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The Thing

Kurt Russell , Wilford Brimley , John Carpenter    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (319 customer reviews)

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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

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The Thing (also known as John Carpenter's The Thing) is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written by Bill Lancaster, and starring Kurt Russell. The film's title refers to its primary antagonist: a parasitic extraterrestrial lifeform that assimilates other organisms and in turn imitates them. The Thing infiltrates an Antarctic research station, taking the appearance of the researchers that it absorbs, and paranoia occurs within the group. A Norwegian helicopter pursues an Alaskan malamute to an American Antarctic research station. As the Americans run out, the helicopter lands. One Norwegian accidentally drops a thermite charge, destroying the helicopter and pilot. A rifleman pursues the dog, firing, until he is killed by Garry, the station commander. The team decides to send helicopter pilot MacReady and Copper to the Norwegian camp for answers, but find only a charred ruin, with the body of a man who committed suicide and a large block of ice with a hollowed cavity. Outside they discover the burned remains of a humanoid corpse with two faces. MacReady and Copper return with the humanoid corpse, where their biologist, Blair, performs an autopsy, finding a normal set of human internal organs.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD Jan. 22 2005
By A Customer
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.
Very high quality sound. Digitally mastered in 5.1 Dolby Digital. All together it was an impressive presentation.
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutly horrorifying March 29 2005
By Deimos
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good looking blu-ray plus pic-in-pic bonus 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best alien movie ever July 25 2013
By Jesse
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Horror Movie! Instant Classic. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another 5 Star Review Dec 21 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Its hard to belive this movie is now 30 years old, in 2012.
The picture quality on blu ray is breathtaking and you havent seen it till you've seen it on blu ray.
I'm glad to have this movie in my collection.
This is one of the greatest movies of all time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! June 30 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic fast shipping April 2 2014
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Proud to finally find it in vhs. I am very happy to recommand this item for Any horror movies collector
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am thrilled with this movie!
I like everything about this about this movie. Especially the how intricate the special effects are, and the constant suspense that is held through out the movie.
Published 2 months ago by J-M
5.0 out of 5 stars Eerie Classic
Quite simply one of the best horror movies made to date. What make this movie click is the setting and mood.....it's remote, dark, isolated, eerie & cold. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J.J. Juicy Eyes
5.0 out of 5 stars parfait
Livraison dans un délais rapide et la marchandise dans un état des plus satisfaisant, très heureux d'en faire l'ajout à ma collection.
Published 12 months ago by Steve Dumas
5.0 out of 5 stars Classique!
Rien ne vaut l`original.Ce film,tourné il y a 30 ans,n`a rien perdu de son panache.Il a très bien vieilli. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ben Mears
5.0 out of 5 stars tres bien
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Published on March 9 2012 by remi blackburn
5.0 out of 5 stars John Carpenter's Underrated Classic
This is John Carpenter's underrated sci-fi horror classic. It is a tense, psychological thriller that never lets up and leave audience guessing to the very end. Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2011 by Phil
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy this to get you through the "...first god-damn week of winter."
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2011 by J&B Rare
3.0 out of 5 stars not quite as good as the 1951 version,but still pretty good
i have to admit,i actually liked the 1951 version of this film
better.don't get me wrong,this is still a good film.it has a good deal
of suspense. Read more
Published on March 2 2010 by falcon
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