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  • Actors: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, David Dorfman, Jane Alexander
  • Directors: Gore Verbinski
  • Writers: Ehren Kruger, Hiroshi Takahashi, Kôji Suzuki
  • Producers: Benita Allen, Christine Iso, J.C. Spink, Laurie MacDonald
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Vvl
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Sept. 2003
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AOWNJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,154 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Remake of the highly successful Japanese horror film adapted from the novel by Koji Suzuki. After watching a mysterious videotape the viewer receives a telephone call telling them they only have seven days left to live. When a group of teenagers, who watched the tape and scoffed at the warning, die after seven days, journalist Rachel Kelly (Naomi Watts) decides to uncover this deadly mystery. She watches the tape, receives the call and enlists the help of her former partner, and technical whizz-kid, Noah who is convinced that the story is a hoax. That is until he investigates further...

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An unexpected marriage of big-budget production values and low-budget instincts, The Ring offers chills to be savoured. Usually when Hollywood indulges its cash-hungry game of remaking foreign films the result sacrifices much of what made the original so special. Clearly, the supremely eerie supernatural vibe that permeated the legendary 1998 Japanese horror film must have done something to those Hollywood suits, because Gore Verbinski's remake is actually rather good. Certainly, it's not superior to the original, but it's undoubtedly a cut above most modern horror efforts, expertly wringing every drop of suspense. The impressive Naomi Watts (Mullholland Drive) plays a journalist investigating an urban myth of a videotape that kills the viewer a week after watching it. Succumbing to curiosity, she watches it herself--big mistake--and has a week to solve the mystery or fall victim to its sinister power.

While transferring the action from Japan to modern-day Seattle may weaken the impact of the plot's mythological elements, and the film may be guilty of pointless padding (belying the original's lean format), Verbinski's effort is no less squirm-inducing, bolstered with a tremendous shocker of an ending. Exquisitely utilising the strong visual sense displayed in The Mexican, Verbinski creates a thick atmosphere of dread and suspense that never lets up, thankfully favouring old-fashioned scares, rather than retreating to blunt CG spectacle. In Watts, the film has a horror heroine who far exceeds the average wide-eyed scream queen, perfectly conveying the endless stream of bone-chilling moments. --Danny Graydon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darth Maciek TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Sept. 2007
Format: DVD
This movie is purely and simply TERRIFYING!! It creates immediately from the first minutes an atmosphere of permanent bone freezing terror, like I didn't see since the 70s, when both "Omen" and "Alien" premiered.

Every scene in "The Ring" is just perfect, every early scene is a necessary introduction to the later shockers (so watch carefully - there is no dead times), and everything just clicks in the right place at the end, like a Swiss clock mechanism. I just couldn't believe the incredible quality of this major horror.

In fact even more than scared, I was so totally shocked by this movie, that I didn't dare watching it a second time. I also didn't need it - after just one viewing I still can remember almost all the scenes, and I am concerned that I will never be able to forget them, especially the one in which we finally understand, why the heck a movie about a VHS tape is called "The Ring". A great, incredible horror movie. Very clever, very dark, very surprising. Watch it if you dare - and if you dare, you will be rewarded by the highest quality nightmare of those last fifteen years or so!

I saw the original Japanese "Ringu" movie after this one and although I liked it, to my considerable surprise I found that American remake is a real improvement over the original. And that is one more reason to praise "The Ring" as an exceptionnally good film.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Nadine Goodinson on 2 Oct. 2003
Format: DVD
A television screen full of static hasn't been this frightening since 'Poltergeist'.
In brief (and without revealing anything crucial), a sceptical journalist hears of a videotape which causes anyone who watches it to die seven days later. Of course, she boldly investigates, finds the tape, watches it (in a most foolhardy fashion if you ask me...) and starts to wonder if perhaps the story is true. Because if it is, she has only seven days to get to the bottom of the mystery.
A truly atmospheric psychological thriller, where the horror element is supplied by a steadily growing sense of menace, rather than copious quantities of blood and gore. Creepy, seemingly random images get even more scary as the story unfolds and their significance is revealed.
I have deducted one star simply because there are some deleted scenes in the special features that should have been left in.
Watch it, but not on your own. And you might want to turn all your mirrors to the wall before it starts. Oh, and the day after watching it, don't do what I did and accidentally flip to an untuned channel on the video. I swear I left my seat.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Pa Ortiz on 5 Oct. 2003
Format: DVD
While investigating the deaths of several teenagers who have apparently fallen victim to a "posessed" video tape, an unsuspecting reporter unwittingly embarks on a race against time to defeat the curse of The Ring, evade a rather horrible death before 7 days are up, save her son (who thought it was a good idea to watch the tape...it wasn't by the way) and uncover the mystery of perhaps the most scary 8 year old girl ever to grace the screen. With a plot like that, things could very easily have gone wrong. Fortunately, they didn't.
The acting is for the most part, spot on (with Mulholland Drive's Naomi Watts delivering a solid performance). The visuals are executed tastefully, with the whole thing playing and feeling like a piece of surrealistic artwork. And thankfully things don't degenerate into a CGI-fest like so many other promising films of recent times. Admittedly most of the "action" for want of a better word, is packed into the first, and last 20 minutes of the film so those with short attention spans need not apply. Personally I like the sense of tension created by the slower moving middle section of the movie and you really do get that sense of suspense as the 7th day draws nearer. Sadly, a little more attention could of gone into explaining several key elements - specifically regarding Samara (the little girl who's spirit resides in the tape), as well as the connection between her and Rachels - Watts - son. While the film may leave you confused in some areas, it at least gives you something to talk about for a good few hours. Nevertheless, 1 star has to come off!
I confess to not havin seen the original "Ring", so I can't tell you if you should go and watch that instead. But I can tell you that the remake is highly watchable, scary and unsettling! With a central protagonist who elicits both sympathy and fear, spine chilling visuals, and a fantastic ending, "The Ring" is certainly worth a watch...if not several! In fact, I'm gunna order my copy now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 July 2011
Format: DVD
After the mysterious death of her niece Katie, journalist Rachel Keller starts to investigate an urban legend about a videotape which kills you seven days after watching it. With dire consequences coming her way if she can not solve the mystery....

The sentence, English language remake of successful foreign horror film has been known to instill fear of the wrong kind in many a genre fan. So when it was announced that Gore Verbinski was to remake Hideo Nakata's terrifying nerve shredder, Ringu, the reaction in horror circles was akin to someone urinating on your chips. Refreshing to report then that The Ring is a candidate for best American remake and proof positive that remakes sometimes can be a good thing.

Starring Naomi Watts {who is terrific} as Rachel, Verbinski and writer Ehren Kruger {adapting from Kôji Suzuki's novel} successfully transfer the atmospherics of Nakata's piece to a dank and eerie Seattle. It's with atmosphere that The Ring starts to play on your nerves, after viewing the creepy and unsettling tape itself, we ourselves have been set up for the race against the clock that is driving Rachel on. And as the mystery starts to unravel, and sadness threatens to take hold, the story quickly shifts direction to give horror one of its most baddest and cruelest characters. It's impact is the kind that crawls under your skin and refuses to move when you are trying to sleep at night.

Tho the story has been streamlined from its source, The Ring still has a bit too much filler in its structure. Feeling a need to give Watts a quest among quests, Verbinski almost over cooks the mystery essence of the plot. But with much relief, he reins it in to stop any sort of scooby doo like nonsense detracting from the creepy sense of dread that has been built up.
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