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    RINGU - Limited Edition UHD From Arrow Video and MVD

    Journalist Reiko Asakawa (Nanako Matsushima) investigates a terrifying supernatural mystery in RINGU. Photo courtesy of Arrow Films and MVD Entertainment. © 1998 The Ring/The Spiral Production Group

    Source: Arrow Films, MVD Entertainment
    Special Thanks to Derek Stubinski

    This September, Arrow Films presents a brand new 4K restoration of the J-Horror classic RINGU (リング), aka THE RING, in a limited edition et packed with bonus features.

    Photo courtesy of Arrow Films and MVD Entertainment. © 1998 The Ring/The Spiral Production Group

    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 introduced 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 RINGU, the film that started it all, restored from the original negative in glorious high definition and supplemented by a wealth of bonus materials.

    The UK edition will be available with two cover options; the standard Arrow packaging art or the original Japanese poster artwork.


    RINGU - Limited Edition UHD

    Running Time: 95 Minutes
    Number of Discs: 1
    Language: Japanese
    Subtitles: English
    Audio: 2.0 / 5.1 Stereo
    Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1


    Region Code: 0
    SKU: AV527
    UPC: 760137131946
    Sreet Date: 09/19/23
    List Price: $49.95

    The UK edition can also be purchased with the original Japanese poster art. Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © 1998 The Ring/The Spiral Production Group


    Region Code: A/B
    Product Code: FCD2427/FCD2428
    UK Rating: 15
    Street Date: 09/25/23
    RRP: £29.99


    • Brand new, exclusive 4K restoration from the original camera negative by Arrow Films
    • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
    • Lossless Japanese DTS-HD master audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 soundtrack
    • Optional English subtitles
    • Audio commentary by film historian David Kalat
    • The Ringu Legacy – a series of interviews from critics and filmmakers on their memories of the Ringu series and its enduring legacy
    • A Vicious Circle – a video interview with author and critic Kat Ellinger on the career of Hideo Nakata
    • Circumnavigating Ringu – a video essay by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas on the evolution of the Ringu series
    • Spooks, Sighs and Videotape – a video essay by critic Jasper Sharp on the J-horror phenomenon
    • Sadako’s video
    • Theatrical trailers
    • Limited edition packaging featuring two artwork options
    • Double-sided fold-out poster featuring two artwork options
    • Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by Violet Lucca and Alexandra Heller-Nicholas


    Photo courtesy of Arrow Films and MVD Entertainment. © 1998 The Ring/The Spiral Production Group

    Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © 1998 The Ring/The Spiral Production Group

    About Arrow Films

    Arrow Films is a leading independent entertainment distribution company, established in 1991. Operating in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, United States of America and Canada, Arrow Films is dedicated to supporting upcoming and established filmmakers of dynamic new cinema and developing an enviable slate of quality films that enjoy a lasting legacy across its award-winning branded labels, channels, and platforms.

    About MVD Entertainment Group

    MVD Entertainment Group is a full service music and movie distribution firm, exclusively representing thousands of audio and visual products for DVD, Bluray, CD, vinyl, and digital rights, worldwide. MVD also exclusively distributes a growing line of merchandise including limited edition collectibles, tee shirts, and more. “Serving Artists and Audiences” is MVD's purpose statement; it represents a commitment to the interests of the musicians, filmmakers, record labels, producers, managers, and every link in the supply chain. The customers are the Audience, from wholesalers, sub-distributors, major retail chains, online retailers, specialists, and independent mom and pop stores, all the way to the consumer. MVD Entertainment Group was founded in 1986 by Tom Seaman, an industry veteran with prior experience with The Record Hunter, Sam Goody, CBS Retail, and JEM Distribution. Tom, along with his family Elinor, Eve and Ed, initially focused on music videotapes. At the turn of the century, with the advent of DVD, MVD built a large catalog of exclusively distributed audiovisual content on DVDs, with special strength in music concert films, horror movies, documentaries, comedy, cult classics, and much more.

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