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The Spiral [DVD]

K˘ichi Sat˘ , Miki Nakatani , J˘ji Iida    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: K˘ichi Sat˘, Miki Nakatani, Hinako Saeki, Shingo Tsurumi, Shigemitsu Ogi
  • Directors: J˘ji Iida
  • Writers: J˘ji Iida, K˘ji Suzuki
  • Producers: Masato Hara, Shin'ya Kawai, Takashige Ichise, Takenori Sent˘
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warrior
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000BXBYZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,771 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


A young pathologist seeks answers to the mysterious death of a friend and soon comes into contact with the same cursed videotape that caused the death of the friend's wife and son, which is haunted by the curse of Sadako, a relentless spirit.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Spiral takes the ring series in a totally new direction from the original film and its successors. Following on directly from the first film, using the same video footage and in some cases the same cast, THE SPIRAL uses the feel of the books as its muse and the minimalism of a post modern stage production as its directorial influence. White space inhabits where Hideo Nakata's Ring has clutter and the ghoulish witch Sadako is replaced with a sexy femme fatale version of the same character. This is a change more fitting with the beautiful Sadako of the book, but although this is a major change from the first film it is by no means the biggest. SPIRAL is not a horror film. Yes, it is creepy, yes it can be threatening but the threats owe more to the sci-fi genre than the Horror, as does the over-all story and narrative. But it is by no means rubbish, nor is it an insult or derogatory to the original or its's just different
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's the book 22 Nov 2005
Having just finished Spiral and sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for them to hurry up and publish the final part loop next year I find this film actually rather good. It sticks more to the book. For those of you saying, it's not like the first film... they've changed the way she died etc.... well Hideo Nakata changed that!!! Suzuki, who write the original book ring, had a man called Asakawa and Ruji (spelling) who was a total mysoginist who liked raping women investigate this story!
Without wanting to spoil the book too much, as it is astoundingly good. The video is totally different, the method of death of Sadaka is different, and here in Spiral she develops into something more... turning the smallpox virus (of which she died) into something destructive to help rebreed her back from the dead.....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Misunderstood. 23 Feb 2011
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This film follows the plot of the Spiral novel (Sequel to Ring) and thus expores the path that the author intended. The whole film series (incl. American remakes) have morphed the story into something else intirely, even the name Ring, referred to the name of a virus in the books, whereas in the films it appears to be something to do with seeing a ring as the lid covers the top of the well or the fact that the phone rings after you watch the video. If you're a fan of the books then you will probably appreciate it but if you've only seen the films then I can see why this may come up short (probably just aswell Loop was never made, just confuse people even more). It has a sombre, creepy tone to it and not a great deal of action or frights. I personally prefer it to the hastily filmed 'replacement', which is regarded as the official sequel to Ring, but then I really liked the books. If you're thinking of watching it then read the book first, you'll probably get more out of it then.
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I've noticed how many people are wrongly and unfairly comparing this film to the (brilliant) 'Ring' trilogy. I own the 'Ring', 'Spiral' and 'Loop' books and this film is very much based on the original books and reveals Sadako's true intentions. The 'Ring' film trilogy is loosely based on the books and the whole outcome is different. Put comparisons aside from the 'Ring' trilogy as you watch this film, treat it independantly. If you've read the books, you'll recognize how very many aspects of the plot are revealed in 'Spiral'. Sadako herself is very different here also but I won't give everything away!
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