Ralph Potts reviews the third installment in The Ring horror film franchise, which tells the tale of a young woman that finds herself on the receiving end of a terrifying curse that threatens to take her life in seven days.
Studio and Year:
The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Paramount - 2017
Feature running time:
English DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio, French/Spanish/Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1
English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Johnny Galecki, Alex Roe, Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Aimee Teegarden, Vincent D’Onofrio
David Loucka, Jacob Estes, Akiva Goldsman
May 2, 2017
"Evil is Reborn"
When a radical college professor (Johnny Galecki, “The Big Bang Theory”) finds the mysterious video rumored to kill viewers seven days after watching, he enlists his students in a dangerous experiment to uncover the secrets behind the Samara legend. When the deadly video goes viral, they must figure out a way to break the curse and defeat Samara before her evil is unleashed upon the world. But, how do you stop her when she’s everywhere?
I am a fan of 2002’s The Ring
and even enjoyed its sequel The Ring 2
. The Ring was a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film Ringu
which I heard great things about, but have never seen. I felt that the sequel closed out the story fairly well, but lacked the narrative depth, suspense and chilling elements of the original. So, twelve years later, we have Rings
. I assume it’s an attempt to sort of reboot the franchise, although I am not entirely certain why. This film more or less, makes The Ring 2 look like an Oscar contender. Short on plot, character design, and anything resembling tangible elements of horror, Rings
is nothing more than a series of familiar, and oft used plot points that revolve around the same archetypes falling victim to the same curse.
I pretty much knew going in that I was going to be disappointed, so I placed expectations in the ultra-low category, which still didn’t help. As a fan of the concept, original film, and even its lesser sequel, I wanted to find something to enjoy in Rings
. Ultimately my search wound up being a futile one.
The rating is for violence/terror, thematic elements, some sexuality, and brief drug material.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
- Low frequency effects:
- Surround Sound presentation:
- Dialog Reproduction:
- DSU/DTS Neural:X Rating * (non-rated element):
Rings comes to Blu-ray Disc from Paramount Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 30 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.8 Mbps.
- Black Level/Shadow Detail:
- Color Reproduction:
This film’s visual style doesn’t lend itself to eye catching color or infinite levels of dimension but this is a creative decision that doesn’t reflect negatively on its presentation. Resolution is excellent with clearly rendered images that exhibit refined levels of detail during close ups and discernible depth of field in wide angle shots. The chromatic range is purposefully limited to muted primary colors and softer secondary hues. That coupled with the drab lighting schemes and dark cinematography makes for a visually pallid but thematically affecting look. Skin tones among the cast vary and range from Rosy to pale while appearing textural and predominantly lifelike. Blacks are deep and dynamic and shadow detail is excellent. I didn’t see any signs of video related artifacts in this whistle clean high definition presentation that looks terrific.
The lossless DTS-HD MA soundtrack offers detail rich clarity while making use of the entire surround platform to support the film’s thematic elements. Dialog is firmly planted in the center channel and clearly renders voices and effects with appropriate distinction and balance within the front soundstage. The detection of subtle background sounds, off camera cues and spatial dimension within the room’s acoustic environment is notable. Dynamic range is solid which enriches the authority of low frequency effects contained in the mix. There isn’t perpetual use of the surround channels and subwoofer however when applied the effects are involving enough to elevate suspense.
- Terror Comes Full Circle – 12 minute featurette
- Resurrecting the Dead: Bringing Samara Back – 9 minute featurette
- Scary Scenes – 6 minute featurette
- 14 Deleted/Extended Scenes including an Alternate Ending
- Bonus DVD
- Digital HD Copy
- Bonus Digital HD Copies of The Ring and The Ring 2
is the third installment in The Ring horror film franchise, and is an overtly formulaic, ineffectual and disappointing film that fails to deliver in essentially every department. It comes to Blu-ray from Paramount Home Entertainment featuring excellent high definition audio/video mated with a fair supplemental offering that looks behind the scenes. I thought that throwing in Digital Copies of The Ring and The Ring 2 was a nice touch. Rings
is a complete swing and miss that left this fan sorely disappointed. I would say that if you’re curious, wait, and catch it on cable television.
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