The Thing [Blu-ray]
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What's amazing is how audiences are drawn into the story despite the fact that there are no characters we really, really like. We admire many of these men and their resolve but we don't like them. They're the product of their harsh environment and isolation. Mac (Kurt Rusell)is the helicopter pilot for an Antarctic science station. Their dull routine is interrupted by a team of seemingly crazy Norwegians pursuing a dog. The Norwegians are killed and the Americans are left without any idea as to what might have driven the Norwegians over the edge.
Blair (Wilford Brimley)pours over the Norwegian journal brought back by Mac and Cooper (Richard Dysart)and discovers that the Norewegian team discovered an alien spacecraft with an occupant that was very much alive. More importantly, it can change into any shape and take over anybody. Mac, Childs (Keith David) and the rest of the crew must destroy the alien before it can spread to the rest of the civilized world.
Previously released as a "Special Edition" in 1998, "The Thing" has been remastered for this edition.The anamorphic widescreen presentation is, I believe, the first time this has been transferred in the anamorphic format.Read more ›
The Thing takes its title from the influential 1951 sci-fi classic The Thing from Another World, a film it otherwise resembles only in similarity of location and a few plot points. (If you're interested in a less scary, more campy, funnier black-and-white version, with women in it, check out the older one.) The location is an isolated antarctic research station, cut off from radio contact with the outside world, where Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David and several other men unknowingly take in an alien creature that can adopt the form of members of the crew as it destroys them. They quickly find themselves in a desperate and paranoia-inducing situation, each not knowing who among the others might be an alien waiting to kill him. Internal organs are spread into view in various creative ways, while violence and tension build.
Director John Carpenter specializes in gritty, intense, violent suspense, and he doesn't disappoint here. Though it didn't do very well when it came out, maybe because it was up against the much cheerier alien E.T., it has become a favorite since.
The movie has already been released in HD at the same 1080p resolution the Blu-ray will have, so the transfer should be of similar quality. The HD transfer is very good, with strong color and good detail and sharpness, definitely improved over the standard DVD. The sound will be English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, with French DTS 5.1. There will be English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles.Read more ›
Okay, enough about that. I probably don't need to describe the movie itself, at least not from a plot perspective. Let me briefly cover technique: this movie is built for suspense. From the marvelous low-key Ennio Morricone score to the gold-standard cinematography of Dean Cundey, from the scene construction (I love the scene where the dog enters a crew room, and the scene fades out after we see the man's shadow turning - no sting, no shock, just a fade out) to the realistic paranoia and fear building in the eyes of the men. I admit that paranoia movies are a personal favorite genre, but there are very few films that I can say made me sweat from suspense, and this is one of them.
One of the film's greatest strengths is the ensemble cast - mostly familiar faces, but not TOO familiar, so you feel a kinship and empathy but you're not saying "oh, that's Richard Masur" the same way you would if it were Bruce Willis, for example. Sure, there's Kurt Russell, but he plays his role so perfectly that he just fits right in with everyone else. Then of course there's the ending, something John Carpenter excels at (the ending of his ESCAPE FROM L.A. made the whole movie for me) especially when in the dystopian mode... so here again we can make up our own stories over "what happened next.Read more ›
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saw it when it first came out, scared me then, scared me now...carpenter has some wonderful subtle touches in this in your face horror flick...loved itPublished 1 day ago by Courtney Reardon
John Carpenter has set the standard with his classic horror movie Halloween and has added to his body of work with several solid movies. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Wesley Bob
A great horror movie!! Remember to keep an open mind.
Nowadays horror movies just seem to insult my intelligence, in both story telling and... Read more
First time I watched this movie scared me bad lol. Love the movie! My Dad all he ever talked about for awhile was he wanted to see this movie..Great movie... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Rachel T.
Saw this movie in 1982 when it released. I was 14. I will never ever forget the feeling of pure fear while watching this movie. It was burned into my memory for live. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Steve B.
Excellent movie. Exactly as horrifying as I remembered. It arrived in very good shape. I was very pleasedPublished 10 days ago by Betty P Clark
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|1 minute more than UK version?||
It probably has to do with films being in the PAL format in the UK, which is a different frame rate. So identical films will often have a slightly different running time in the US and UK. Plus, sometimes the times are indeed rounded up or down, even from release to release in the US.
Mar 18, 2012 by Ross J. Raniere | See all 2 posts
|Include digital codes?||
Bumping for relevance. Anyone know this?
Jan 15, 2016 by David L. | See all 2 posts
|Why are the reviews pertaining to the remake!?||
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