The Ring

The Ring

DVD Rating: ***

Reviewed by: Angus Wolfe Murray

Read Angus Wolfe Murray's film review of The Ring

Don't Watch This is an intriguing collage of spooky images from the film and lengthy deleted scenes, which have been cleverly mixed, in keeping with the general look of The Ring's infamous tape. The deleted scenes are fascinating, as if whole subsections of the script have been cut back in the final editing. There is another dead body, for instance, and much more of Martin Henderson. Nothing in this featurette is wasted space.

The Making Of runs along conventional lines, with Naomi Watts, Henderson, Brian Cox and David Dorfman, who is so good as Rachel and Noah's son in the film, talking about their characters and director Gore Verbinski and producer Walter Parkes talking about the actors. These are intelligent people and the only sadness is that they don't have enough time. Also, there are hardly any on-set sequences and no Behind The Scene scenes.

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Rings is an oddity. It appears to be a short take on the story, as if played for teenagers. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman and starring Ryan Merriman, it follows a gauche, lanky lad called Jake through seven days before the girl in white, with long black hair, comes for him. The atmosphere has that wonderfully cool dude vacuity of high school drifters, suddenly faced with something beyond their comprehension. Liebesman is inventive with his camera and the performances are attractive.

Reviewed on: 26 Mar 2005
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Remake of Japanese horror film of a killer video tape and a demonic ghost child.
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Product Code: 8301509

Region: 2

Ratio: 1.85 Anamorphic Wide Screen

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

Extras: Rings - a short film that tracks the history of the video tape from The Ring to The Ring Two; Making Of featurette; Don

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