The Ring Collection

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Re: The Ring Collection

#26 Post by Orlac » Sat Dec 22, 2018 5:04 am

I don't think the Grudge DTV movies ever got an English friendly release oddly enough.

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Re: Forthcoming: Ring

#27 Post by rapta » Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:55 am

MichaelB wrote:
Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:23 pm
Added to a box set that already contains five features and a ton of extras?

What’s the weather like on your planet?
Is this set five? I only count four films - Ring, Ring 2, Ring 0 and Spiral (aka Rasen).

Pre-ordered the set from HMV last night when it was only £29.99. Not bad value at that price! :D

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Re: The Ring Collection

#28 Post by colinr0380 » Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:20 pm

If this set features Sadako vs Kayako (aka The Ring vs The Grudge, unreleased on disc in both the UK and US so far) I would be very happy, but I don't want to ask for too much!
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Re: The Ring Collection

#29 Post by Orlac » Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:29 pm

I'm rather baffled no-one has picked up Sadako vs Kayako. Maybe the Japanese owner wants too much money. I remember when J-Horror was everywhere.

Speaking of which - http://www.midnighteye.com/features/the ... -j-horror/

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Re: The Ring Collection

#30 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Sat Dec 22, 2018 4:48 pm

In the U.S. it got picked up by the streaming service Shudder, so the absence of a physical release is unfortunate by not surprising. (At least non-subscribers can still buy or rent it on iTunes.)

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Re: Forthcoming: Ring

#31 Post by Cronenfly » Sat Dec 22, 2018 8:04 pm

rapta wrote:
Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:55 am
MichaelB wrote:
Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:23 pm
Added to a box set that already contains five features and a ton of extras?

What’s the weather like on your planet?
Is this set five? I only count four films - Ring, Ring 2, Ring 0 and Spiral (aka Rasen).

Pre-ordered the set from HMV last night when it was only £29.99. Not bad value at that price! :D
Is this still listed at that price? I can’t find it on the site.

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Re: Forthcoming: Ring

#32 Post by Ovader » Sat Dec 22, 2018 9:01 pm

Cronenfly wrote:
Sat Dec 22, 2018 8:04 pm
Is this still listed at that price? I can’t find it on the site.
I see it listed at £49.99 here.

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Re: The Ring Collection

#33 Post by colinr0380 » Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:17 am

"We need a lot of fresh water to absorb Sadako's fury"

Re-watching Ring 2 again last night in the wake of this news, I think that I like it as much as the original film. It does not have the claustrophobic countdown to death structure of the first film but it features a lot of its own striking imagery (I love the eerie mix of nostalgic memory and supernatural psychic connection to the scenes set around the bench on the street) and is a great sequel in the way that it is bringing back almost every key character from the original film and furthering their individual storylines, rather than just a couple of them. The primacy of the tape as a means of transmission falls away a little as people tangential to the actual tape get haunted and marked by events they have witnessed rather than being outright killed, from the friend of the niece who died in the opening of the first film to the the boy Yoichi, to Miki Nakatani's character herself interestingly revealed as having psychic potential here. Developing the suggestion from the explanatory flashback from the first film that everyone probably has psychic projection powers to a greater or lesser extent, not just Sadako, though hers were amped up into a weaponised form by the long term trauma that she experienced.

And I also love the way that mid-way through the film we have two sets (or three with the police) of flawed groups of authority figures both cynically trying to use others to get to the tape with the journalist character being an enormous monster by letting someone else die to test out the theories of how the chain of transmission works (really a satire on how the news media uses its subjects, gives them false hope through reassurances of being there to support them, and then discards them once they have their story, an idea that later turns up again in a central televised exorcism sequence in One Missed Call. Only in this case the journalist has not reckoned with the latest victim, rather than Sadako, coming for electronic vengeance on him herself! And tragically none of his colleagues seem to care about his fate either), and the amateur parapsychological doctor (probably a more minor version of the central figure in Spiral) using that traumatised friend of the niece to try and 'recreate' the imagery and unleash a new tape. It probably makes sense that everything climaxes in an ironic, doomed to failure attempt to use science and technology to tackle ghosts before everything explodes in a phantasmagorical finale that is definitely wilder than the much more subdued (though perhaps more apocalyptic in its own way) ending of Spiral! But seriously for a doctor/scientist, that character should have known that swimming pools and electronic equipment would not mix!

Its kind of a film all about events that do not particularly involve Sadako but more about all of the fallout on supporting characters from the first film trying desperately to understand and contain the situation until almost the last half hour when the actual central figure finally, unfortunately (for the characters!) gets dredged up and unleashed again.

As a side note, one frustrating thing about the old mid-2000s Tartan DVD edition of Ring 2 in the Ring Trilogy boxset that I noticed again on this re-watch is that the English subtitles go out of sync about half way through until the end of the film, occurring about ten seconds after the onscreen dialogue! Which becomes a little confusing during back and forth conversations! I think this was the early days of digital removable subtitles for Tartan (the original early 2000 DVD releases had the burnt in theatrical subtitles that unfortunately disappeared against white backgrounds, so at the time even out of sync digital removable ones were a bit of a step forward!) so I am at least hopeful that the Arrow set will not have that issue and present the films in the UK for the first time without problems with the subtitling!

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Re: The Ring Collection

#34 Post by mfunk9786 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:10 pm

Can anyone confirm whether the box set will be playable on Region A players?

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Re: The Ring Collection

#35 Post by David M. » Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:12 pm

No, it's Region B.

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Re: The Ring Collection

#36 Post by mfunk9786 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:15 pm

Drat. Not enough to get me to buy another region free player, but it's a shame it's not coming out here!

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Re: The Ring Collection

#37 Post by kcota17 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:21 pm

Did you have one that broke? I want to invest in one but am scared that they don’t last very long.

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Re: The Ring Collection

#38 Post by mfunk9786 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:31 pm

Yeah, the LG BD630 that I got from Bombay Electronics rarely plays discs without issue anymore, and has been relegated to being our bedroom Blu-ray player before it's permanently put out to pasture because of the unreliability. It was sold with what was touted as a lifetime warranty, but when I contacted them about the issues with the player they responded that it was only the region free capability that they guaranteed the functionality of, not the player itself.

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Re: The Ring Collection

#39 Post by Adam Grikepelis » Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:59 pm

I've had a modded Oppo for over 6 years now, and it's never had an issue. Like any electronics, I'd imagine the quality of what you buy is mostly down to the manufacturer, along with a bit of luck.

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Re: The Ring Collection

#40 Post by tenia » Thu Feb 28, 2019 5:08 am

James White's article on Restoring Ring.

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Re: The Ring Collection

#41 Post by Cronenfly » Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:06 pm

Buy now if you want this. It’s sold out via the Arrow store and is a bestseller on Amazon.

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