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The Ring Two: Unrated Edition
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Sep 2, 2005 By: Quigles
The Ring Two: Unrated Edition order
Director:
Hideo Nakata

Actors:
Naomi Watts
Simon Baker
David Dorfman

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Gone is the gnarly concept of the “killer tape”, now replaced with the concept of “annoying kid”. Basically, Samara wants Rachel to be her mommy, so she tries to take over the creepy son’s body. Seems like the logical way to handle things.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
You know, I’ve seen some unnecessary sequels before, but this one takes the cake, and then shits on it too. Everything that was so great about the first movie is noticeably absent here, and that includes the scares. I’m a jumpy mother f*cker, so the fact that I was not even remotely creeped out here (let alone scared) says a lot. But that isn’t the only huge problem; there are truckloads of them. Probably most obvious is that RING TWO actually negates everything made so clear through the first RING. Apparently, Samara doesn’t need the tape at all. She can come and go as she pleases. Convenient, dontcha think?

I have nothing against the actual premise of this shit sequel, but the presentation is so poorly executed. Sure, it “looks” good, but so did the first, and that one had a good story to go along with it. Besides, the “tape” concept was such a cool aspect of the first movie, you’d think they would at least try to incorporate it a bit more. Instead, they choose to focus all their energy on the kid from the first flick. There is nothing remotely interesting about either the kid or the mom, so the choice to focus on them was a big mistake (whereas in the first the focus is on the mystery).

The only “semi” saving grace for me was the occasional cool scene. But even some of those scenes aggravated me, fully due to how they were weird for the sake of being weird. There was no point! They weren’t transporting you to some bizarre world like in the first RING, they were just... there. Most of the “weird” scenes aren’t even explained, and the ones that are felt like they were come up with on the spot. I will, however, admit that the film’s finale was pretty darn sweet. And oh yah – a note to filmmakers who make horror movies: CGI is not scary! Computer generated water/blood? Not scary. Computer generated deer charging a car? Not scary (and stupid). Computer generated little girls? NOT....F*CKING.....SCARY!
THE EXTRAS
THE RING TWO has plenty of DVD extras, but most of them aren’t too substantial, except for the wonderful short film, RINGS.

I didn’t catch THE RING TWO in theatres, so I don’t know what the extra footage was, but from what I’ve heard, it’s all extra character development stuff.

Walter Parkes Introduces Rings (0:49): Completely pointless. All he does is say what your about to be watching, and then spoils some cool parts.

Rings (16:39): Wow! Now this is what THE RING TWO should’ve been. It’s being called a prelude to the sequel, which it is, but it also stands well on its own grounds. The idea is very clever, and the overall product very engaging. WATCH IT!

Faces of Fear: The Cast (6:52): The cast? Not really. This featurette feels more like a lousy promo.

Fear on Film: Special Effects (5:45): Fairly interesting, but all too brief. Only about a minute is spent on each scene discussed. Still, it’s moderately revealing and worth checking out.

Samara: From Eye to Icon (5:48): Everything about Samara is detailed, from the make-up to her story to the effects with her. The only semi-interesting aspect is the make-up, while the rest is stuff you already know about.

The Power of Symbols (5:20): This featurette discusses some of the “weird” stuff from the film, but is once again, not too interesting or revealing.

HBO First Look: The Making of Ring Two (13:01): I was hoping this would actually be one of the few substantial featurettes on the disc, but my hopes soon fleeted. This is nothing more than a collection of interviews and clips from the film.

Deleted Scenes (18:36): There are ten of them, none of which are worth watching. All of them are extra “weird” stuff with the kid and the mom.

There is also Production Notes, 16 Cast/Crew Biographies, and also 5 Previews in crappy quality.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I can’t really recommend renting THE RING TWO (and don’t want to), but if you were a fan of the first film, I suggest a rental even if just for RINGS (the short film that is included with the extras). It’s much better than the actual movie, and could have easily made a more compelling and engaging sequel than this trash. Now excuse me, my TVs leaking for no apparent reason.
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