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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
  • Language: English, Norwegian
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Universal Music Group
  • VHS Release Date: Feb. 1 2000
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (336 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300182878
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #471 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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10 of 11 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 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jesse on July 25 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Was turned off the genre by snoozefests like body snatchers and signs, I Did like the alien sequel, but this blows the rest out of the water. Paranoia and isolation add to the fear in this must see pic, plus the great special effects
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shadowarez on Nov. 14 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I love this type of movie its not your normal boring as hell hollywood slasher/horror Garbage. it makes ya actually imagine if this happens how Quickly it could spread, amazing story telling and the Extras are very welcomed, if you buy this make sure you get the 2011 version. I just hope we dont have to wait another 30 yrs for another Movie from these Guys.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 22 2015
Format: DVD
Quality moviemaking rule: Only produce a remake of a movie if it has/can do something the original can't/didn't. It may be special effects, an amazing actor, or fidelity to source material.

One of the best examples of that is "The Thing," one of the few remakes that easily outstrips the original -- not because the original was bad, but because the remake is just better, bringing new depth and intelligence to a relatively simple story. It's a the borderline between horror and science fiction -- a dark, icy masterpiece of claustrophobic paranoia and flesh-melting nightmare fuel, where anyone might be a malevolent alien who could bring an end to all life on earth.

In Antarctica, a Norwegian helicopter chases a dog to the edge of an American base, and the panicked pilot accidentally destroys his own chopper before being killed by the station commander. Pilot MacReady (Kurt Russell) and Doctor Copper (Richard Dysart) are sent to the Norwegian base to find out what is going on, only to find that the Norwegian base has been burned. Even more bizarre, there is a corpse with two faces outside it -- and when the Americans dig deeper, they find a buried UFO that has been there for hundreds of thousands of years..

But something far worse is waiting for them. When the dog is put in the kennel, it absorbs all the other dogs, becoming a monstrous mass of flesh and teeth. This alien creature can infect any living thing and "become" it, with all its knowledge and skills, and can only be killed by incineration.

Since the Dog-Thing has been wandering freely through the base, anyone might be infected -- and if they don't figure out who is infected, it could spread outside of the frozen wasteland.
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