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The Thing from Another World

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  • Directors: Christian Nyby
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Aug. 5 2003
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 114 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00009NHC0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,500 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Thing from Another World, The (DVD)


With its modest special effects, lean plot, and small cast of lesser stars, this 1951 thriller remains a sturdy blueprint for fusing horror and science fiction. The formula has been employed countless times since, fleshed out with more extensive and elaborate production values, and manned by higher profiled marquee names, but the results have yet to improve on The Thing from Another World, Howard Hawks's lone foray into sci-fi.

The story begins as military airmen are dispatched to a remote Arctic research station where scientists have detected the crash of a spacecraft. An effort to retrieve the saucer-shaped vehicle fails, but the team returns to the station with the frozen body of its sole occupant. When the extraterrestrial pilot is accidentally thawed, the crew, headed by a tough-talking pilot (Kenneth Tobey), grapples with a massive, chlorophyll-based humanoid (James Arness) thirsty for blood and in no mood for galactic diplomacy.

Hawks takes only a production credit for this low-budget exercise, but his filmmaking style transcends Christian Nyby's nominal direction: rapid-fire, overlapping dialogue, an ensemble of comrades whose professionalism is tempered by wisecracks, and unsentimental female characters (embodied by feisty romantic interest Margaret Sheridan) recall Hawks's signature works, while propelling the plot over any potential gaps in credibility. It's hardly surprising, then, that The Thing from Another World remains among the most influential science fiction movies ever shot, or that it remains exciting entertainment a half century later. --Sam Sutherland --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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One of the first movies I was truly facinated with as a child. This 1950's Sci-Fi horror classic is still one of the best. I believe I've seen it at least a hundred times and even though it is fifty years old it still holds up. The movie is about a team of scienetists at a remote arctic outpost that discover an alien space craft buried in the ice, within the craft dormant for a thousand years sleeps an alien more evil and destructive than anything mankind has ever encountered. This movie does't rely on a lot of special effects the way films do today, rather it used suspense and drama to deliver maximum effect. Superbly acted by Kenneth Tobey, Robert Cornthwaite, Margaret Sheridan, it also features a small appearance by a very young Charles Bronson, this movie is must see for any Sci-Fi fan. I definatly recomend it.
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I have all 3 versions of this movie and the original is by far the best. I found it scarey when I first saw it as a child and I still watch it at least once a year. Can't say that for the second and third version.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 22 2014
Format: DVD
Everybody knows and loves John Carpenter's "The Thing," a tale of a shapeshifting alien horror adapted from a John W. Campbell novella.

But not everyone knows that Campbell's novella was adapted once before, but less faithfully. "The Thing From Another World" is a smart, surprisingly progressive sci-fi movie with strong writing and well-developed characters, but it does stray from Campbell's story... which causes a few massive plotholes regarding the alien.

An Air Force crew is sent to a remote outpost in Alaska, since the scientist Dr. Carrington (Robert Cornthwaite) has found a mysterious object that fell from the sky. It turns out to be a UFO, which explodes when the men try to blast it out of the ice. But they do find an alien creature frozen in the ice, which they drag back to the base.

Only problem is, the alien isn't dead. When it thaws out, it goes on a rampage through the base, drinking the blood of the sled dogs and trying to bash in the heads of the people there. Dr. Carrington insists that the creature is intelligent and must be kept alive at all costs, but Captain Hendry (Kenneth Tobey) knows that the only chance is to kill it.

"The Thing From Another World" isn't very faithful to Campbell's original novella -- the main change is that the alien is a mindless vegetable life-form instead of a shape-shifter. This dispenses with the sense of paranoia, and it also opens a massive plot hole. If the alien is a lumbering Frankensteinian bulk with no discernible intelligent, how did it pilot a complicated interstellar spacecraft?!
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This taut and exciting 50s Sci-Fi classic is a winner from beginning to end.
Ably directed by Howard Hawks and with a great cast this thriller/chiller takes us far up north to a snowy and lonely USAF outpost.From the outset we are treated to some characters who seem like they could be someone you know.The use of over-lapping dialogue and read in a relaxed and understated way enhances their "normalcy" and that of the entire atmosphere making it much more believable.
When something crashes a few miles from the station an investigative party is put together and into action.What they find astonishes them.....an object round and big has crashed into the ice with a small part of it sticking forth from its' icy tomb.When they try to blast it out with thermite explosives they inadvertently blow up their precious find but soon after discover something was thrown out of the craft.They dig it out of the ice and take it back to the station where some disagreements over the disposition of their haul erupt between the military,the scientists and the press.In the meantime the ice encased "treasure" is accidenatlly unthawed and starts roaming the local environs and apparently it isn't in a happy mood!
The movie at this point forward is one tense moment after another as the charachters' and OUR nerves are on constant edge wondering where their "friend" is and where it will strike next.
It's a fight to the finish with some questions answered and others not, both practical and ethical.
On the technical side this is a fine grain print and crisp transfer.The contrast could have been improved somewhat but the sound is very good.
In conclusion this is one of a select few movies of this period(see my other reviews)that definitely belong in the classic category and on YOUR movie shelf.
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The Thing from Another World is a highly entertaining mix of the horror and sci-fi genre with a perfect blend of the two. In the North Pole, a team of scientists reports the crash of an unidentified spacecraft near their base camp. The Air Force sends a team in to investigate what happened. Once there, they find an alien spacecraft, but it is destroyed while they are trying to remove it from the ice. However, the group does find a passenger frozen in ice which they take back to the research laboratories. When the creature accidentaly thaws from the ice, the Air Force pilots and the researchers are in for more than they bargained for. What makes this movie enjoyable is that the Thing is not seen for much of the movie allowing the viewer to imagine what it possibly looks like which makes everything a little more tense and nerveracking. Made on a low budget, The Thing is quickly paced with sharp dialogue that never slows down. A classic sci-fi/horror movies from Howard Hawkes that shouldn't be missed.
Kenneth Tobey stars as Captain Patrick Hendry, the by-the-book, courageous leader of the Air Force team sent in to investigate the crash of the spacecraft. Robert Cornthwaite plays Dr. Carrington, the scientist who wants to preserve the Thing because he holds progress in science above all else. Douglas Spencer plays journalist, Scotty, who wants to break the big news to the world. Margaret Sheridan plays Nikki, the love interest for Captain Hendry. Hendry's crew includes James Young, Dewey Martin, Robert Nichols, and William Self. James Arness of future Gunsmoke fame plays the Thing. The movie also stars Eduard Franz, John Dierkes, Nicholas Bryon, George Fenneman, and Paul Frees. The DVD offers fullscreen presentation and the theatrical trailer. For an exciting, well-made horror/scifi movie, check out The Thing from Another World!
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