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The Ring (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition)

3.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Additional Features

It's a sure thing that "Rings" will have people screaming into theaters for The Ring Two. The new 16-minute short film included on a bonus DVD in this Collector's Set is as creepy as anything in the original movie, with quick, jerky, brain-piercing images flashing across the screen and (gulp) into your soul. The style is deliberately like the infamously fatal tapes that were the conceptual heart of The Ring and its Japanese precursor, Ringu. The difference here is the very clever thread of a story that's billed as a secret connection between The Ring and The Ring Two. We get haunting and studiously fractured glimpses of a gang of teenagers as they pass a new tape amongst themselves. Each one dares the other to make it to "day 7" after watching. Apparently someone else must view their tape for the curse to be lifted, so each has to recruit another before the end of that killer 7th day. There's a whole lot going on in a short time, much of it happening in flash cuts, jangled transitions, and even in what we don't see. What we do see is dangerous enough: the rotting long-haired girl, the bugs, the nightmare imagery, and rings, rings, rings everywhere.

Also included on the bonus disc are the original "cursed" tapes from The Ring, The Ring Two, and Ringu. These are intriguing short films on their own with a stylish sensibility that owes a great deal to surrealism and the early film work of Luis Bunuel. A brief interview piece with the stars and creators of The Ring, and another promo segment titled "The Origin of Terror: The Phenomenon of Urban Legends" flesh out the disc. But it's in the disturbing bits of "Rings" where the real creativity lies. Just hope the phone doesn't ring after you watch. --Ted Fry

Special Features

  • Rings: A Short Film produced exclusively for the DVD
  • Never-before-seen making of "The Ring" featurette
  • The link between "Ringu" and "The Ring"
  • "The Ring 2" creepy flick
  • Original Theatrical Trailers

Product Details

  • Actors: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, David Dorfman, Jane Alexander
  • Directors: Gore Verbinski, Jonathan Liebesman
  • Writers: Jonathan Liebesman, Ehren Kruger, Hiroshi Takahashi, Kôji Suzuki
  • Producers: Arnon Manor, Benita Allen
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), 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: 2
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000777HSY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,307 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ring (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

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Format: DVD
This review is for the RINGS extra disc that comes with the newly released edition of THE RING. If you're reading this, you've probably already seen and liked the movie, or at least heard enough about it.

The primary attraction of this disc is a short film entitled "Rings," which shows us how the deadly video is spread amongst a group of teenagers, and acts as a lead-in sequence to the second film. It's well-made, although fans of the original film who thought the remake spelled things out too much will probably feel the same about this.

The rest of the features are mostly ones that should have been included on the original, disappointingly bare-bones release: trailers for the movie and the sequel currently in theaters, pure form videos of the "cursed" imagery from these two films and the Japanese original, brief interview clips with Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, David Dorfman, Gore Verbinski and the producer, and a very short exploration of the nature of urban legends.

If you loved the film and haven't bought it yet at all, it's worth spending a little extra to get this release. If you have bought the original DVD, I'd advise simply renting this one. Though the short film is good, neither it nor the other materials are really essential.

The five stars are for the film and this package on its own merits. I offer no stars for Dreamworks' attempt to get us to buy the same product twice.
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I had seen it before but I wanted to own it, and the second disc clinched my buying it. I though it was one of the scariest movies ever made (it makes my top ten for horror flicks) and Naomi is very good in this (not to mention easy on the eyes). Special effects are interesting and the filming technicques and sound have been used in other films ever since. The "rings" short film was a preasent suprise (especially if you remember the beginning of Ring II). It had some good bonus stuff. Nothing too elaborate but worth watching.
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The main draw of this set of movies is of course the extra video short that is supposed to connect The Ring with The Ring Two. It opens with the explanation that by now tons of people have seen Samara's video and that there are groups of people who watch it to try to connect with the other side. The short stars the teenage boy that viewers see in the beginning of The Ring Two. The short is certainly eery and the visual effects are nothing short of amazing and imaginative, but the premise of the story borders on ridiculous. On the back of the box it says that you learn more about Samara from the video, but in reality it merely follows the teenage boy through his 7 days. Buy this if you are a big The Ring fan (or just want the free ticket to The Ring Two), but otherwise it is nothing very new.
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Some people raved about this movie. That's why i was compelled to write a review about it. IT WAS THE DUMBEST THING IN THE WORLD! first off- o where do i begin?- the plot made no sense whatsoever. I mean, it was as if the writer had a massive ADD complex, he or she would pick up the plot and write along it until they got bored and decided to piece it all together. Thanks. Yes, it had it's scary moments. The music combined with dead people with their eyes all scratched out and their mouths wide open around EVERY corner could get to you. But really, this whole samara thing? What was so creepy about her? SHE JUST STOOD THERE! Either that or she crawled around in a TV like some delirious toddler. Most kids look like that when they get out of the shower anyway.

Another thing: the plot sucked. There were about a million little things that just didn't fit at all, like the whole burning tree thing. It was clear that the presence of Samara made everything go all screwy, but honestly, when the main character suddenly choked and pulled a long black string thing out of her mouth- that came from nowhere!- i just gave up on the movie. Another thing that annoyed me, the characters were so one sided. The two grown ups, and that silly little boy! Every time he opened his mouth to make another stupid comment i could have slapped him. Lord have mercy. Thank god samara didn't have to say anything, all she had to do was crawl out of a well now and then.

The sorriest part of the movie- and most famous- was at the end when the little girl crawled out of the TV. (I don't know how she saw with all her hair hanging in her face, but that's beside the point right?) She jumped out, mutilated some chap's face and ran away. How is that scary?

clearly, we need a sequel to help us figure some of this junk out. Two stars.
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I'm a "Ring" nutter, everything from the books to the movies. But this version is, by far, my favorite. It has more plot value, it has emotional depths, brilliant actors and actresses (must mention, Daveigh Chase is the best creepy-dead-girl I've seen in years...maybe ever), oh yeah, and it'll scare the crap outta ya! Seriously, after I saw this movie I was counting down the days until Day 7 sure beyond doubt that on Day 7 I would die or something. Yeah, this movie is THAT scary. Though overly-obsessive fans of the original books, manga, and Japanese movies may have quite a few WTF moments when watching this version. It's true that it is different then "Ringu" but I think it's differences are a good thing, they improve on the plot instead of destroying it, and add more emotional stakes. And what should a horror movie always do? Raise the stakes of course! But some people can't handle the fact that even one line might be different from their dear "Ringu" -_- I know a lot of people like that...oy. As a fan of both Japanese and English versions of this story I can safely say that ALL versions of it have their own good sides and bad sides. But I must say "The Ring" surprised me in that its good sides out weighted its bad sides...BY A LOT. So, in short, unless you are an overly-obsessive-and-protective-"Ringu"-fan BY THIS FILM AND WATCH IT RIGHT NOW! But afterwards remember to unplug all your TVs, it's what I did and I'm still alive so hey.
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