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The Ring [DVD] [2002]


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    93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (53 out of 57)

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    The Ring
    A disturbing videotape appears to hold the power of life and death over those who view it in this offbeat thriller. A strange videotape begins making the rounds in a town in the Pacific Northwest; it is full of bizarre and haunting images, and after watching it, many viewers receive a telephone call in which they are warned they will die in seven days. A handful of teenagers who watched the tape while spending a weekend at a cabin in the mountains scoff at the threat, but as predicted, they all die suddenly on the same night. Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts), the aunt of one of the ill-fated teens, is a journalist who has decided to investigate the matter and travels West with her young son, Aidan (David Dorfman), a troubled child who has been drawing pictures of strange and ominous visions. Rachel managed to find the cabin in the woods and watches the video herself; afterward, she receives the same phone call, and realizes she must solve the puzzle of the video and the person or persons behind it within a week. Rachel turns to her ex, Noah (Martin Henderson), an expert in video technology, who at first is convinced the story is a hoax until he digs deeper into the mystery. The Ring was adapted from a 1996 Japanese film by Hideo Nakata, which became a massive box-office success in Asia and spawned two sequels. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Naomi Watts
      Naomi Watts - Rachel Keller
    • Martin Henderson
      Martin Henderson - Noah
    • David Dorfman
      David Dorfman - Aidan
    • Brian Cox
      Brian Cox - Richard Morgan
    • Jane Alexander
      Jane Alexander - Dr. Grasnik

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Ring on Blu-ray is outstanding

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      Before the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and the ill-fated Lone Ranger (2013), director Gore Verbinski made one of the greatest horror films of the past 20 years. Verbinski's version of The Ring (2002) follows a very good original Japanese film from 1998 (dir. Hideo Nakata), and an outstanding novel by Koji Suzuki. But this English-language adaptation is, for me, the best of all (I've also seen the instant remake from Korea, 1999's The Ring Virus). Verbinski has created maybe the most beautifully terrifying horror film in years. And it is beautiful: dark, moody, and sensual, with outstanding lead performances from Naomi Watts and Martin Henderson. The horror creeps up on you slowly - gets under your skin - yet the film never loses its momentum. Almost as much as this film, I am a huge admirer of the short Rings (2005): unlike the old DVD release of The Ring, this Blu-ray includes Rings. The short film, basically a mini sequel (and vastly better than the dull official retread, 2005's The Ring Two) is almost as good as Verbinski's picture, yet with a very different visual style, more documentary-like, and with first-rate acting by its teenage cast. (Rings is an early film from director Jonathan Liebesman, who also made the acclaimed sci-fi actioner, Battle Los Angeles.) If you like The Ring, and/or Rings, you may never see or hear a better presentation than on this Blu-ray. Highly recommended.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A fantastic horror movie on Blu-ray


      So Dreamworks FINALLY got around to putting this movie on Blu-ray. It was much too long in coming, but it was worth the wait because they digitally remastered it and it looks FANTASTIC! Mind-blowingly fantastic! It makes my DVD version look simply pathetic. I had probably seen the movie over a dozen times by the time that I watched this Blu-ray version and I was noticing things that I had never seen before! It also helped that this was the original theater aspect ratio as opposed to my 4:3 ratio DVD, but I was seeing textures, colors, and detail that I hadn't even known were there before! Sound? Utterly awesome! They remastered the soundtrack as well for the Blu-ray release and it really makes Hans Zimmer's score stand out! I also was noticing sounds and nuances in the music that I have never heard before. Is it worth getting? HECK YES! Worth every cent and then some. If you already own a DVD version? Yep, sure is. Has TONS of advantages over the DVD version and although it's light is special features, the movie alone is worth the purchase price. If you have never owned it before? Now is your chance to own an awesome horror film on the glory of Blu-ray! Don't miss this chance! Do yourself a favor and buy it right now! It's hard to go wrong with this version of The Ring.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      I Love this series


      You might think the Ring movie is another typical horror movie, and probably not as good as the original Japanese movie 'Ring', but thats where you're wrong, and have to congratulate it, for keeping what made the original horror film, that special, and adding to it, to make it even better. The plot is about a mysterious video tape, and if you watch it, a women will ring you up, and tell you that you only have 7 days to live. The neice of the reporter Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) happens to watch this video, and dies. Rachel wants to find out the truth about the video tape, after hearing rumours about suspicious deaths linked to the video tape. She finds the tape and watches it...she recieves the same phone call...and suddenly she's out to save herself before its too late. Then the video falls into her sons hand, so with the help of her ex-husband, they try and uncover the truth, by using clues from the video, to save them all. I can guarrantee this film will leave you gripping your chair with suspense! The effects are heart throbbing and spine-tingling, which will leave you too scared for words after watching it! This is the best horror/thriller movie made!! If you haven't already seen it, buy it!! You won't regret it...Just don't pick up the phone after watching it...(!)

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Modern Gothic Masterpiece


      Like all masterpieces in the horror genre, this film succeeds not on the basis of gore and slash, of which there is little, but on the basis of the single most important element for a great horror film--atmosphere. The Ring uses unusual, creepy imagery (the twisted photos, the "death" film), color and shadows, unexpected episodes (the horse on the ferry, the coughing up of the medical patch), spooky settings (the remote island, the well), and truly frightening plot twists to keep the suspense and fear factor high. Some critics panned this film in favor of Ringu, but I can only guess that they were afflicted by the "if it's less popular or rarer it must be better" syndrome. I saw Ringu and found it rather absurd (and not intentionally), and not much in the way of frightening, either. Sometimes bigger budget films do get it right. The Ring is one of them.

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


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      I was not to thrilled when this was announced to be remade. I watched not sure what I would get. The story was the same but they tweeked story points which I think helped me understand the original. I would suggest looking out for the original and judge for yourself. Keeping in mind the Japanese version was a couple years old. It did break new ground so it's not a new thing as it was when it came out.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Gore Bervinski's humble beginnings!

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      As a fan of Japanese horror movies I scoffed at the thought of an American version of "Ringu". Gore Verbinski did not seem like the guy to tackle such a story. At the time, he was known as the director of a cute kids movie named "Mouse hunt" and the god awful Brad Pitt/Julia Roberts train wreck named "The Mexican". Lo and behold, he pulled it off incredibly. The casting of Naomi Watts, hot of her performance in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive doesn't hurt either. The Cinematography is fantastic, the score, the story itself worked well. This one is a classic remake that worked.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The dark lighting sets the tone.

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      I really liked this movie because of the lighting. The movie has a dark/hazy lighting that sets the tone for the whole movie. Also this movie doesn't have a lot of gore but that's okay, it's still scary. What little is shown one can use his or her own imagination. The movie does go into why things are happening so that the movie watcher can understand. Great acting by the cast. When I saw this a while back I knew this was a movie that can be watched over and over again. It definitely is a cult classic in my opinion and a very under rated movie as well.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


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      It is great watching a good scare movie in bluray makes you jump a little higher, but why is vol, 2 &3 not one bluray just like the Grudge series only the first on is on bluray. why? It is the same with the original japanese series only certain ones are on bluray, my feeling is if you do 1 do them all.

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