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The Thing - Collector's Edition

Collector's Edition

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4.8 out of 5 stars 1,603 customer reviews

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Horror-meister John Carpenter (Halloween, Escape From New York) teams Kurt Russell's outstanding performance with incredible visuals to build this chilling version of the classic The Thing. In the winter of 1982, a twelve-man research team at a remote Antarctic research station discovers an alien buried in the snow for over 100,000 years. Soon unfrozen, the form-changing alien wreaks havoc, creates terror and becomes one of them.

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Director John Carpenter and special makeup effects master Rob Bottin teamed up for this 1982 remake of the 1951 science fiction classic The Thing from Another World, and the result is a mixed blessing. It's got moments of highly effective terror and spine-tingling suspense, but it's mostly a showcase for some of the goriest and most horrifically grotesque makeup effects ever created for a movie. With such highlights as a dog that splits open and blossoms into something indescribably gruesome, this is the kind of movie for die-hard horror fans and anyone who slows down to stare at fatal traffic accidents. On those terms, however, it's hard not to be impressed by the movie's wild and wacky freak show. It all begins when scientists at an arctic research station discover an alien spacecraft under the thick ice, and thaw out the alien body found aboard. What they don't know is that the alien can assume any human form, and before long the scientists can't tell who's real and who's a deadly alien threat. Kurt Russell leads the battle against the terrifying intruder, and the supporting cast includes Richard Masur, Richard Dysart, Donald Moffat, and Wilford Brimley. They're all playing standard characters who are neglected by the mechanistic screenplay (based on the classic sci-fi story "Who Goes There?" by John W. Campbell), but Carpenter's emphasis is clearly on the gross-out effects and escalating tension. If you've got the stomach for it (and let's face it, there's a big audience for eerie gore), this is a thrill ride you won't want to miss. --Jeff Shannon

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Special features

  • John Carpenter's The Thing: Terror Takes Shape
  • Feature Commentary with Director John Carpenter and Kurt Russell
  • Production Background Archives
  • Cast Production Photographs
  • Production Art and Storyboards
  • Location Design
  • Production Archives
  • The Saucer
  • The Blairmonster
  • Outtakes
  • Post Production
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Product details

    • Actors: Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David, Richard A. Dysart
    • Format: Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
    • Subtitles: English, Spanish
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      R
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    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: September 8, 1998
    • Run Time: 109 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,603 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: 0783227507
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,925 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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