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Naomi Watts, David Dorfman, Simon Baker. Rachel Keller relocates to Oregon with her son Aiden after the first run-in with Samara and the mysteriously cursed videotape that killed her niece and others. But Samara follows her there with the cursed videotape intact in this killing sequel. 2005/color/109 min/NR.

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  • Actors: Naomi Watts, David Dorfman, Sissy Spacek, Simon Baker, Elizabeth Perkins
  • Directors: Hideo Nakata
  • Writers: Ehren Kruger, Hiroshi Takahashi, Kôji Suzuki
  • Producers: Chris Bender, J.C. Spink, Laurie MacDonald, Michele Imperato
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Dreamworks / Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2005
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009X763W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,993 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ring Two (Unrated Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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83 of 102 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 3, 2005
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As a rule, sequels are terrible. And "The Ring Two" is not so much terrible as it is ordinary. It's graced with an outstanding performance by Naomi Watts and some truly creepy scenes, but it lacks the visceral direction of the first movie. In short, it's a sequel.

As the story opens, we see a slimy-looking boy tricking his girlfriend into watching (drumroll please) The Tape (anyone who saw the short film "Rings" will see the backdrop). As we know from "The Ring," if you get someone else doomed by the tape, you get to live and they die. But things don't turn out so well for the boy. Meanwhile, Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) is fleeing to a rural town with her son Aidan (David Dorfman). They thought they had managed to destroy the evil Samara's curse, but of course they were wrong.

And no sooner have they settled down, than Rachel finds signs of Samara's presence. A young boy has died inexplicably, left with a hideous facial deformity. When Rachel confirms that it was Samara who killed him, she finds that Samara is now targeting Aidan's. In a nutshell, she wants to possess him. Now Rachel must delve into Samara's past to find a possible way to stop him -- or risk losing her son to Samara.

"The Ring" revamped the modern horror genre, casting aside CGI ghosts and machete-wielding wackos in favor of subtle horror and demon-children. Not to mention getting Hollywood interested in Japanese horror movies. In short, it was a horror hit that deserved to be one. But "The Ring Two" is merely adequate, not really good.

Maybe the biggest problem of "The Ring Two" is that it has no bedrock to stand on. Author Koji Suzuki wrote a sequel called "Spiral," which was then adapted into the movie "Rasen." But "The Ring Two" has no such grounding.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LI Techie on April 28, 2006
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There are arguments as to whether or not a sequel should be able to stand as a movie on its own: i.e., must you watch the preceding movies in a series all in order? Well, not always. You can enjoy Bride of Frankenstein perfectly well knowing only the core premise of the original Frankenstein. In the case of "The Ring Two" you MUST have seen the original, or you will not understand many of the visual clues and plot twists and, presumably, the movie makers assumed this.

This sequel continues the story of the original movie with a fairly plausible but unimpressive plot line. Ring Two opens with a drip of a boy trying to trick a girlfriend into watching "the" videotape as the clock winds down on his seven days. Then we see Rachel, the mom in the first Ring, trying to start a new life for herself and her son Aidan outside the bustle (and bad memories) of Seattle. When she learns that someone has died in a gruesome fashion familiar to her, guilt about her solution to the Samara problem in the first Ring impels her to involve herself again in what should have been left alone.

This sequel is not terrible, but the first two-thirds of the movie is fairly predictable; you only wait to see the details of how we get to where we know we are going. There are some interesting plot twists toward the end, and we learn some new information about Samara's background, but what we learn directly contradicts what we found out in the original movie.

Ring Two has a bit more visual horror than Ring one (mostly gruesome face shots of Samara's victims) but it is much less frightening than the original. I watched the original for the third time a week before watching Ring Two for the first time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cloud on January 29, 2006
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After I saw the film, I checked out the special features and there was the short film "Rings" so I checked it out and oddly enough I jumped twice which the main film didn't do. We have a problem here then. At least the first one was a bit creepy, here it's kind of been neutered, as if it's supposed to be scary but we kind of matured past it maybe.

6 months after the events from the first film, Rachel and her son Aidan have moved away from the city to a small town. Hoping to be forever ridden of Samara, they take up residence and Rachel becomes part of a newspaper while Aidan's becoming a photography enthusiast. That changes when a boy's body is found with a severely dislocated jaw. Looks like Samara's back, only she's got a plan this time, to take over Aidan.

2 scenes stick out from the first one: Amber Tamblyn's body in the closet and of course the TV scene. Here? It's a bunch of badly animated deer attacking a car. Yes that's right, deer. First, why Samara would manifest herself as deer is beyond me and the scene isn't even that freaky anyways. The rest is just a bunch of water dripping everywhere and Samara making tiny appearances. She doesn't even do anything either, just scratched at walls and stands there.

The short film Rings however is nicely done. The boy in the intro who's desperately trying to get the girl to watch the video is featured as he gets part of a "Rings group" that watched the video and tries to see how far they can get before the end of Day 7. It made me jump twice which the main film barely did plus it has 2 cute girls and that's always bonus.

Normally sequels are just thrown together with a paper thin plot but Ring 2 tries to expand on the story but it's not quite enough. And apparently Naomi Watts didn't like the first script so a fast rewrite was done and hence Ring 2. Guess Naomi had her luck ran out or this was the best they can do. Too bad.
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