|The Thing (HD DVD, 2006) Wilford Brimley, Richard Dysart, Kurt Russell|
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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.
'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.
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!!!
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!!!
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!