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#1 of 321 Ronald Epstein

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Posted March 04 2003 - 08:14 AM

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The Ring






Studio: DreamWorks
Year: 2002
Rated: PG-13
Film Length: 115 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 16X9 Enhanced Widescreen (1.85:1)
Subtitles: English, French and Spanish



Before you die, you see the ring

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You gotta hand it to the marketing team at DreamWorks...
they invested a crapload of money into early marketing
aimed to sucker people into believing that The
Ring
was the scariest film since The Exorcist.
What is actually very scary is that it worked! By
the time the film was released, people flocked in
droves to see the film and The Ring managed to
become the studio's biggest moneymaker of 2002, as it
rang up a box-office total of about $125.3 million.

Based on a years-old Japanese film, Ringu,
The Ring
explores an urban legend surrounding a
mysterious and unlabeled video tape. Watch it and
you’ll die seven days later.

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Rachel (Naomi Watts)is an investigative newspaper
reporter whose teenage niece, Katie (Amber Tamblyn),
and several of her friends recently died under some
very odd circumstances. Seems they were all shacked
up at a remote cabin where they watched a video tape
together. When Rachel gets a hold of the videotape
she watches the quick images flash before her, the
phone rings, and a disembodied female voice says
"7 days."

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From that point on, the movie begins counting down
each day. Rachel shows the tape to her ex-boyfriend
Noah (Martin Henderson) hoping for his advice. He
watches, and receives the same phone call warning.
But when her son Aidan (David Dorfman) accidently
watches the video, Rachel suddenly finds herself
in a race against time to investigate who or what
is behind the mysterious deaths. Realizing that
the fragmented images on the tape are actually a
message, Rachel and Noah follow the clues to a
horse farm and a dead girl named Samara (Daveigh
Chase).

Does Box-Office success mean that a film is good?
In the eyes of this reviewer that answer is a stern
NO. There is nothing overly scary about
The Ring, but I'll readily admit that I was
kept glued to the screen for the film's entire length
in hopes that there was a plausible explanation for
all the events that were happening. Please don't
make the same mistake I did. When you make it to
the end of the movie you are left only with the
unsatisfactory feeling that everything you just
watched is one big incoherent mess.


How is the transfer?


Hope you like the color green, because the entire
film seems to be colored in an off-greenish tone.
I'll admit that this stylish coloring did add a
certain amount of gloomish mood to the film. In
fact, the film is purposely made to look dark, but
fortunately, this transfer keeps its overly darkened
material well detailed. The visual polish evident
through the entire film serves as a quiet seduction
into the film's carefully orchestrated tricks. The
print looks absolutely pristine with excellent
color rendering and absolutely no background grain
or noise. In all, this is a fantastic effort.

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The DVD offers a DTS track that delivers a nice
amount of dynamic range with lots of LFE punch that
underline the heightened (I am careful not to say
"scary") moments of the film. Center channel dialogue
is very clear and detailed. The rears do an admirable
job of delivering ambient effects, but I was a bit
disappointed that this DTS mix didn't have better
sound direction nor manage to envelope the entire
listening area.


Special Features

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When was the last time you saw a collection of
supplements that were simply labeled Don’t Watch
This
and Watch This?

I'm still scratchin' my noggin' over Don’t Watch
This
, a never-before-seen short created by
director Gore Verbinski for this DVD release. It's
basically a 15-minute montage of what seems to be
randomly deleted scenes intertwined with that goofy
videotape footage. Oh the pain....the pain!

Look Here contains trailers for Ringu,
the film that inspired The Ring, as well as
additional trailers for Catch me if you Can
and 8 Mile.

Hey....how about including the film's theatrical
trailer!?

The only clever thing about this entire DVD is what
DreamWorks did with their opening FBI WARNING and
studio logo. Check that out and forget the rest!


Final Thoughts

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Judging by the amount of teens I saw in line
today at Circuit City with a copy of The Ring
in their hand, I already realize that this film
is going to sell very well on DVD. Perhaps I am
just getting too old and cynical in my attitude
towards today's horror movies that certainly don't
scare the way they used to.

