Matsushima Nanako, Sanada Hiroyuki, Nakatani Miki
young reporter tries to discover the truth behind a cursed video programme.
effectiveness of a horror film can so easily be dissipated by too much
foreknowledge, and when a film like Ring arrives amid a whirlwind
of hyperbole, itís almost guaranteed to fall short of expectations.
Anyone expecting to be mortified by Ring is likely to be
disappointed. It is, however, a very effective, creepy story, which owes
far more to Bernard Roseís Candyman than the more oft-cited The
Blair Witch Project. The film is about mysterious underground
videotape that apparently frightens to death everyone who watches it, and
the efforts of a young reporter to discover the truth behind the curse.
Tartanís disc is a valiant effort, presenting a dark, well-worn print of
the Japanese film in 1.85:1 ratio, with anamorphic enhancement. The 2.0
(224kbps) stereo sound mix is very effective, and often very atmospheric,
although thereís a fair degree of hiss and crackle present throughout.
Given the filmís provenance, itís unlikely that a better version will
be made available. The company has obviously worked hard with the
materials available to them, offering the UK trailer, a gushing text
review by Mark Kermode and a very modest stills gallery, as well as moving
chapter selection screens and animated interstitials. Not mentioned on the
sleeve is the opportunity to see a facsimile presentation of the videotape
in question (albeit with the same burnt-in English subtitles that are used
throughout the film!) Short letterboxed trailers for Tartan titles Ring
2 and Audition are also offered.