Ju-On [DVD] [2003]

  • SKU: 6876534
  • Release Date: 11/09/2004
  • Rating: R
  • 5.0 (1)
Ju-on, one of the most critically hailed Japanese horror films and the basis for The Grudge, gets this surprisingly deluxe, high-quality stateside DVD release from Lions Gate Home Entertainment. The feature, presented in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio, offers glorious picture quality, rich darks, and vivid colors. Further sucking viewers into the film's frightening world are superb audio tracks presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 for the Japanese-dialogue version and 2.0 for the English-dubbed version. For those not wanting to hear the poorly dubbed English, both English and Spanish subtitles are available. A standout attraction on the disc is the audio commentary by director Sam Raimi and his friend, director Scott Spiegel. Raimi, who also helped bring the remake to American audiences, admits early on that not only is it his second time watching the film, but he feels as if the film is teaching him how to properly make a horror film. The fact that both Raimi and Spiegel are still scared by many of Ju-on's freakiest moments makes listening to this hilarious and intelligent audio commentary a real treat for fans. From there, the DVD offers up a treasure chest of extras like several interviews with the cast, behind-the-scenes footage, and an insightful interview with the film's gifted writer and director, Takashi Shimizu. Shimizu discusses the long history of the Ju-on film series, the distinct style of Japanese horror films, and scary haunted houses in depth. The interview is thankfully subtitled in English. A group of not-to-be-missed deleted scenes with Shimizu commentary and an American-made trailer for the film round out this first-rate DVD release.
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Overall Customer Rating:
5.0
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Special Features

  • 16 x 9 widescreen presentation
  • Japanese 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • English 2.0 Dolby Digital
  • Audio commentary with Sam Raimi and Scott Spiegel
  • English and Spanish subtitles
  • English closed captions
  • Scene selection
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Trailer gallery
  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • Cast and crew interviews
  • Deleted scenes
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Ju-on: The Grudge
Directed by Takashi Shimizu, The Grudge follows volunteer homecare worker Rika Nishida (Megumi Okina), whose altruism leads her to Chiharu (Yui Ichikawa), a catatonic old woman slowly dying in a home filled with years worth of accumulated filth. Rika's suspicion is aroused when, during the course of her volunteer duties, she can't help but sense an overwhelming feeling of dread. Eventually, Rika opens an old wardrobe only to discover a malevolent boy who introduces himself as Toshio (Yuya Ozeki). It seems as though the house was formerly occupied by a young couple -- Katsuya (Kanji Tsuda), Chiharu's son, and his wife, Kazumi (Risa Matsuda). Sadly, Kazumi was killed thanks to Toshio shortly after moving in, and it wasn't long before Katsuya met a similar fate. When one of Rika's colleagues alerts the local authorities, an investigation turns the house inside out and exposes an ancient and deadly history. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Megumi Okina
    Megumi Okina - Rika
  • Misaki Ito
    Misaki Ito - Hitomi Tokunaga
  • Yui Ichikawa
    Yui Ichikawa - Chiharu
  • Kanji Tsuda
    Kanji Tsuda - Katsuya Tokunaga

Overall Customer Rating

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100%of customers recommend this product.

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