Rent it if you must, but don't buy it blindly.


Release Date: NOW


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They are for illustrative purposes only and do not
represent actual picture quality

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#2 of 321 ChuckDeLa

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Posted March 04 2003 - 08:22 AM

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Based on a years-old Japanese film, Ringu,


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#3 of 321 James Reader

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Posted March 04 2003 - 08:33 AM

Hello Ron

I don't want to take you to task for your review (so please don't take this the wrong way). Like all reviews, it's an opinion, and everyone is entitled to an opinion. So here is my opposing opinion:

In real life, do we know everything about every situation be encounter? True, we may want to know everything, but that's an impossible demand. I see no reason why, when reading a book or watching a film we should expect the narrative to conform to our 'perfect world'.

As I enjoyed The Ring greatly. I already had pre-expectations having watched all of the original Japanese trilogy before viewing the American 'reimagaing' (I refuse to call this a remake). Were my expectations met? On the whole yes. I expected the story to be more cohesive and was pleasantly surprised at how ambiguous some of it was.

When watching one of the Pokemon film's with the commentary on I was intrigued by one of the producers comments. Basically extra scenes had to be animated for the Western audience as - generally - while Japanese audiences tend to accept events of a story without questioning, Western audiences want to be shown more. I remember thinking at the time that this was wrong. Were they basically saying the Western audience is less willing to use their imagination? I don't know, I hope it was nothing quite as insulting - but it's something I've kept in mind when watching other Japanese originated films since.

For me - and I suspect others - more than half of the appeal and fun is concocting our own versions of events, and our own explanations of what we see. Are we right or wrong? Who knows, and to me that's the appeal.

I suspect the people who will get the most out of The Ring already know who they are.

I agree that the supplements are poor. While I can respect that there may be a desire to keep the mystery of the film (after all, that is it's main selling point) I would have liked to see something comparing the Japanese original to the American version.
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#4 of 321 Aaron Cohen

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Posted March 04 2003 - 08:35 AM

I have to say that I enjoyed this film when I saw it on Halloween night with a full theater of all adults. I am 19 years old. The reaction to big scares was just extreme quiet and that made it better. When I saw the movie a second time with some friends, the theater was packed with 13-17 year olds and absolutely hated the film. Everytime the film tried to make the audience jump, the theater exploded in ear-piercing laughter, screaming, jumping up and down etc. in addition to several people on dates making fun of the film for their boyfriend/girlfriend. It was just terrible.

I saw the film for the third time with my younger brother who had not seen it yet and though he enjoyed it I had the same experience. The theater crowd was atrocious. I had been looking forward to the dvd for a while though and being able to turn it up loud with quiet in my room was great fun.

Though there obviously were several loopholes and at times the film seemed to be a bit of a mess, I loved the score and the overall feel to the film. I picked up Ringu as well today at Best Buy to compare the two though and am expecting the original to be leaps and bounds over the remake.

I really can't explain what I enjoy about this film.....I guess I really just enjoy the jump scare bits. That being said, I'd like to see a return to true horror films...but I did find this movie to be enjoyable.

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Posted March 04 2003 - 08:55 AM

It's okay, but I'd recommend it as a rental.
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Posted March 04 2003 - 09:26 AM

Folks, Ron has his opinion and he has every right to it. Besides, he's correct. This movie sucked Posted Image

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Posted March 04 2003 - 09:33 AM

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Posted March 04 2003 - 09:51 AM

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Great review Ron. I caught this one in theaters, but I happened to see it w/a butt-load of pre-pubescent teens that wouln't keep their mouths shut for more than a 30 second span Posted Image.

That aside, I did have a good time and will give this a spin.

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Posted March 04 2003 - 10:00 AM

excellent review. the ring is the most overhyped letdown of a film in recent years, right beside the blair witch project. i wanted to love it but couldnt. it was extremely poorly done, and surprisingly i think naomi watts was a weak link as well. i loved her in Mulholland Drive but not in this. bad movie.
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#10 of 321 Morgan Jolley

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Posted March 04 2003 - 10:04 AM

I respect your opinion Ron. I also didn't find it scary, but I thought that it was great in how suspense was built up without any sort of stalker-like madperson on the loose or some cliche like that (and it appears, from your review, you were also into the suspense and tension).

