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The Thing [Import]


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Product Details

  • Actors: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur, T.K. Carter
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Writers: Bill Lancaster, John W. Campbell Jr.
  • Producers: David Foster, Larry J. Franco, Lawrence Turman, Stuart Cohen, Wilbur Stark
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, Norwegian
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Universal Music Group
  • VHS Release Date: March 1 1992
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300182878
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #573 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

Product Description

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Howard Hawks's original 1951 production of The Thing from Another World can be glimpsed playing on a TV that fateful October evening in John Carpenter's blockbuster hit, Halloween (1978). A few years later, Carpenter reteamed with his Escape from New York star Kurt Russell to do a remake. But while the first movie version of The Thing was in atmospheric black and white, Carpenter's 1982 version is in widescreen, full color, and features some of the most revoltingly explicit, surreally imaginative special effects (courtesy of FX-meister Rob Bottin) that have ever been seen on the screen. Researchers in the remote Antarctic dig up the remains of a spacecraft that has long been frozen in the ice. But the alien life unthaws and infects the living (not only humans but sled dogs too), living and gestating inside them. (This horrific concept was also explored in the two versions of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and the Alien movies.) This Thing is chilling in every sense of the word, with plenty of terrifying, adrenaline-pumping moments that build it to a powerful and shockingly nihilistic conclusion. It's a harsh and uncompromising movie (hewing more closely to the original 1930s story "Who Goes There?")--so much so that it probably never would have been given a green-light by any studio in the more cautious and doggedly upbeat 1990s. --Jim Emerson

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 22 2005
Format: DVD
Video:
For this new presentation, the video has been remastered. The quality is the best ever, so much so that it looks like it was filmed today! No more scratches or dirt specks are visible on the print.
Audio:
Very high quality sound. Digitally mastered in 5.1 Dolby Digital. All together it was an impressive presentation.
Extras:
This single disc release is packed with extras. First is a 82 minute making of documentary which is very well done and covers all aspects. Next are some deleted stop motion scenes, deleted scenes, extra space craft footage, trailers, photos, behind the scenes, and of course the excellent audio commentary by Kurt Russel and John Carpenter.
Very well made film. Even by todays standards it still stands out. The DVD is worth double dipping just for the picture quality. Guaranteed!
Rated R for strong sequences of monster viloence and gore and language
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J&B Rare on Nov. 8 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Buy this if you are a fan of this movie! You won't regret it!
You can't call yourself a horror/sci-fi fan if you haven't seen this.

First off, the extras are lacking somewhat as everyone is saying which is why I only gave this 4 stars instead of 5.
However, I do give the sound and video quality the highest marks for a film that was made back in the early 80s and made into bluray. It's that good of a transfer and you'll think the movie was made just yesterday. Unless you're an Uber-geek and then nothing will satisfy you.

I first saw this on video back in 1983 when I was 8. I was totally enthralled by the way the story moved so smoothly. The effects were so organic and in your face. It was during the time before the CGI masturbation we see today so you didn't have in the back of your mind "...hmmm, I wonder if that was a CG effect there..." You could just enjoy the storytelling as John Carpenter unfolded it.

If you are a fan of the movie, the high quality video will let you enjoy the ground-breaking effects by Rob Bottin (special credit to Stan Winston as well) that much more. This is the first time I was able to see the actual eyes of the "Norwegian thing" when it's revealed in the lab. It was great to be disturbed all over again!

With the high quality video, you also get to see more texture and nuances on the creatures more so (something else CGI has not convinced me of quite yet).

The camera work in "The Thing" is something I wish movies had more of today. Steady wide-shots capturing the whole scene so that you can grasp, not only the actors, but also their environment; rather than up-close-jerky camera movement trying to follow or catch up to the action which only just makes you nauseous and dizzy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael on July 9 2004
Format: DVD
Although Ignored by critics and audiences alike in its release ... John Carpenter's amazing film has become one of the most inspiring and importent movies in my life. It's very stylish very unique very scary and this and Halloween are the two scarist movies I'v ever seen I've been a big fan of movies since I was a kid and all my life I've wanted to be a director but I'm still 15 years old I know John started when he was 8 but someday It will happen I hope or I'll do music scores for movies I could do both like John but we'll see what happens anyway I love this movie I love John Carpenter as well as the Halloween films except Resurection and I was inspierd buy the same movies John was. I love this movie every time I watch the kennel scene and what the dog is a chill goes down my spine every time I watch It that dog just sitting there and stearing and Dean Cundey's lighting is scary and all of the sudden It comes out. The whole movie Is just amazing and I recommend The Thing from another world if you haven't seen it that's also an Inspiring movie in my life get the video game too It's amazing I'm a nerd and I love movies and yoy must see it my brother hated it because he thought it was sad he thought like everybody else at that time thought the emotional content was too strong the hoplessness was too strong and the monster was too strong but I love it as well as the original movie amazing a must see.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl TOP 100 REVIEWER on Sept. 29 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I always liked John Carpenter's The Thing, starring Kurt Russell (not Russell Crowe as erroneously stated on the product description here). It looks great on blu-ray, and as a bonus there is a pic-in-pic commentary including interviews from cast and crew along with models, designs, and storyboards. There is also an audio commentary by John Carpenter and Kurt Russell. The only downside is the compressed audio (louder effects, softer dialogue). Still, fans of the film will appreciate the blu-ray clarity, which accentuates some gorgeous winter scenery, as well as some groundbreaking visual effects that otherwise could be dated, but technically hold up.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Deimos on March 29 2005
Format: DVD
this movie is visually amazing and scares the hee bee jee bee's out of al who watch it, great acting, plot, and effects and must have for any horror or carpenter or movie fan for that matter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick Rocco on June 30 2004
Format: DVD
Okay, the special effects with the Thing were quite unrealistic - but they made me nautious. This film is really under-rated. It came out a few years after "Alien" when every filmmaker was looking to do the same thing that Ridley Scott did, make an ugly a*# looking alien. But in The Thing, it isn't the alien that's scary, it's the chilling question of who's been infected by the mutating virus. Kurt Russell gives an all-star performance and the shocks and twists and turns are quite good. Just the concept alone is excellent, it's just that Carpenter thinks by showing an incredible amount of blood he's adding to the cinematic effect - when really he's taking away from it. The actor who plays Childs is probably the most under-rated, but he can only play that one part. So if you need to gag once in a while, watch this thriller. It'll keep you on the edge of your seat.
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