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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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (508 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0067QPVJ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,180 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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.

Customer Reviews

I really don't think I'll be watching this movie too often, perhaps just at Halloween.
Spottedfeather
This prequel to John Carpenter's '82 remake is a really good horror film, one of the best I've seen in years.
Danimal
The acting is well done, the story line is tight and the special effects are every bit as good.
JJCEO

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260 of 296 people found the following review helpful By mattrattler on 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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130 of 153 people found the following review helpful By D. Doppes on 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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78 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Time Traveler on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Frey on May 13, 2014
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Perhaps my opinion of this film is skewed by being a long-time fan of John Carpenter's "The Thing" who often thought about what transpired at the Norwegian camp prior to the events in the American camp. As time goes by one aspect of Carpenter's film that keeps me interested is the unknown: when was Blair infected, what really happened to Fuchs, and who did get to the blood? Naturally, the biggest unknowns surrounded the Norwegian camp: what did the creature in the ice look like, how did it escape?

The 2011 prequel of the same name goes to great lengths to answer those latter questions. The danger in writing a prequel with that seemingly at the forefront is that it immediately lends a degree of predictability: I know what to expect based on the few facts I have from Carpenter's film. And the last thing any horror film needs is predictability. The filmmakers relied on modern special effects to up the shock factor. The problem with the effects in this film are that they produce a behavior for the Thing that does not correlate with what we know from Carpenter's film: the Thing wants to hide inside an imitation; it's vulnerable out in the open, but will fight if it has to; taking-over another creature requires close proximity and privacy. The Thing in the prequel literally explodes onto the scene and very quickly establishes itself as a vicious predator, capable of lightning-fast metamorphoses from human to something that would steal every gold medal from Usain Bolt at a summer olympics.

At the biological level, Carpenter got it right. Replicating billions of cells would require an extended period of time as well as an enormous amount of energy.
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