. My boyfriend went with me and we both thought it was going to be terrible but instead it TERRIFIED ME!! I wouldn't sleep with the T.V on for months!! Just for fear that fuzzy screen would come on! LOL! It's a great movie, trust me! You'll LOVE it :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tony on December 22, 2013
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A cerebral classic right up there with The Exorcist! Most of the terror is created in your mind rather than relying on a preponderance of gore. I have found that folks with poor imaginations don't get nearly as much out of this movie as those who are creatively and empathetically....."advanced" (?)
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