Friday 21 December 2018

Arrow to release THE RING COLLECTION Blu-Ray March 2019

In 1998, director Hideo Nakata (Dark Water) unleashed a chilling tale of technological terror on unsuspecting audiences, which redefined the horror genre, launched the J-horror boom in the West and introducing a generation of moviegoers to a creepy, dark-haired girl called Sadako. The film’s success spawned a slew of remakes, reimaginations and imitators, but none could quite boast the power of Nakata’s original masterpiece, which melded traditional Japanese folklore with contemporary anxieties about the spread of technology.

A group of teenage friends are found dead, their bodies grotesquely contorted, their faces twisted in terror. Reiko (Nanako Matsushima - When Marnie Was There), a journalist and the aunt of one of the victims, sets out to investigate the shocking phenomenon, and in the process uncovers a creepy urban legend about a supposedly cursed videotape, the contents of which causes anyone who views it to die within a week – unless they can persuade someone else to watch it, and, in so doing, pass on the curse…

Arrow Video is proud to present the genre-defining trilogy – RING, the film that started it all, plus Hideo Nakata’s chilling sequel, RING 2, and the haunting origin story, RING 0 – as well as the ‘lost’ original sequel, George Iida’s SPIRAL, gathered together in glorious high definition and supplemented by a wealth of archival and newly created bonus materials. 


-Brand new 4K restoration of Ring from the original camera negative, approved by director of photography Junichiro Hayashi
-High definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations
-Lossless Japanese DTS-HD master audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 soundtracks
-Optional English subtitles
-Bonus feature: Spiral, George Iida’s 1998 sequel to Ring
-New audio commentary on Ring by film historian David Kalat
-New audio commentary on Ring 0 by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
-The Ring Legacy, a series of new interviews from critics and filmmakers on their memories of the Ring series and its enduring legacy
-A Vicious Circle, a new video interview with author and critic Kat Ellinger on the career of Hideo Nakata
-Circumnavigating Ring, a new video essay by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas on the evolution of the Ring series
-Spooks, Sighs and Videotape, a new video essay by critic Jasper Sharp on the J-horror phenomenon
-The Psychology of Fear, a newly edited archival interview with author Koji Suzuki
-Archival behind-the-scenes featurette on Ring 0
-Ring 0 deleted scenes
-Sadako’s Video
-Multiple theatrical trailers for the Ring series
-Limited edition 60-page booklet containing new writing by Violet Lucca, Alexandra Heller--Nicholas, Jasper Sharp, Kieran Fisher and Kat Ellinger
-Limited edition packaging featuring original and newly commissioned artwork


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