Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman
Gore Verbinski (The Ring), Jonathan Liebesman
With the impending release of The Ring Two, sequel
to the successful The Ring, Dreamworks
has decided to release a 2 DVD "set" that includes
the original film and a new disc called Rings, which
serves as both a teaser and a segue between the two movies.
I won't go into much depth over The Ring, as the story
and review of the film has already
been covered. The DVD comes with enough extras to prove as
a nice diversion, but you're really only going to watch the
disc for the movie.
Rings, on the other hand, proves to be less than an
hour's worth of additional content, which honestly feels like
a traditional bonus disc that should have been released with
the original DVD launch. The feature of the disc is a sixteen
minute short film that's intended to bridge the gap between
the two movies, directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Darkness
Falls). If you've seen the television spot for The
Ring Two, you should recognize the main actor of the short
film as the boy who is showing off the cursed tape to a girl
we are led to assume is his girlfriend.
In the short film, though, the story plays up more of an
underground "cult" of teens obsessed with the videotape
that finds itself replicating like a virus. These teens copy
the tape, show it to another in their group and play a game
of chicken in which they see how long they can go before showing
their tape to the next member. All the while, they're videotaping
their life events and uploading the video onto the internet
to share with other groups of teens. But, Rings finds
the main character on his seventh day, desperate to find someone
to watch his copy as the next person in the chain bails on
him (thought I think it may have been a set up by the other
people in the group to finally see a Day Seven). This leads
to the point where The Ring Two starts.
The Rings short-film is intense and shows a lot of
promise. If this is the conceptual take the The Ring Two
takes, it should be a far more intense and shocking flick
as the presence of the supernatural is far more present. In
fact, Samara shows up more as a menacing spirit in these sixteen
minutes than she was in the first film as a whole. There is
a stronger focus on water (a tell-tale sign of author Koji
Suzuki's influence on the story) and items that seemed odd
in the first film (like the presence of a ladder out of nowhere)
are given an odd revelation.
Along with the short film is a short series of cast and director
interviews from The Ring. This serve as a nice augment,
but really don't go into a lot of depth. Honestly, I felt
they were over before they really got going, which really
just made me want more. Along with this is The Origin of
Terror, another small piece that proves to be a nice augment
but would have been great if longer.
The last thing that the Rings DVD offers is trailers
for the first movie and The Ring Two and an uncensored
look at the cursed videos from The Ring, Ringu
and The Ring Two. The trailers are nice - it's good
to see the first teaser trailer from the theaters for The
Ring Two again. I would have to say it's rather nice to
see the cursed tape from the sequel before it hits the theater.
In the new video, a lot of the scenes are sequences that have
already been revealed in the commercials, so I don't know
how intimidating the cursed video will be this time around.
If you're into the whole Ring/Ringu mythos,
then this set is worth hunting down. If for some reason you
didn't pick up The Ring at an earlier date, then do
so now. Doing so before The Ring Two hits the theaters
would actually be a great idea as this really works to build
up to the sequel.