The "Ringu" franchise is a fascinating phenomenon. This latest chapter in the series is not a bad film. It has its creepy and shock moments. But it is a little over-the-top. The films may never have the impact of Hideo Nakata's original "Ringu" film. But nontheless, "Sadako 3D" is fun to watch on a Saturday night with it raining outside, the lights out and surround sound. The maniacal madman at the helm is a little bit much at times but the scares make for decent viewing. For me, this blu-ray was a day one purchase due to my love for Asian Horror Films with some of my favorites being "Ringu", "Dark Water", "A Tale of Two Sisters", "The Eye", "Shutter", "Phone", "Alone", "The Eye 2", "One Missed Call", "Re-cycle", "Carved The Slit-Mouthed Woman", "The Red Shoes", "Dumplings", "The Cat" aka "Two Eyes That See Death" and others. If you are a fan, give "Sadako 3D" a chance, you just might like it and the price is right. UPDATE: 2-D blu-ray quality is pretty decent with a nice blu-ray transfer and thunderous Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio; haven't watched the 3D version yet. Some of the CGI special effects are a bit hokey but the several Sadako attack moments and scares still suffice. Be prepared because the film goes into a completely different direction and changes into a monster movie going into the climax of the film; which is certainly not expected in the "Ringu" franchise even though Sadako was pretty monsterous in "Ringu 0: Birthday" but in a different, more ominous and disturbing way. It is going to be interesting to see where this franchise goes because this film is actually NOT the conclusion because "Sadako 2 3D" is releasing in theaters in Japan in August. Overall, a nice blu-ray to own if you enjoy J-Horror and the 3D gimmicks are there. Just don't go in expecting Hideo Nakata's "Ringu" and "Dark Water" or Takashi Shimizu's "Ju-on 2" and you'll be fine. But I enjoyed this film more than Takashi Shimizu's "Shock Labyrinth 3D" for sure. But "Sadako 3D" is no where near in the league of Shimizu's bizarre and unnerving "Tormented 3D" aka "Rabbit Horror 3D" which actually caught me by surprise. But this blu-ray is still recommended for the fun scares and it is something to put on a large screen HDTV in 1080p with surround sound for Halloween time.
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