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The Thing [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Get Three Selected Blu-ray Titles for £17*)

Kurt Russell , Wilford Brimley , John Carpenter    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Richard Dysart, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Producers: David Foster, Lawrence Turman
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese
  • Dubbed: French, Italian, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Dec 2008
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DD0DAK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,561 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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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John Carpenter's ice-bound sci-fi horror is a special effects-laden update of the 1951 Howard Hawks classic 'The Thing From Another World'. A research team in the Antarctic discovers a spaceship buried beneath the ice, and becomes terrorised by the shape-changing monster that is housed within.

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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to see a great film. 16 Jan 2009
I have been a huge fan of this film since I first saw it in the eighties.
And as much as I enjoyed the VHS I used to own with all its imperfections, scratches and grain this is the way to see the film.

I have been a fan on most of John Carpenters films, and throw in Kurt Russell and I reckon I'm in for a good film. This film delivers by the bucket load, the effects still stand up pretty well and the excellent cast deliver some equally excelent performances.

As mentioned above I enjoyed the film when I saw it on a well worn rented VHS, I then enjoyed it more on the new VHS I later bought and then loved it on DVD. And to be honest I thought that was as good as it gets, how wrong was I!
The Blu-ray disc delivers unsurpassed quality with detail showing up that was just not visible on DVD, ok I'll admit that in a few of the helicopter shots you can see a bit of grain/imperfection but those times are minimal.
The detail seen in shots such as when MacCready is in the dark holding a flare is superb.
I would even go as far as to say that this copy makes the film look bang up to date and its hard to believe its been around so long.

I would recommend that any fan of this film rush out to buy a Blu-ray player so they can eperience the best ever version!
And any sci-fi fans or even horror fans who have never seen this film then give it a go, I think you'll like it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really grim 11 May 2007
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But in the best possible way.

I first saw this film at the cinema when it came out in 1982. My abiding memory is the stunned silence from the audience at what was unfolding on the screen in front of them, and the film certainly delivers it's fair share of shocks. Early on, the dog handler has set the alarms off and when Macready (Russel) arrives the handler says to him "There's something in with the dogs, I don't know what it is, but it's weird and pissed off". Not half it isn't.

I've watched it a number of times over the years and it still impresses on all levels. The direction, music and the setting and acting all contribute to the increasing sense of paranoia experienced by all the characters in the film. Apart from Kurt Russel the cast were relatively unknown but they all acquit themselves well. IMO it's probably Carpenters best work.

The special effects are something of a high water mark for animatronics and models, and have only recently been surpassed (and then only just) by films with a lot of CGI.

The only question I'd have is why an Antarctic research station appears to have large quantities of explosives and more flamethrowers than would be good for anyone...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Thing In High-Def!!! 22 Nov 2011
Im fairly new to blu ray, but the thing being one of my favourite horror movies i just had to get it.
Seen it countless times on tv, vhs, and dvd, but nothing could have prepared me for this. The quality of the transfer has to be the best i have seen in blu ray so far. both sound and visual get top marks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Born to make you boggle 1 Oct 2009
Oh but I do love John Carpenter's `The Thing', (an awful lot more than Howard Hawks' original from the Fifties with its `intellectual carrot' monster), and I've probably seen it six or seven times by now. We all know the story: Antarctic survey-team are cut off by storms and find not just their base but themselves infiltrated by something not from round these parts. It's a great idea embedded in a good story and the gradually-building tension gets me every single time I watch. I'm glad the technology finally caught up with the original idea (from John W. Campbell's excellent source story `Who Goes There?') of an alien that spreads by infecting and co-opting any other bodies it encounters. Even after 27-odd years, the Thing and its various transformations still look mind-boggling and I salute the rubber-flinging genius of effects-maestro Rob Bottin. (Check out the `Terror Takes Shape' extra on the DVD for the man Bottin himself, and marvel thereat.) Much as I like a good dollop of CGI, I'm actually glad CGI wasn't around in 1982, since if CGI had been used for `The Thing', the monster-effects wouldn't have that dreadful tangible feel that Bottin and his team achieved. (If the currently-rumoured remake / reboot gets going, I hope the new team stick to the template of Carpenter's version.) All the various `Things' are amazingly well-realised, to the point where you sit at home watching the DVD half-expecting the screen's contents to drip into your living-room and infect your pets with What Hails From Beyond. Apart from praising the effects and the direction, shouldn't forget the people either - lots of really good, under-stated but convincing performances. Not too much wise-cracking and grandstanding glibness on display - just solid depictions of fear, unease and `What the hell's THAT?' Only downside is that I'm not totally at my ease around huskies - especially ones that look at you too long ...
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very intense scary movie 15 Feb 2007
If you can remember Alistair McLeans "Ice Station Zebra" then "The Thing" will really grip you with some stunning special effects and a superb atmosphere throughout the entire movie.

A group of scientists who have travelled to this remote ice station to carry out research discover a massive Flying Saucer imbedded in the ice but unknowing to them its occupant is hiding in a dark corner waiting to inhabit a human body and digest it from the inside out.

It is the suspense of not knowing what will happen next that makes this a trully great film.Possibly due to its slow pace it may not appeal to everyones taste but when the alien form makes its appearence you soon realise this is a superb film with some simply stunning special effects.

Each member of the team soon realise that THE THING may be lurking in any one of their team and the not knowing who gives it a 5 star rating.

The scene that really steals the show has a canine flavor and to tell you what happens will spoil the entire film.

If you enjoyed Alien then this film will certainly make the grade,but if a slow paced gripping drama is not for you then look elsewhere but for gripping drama with incredible special effects this film is amongst the best out there.
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