The Thing (Widescreen)
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Director John Carpenter and special makeup effects master Rob Bottin teamed up for this 1982 remake of the 1951 science fiction classic The Thing from Another World, and the result is a mixed blessing. It's got moments of highly effective terror and spine-tingling suspense, but it's mostly a showcase for some of the goriest and most horrifically grotesque makeup effects ever created for a movie. With such highlights as a dog that splits open and blossoms into something indescribably gruesome, this is the kind of movie for die-hard horror fans and anyone who slows down to stare at fatal traffic accidents. On those terms, however, it's hard not to be impressed by the movie's wild and wacky freak show. It all begins when scientists at an arctic research station discover an alien spacecraft under the thick ice, and thaw out the alien body found aboard. What they don't know is that the alien can assume any human form, and before long the scientists can't tell who's real and who's a deadly alien threat. Kurt Russell leads the battle against the terrifying intruder, and the supporting cast includes Richard Masur, Richard Dysart, Donald Moffat, and Wilford Brimley. They're all playing standard characters who are neglected by the mechanistic screenplay (based on the classic sci-fi story "Who Goes There?" by John W. Campbell), but Carpenter's emphasis is clearly on the gross-out effects and escalating tension. If you've got the stomach for it (and let's face it, there's a big audience for eerie gore), this is a thrill ride you won't want to miss. The collector's edition DVD includes a behind-the-scenes "making of" featurette, production photos, the original theatrical trailer, and more. --Jeff Shannon
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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
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.Read more ›
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Do you like aliens? Do you like Gore? You wanna see an incredible movie?! Then wath The Thing. You will not be dissapointed.Published 3 months ago by Blake
A truly successful remake of a classic sci-fi film! Kurt Russell and the special effects drive this movie from start to finish!Published 8 months ago by barry mac
Ok I know this was made before CG so I'm giving it credit for the practical effects which were brilliant for the time. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mayor Maynot
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