This DVD is formatted for a 1.33.1 TV and is NOT anamorphic. You will need to zoom the picture in to fill a 16:9 screen thus reducing the image quality. Furthermore the UK Region 2 release of the DVD has never been released as an anamorphic version regardless of the front cover. I owned the first version of this DVD (the disc is exactly the same) and sold it many years ago to buy the US Region 1 [NTSC] DVD which IS anamorphic. The image quality is a lot better and the extras seem to be the same as the UK version.
Thanks Christopher - I just came on here to ask that very question. I've got a DVD edition from a few years ago that's as you describe, and I was thinking about replacing it with the new edition I've started seeing around since the new film. Are you saying that the edition with the white cover that just came out is still exactly the same as previously?
No, I mean the DVD that's got the same cover as the Blu-ray. I've seen it in HMV and Blockbuster; Amazon just haven't updated the artwork yet. But then they don't even seem to be listing it as a re-release at all, so maybe it IS just the old disc with a new cover. Not to worry. http://www.play.com/DVD/DVD/4-/2440/The-Thing/Product.html?searchtype=r2alldvd&searchsource=0&searchstring=the+thing&urlrefer=search&strefer=r2alldvd&searchfilters=s%7bthe+thing%7d%2bc%7b57%7d%2b