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The cursed "video" is available as an easter egg on the DVD. Select look here and press down and your cursor will disappear. Press enter. This has an interesting feature; your remote control is disabled. Once the "video" has started playing, you can't stop it, pause it, fast-forward it, or return to the menu. Unless you turn off the TV, you're forced to watch the whole thing. When it's over, the DVD returns to the menu, then you hear a phone ring twice before you're given control over your remote again.
Long before the movie premiered, the killer video was used as a commercial. The commercial did not mention any movie for nearly a month.
On its first week of release in the US and Canada, select cinemas put actual copies of "the" cursed tape on seats for unsuspecting viewers as freebies. The cursed video is now available as an Easter egg feature on the DVD.
As of September 2010, this movie is the highest grossing Horror Remake in history at the worldwide box office, with a total gross of over 249 million.
Numerous scenes were cut down or entirely cut from the film before release. Some scenes were present only at test screenings. Others showed up in previews or the "Don't Watch This" short film on the DVD.
  • Samara's line "Everyone will suffer" was cut out the film but can be heard in the previews.

  • The bathtub suicide was much more graphic.

  • Samara's murder lasted longer in the original cut of the film and was much more brutal than what audiences saw in theatres. Originally, the plastic bag over Samara's head failed to subdue her, leading her killer to repeatedly strike her in the head with a large rock (which can be seen lying on the ground in some shots of the well). The rock only weakened Samara, and finally her killer resorted to slamming her head against the side of the well before dumping her in.

  • Some test screenings contained scenes at the beginning and end of the film involving a murderer played by Chris Cooper. The first scene involved the murderer approaching Rachel, asking her to help clear his name, claiming he is rehabilitated and no longer a threat to society. She knows he's lying and refuses. Then at the end of the movie, she pays him a visit and drops off a copy of the video. Noah goes over to Rachel's apartment and trying to find the video. When the babysitter hears him say it's a homemade video and it might be in the bedroom, she starts laughing. He finds the distorted pictures of the kids from the beginning in Rachel's room. One of the pictures shows the sign for the inn. This leads into another scene where Noah goes to the rental cabins and finds the body of the cabin manager dead in a canoe on the lake.

  • There was a scene where asks crab-fishers on the island about the Morgans. They say that no one could get a good haul when Samara was around. There's additional material with Rachel in Cabin 12 where she tries to watch TV, but the reception is terrible and finds a journal left by the previous guests.

  • Visual effects supervisor Charles Gibson said in an interview that another sequence was "previsualized", but cut from the film. "It was an all-CG montage of the 'Ring' tape being created from a point of view inside the VCR.

  • There is an alternate scene for Rachel and Ruth's discussion at the funeral, Rachel searches Katie's room and finds the ticket for photos. Ruth comes in and they discuss information Rachel found out from some of Katie's friends. Ruth becomes frustrated and angry about not knowing why Katie died, and charges towards the closet and explains to Rachel that she found Katie there. There is a flashback with Ruth finding Katie's corpse in the closet (same flashback used in the funeral scene).

  • Midway through the movie Rachel rents some movies and gets laughs from one of the employees over her picks. This led to an alternate ending, in which Rachel put the cursed tape in the sleeve for one of her rented movies and returned it to the store, where it ended up under "employee picks."

