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!
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.