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Product details

  • 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 (308 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DD0DAK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,368 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

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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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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

60 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A. Davis VINE VOICE on 16 Jan. 2009
Format: Blu-ray
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 By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
Quality moviemaking rule: Only produce a remake of a movie if it has/can do something the original can't/didn't. It may be special effects, an amazing actor, or fidelity to source material.

One of the best examples of that is "The Thing," one of the few remakes that easily outstrips the original -- not because the original was bad, but because the remake is just better, bringing new depth and intelligence to a relatively simple story. It's a the borderline between horror and science fiction -- a dark, icy masterpiece of claustrophobic paranoia and flesh-melting nightmare fuel, where anyone might be a malevolent alien who could bring an end to all life on earth.

In Antarctica, a Norwegian helicopter chases a dog to the edge of an American base, and the panicked pilot accidentally destroys his own chopper before being killed by the station commander. Pilot MacReady (Kurt Russell) and Doctor Copper (Richard Dysart) are sent to the Norwegian base to find out what is going on, only to find that the Norwegian base has been burned. Even more bizarre, there is a corpse with two faces outside it -- and when the Americans dig deeper, they find a buried UFO that has been there for hundreds of thousands of years..

But something far worse is waiting for them. When the dog is put in the kennel, it absorbs all the other dogs, becoming a monstrous mass of flesh and teeth. This alien creature can infect any living thing and "become" it, with all its knowledge and skills, and can only be killed by incineration.

Since the Dog-Thing has been wandering freely through the base, anyone might be infected -- and if they don't figure out who is infected, it could spread outside of the frozen wasteland.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD
WARNING THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS.

The Thing (1982).

Product Info.
Language: English, French
Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Czech
Dubbed: Italian, Polish, Spanish
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
Audio Description: None
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 18
Studio: Universal Pictures UK
Running Time: 104 minutes

DVD Special Features
80 minute original documentation location footage
Running documentary with Kurt Russell & Director John Carpenter
Outtakes from the film
Cast production notes
Storyboards & conceptual art
Location Design
Production archives
Production background archives
Original theatrical trailer
Production notes
Post production
Menu Music
Cast & filmmaker's notes

Cast.
Kurt Russell as MacReady
Keith David as Childs
Wilford Brimley as Blair
Donald Moffat as Garry
T. K. Carter as Nauls
Richard Masur as Clark
David Clennon as Palmer
Charles Hallahan as Norris
Richard Dysart as Copper
Peter Maloney as Bennings
Joel Polis as Fuchs
Thomas G. Waites as Windows
Norbert Weisser as Norwegian Pilot
Larry J. Franco as Norwegian Passenger with Rifle

Positive.
1)Kurt Russell & John Carpenter really deliver great acting & direction throughout this movie.
2)The plot is excellent, nailbiting & tense.
3)The blood scene, i'll say no more just watch it.

Negative.
1)None whatsoever

Trivia.
1)This was a flop at the box office as everybody went E.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE on 30 Oct. 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
"You'll never, ever, see anything like The Thing again."
-John Carpenter, 1997.

He's absolutely right. No one would have the nerve to make a film as disgusting as this in the current "let's not offend anybody at all, ever" climate. Without a single frame of CGI, the Thing shoves our faces right into Rob Bottin's gruesome make-up effects and proves that genuine, tangible prosthetics and monsters are a million times scarier than a cheap, obvious effect done on a computer in post-production.

I don't understand why people keep referring to this as a remake. It's far, far removed from Howard Hawks' version. Even Carpenter himself, a Hawks admirer, says that The Thing is it's own movie, and much closer to the original novella 'Who Goes There' by John W. Campbell Jnr.

Set in the lonely Antarctic, The Thing takes the form of a wolf and bounds across the snowscapes to a US research station, pursued by frantic, half-mad Norwegians. Unable to communicate with the English-speaking American team they end up dead before being to warn them that the cuddly dog is actually a hideous shape-shifting monster. The team eventually discover the wreck of an alien spaceship that has been entombed in the ice for at least 100, 000 years before the monster begins to wreak havoc at the research station, intent on consuming all of the humans and making it to civilization where it can take over the entire planet.

Fear and paranoia grow among the team as they desperately try to prove who is biologically human and who has been assimilated by The Thing. It's utterly horrific stuff, but it's not without its illogical moments and massive plot holes. The universal adoration of The Thing seems to forget that it doesn't make complete sense.
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