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The Thing (2011) (Blu-ray + DVD)

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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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  • Deleted/Extended Scenes
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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, Blu-ray, AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
    • Subtitles: French, Spanish
    • Dubbed: Spanish
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Region: All Regions
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • Number of discs: 2
    • Rated: R (Restricted)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012
    • Run Time: 206 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (598 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B0067QPVD2
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,528 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    266 of 302 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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    136 of 162 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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    82 of 105 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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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 23, 2012
    Format: DVD
    It's hard to trump a classic (let alone two classics), and this remake doesn't really do that. And yet 2011's THE THING offers up its own brand of watchability. First, you should know that this isn't a reboot. It's instead a prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 adaptation (which itself is an updating of Howard Hawk's original 1951 version). All three films are inspired by John W. Campbell's novella "Who goes There?"

    It's always appreciated when the lead character manages to keep a cool head in trying circumstances, and especially in a survival horror flick. Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays paleontologist Kate Lloyd who couldn't pass up an opportunity to take part in an expedition to a remote research outpost in Antarctica, where a gamechanging discovery awaits. And when stranded members of the international team begin to get killed off one by one in horrifying ways, it's Kate Lloyd who keeps it together. She's the one who best applies her analytical skills. Hunted by an otherworldly predator that can replicate human flesh and so pass as one of them, Kate figures out the one other thing - what with the blood test having been sabotaged - that may penetrate the thing's deception. She uses this rule of thumb to unmask the final alien disguise, a feat that addressed one of my beefs (which was why was she not checking this one certain person?). I need to brush up on my powers of observation, because it was obvious once she pointed it out. So I like that the story lays out the ground rules and then adheres to them.

    I've had friends complain that this newest iteration is too slavish in its homage to John Carpenter's version, that the homage veers too close to mimicry. And maybe it's so. I tend to regard this movie as a companion piece, a complementing prelude.
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    Jan 29, 2012 by K. Cannon |  See all 6 posts
    DVD the same as the regular release?
    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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