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
Death -- Drama.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| Universal City, CA :DreamWorks Home Entertainment,2003
|Edition||Full screen version.|
|Other Titles|| Ringu.
Parkes, Walter F.
Kruger, Ehren, 1972-
Watts, Naomi, 1968-
Henderson, Martin, 1974-
Dorfman, David, 1993-
Frost, Lindsay, 1962-
Perrette, Pauley, 1969-
Alexander, Jane, 1939-
Cox, Brian, 1946-
Suzuki, Kōji, 1957- Ringu.
MacDonald/Parkes Production (Firm)
DreamWorks Home Entertainment (Firm)
Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman, Richard Lineback, Daveigh Chase, Lindsay Frost, Pauley Perrette, Jane Alexander, Brian Cox.
Director of photography, Bojan Bazelli ; editor, Craig Wood ; music, Hans Zimmer ; costume designer, Julie Weiss ; production designer, Tom Duffield.
MPAA rating: PG-13; for thematic elements, disturbing images, language and some drug references.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2002.
Based on the novel by Koji Suzuki and the movie "The ring" by The Ring/The Spiral Production Group.
DVD, Dolby digital, DTS surround sound, Region 1 encoding.
1 videodisc (115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.