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SADAKO 3D (BLU-RAY)
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Tsutomu Hanabusa

Starring:
Satomi Ishihara
Kji Seto
Ai Hashimoto
Ysuke Yamamoto

Movie:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
The cursed video has now gone viral and is available to watch on the internet. Anyone with laptops and cellphones, beware, if you watch it you will die.
Is it good movie?
Sadako 3D is about a teacher named Akane whose students are watching the video and killing themselves afterwards, the 7 days later rule doesn't apply here. She takes it upon herself to seek out the cause of the deaths and becomes haunted by the girl in the video all the while the police try to link the suicides to the video. It's not too different from what we've seen from the past movies although the curse being available to such a large group of people is a nice twist on the story. And hey, I'll give the flick this- the visual style is pretty impressive.

I felt this movie was the Scream 4 of the franchise. It's a lot like the others but updating the franchise into the modern age. It'd seem really weird for someone to watch a VHS tape these days (collectors aside) so instead of dusting off a VCR, people are able to access the video online. It's a necessary change for the series to make and freshens it up a bit though the filmmakers don't try too hard to be much different from previous installments. There's still a long-haired girl coming out of the screen, but now she's everywhere in 3D! Of course by "everywhere", I mean you get lots and lots of shots of Sadako's hand starting to come out of things, just over and over again. Of course, things take a strange turn for the bizarre when Sadako inexplicably splits herself into many weird CGI spiders to wreak havoc as the movie nears its end. What the heck happened here?

The 3D doesn't work overly well for a flick with 3D in the title. it just isn't effectively used in the movie and the times it does show up, it fails to add anything significant to the scares the movie is trying to induce. I say "trying" because the movie can't possibly be very scary to anyone over 12. The effects are a little hokey and might make you giggle at them rather than quiver in fear. The whole thing is just such a shame, because the Sadako character used to be novel, or at least somewhat interesting and at this point the franchise has launched over the shark. Hey, at least the ending is really, really weird, but that doesn't really redeem anything.

If you're a diehard Ring fan, maybe you'll get something out of it but I've got a pretty sure feeling that you'll be more disappointed in it than anyone else. There's just nothing here for any real fan of the franchise, besides saying that you've actually seen it (so that you can be a completist).
Video / Audio
Video: Sadako offers a 1:78:1 widescreen picture in full 1080p resolution. The 3D is pretty okay in terms of technical presentation, but the whole feel of the movie is a bit ho-hum and lacking depth overall. The movie looks better when not trying to frighten you in the third dimension.

Audio: The 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio track is probably the best part of the movie, everything sounds very good, it's a tightly mixed audio presentation that can be described as vibrant and clear.
The Extras
It's got the Trailer! And how about some lovely scene selections! Subtitles? Already got them on!
Last Call
A 3D version of The Ring might sound like fun, but it's just so goofy, silly, and inconsistent that it fails in almost every way.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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