When Julia gets a Skype from her boyfriend's #, she's stunned to find it's not him calling but a scared girl named Skye who's looking for him. They'd been watching a video together that was cursed. Anyone viewing it is killed within seven days. Sounds familiar? Yes, "Rings" isn't a sequel, but rather a remake of the original Japanese film.
While the whole creepy VHS scenario still holds up well in creating chills, modern technology is used with intriguing touches. Still, too many of the scares fall flat and there's the far too common feeling we've been here before. As the narrative unfolds, characters seem more like caricatures and it's impossible to care or feel scared for them. What starts off as a surprisingly effective first act rapidly descends into boredom and its 102 minute running time feels much longer.
While certainly not anywhere nearly as bad as general reviews depict, "RINGS" isn't a film to recommend either.
PARAMOUNT has retained the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this MPEG-4 AVC encoded 1080p blu-ray. The colors tend to veer a bit heavily towards a green hue in many scenes. While the colors aren't aren't ever vibrant, the detail is astounding! This is an oddity, as it's hard to criticize the image due to it replicating the intent of the filmmaker as this does here. Grain is utilized and provides a truly gritty, film-like atmosphere. A really impressive image!
If only the film's script could've been as creative as this DTS-HD MA 7.1 mix! All channels are used effectively throughout the film. There are some really fun moments and impactful effects. Even subtle effects have a great resonance to them. Dialogue and music and effects are flawlessly balanced. An outstanding sound mix!
PARAMOUNT has provided a dvd and DIGITAL Code along with the blu-ray. Additionally, almost 20 minutes of deleted scenes offered more than a few moments this reviewer feels should've been left intact.
2 featurettes looking at both the original and the advance in technology related to the newer film are explored as well as a look at Samara and make-up effects.