DVD 115 mins IMDB 7.3 (39,342 votes)
The Ring
Dreamworks (2002)
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(2003 )
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
USA  /  English

Naomi Watts Rachel Keller
Martin Henderson Noah Clay
David Dorfman Aidan Keller
Brian Cox Richard Morgan
Jane Alexander Dr. Grasnik
Lindsay Frost Ruth Embry
Amber Tamblyn Katie Embry
Rachael Bella Rebecca 'Becca' Kotler
Daveigh Chase Samara Morgan
Shannon Cochran Anna Morgan
Pauley Perrette Beth
Sara Rue Babysitter
Watts Naomi
Sandra Thigpen Teacher
Richard Lineback Innkeeper
Sasha Barrese Girl Teen #1
Tess Hall Girl Teen #2
Adam Brody Kellen, Male Teen #1

Director Gore Verbinski
Producer Laurie MacDonald; Walter F. Parkes
Writer Kôji Suzuki; Hiroshi Takahashi; Ehren Kruger
Cinematography Bojan Bazelli
Musician Hans Zimmer; Bill Fulton
User Credit 1 Craig Wood
User Credit 2 Julie Weiss

A disturbing videotape appears to hold the power of life and death over those who view it in this offbeat thriller. A strange videotape begins making the rounds in a town in the Pacific Northwest; it is full of bizarre and haunting images, and after watching it, many viewers receive a telephone call in which they are warned they will die in seven days. A handful of teenagers who watched the tape while spending a weekend at a cabin in the mountains scoff at the threat, but as predicted, they all die suddenly on the same night. Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts), the aunt of one of the ill-fated teens, is a journalist who has decided to investigate the matter and travels West with her young son, Aidan (David Dorfman), a troubled child who has been drawing pictures of strange and ominous visions. Rachel managed to find the cabin in the woods and watches the video herself; afterward, she receives the same phone call, and realizes she must solve the puzzle of the video and the person or persons behind it within a week. Rachel turns to her ex, Noah (Martin Henderson), an expert in video technology, who at first is convinced the story is a hoax until he digs deeper into the mystery. The Ring was adapted from a 1996 Japanese film by Hideo Nakata, which became a massive box-office success in Asia and spawned two sequels. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 667068998023
Region Region 1
Chapters 23
Release Date 2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Widescreen Dolby DTS Surround Sound
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 1 Thematic elements, disturbing images, language and some drug references.
User Text 2 Before you die, you see the ring
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Trivia: The 3 October 2001 draft of the screenplay credits Scott Frank as a writer. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: When Rachel thumbs through a notebook and comes across a circle drawn with a pen, the pen was pushed through hard enough to tear through the page, yet the page underneath is blank, with no ink from the pen on the page. (more)

Cashier: You're gonna die.
Noah: Huh?
Cashier: My uncle smoked a pack a day for ten years, went on the patch, never looked back.

Awards: 7 wins & 4 nominations (more)