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Sadako 3D Blu-ray Review

Sadako 3D Blu-ray

“Sadako 3D” is a laughable entry in the “Ringu” series.

Just when you thought the J-Horror fad was over, along comes a fifth “Ringu” sequel called “Sadako 3D.” In this sequel, a deranged and bullied internet artist named Kashiwada allegedly creates a disturbing internet viral video in which he commits suicide. Furthermore, it is said that anyone who watches the video instantly commits suicide. After two detectives and a teacher named Akane become drawn into this mysterious case, it is revealed that Kashiwada didn’t kill himself after all, but instead resurrected Sadako (the creepy killer long black haired girl from “Ringu”) who in turn killed him. Now, Sadako is on the loose and is murdering anyone who watches the now cursed viral video.

Back in the late 90’s and early 00’s, J-Horror and J-Horror remakes were all the rage mostly due in part to the success of “Ringu” and ‘The Ring.” While both films were deserved hits, the genre soon became flooded with imitators that caused the genre to burn out. In an attempt to resurrect the “Ringu” franchise in 3D, “Sadako 3D” has been released and I’m betting most fans of the franchise wish this installment was never made.

This needless, nonsensical, cheesy sequel is nothing more than a cheaply made cash-grab that shamelessly flaunts its 3D gimmick. While most modern films presented in 3D tend to be more of an immersive experience, “Sadako 3D” goes all out with old school 3D F/X complete with hands popping out at you and multiple exploding computers (with shards of CGI flying glass).

Much like the “Paranormal Activity” series, it’s safe to say that “Ringu” has now become a parody of itself now. This is especially evident with the scenes involving the spider like Sadako rejects (don’t ask) and, of course, the comical 3D scenes involving the once menacing Sadako character.

Note: This disc contains the Blu-ray 2D and 3D versions of “Sadako 3D.”

Video/Audio:

Presented in 1.78:1 1080p, the low budget film doesn’t exactly have the highest production values. The film is naturally fuzzy, dark, and moody and doesn’t have the most appealing visuals (see the cheesy FX). Overall though, this is as good as the film will probably look. Make of that as you will.

This disc contains Japanese DTS-HD 5.1 and Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 audio tracks (with optional English subtitles). Say what you will about the movie itself, but the audio is highly effective when it comes to scare attempts. Granted, the film is never scary, but at least the audio impresses.

The only extras are Well Go USA Entertainment trailers and a trailer for “Sadako 3D.”

Summary: I think it’s time for the “Ringu” franchise to be placed at the bottom of a well. Skip this one, folks.

June 11, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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