An interesting feature on the VHS release: rewind the tape to the very beginning. (Or just put the tape in the VCR when fully rewound.) When you play it, you see the cursed video. After the segment ends, you hear a phone ringing twice, then it goes into the previews. Also after the movie has ended, you see additional scenes that help explain the mystery of the cursed video.
The videotape with the word "copy" is the video tape from the original movie.
The tree with the fiery red leaves featured in the movie is a Japanese maple. The fruit of this tree is known as a "samara".
Sold more than 2 million DVD copies in the US alone in its first 24 hours of video release.
When filming the scene where Samara is walking toward the camera on the tape, the actress, Daveigh Chase, was actually walking backward towards the well.
Subliminal frames from the Ring video are inserted in the film. For example, the 'Ring' image can be glimpsed for a fraction of a second in the transition between the ferry/horse sequence and Rachel's car drive to Anna Morgan's farm on Moesko Island.
Although the meaning of the ring is ambiguous, Kôji Suzuki, the author of the original novel always intended it to mean the cyclical nature of the plot.
There are no title cards or opening credits to the movie, although there is a flash of 'The Ring' during the Dreamworks logo.
The red Japanese maple (seen in the video) was artificial, built out of steel tubing and plaster, with painted silk for the leaves. (The crew dubbed it "Lucille" after "a certain red-haired actress"). While filming in Washington state, the tree was erected three times, only to have it knocked over by nearly 100-mile-an-hour wind gusts. In Los Angeles it was erected for a fourth time, only to be blown down again, this time by 60-mile-an-hour winds.
At one point, in the scene where Rachel is researching Anna Morgan and Moesko Island, she finds information on a website that is located at: http://www.moeskoislandlighthouse.com. You were able to actually visit this one-page website, however it has since been moved to: http://www.sweb.cz/moesko/
This film was originally promoted under the title "Ring," like Ring (1998), the original Japanese film upon which it is based. Shortly before release, the title was changed to "The Ring".
Among Samara's medical files is a piece of paper containing the name "Anna" and oriental writing. The writing is a combination of Chinese and Japanese letters, and roughly translated it is a prescription for "purging agents".
A Bad Religion sticker is partially visible in Noah's locker in the A/V room; Gore Verbinski (credited as Gore Verbinsky) directed the 1994 music video for "American Jesus" from Bad Religion's 1993 Epitaph Records release "Recipe For Hate". Other stickers visible in the locker include those for Epitaph bands Pennywise, The Refused, Lars Frederiksen And The Bastards, and Descendents.
DreamWorks took an unusual but effective tack on the release plan for this film. When the lengthy post-production and test screening process was complete (it took more time than usual largely because of edits to make the film less graphically violent and move it away from a potential R rating towards the PG-13 it received), the company decided to launch it in fewer theaters than expected. The logic was simple: if the film did well during the October 18-20, 2002 weekend, it could be expanded to great anticipation just ahead of Halloween. The Ring ended up improving its box office in weekend 2 and became one of the biggest surprise hits of the year.
In both the American and Japanese versions, the name of the little girl is connected to a story about death. The name "Samara" refers to a story retold by W. Somerset Maugham (Appointment in Samarra) about a man who meets Death in the marketplace and flees to the town of Samarra.
The role of Rachel was first offered to Jennifer Connelly (who would later star in another Japanese horror remake Dark Water (2005)). The script was then offered to Gwyneth Paltrow, and then to Kate Beckinsale, and finally Naomi Watts.
The word "Moesko" in the title of Moesko Island is the phonetically spelled word "MOSCO/A" which is the Spanish word for "fly/mosquito" (insect). When Rachel watches the video, a fly appears in the scene where the lighthouse frame is later discovered.
Jennifer Love Hewitt was offered the role of Rachel Keller, but turned it down.
Brian Cox was the only actor considered to play Richard Morgan.
The success of The Ring (2002) at the box-office paved the way for several more American remakes of Japanese horror films including The Grudge (2004), Dark Water (2005), Pulse (2006), and One Missed Call (2008).
Chris Cooper was supposed to be featured in a small role as a child murderer. Though his scenes were allegedly filmed and his name was included in early promotional materials (and on the film's official website) he's nowhere to be seen in the final theatrical cut.
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During the scene in which Rachel is on the balcony looking into windows of another building, shown on the TV of the third window she peaks at, is a Taiwanese soft drink commercial, featuring actor Takeshi Kaneshiro. This commercial is made in the early-'90s, when Takeshi's career was mainly in Taiwan as a pop idol.
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The "Moesko Island Lighthouse" is a fictional name for a real lighthouse located in Newport, Oregon. Built in 1873, the real lighthouse is named Yaquina Head Lighthouse and is still currently an active aid to navigation.
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Production designer Tom Duffield relied on Andrew Wyeth paintings as his main visual inspiration for the film.
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In the space of four years since the original Ring (1998), the production budget multiplied roughly forty-fold.
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Since the release of The Ring to Canada, the story of the cursed video has become very popular in some provinces, and the story is passed by kids in school as a rumor that it actually happened.
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Subtle images of circles in various forms, such as the designs on the doctor's sweater, the shower drain and Rachel's apartment number, appear throughout the movie.
When Rachel is looking off her balcony at the units of other residents, she focuses on one apartment containing a seated man with his left leg in a cast. This recalls Hitchcock's Rear Window, in which Jimmy Stewart, with his left leg in a cast, peers into his neighbors' apartments.
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Amber Tamblyn (Katie) and David Dorfmann (Aidan) also appeared together in the television series 'Joan of Arcadia'. As in 'The Ring', Tamblyn's character babysat Dorfmann's character, who had a fixation on death.
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The 3 October 2001 draft of the screenplay credits Scott Frank as a writer.
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Aidan always calls his mother by her name.
Scott Frank revised the screenplay.
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The original WGA-approved credits listed Hiroshi Takahashi (writer of the original 1998 screenplay for Ring (1998)) but his name is absent from the final print.
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Dr. Grasnik's grandson Darby originally had a line, but it was cut.
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Daveigh Chase took the role of Samara after losing the role of Sarah Altman to Kristen Stewart for Panic Room (2002).
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The pen that Rachel Keller uses throughout the film is a Sensa.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

To promote this film the studio placed copies of the mysterious "killer tape" at concerts and events. The tape had a label directing whoever watched it to a web site (www.anopenletter.com) supposedly written by a pedophile who'd seen the tape and was now trying to warn others about his impending fate (this was the character portrayed by Chris Cooper in a sub-plot deleted from the theatrical release). The website contained links that led to other movie-related mock-ups, including a page written by one of Katie's friends who was unaware of Katie's death and believed she'd been kidnapped or run away, and a page written by scientists who researched psychic phenomena involving television transmissions. When the movie was released, Dreamworks deleted all the Web pages and denied ever having anything to do with them.
When Noah and Rachel return to the inn, at the end of the movie, there's a sign that reads "Closed until further notice", under the "Shelter Mountain Inn" sign. In an earlier cut of the film, the cabin manager dies from watching the tape (see "Alternate Versions"). Probably that's the reason for the inn being closed.
The ring shape motif is unique to the American remake. Kôji Suzuki, the author of the novel upon which the movies are based, says that the title referred to the cyclical nature of the curse, since, for the viewer to survive after watching it, the video tape must be copied and passed around over and over.
Chris Cooper's photograph can be seen at the end of the film in Noah's loft. It is on the newspaper that that is revealed when Noah moves his coffee cup.
Its 59 minutes before Brian Cox makes a proper appearance in the film. Even then, he only gets 4 minutes of screentime, in spite of prominent billing.
Playing the movie frame by frame, in the exact moment when Katie Embry is scared to death at the beginning of the movie, you can see all the images that appear on the video. Each image appears for just a fraction of a second. The effect is repeated at the end of the movie.

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