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Ju-on: The Grudge 2 DTS R3 DVD review

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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="40">&nbsp;</TD><TD STYLE='font-size: 18px; color: white; text-align: center '>JU-ON: THE GRUDGE 2</TD><TD WIDTH="40"></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="120"><TD><TD STYLE='font-size: 10px; color: white; text-align: center'>Reviewed June 2004 by <A HREF="?dvdid=Mark Haywood" STYLE="color: white">Mark Haywood.</A></TD><TD WIDTH="120" STYLE='font-size: 10px; color: white; text-align: right'>

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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD COLSPAN="2" VALIGN="TOP"><IMG SRC="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/Juon/Grudge2R3.jpg" ALT="JU-ON: THE GRUDGE 2 DVD cover artwork" ALIGN="RIGHT"><B>JU-ON: THE GRUDGE 2 (2003)<B><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Genre</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=JAPANESE HORROR">JAPANESE HORROR</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Director</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=director&search_for=TAKASHI SHIMIZU">TAKASHI SHIMIZU</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Stars</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=NORIKO SAKAI">NORIKO SAKAI</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=CHIHARU NîYAMA">CHIHARU NîYAMA</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=KEI HORIE">KEI HORIE</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=YUI ICHIKAWA">YUI ICHIKAWA</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px"><B>Region</B></TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><B>3</B> <FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">(KOREA)</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Supplier</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">Bear. Released Thursday 1st April 2004</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Discs</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">2</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Format</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">DVD9</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Time</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">92 mins.</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Chapters</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">42</FONT></TD></TR>
    </TABLE><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Picture</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1&nbsp;</TD>
    </TR></TABLE><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Sound</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1<BR>Japanese <IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/images/dts.gif" ALIGN="ABSMIDDLE" BORDER="0" ALT="DTS Soundtrack"> 5.1<BR>Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Subtitles</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">English, Korean</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Case</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">Amaray in slipcase</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Extras</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><b>Disc 1</b> - Making Of Ju-on 2 Documentary<BR>Cast And Director Interview<BR>Teaser<BR>Trailer 1<BR>Trailer 2<BR>TV Spots<BR><b>Disc 2</b> - Making Of Ju-on 2<BR>Interviews<BR>Deleted Scenes<BR>Gallery<BR>Continuity<BR>Promotion Clip</TD></TR></TABLE>
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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>The Movie</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>8</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px"><I>Ju-on: The curse of one who dies in the grip of powerful rage; it gathers and takes effect in the places that person was alive. Those who encounter it die and a new curse is born… </I>I’m sure I’ve come across those words before? Ah yes, that would be from my review of Ju-on: The Grudge! Director Takashi Shimizu has obviously decided that Toshio and his mother can still be used for yet more horror shocks - but can the same formula be used to full effect… again? Let’s see…</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Story wise things follow in a very similar vein to Ju-on: The Grudge – with people dying grisly deaths whenever little Toshio, or his mum, appears – and they appear with frightening regularity. This time though, Director Takashi Shimizu allows the story to revolve much more around a single character - actress and “Horror Queen” Kyoko Harase, and whereas the previous Ju-on revelled in Resident Evil-style camera angles, Shimizu seems to have decided on taking this sequel along slightly less stylised imagery, using a more traditionally Hollywood horror filmmaking approach – indeed I hear there is an American “Ju-on” in the pipeline.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">I liked this film – a lot. In fact I think The Grudge 2 surpasses the original Grudge movie in terms of “completeness”, at least. I also found it a little easier to get my head around – remember, there is only a Japanese track here meaning that subtitles are the order of the day and this always makes “getting into” a movie a little more difficult. Now here’s a first for me - having enjoyed both Ju-ons I would suggest watching The Grudge 2 first – anything that may be necessary for a full understanding of the storyline running through each movie will not be spoiled by doing this, and I think the original’s style will definitely be more appreciated this way round. Both movies are excellent – and both have that demo quality that makes you want to share the experience with friends and loved ones. Now, turn those lights down, increase the volume and get ready for some horror – Ju-on style.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>

    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Picture</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>8</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">The first thing that’s immediately apparent is how clean the image is – unlike the first Grudge there are no scratches or flecks of dirt here – and although not as sharp as the very best DVD has to offer, Ju-on: The Grudge 2 is reasonably sharp and detailed throughout. I didn’t notice any edge enhancement this time, either. There is a grey/green quality about the image, but I assume that’s deliberate – it certainly enhances the horrors that take place! Blacks are deep and strong and fairly free of video noise - all in all this is a very nice transfer.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=Juon/Grudge2_1.jpg" ALT="JU-ON: THE GRUDGE 2"></P>

    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Sound</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>8</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Following the same setup as the first Grudge we have a very meaty full bit rate DTS offering that simply and <b>fully</b> plumbs the depths of bass tones to the limit – and I love it! There is also a 384 Kbps Dolby Digital 5.1 offering that is a good eight decibels quieter than its DTS counterpart, and fails to shake the foundations of ones abode in quite the same fashion. The DTS track offers a much fuller and more intense experience here, and the only really negative thing I have to say audio wise regards the high pitched screaming of some of the actresses involved – at reference levels it all becomes a little too shrill; when the guys scream (yes, men scream also!) things aren’t quite so bad. I also found that the rear channels were used a little more this time round, and the whole audio side of things is a definite step up from its predessessor.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=Juon/Grudge2_2.jpg" ALT="JU-ON: THE GRUDGE 2"></P>

    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Extras</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>2</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">This time we are treated to English menus… so at least I know exactly what I’m missing with Grudge 2! Sadly, unless you can speak Japanese or read Korean text you’re going to lose out on the full supplemental features experience - there are no English subtitles again.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Disc one has the movie, a thirty minute Making Of documentary, a twenty five minute Cast And Crew interviews feature, a Teaser, two trailers and T.V. Spots. Disc 2 has more of the same… with a few “now we know why they’re not in the movie” deleted scenes. Continuity is a storyboard feature and Promotion Clip is pretty self-explanatory. A great package… as long as you’re Japanese or Korean, and interesting if somewhat unintelligible if, like me, you’re not!</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=Juon/Grudge2_3.jpg" ALT="JU-ON: THE GRUDGE 2"></P>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Verdict</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>8</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Until reviewing these Ju-on DVDs I knew absolutely nothing about the movies. Now I’ve seen them – they will find themselves added to my collection.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
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