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Rings Blu-ray Review

Rings Blu

“Rings” isn’t as bad as others have led you to believe.

“Rings” (the third installment in the U.S. “The Ring” franchise) is essentially a tale of two movies. The first half finds a young woman (Julia) investigating mysterious happenings with her boyfriend (Holt) at college. She soon discovers that he has become embroiled in a strange experimental club led by a college Professor named Gabriel. The experiment in question revolves around the Ring tape. In the past, if one had watched the tape they would die in 7 days, but it seems the rules have changed. Now if you make a copy and get someone else to watch it, your life can be saved. That’s not the only thing that has changed as the tape itself has changed after Julia watches. From here on out, the movie shifts into a much different second half as Julia and Holt try to find Samara’s remains to put her at rest. Along the way they also learn more about her horrific past all while Julia begins to experience strange occurrences.

After getting critically lambasted and delayed numerous times, I was expecting “Rings” to be a downright disaster. Thankfully, it didn’t turn out that way. Now, is the movie good? Not really, but it’s at least a far cry better than the unwatchable “The Ring Two.” Even though the script doesn’t hold up to scrutiny (I’ll get to that in a bit), I applaud it for at least taking the story in a different direction. The first half’s exploration of the tape in the digital era and the ending are particularly interesting for those that have followed the horror film franchise.

Unfortunately, the rest of the movie doesn’t quite hold together. The film is marred by dreadful dialogue, a dull middle act, a strange “Don’t Breathe” esque third act, an abrupt change of rules in regards to the tape, and a truly awful performance by star Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz (Julia). Seriously, her accent changes every 5 minutes and she struggles to make even the simplest of dialogue convincing. Thankfully some of the cast around her picks up the slack most notably with Johnny Galecki (of “The Big Bang Theory” fame) and Vincent D’Onofrio. Don’t ask me what either of them are doing in this movie, but I’m glad they classed it up a bit.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? Surprisingly, the transfer isn’t very noteworthy. Some of the interior or darkly lit scenes appear rather murky. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a solid transfer, but it’s got problems for sure.

Audio Track: 7.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? An effective track even if a 7.1 track seems like overkill.

Extras:
* Digital copy
* Digital copies of “The Ring” and “The Ring Two.”
* DVD copy.
* “Scary Scenes”- The cast talks about their favorite scary scenes in “Rings.”
* 14 deleted/extended/alternate scenes including a Rick Baker cameo and a less effective alternate ending.
* “Terror Comes Full Circle” contains cast and crew interviews, film clips, discussions about the franchise and “Rings” story, etc.
* “Resurrecting The Dead: Bringing Samara Back”- A featurette that revolves around making Samara come alive and the actress that portrays her (Bonnie Morgan). Easily the most interesting extra on the set.

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May 6, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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