The Thing (2011) (Blu-ray + DVD)
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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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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.Read more ›
This movie tells the tale of the Norwegian camp that is portrayed in JC's The Thing.... so all the stuff that happened before that movie. Who found the alien, who and how they found the big ship, what all the "part" and corpse looked like still alive. All that stuff. They did a good job of that. For those of us that love JC's movie this movie touched on the questions we have had since 1982 regarding what happened at that camp.
So, awesome for us nerds but I think this movie does not stand alone. If you have not watched JC's The Thing some of the "easter eggs" we got will not make sense to you and it's just some mediocre monster movie. Better than most but just another monster movie in the end with all the tropes and cliches involved.
My suggestion (and what I have done) is to watch The Thing (2011) and immediately, like have it cued up and ready to go, watch John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) in one sitting. This movie actually ends minutes before the JC version begins.
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Bought for my Dad watched it as soon as he opened his gift. Great quality. He loved it. Delivered on time andPublished 2 days ago by Rachel T.
Pros: The effects were a lot better than the 1980 film. Monster looks great, story is good, well cast. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very surprised this was really good, I'm not a fan of remakes of films that really don't need to be re-made but this was well done and really a prequel to John Carpenter's Version... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Seb T.
The 2011 "The Thing" serves as a prequel to the John Carpenter 1982 movie of the same name. While the love for the 1982 movie is exhibited throughout this 2011 version with... Read morePublished 18 days ago by R. Rosal
Not as good as the original Thing but a nice job on the story connecting the two - good performancesPublished 19 days ago by Victoria
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Hopefully Amazon will price match it, soon! =/
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The dvd will have NO special features whatsoever all features will be exclusive to the blu ray so the combo version is the way to go
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