Sarah Michelle Gellar
The acting is probably the worst thing about the film. There's an onslaught of these female characters, all of whom are incapable of emoting facial expressions other than the defaults of "sad" and "scared." I would also blame them for their horrible delivery of the dialogue, but then again, the dialogue is pretty awful to begin with.
Irritatingly enough, there are points where the movie seems to be meeting up to its potential, only to drop back down into a state of utter retardation. The basic plot outline is decent enough (I rather liked the interweaving of seemingly unrelated narratives from different points in time), and itís obvious there are some smart minds at work here, but the problem with the film is that nothing seems to matter. All of these characters are worthless and expendable, from the little boy who's ostensibly disconnected from the rest of the film, to the melodramatic and irritating schoolgirl who might as well be asking to be pushed into the mud by her classmates.
The movie's hilarious randomness doesn't help matters. At one point, there's a girl standing blank-faced in a doorway chugging a gallon of milk. Suddenly she starts to upchuck it back into the container. Meanwhile, I sit baffled and confused at what the hell I just witnessed, and more importantly... why?
The other notable difference between this set and the DVD for the theatrical cut is that the latter has slightly fewer extras. As such, I will mark all special features exclusive to this Director's Cut with an asterisk.
*Tales From The Grudge (7:56): This is a collection of three shorts, preceded by an introduction by Sam Raimi. In short, it's about some random guy investigating the curse. This seems like it'd be an awesome extra, but it's actually pretty lame.
Cast & Crew Reel Change Montage (8:07): This completely worthless featurette shows cast and crew members having fun during reel changes. Skip it.
*Holding A Grudge: Kayako & Toshio (10:08): A cool featurette regarding the "Grudge" ghosts, how they were cast, and the issues that came with it.
East Meets West (15:03): This featurette is worth a watch. It gives insight regarding the film's attempts to escape Hollywood bastardization while staying true to its J-horror roots, as well as THE GRUDGE's entrance to American cinemas.
The Grudge 2: Storyline Development (11:27): This featurette gives a worthwhile look at how THE GRUDGE 2's story was formed, and
"Ready When You Are, Mr. Shimizu" (13:10): Lame. A bunch of interviews talking about how great the director is. They might as well have been performing fellatio on the guy.
Deleted Scenes: There are 3 deleted scenes worth a look, as well as an alternate ending and epilogue.
There are also 10 Previews.