I respect what you said, but I disagree. I loved this movie. Either way, it is more of a rental, so we both agree on that.

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Posted March 04 2003 - 10:35 AM

if you can read shawn's post....you will die in 7 days.

oh well, when i wrote that shawn's post was emptyu.

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Posted March 04 2003 - 11:20 AM

I thought The Ring was a decent film, but compared to American horror films in the past ten years; it is (sadly) one of the best. While the film is a direct rehash of the Japanese film Ring; it is at least is a big budget rehash improving on a few of the things the original film missed out on (mostly just visual and make-up effects). If you didn't like The Ring, I don't know if you should check out Ring. While running twenty minutes shorter and having tighter pacing, it still has it's share of plot holes (but not as many as The Ring) and signs of low budget filmmaking (which might make a few prefer the remake, but I have no problem with it).

Now by all means, the original Ring is a much superior film. While being done on a "low budget," it still maintains the scares the original film had. It also includes a much darker ending which The Ring missed out on. Any fan of The Ring should at least rent it.


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Posted March 04 2003 - 11:21 AM

All i need is seven days. Anyway while I enjoyed this movie i didn't love the movie. I still enjoy the original and bought it today. What really does upset me is that those 13-17 actually believe that The Ring is more scary then The Exorcist. I get sick when I hear that stuff.

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Posted March 04 2003 - 12:10 PM

Is the Japanese Ring DVD supposed to have an insert? Because mine doesn't have one...

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Posted March 04 2003 - 12:22 PM

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Posted March 04 2003 - 06:06 PM

Ron, While I do agree with your statements about the film not being scary, I did think it was a great and well made movie.

Also, not that it matters much to me, but the film is rated PG-13 instead of R. Posted Image

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Posted March 04 2003 - 06:20 PM

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Were they basically saying the Western audience is less willing to use their imagination?
That's exactly what they're saying, and it's absolutely, positively true. I was first introduced to this theory in an article regarding the translation of one of the Final Fantasy games. American audiences generally refuse to, or simply aren't able to fill in the blanks on their own. It comes down to a very simple principle: American audiences don't like being forced to think.

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Posted March 04 2003 - 06:29 PM

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That's exactly what they're saying, and it's absolutely, positively true. I was first introduced to this theory in an article regarding the translation of one of the Final Fantasy games. American audiences generally refuse to, or simply aren't able to fill in the blanks on their own. It comes down to a very simple principle: American audiences don't like being forced to think.
That's one way of looking at it. Another is that we prefer not to have to make up excuses for incoherent, fractured story-telling.
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Posted March 04 2003 - 06:43 PM

Count me as one who thoroughly enjoyed the film. But I'm not going to harp on Ron for his respected opinion.

I'm just posting to chime in that it was my impression that the 15m short film attempted to explain the imagery of the videotape's footage. IE: showing an event then cutting to a few seconds of echoing footage from the videotape. I enjoyed this but didn't find it necessary. I thought the imagry of the videotape is explained pretty well in the film. I did, however, like the incorporating of outtake footage. A more entertaining way of viewing it instead of just selecting clips from a menu.

It comes down to a very simple principle: American audiences don't like being forced to think.


Absolutely. There was a news story which made point of the fact that most Americans can't read above a fifth grade reading level. This is atrocious, but in a way not suprising. I take a mental inventory of my friends and co-workers and I'd reckon maybe three or four at most ever read a book for pleasure. No use of the imagination whatsoever.

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Posted March 04 2003 - 07:03 PM

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Ron, did we watch the same movie? I really enjoyed this film and want to see the original. I guess you have to be in the right mood when viewing? I liked how in the opening sequence you think this is just going to be another teen hack em up flick, but abruptly changes after that and becomes suspenseful. Those that still have vivid imaginations should really enjoy it I did. It is sad that we Americans don't read more. Lead by example, read to your kids and have them read to you!

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