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The Thing (2011)

Mary Elizabeth Winstead , Joel Edgerton , Matthijs van Heijningen  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (445 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ulrich Thomsen, Eric Christian Olsen
  • Directors: Matthijs van Heijningen
  • Writers: Eric Heisserer
  • Producers: Marc Abraham, Eric Newman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (445 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0067QPVJ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,159 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Thing" on IMDb

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It’s not human. Yet. From the producers of Dawn of the Dead comes the chilling prelude to John Carpenter’s cult classic film. When paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) travels to an isolated outpost in Antarctica for the expedition of a lifetime, she joins an international team that unearths a remarkable discovery. Their elation quickly turns to fear as they realize that their experiment has freed a mysterious being from its frozen prison. Paranoia spreads like an epidemic as a creature that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish in this spine-tingling thriller.

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247 of 282 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Many THINGS to consider... December 12, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
The reviews were very interesting and there are some good points.
I'll start by saying I was only 12 when I saw "John Carpenter's The Thing" in the theater. Obviously it made a huge impression (through slightly closed fingers). I was at that point already a HUGE horror/sci-fi movie fan and even at 12 LOVED the original 1951 "The Thing From Another World". I still love the old B/W movies and it's too bad more people don't appreciate that. With that said movies need to advance...Lord of the Rings, Jurrasic Park...great CGI.

Now if you are a true Fan of JC's version of "The Thing", you will know two main thngs:
1.) This is a pretty faithful version of the short story ALL of them are based on, John W. Campbell, Jr. "Who Goes There?" The original 1951 (although awesome) was not. Keep in mind, JC did a wonderful job giving a nod to the 1951 movie. Not to mention featuring it as the movie the kids are watching in "Halloween".
2.) You will have seen the extensive behind the scenes featrues on the Collector's Version DVD and know it was like the stars aligned and the circumstances worked very well to create an almost once in a lifetime movie. Now with that said, the cast, acting, direction, mood of the movie, etc was still executed at a truly phenominal level.

I am 41 now and was interested to hear about the prequel. That is the intension of this movie. Although as many pointed out, there are a great number of parallel comparisons to how the characters are and how the storyline is. I was always interested to see what SPECIFICALLY happened at the Norweigan camp and the general backstory. Was it "necessary" - no. But it's still fun to see. So here is a quick rundown of why I think this movie is a little better than OK.

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126 of 149 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you really think thats a good idea?? November 15, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
Thats one of the early lines in the film from Kate, it could also be asked about making a prequel to the much loved '82 classic. Just like in the movie, my answer is "yes I do". Making a film this many years after a classic and trying to make the story before that movie is challenging. When watching The Thing from '82 you had to wonder about the Norwegians and the back story, thats why this film is interesting. I went into the film with an open mind. It surprised me in the amount of detail. They really tried to match this up with the prior film as best they could. With the age gap between the films, I think they did a great job.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays Kate a paleontologist, brought to Antartica to help in bringing a frozen "thing" out of the ice. She starts out observing and asking questions while Dr. Halvorson conducts his analysis of the specimen. As the story unfolds however, its Kate that uses her head and leads the group. The question throughout the film is- who is human? Nobody is who they seem all the way til the end. And some people you think aren't human, turn out to be only to be different later. The effects and cgi are executed very well here. The examination of a consumed human within a thing is creepy. They even have to cut through a casing around the human- sick stuff. The star of the movie is definately Winstead, although the cast is collectively good. The casting was very good for a film that mixes characters from different countries. One of the best scenes in the movie is when the group gathers for a test to see who is human. This is where Winstead is at her best. Great work here. And the best weapon against these things is THE FLAMETHROWER! Great action throughout the movie- you won't be disappointed.
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74 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a "Thing" wrong with this prequel! January 1, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
My expectations were low and I was BLOWN AWAY! Great prequel, fills in gaps. Quality, cast, story first rate. Others crying about CGI - they would have cried anyway even if they didn't use it. Get a life. Looked fine to me. If you loved the JC 1982 version, you will love this prequel. Remember to stay for the credits - truly awesome tie-in. Something you don't see much these days.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a really well done movie... July 27, 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The cool thing is to see how the filmmakers stayed closed to the John Carpenter version (for legal rights reasons) and told the story of what happened to the "Swedes"... sorry, the Norwegians when they made their original discovery.

This is actually the pre-quel to the Carpenter Classic, and it deserves to be taken seriously... and I will bet big money that it will be taken seriously years from now.

I will take it seriously by throwing out this thought -- the filmmakers of this version had to stay close to the storyline of the "rights" they optioned or owned - and that ended up working for their movie because... they are talented filmmakers, but also because in a deeper way the "repeated" plot beats make you think about how humans end up playing out the same type of scenarios/reactions when faced with an "alien" or "an outsider" that upsets the "reciprocal relationships" within their "community."

This is the perfect "Double Bill" for all the people my age who should watch both "things" back to back. And for those who are younger -- check this movie out! And then watch Carpenter's "The Thing" right after... if your father hasn't already shown it to you... like I did with my two daughters.

I still feel bad about doing that to them... showing them a movie when they were probably not old enough to handle the violence... but I couldn't wait any longer -- I wanted them to see one of my favorite movies of all time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent...
Published 4 hours ago by D. Frank
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Not even close to the (Carpenter) original of course. Kinda predictable and not quite a true/accurate prequel to Carpenter's classic. Read more
Published 5 days ago by CinMil
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A+
Published 11 days ago by Susan M.
3.0 out of 5 stars but I like the 50's and Carpenter version more
Okay, but I like the 50's and Carpenter version more. I enjoyed the graphics and thought it was rather clever how the movie was the prequel to the Carpenter version.
Published 11 days ago by JHC
4.0 out of 5 stars ...and another Thing...
As a huge fan of Carpenter's wildly imaginative and effective remake of the 1951 classic, I savored this prequel despite its imperfections. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Mark B. Shenkel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a+
Published 13 days ago by randall baker
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best horror/sci fi sequels ever made
This sequel (or prequel) is one of the best and does the original justice. If I had to compare the 2 movies- it would be a toss up as to which one is better. Read more
Published 19 days ago by ajay
3.0 out of 5 stars It's trying hard to conform.... people are just mean!
What must be the grossest alien in the galaxy is back in this 2011 prequel to the 1982 remake of the 1951 original "The Thing" (technically subtitled "from another world"). Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Wiz
4.0 out of 5 stars Third Time Around...Again
I really liked this movie! Conceived as a prequel to the 1982 Kurt Russell gem, yet skillfully combining aspects of both Russell's outing and the now badly dated Howard Hawks... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Peter Wesley
5.0 out of 5 stars don't trust appearances
Good creature movie set in remote Antarctica. Researchers discover a spacecraft trapped in the ice for a very long time and its frozen, gruesome-looking alien occupant. Read more
Published 1 month ago by isis marie
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