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Based on both the short story by John W. Campbell, Jr. and the 1951 film produced by Howard Hawks, THE THING is John Carpenter's stunning masterpiece of horror. A group of weary scientists enduring the winter in an isolated camp deep in Antarctica chance upon an alien spacecraft buried in the ice. Near the strange craft is the body of an alien being, frozen solid. Thinking they have made the find of a lifetime, the scientists bring the alien body back to camp and thaw it out. The alien awakens, not in the best of moods, and proceeds to take over the identities of the scientists, one by one, body and all. Helicopter pilot MacCready (Kurt Russell) must lead the surviving men in discovering who among them is human and who is not and how they can destroy "the thing" before it takes them all and moves on to the heavily populated mainland and the rest of humanity. Rob Bottin supplies the awe-inspiring special effects of the creature in its many, ever-changing forms. The effects were groundbreaking at the time and hold up flawlessly over the passing years. But Carpenter does not rely solely on special effects, utilizing his spectacular cast, which includes Wilford Brimley and Richard Dysart, to create three dimensional characters enduring an unthinkable situation. The score from Ennio Morricone is understated, yet increases the tense mood tenfold. Shooting was difficult and done in below freezing conditions, but despite the discomfort the cast and crew produced a truly terrifying film that will stand the test of time. THE THING is surely one of Carpenter's definitive films and a true horror classic.

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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 025195046107

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Editorial reviews

"...Bottin steals the show..."
Variety - Cart. (06/23/1982)

"Two decades on, the head-sprouting-spider-legs scene still demands frame-by-frame viewing."
Total Film - Jamie Graham (01/01/2004)

"With stomach-turning special effects..."
Uncut - Uncut Staff (01/01/2004)

4 stars out of 5 -- "It brews claustrophobia by trapping its characters in the Antarctic with a shape-shifter from outer space."
Total Film - Jamie Russell (11/01/2008)

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Created: 02/04/11

Classic Sci-Fi at its Best

When I was a child, I was given a birthday gift by some close friends of my parents. They gave me a book--a Science Fiction anthology--as even then I was an avid reader (and Sci-Fi was and is my favorite reading material). One of my favorite stories in this outstanding anthology was 'Who Goes There?' by John Campbell. Imagine my delight when, years later, a movie based on this story came out. 'The Thing', directed by John Carpenter, is an absolutely great film version of this story, and isn't at all based on the earlier black and white 'The Thing from Another World' (?... or whatever it was called). The only "thing" they have in common is that a crew of men in a cold setting fight to survive against a powerful and very intelligent alien. In my opinion, John Carpenter's movie is much superior to the older film: it's simply a classic... great cast, award-winning and gruesome special effects, and a forlorn, creepy soundtrack to boot. I had owned this for years as a VHS tape; and of course, I just had to get it on DVD as well! This is at least a "must-see", if not "must-have", for any Sci-Fi and/or Horror buffs.

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Created: 12/02/10

Excellent transfer of a great film

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'The Thing' is one of my favorite films and I've seen it about thirty times or more, on VHS, DVD, television and now blu-ray. This is an excellent transfer, very clean and crisp picture and great sound. I did not notice any flaws in the copy, no dirt or film damage and almost no grain whatsoever; probably the best blu-ray transfer I've seen of anything shot on film, especially considering it is nearly 30 years old and looks better than transfers of stuff like 'Apollo 13' from '96. It is so clear that you can see a couple of shots where there was a drop of water on the camera lens, but I don't consider that a problem with the transfer. As other reviewers have noted, this disc contains the special features from the Collector's Edition dvd, but they seem to be available as Picture-in-picture only, which is a bit disappointing because the documentaries are worth watching full-screen by themselves so you can see the special effects shots, especially the alternate takes of some scenes like the final monster, which originally was a creature which looked mostly like Blair. In the film, I had never noticed before watching the blu-ray that the last monster is a half-Blair creature with a giant mouth coming out the side of his head. Also I hadn't previously noticed that Dr. Copper has a nose-ring, which makes no sense whatsoever to me. This blu-ray makes it clear that the film has held up very well over time and isn't nearly as dated as other stuff from the early '80s-- it was groundbreaking when it came out and is still a very suspenseful and extremely gory film, really the best of both worlds for those who enjoy really scary monsters with a good story behind them.

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Created: 09/11/06

Scariest Alien since ... well, Alien!

I am not one for killers from outer space - except for the Aliens series! - but this is one of my favorite movies of all times.

Master of horror John Carpenter directs this thriller set in the Antartic. A group of US scientists are just minding their own business when a dog comes running across the snow. The dog is being shot at and the US group fearing for their safety shoot at the men. What they don't know is that the dog is infected and soon they will be infected too.

Pretty gory with good special effects and great acting by Kurt Russell and crew. HD just makes this movie even scarier and more suspenseful. The scariest part is the actual location, it is just snow and ice as far as the eye can see. Night is pitch black and there is something hunting you - AAARRRGGGHHHHH!!!

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Created: 06/01/08

One of the Best Horror movies ever!

Most scary movies are dumb and unbelievable - not The Thing! I love this movie and get the creeps every time I watch it (probably about 15 times). It had been a few years and I decided to add it to my dvd collection and was delighted to discover that it still has all the right stuff after 26 years. Kurt Russell is great as is the entire cast...a remote Antarctic research station becomes a paranoid, terrifying laboratory where the ability to identify "The Thing" and destroy it probably holds the future of man on earth in the balance. If you like tension, uncertainty and a dynamic alien lifeform, you will love The Thing. John Carpenter hit a huge home run with this one!!!

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Created: 10/15/07

One of My All Time Cult Horror Classics!

Even some 20 years later, John Carpenter's "The Thing" is in a class by itself in this day and age of CGI ridden horror "B" movies. Its suspensful plot, terrifying storyline, hauntingly realistic special effects, phenominal acting, and chilling soundtrack all combine to create a one of a kind true horror thriller that if re-released, even today, would no doubtedly be a box office hit! Although I've seen it dozens of times, to this day I still cannot watch it alone. It is without a doubt, one of my all time cult horror classics!

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