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DreamWorks' ‘Ring' to Include Short Film Created by Director

22 Jan, 2003 By: Stephanie Prange

DreamWorks' $135 million box office horror hit The Ring debuts on VHS and DVD March 4 with an extra short film cut exclusively for the video release by director Gore Verbinski.

The film is designed to “extend the experience of the film,” according to the studio, without demystifying it. The short takes the viewer deeper into the characters' thoughts and lives leading up to the seven-day mark. On the DVD, the short comes under the eerie button heading “Don't Watch This.”

Cuing on the creepy blank cassette in the film, the VHS version of The Ring will come in a limited edition see-through acetate sleeve.

DreamWorks is also releasing the film's Japanese predecessor Ringu on the same date with a newly created digital film-to-video transfer and a new 5.1 Japanese Digital Surround mix.

The Ring prebooks Jan. 21 on DVD and Feb. 4 on cassette at a $19.95 minimum advertised price on DVD (widescreen and full-frame) and a $14.95 MAP on VHS. Ringu prebooks Jan. 28 on DVD and Feb. 11 on VHS at $29.99 in widescreen DVD only and at a rental price on VHS.

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