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| Ringu 0
| 98 Minutes
|| 98 Minutes
||Year of Manufacture
|| English, French, Spanish
||Number of Discs
| 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)
|| 5.1 Surround
The final disc in the Ringu
Anthology of Terror, Ringu 0
is an acceptable release, and nothing more. The
presentation of the movie itself here is fine,
but there is nothing noteworthy about it as the
video quality here is passable while the audio
is decent; unfortunately, the disc has no extras
at all, like Dreamworks' other "Ringu"
Far from the best video quality in the Anthology
set, that nod would go to Ringu
Ringu 0 is still presented well enough
here. There isn't a great deal to praise, but
nothing really goes awry to the point of detracting
from the viewing experience. The colors here are
one of the more positive aspects, as they tend
to be rather lush in contrast while the disc boasts
a pretty vibrant array. Unfortunately, the same
praise can't be sung for the print used for the
transfer. Granted, there aren't many scratches
during the course of the movie, but the print
used does contain a noticeable layer of grain
through out, and I'm not referring to the intentionally
grainy segments with Sadako. Thankfully this aspect
isn't further hindered by the transfer process,
for which Dreamworks has done another impressive
job. There are really no blatant signs of compression,
while there appears to be minimal edge enhancement,
but the film good have stood to be a little sharper
in definition. As for the brightness level, it's
actually done well here, a surprise given the
other discs in the Anthology. It appears to be
set at just the right level, with the only segments
that are made hard to distinguish being on account
of the source material.
Ringu 0's original aspect ratio of
1.85:1 is preserved on this disc, and is Anamorphic
for widescreen TVs.
Another fine audio presentation from Dreamworks,
whose only real fault is a lack of options. There
is only one audio track present on Ringu 0,
which a 5.1 surround track of the original Japanese
audio. The surround track is presented well here,
with no inconsistencies, like pops or crackles,
to be heard. The speaker distinction is also apparent,
and noticeable on some sequences like the screams
in the forest.
The audio track is accompanied by, removable,
English, French or Spanish subtitles.
Nothing to be found here, unless one gets
excited over a menu and chapter breaks.
- Anthony Romero
Bottom line, it's just another ho hum disc
from Dreamworks; however, as part of the Anthology
set, it's a real deal for the price. A separate
cover for the DVD would have been nice, though,
but the price is still right regardless.
This disc can only be purchased in the DVD box
Anthology of Terror.
the Box Set
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