The Ring and Ringu updates

Dreamworks have issued the full press release for their March 4th releases of The Ring and the Japanese original Ringu. Unfortunately not much has changed, which means the American remake is desperately lacking in bonus features for such a recent release...

The Ring will be available in both Anamorphic Widescreen and Full Screen versions, each featuring English DD5.1 and DTS 5.1 soundtracks. Extra features seem to be limited to an all-new 15-minute experimental short film created by director Gore Verbinski exclusively for the video release. More details on this from the PR...

While working with director Gore Verbinski on the bonus programs for the DVD, we all came to the conclusion that it's fun for audiences to try to unravel the mystery. The last thing we wanted to do was create featurettes that ‘demystify' the story or explain away the plot," said Kelley Avery, Head of DreamWorks Home Entertainment Worldwide. "The short film is the perfect enhancement for both the video and DVD. It brings viewers deeper into the plot, but the onus is on them to determine the meaning and put the pieces together."

The short film is not a collection of previously used material - it was exclusively cut for the film's video release and designed to extend the experience of the film. To view this all-new film on the DVD, those brave enough will click on a button entitled, "Don't Watch This." As the experimental film opens, static takes over the television set, followed by the indelible jagged circular white glow of "the ring." It takes the viewer deeper into the character's thoughts and lives leading up to the seven-day mark - but ultimately leaves them in a conflicted state of knowing more... without understanding all.

Ringu will feature a newly created digital film-to-video transfer of the movie in anamorphic widescreen along with a new Japanese DD5.1 mix with English subtitles. There are no bonus features planned for this release.

The Ring will carry a $19.95 MAP while Ringu has a $29.95 SRP.

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