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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 (325 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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10 of 11 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most inspiring movies in my life July 9 2004
By Michael
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
4.0 out of 5 stars good looking blu-ray plus pic-in-pic bonus Sept. 29 2010
By Cheryl TOP 100 REVIEWER
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
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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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Thing June 28 2004
By Bob L
First, let me say if you've enjoyed the highly edited TV versions
of John Carpenter's "The Thing" then you owe it to yourself to see the real version, especially letterboxed. The TV version is really "messed with" and has a fraction of the impact of the original. It's not just the gruesomely, icky FX that have been dramatically shorten but the story has also been cut-up, too.
Carpenter is maybe the most underrated of the current directors out there.(Though, and please don't hate me, but I think Halloween is one of the most overrated movies of all time) I think his films like Dark Star and Starman and In the Mouth of Madness are works of great inspiration and in the case of Starman, heart. This remake of the Howard Hawks/Christian
Nyby 1951 classic, is one the very best monster movies ever made.
As good as the '51 classic is (and it is), it's child's play compared with Carpenter's remake. This version is truer to the orginal "Who Goes There" story. In '51 I think the real story was too complex for filmmakers, so they made the story about a "super carrot" instead.
Carpenter's version boasts a real emsemble cast, many being seen here for near about the first time and many going on to very notable and productive careers. The performances are top notch all around.
The film starts very ominously with an unexplained chase across the vast arctic landscape and builds slowly till we begin to find out what has caused this seemingly aberrant behavior. Soon one of the greatest and fiercest horror stories ever is played out at the top-of-the-world. It's hard to stomach, so be forewarned, but there is much more to this movie than special effects and much more to it than the '51 classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 days ago by treena wittig
4.0 out of 5 stars The Blu Ray version is pristine and terrific!
I was always a huge fan of the original and Rob Bottin's special effects make up work. The Blu Ray version is pristine and terrific!
Published 16 days ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic
One of the best sci-fi and horror movies of all time. Masterful.
Published 22 days ago by jay
5.0 out of 5 stars The Thing 1982 Bluray (starring Kurt Russell)
I bought this one to replace a worn out dvd from watching it so many times.
I love the movie and have both the 1950s version in black and white starring James Arness of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by douglas reid
5.0 out of 5 stars Still one of my favourites!
This is still one of my favourite sci-fi horror films. It's shot so well and the music helps to creep you out during each scene. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Adam McInnis
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't trust anybody
All horror fans should see this film at least once. The film is presented in 1080p high-definition widescreen 2.40:1 with either English DTS-HD master audio 5.1 or French DTS 5. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Keith Little
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic fast shipping
Proud to finally find it in vhs. I am very happy to recommand this item for Any horror movies collector
Published 6 months ago by Stéphane Grenon
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 8 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 10 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 18 months ago by Steve Dumas
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