- Includes a never-before-seen short film created by Gore Verbinski exclusively for the video release that reveals more electrifying secrets about the mystery of The Ring
- Trailer for Ringu, the original international box office hit that started it all
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Naomi Watts, Brian Cox. A journalist investigates a mysterious video that caused her niece and many others to die of fright, only to find its deadly grip closing around herself as well. 2002/color/115 min/PG-13.
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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With a Ring reboot on the way (don't watch the trailer, it shows you everything), I thought it would be fun to revisit this movie. This is a well-made horror movie. Every shot and bit of acting seem well-calculated. You have to suspend your disbelief a little bit at the premise, but if you go with it, you will be creeped out—especially once The Tape starts playing without interruption. The shots in tape feel very planned out and you will remember a majority of it once the movie is over.
Another reason I bought this was for the steelbook. The movie comes in a simple steelbook with the film's main marketing image on the front. It's a nice case to add to your collection. Give it another watch and prepare yourself for the next sequel/ prequel(?). Recommended.
It's based on a Japanese film about a haunted video tape and it's a great story. I saw the original Japanese version and I like the American version a bit better honestly, but I might be slightly biased as I don't really care for reading my movies when I don't know the language.
The movie quality is excellent, very happy with it, very clear and just great.
It's a great horror movie period.
The extras are pretty much the exact same deal as the DVD release, save for the inclusion of the terrific short film, "Rings", which serves as a bridge between this film and its terrible sequel, "The Ring Two". I'd go so far as to say that "Rings" is a far better work than "The Ring Two" in its entirety. Other extras include some cast and crew interviews and a montage of deleted scenes.
"The Ring" is still effective after all these years, even if none of us still have our old VHS players. This Blu-Ray does right by the film with solid presentation and a decent set of extras.
Naomi's character, an investigative reporter for a Seattle based Newspaper sets out to find the real story behind all the recent deaths. A tape is said to be the cause. You see, after watching it, you only have about 7 days before you end up dead. Now, who thought of only putting 7 days on it, is another story altogether. Come on, give 'em some more time! lol
Today it wouldn't work, because VHS is a long "dead" format and anyone who actually has a VHS player would be up to the challenge of fighting this paranormal little lady. They would most likely end up with a severe case of water in the ears. lol
All around it is not a total loss of a movie, just not that scary.
The Bluray does have a few Special Features, which is nice.
I have attached a photo of the menu screens below my review.