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A milestone of Sci-Fi Cinema,
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This review is from: The Thing from Another World 2-disc edition [DVD] (DVD)More than half a century on, this still holds up as a classic, depicting the fear of the unknown and the need to 'keep watching the skies'. The debate about who directed this movie is a bit irrelevant but for my money, the witty interplay of the male/female leads, typically, shows who was boss. The hawkish attitudes contrasted with the other classic of that year, 'The Day the Earth Stood Still', a more liberal view of close encounters (as John Carpenter's 'The Thing' also contrasted to that year's 'ET'). Yes, it might be clunky in parts, but the tension and mounting dread, ensure this films enduring popularity.
HOWEVER, I agree that it's a bit shoddy to wait ages for this film to come out on DVD, to be sold a pretty lame '2-disc edition', devoid of extras and supplying 2 versions you'd not bother to watch anyway. Even a cheapo edition of 'The Day..Still' has trailer, featurette, and more.