In 1998, director Hideo Nakata (Dark Water) unleashed a chilling tale of technological terror on unsuspecting audiences, which redefined the horror genre, launched the J-horror boom in the West and introduced a generation of moviegoers to a creepy, dark-haired girl called Sadako. The film s success spawned a slew of remakes, reimaginations and imitators, but none could quite boast the power of Nakata’s original masterpiece, which melded traditional Japanese folklore with contemporary anxieties about the spread of technology.
A group of teenage friends are found dead, their bodies grotesquely contorted, their faces twisted in terror. Reiko (Nanako Matsushima, When Marnie Was There), a journalist and the aunt of one of the victims, sets out to investigate the shocking phenomenon, and in the process uncovers a creepy urban legend about a supposedly cursed videotape, the contents of which causes anyone who views it to die within a week unless they can persuade someone else to watch it, and, in so doing, pass on the curse.
Arrow Video is proud to present the genre defining trilogy Ringu, the film that started it all, plus Hideo Nakata’s chilling sequel, Ringu 2, and the haunting origin story, Ringu 0 as well as the lost original sequel, George Iida’s Spiral, gathered together in glorious high definition and supplemented by a wealth of bonus materials.
Special Edition Contents
— 4K restoration of Ringu from the original camera negative, approved by director of photography Junichiro Hayashi
— High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations
— Lossless Japanese DTS-HD master audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 soundtracks
— Optional English subtitles
— Bonus feature: Spiral, George Iida s 1998 sequel to Ringu
— Audio commentary on Ringu by film historian David Kalat
— Audio commentary on Ringu 0 by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
— The Ringu Legacy, a series of interviews from critics and filmmakers on their memories of the Ringu series and its enduring legacy
— A Vicious Circle, a video interview with author and critic Kat Ellinger on the career of Hideo Nakata
— Circumnavigating Ringu, a video essay by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas on the evolution of the Ringu series
— Spooks, Sighs and Videotape, a video essay by critic Jasper Sharp on the J-horror phenomenon
— The Psychology of Fear, an archival interview with author Koji Suzuki
— Archival behind-the-scenes featurette on Ringu 0
— Ringu 0 deleted scenes
— Sadako’s Video
— Multiple theatrical trailers for the Ringu series