Although I did enjoy a lot of the visual experiments, the obsessional use of geometric shapes nearly makes this film a tiresome exercise in symbolism. What saved the film for me was the very moving final boxing scene, which demonstrates Hitch's true talent as a directer of action.
When Hitchcock is playing with the images in this silent film of his, such as using superimpositions, it is a sight to behold. The moment the plot takes over however everything grinds to a halt. I have a lot of Hitchcock films to see, but while Vertigo and Psycho could combine these two aspects comfortably, this feels like it was practice for him.
Compared with earlier Hitch's films, I found this one dull and disappointing though many claim it to be the second true Hitchcock picture(the first being "The Lodger").The major flaw in "The ring" was the screenplay written solely by the master - the story was quite predictable from the beginning and failed to arouse that emotional response of which H.Jackson talked below.
A fair effort from a young Alfred Hitchcock. This boxing picture contains a number of interesting sections - a very lively introduction at the funfair, the marvellous scene that begins a secret love affair, and the climactic fight. But, as with his later film The Manxman, Hitchcock fails to provoke the sort of emotional response needed for the film to work. Some dramatic tension here, but not enough heart.
Uno de los primeros films de Hitchock, con evidentes pinceladas de lo que despues lo caracterizaria en el uso del lenguaje cinematografico, un lenguaje con intensiones muy marcadas, la trama simple pero con la fuerza suficiente para mantenerte espectante. Como dato curioso una escena un tanto racista al principio de la película. Todo autoproclamado seguidor de Hitchock debe verla.