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Great way to see a great film.,
This review is from: The Thing [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (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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Initial post: 10 Nov 2009 17:25:02 GMT
Mrs. R. J. Bennett says:
Yes and thank the good Lord we never got The Thing 2,3,4.........
Posted on 11 Oct 2010 18:46:26 BDT
Will Paice says:
good review man ! I'm watching it on blu ray after buying it of amazon for halloween, cheers
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Oct 2010 13:50:49 BDT
A. Davis says:
Yes, I am glad it got left alone, and am nervous of the proposed remake!
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Oct 2010 13:51:19 BDT
A. Davis says:
Hope you enjoyed the film Sam.
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jun 2011 05:29:48 BDT
Curious about this bit though
"in a few of the helicopter shots you can see a bit of grain/imperfection"
Because grain is meant to be there, it's from the film stock that it was recorded on and it's what provides the detail. Removing it is called DNR (digital noise reduction) and removes the detail leaving the picture looking all waxy. Or, are you on about some other imperfection? Thanks
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2011 12:10:25 BDT
Mr. D. Swann says:
Just out of interest, at the time of writing there is a Thing prequel in the can ready to hit cinemas soon, it deals with the other camps story.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2012 16:13:53 GMT
P Roscoe says:
dont worry the remake is a prequel and its awesome :)
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Mar 2012 21:36:00 GMT
A. Moncrieff says:
the remake is a remake disguised as a prequel, it's awful and watching it before Carpenter's film (as I suppose must be the idea) is not only a waste of time - it will actually impair your enjoyment of Carpenter's film!
Posted on 15 Jul 2012 00:20:24 BDT
Prequel sounds inevitably awful...it's not just a prequel, just looks like practically a remake and shameless, pathetic attempt to 'reimagine' Carpenter's classic...Carpenter made a film certainly worthy of (better than) the original 50s film by going closer to the source material and creating a much greater, scarier atmosphere, with a great soundtrack, SFX, cast etc...Even as Carpenter has mentioned plans to do a sequel if he gets studio support, I dunno...Apparently his Escape from LA sequel is crap and even if he does a good job of a sequel the Thing just has the perfect creepy ambiguous ending, which would surely be ruined with even a really decent sequel...
That said, I might have to give this blu ray a shot...apparently some 80s greats (like Escape from New York) barely look better on blu ray but this seems like something that would benefit from being on blu ray (Escape could have too :( )
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jul 2012 22:45:39 BDT
A Fisher says:
Not everyone likes it though. Some (purists) like the grain, others don't. I guess it's just down to personal preference. Me, I don't mind the grain being there or not. I couldn't care less so long as I can see the picture okay and know who's who and what's what I couldn't care less if I couldn't see a mole or a hair on someones face because of DNR. Ultimately, it's the story that counts, not mi-nute, non important visual detail.
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